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Ocadu creative writing

The Mighty Pen & OCAD U’s Creative Writing Program Present Contrary We Roam: A Day of Intergenerational Resistance Friday, March 27th, 2020

You are invited for a day of intergenerational learning and reflection featuring poets, artists and performers with a shared history of resistance. This history reminds us of the voices that have come before and that have not vanished, so that we circle back to where we are still standing.

BIPOC Student Workshop | 3pm-4pm | Rm. 187, 100 McCaul St.
Developing Artistic Vision, Led by Janice Jo Lee
Join us for a creative development workshop for BIPOC students focused on the topic of Artistic Vision where we will ask, What is my purpose as an artist? How can I make time and space for art in the rest of my life realistically? Together, we will move through our self-judgement and ego. You will leave with a draft of your artist statement.
Register here.

Film Screening | The Legend of Sing Hey | Doors: 5pm | Screening: 5:30pm | Rm. 190, 100 McCaul St.
In the docu-musical The Legend of Sing Hey, poet, musician and educator Janice Jo Lee embarks from her hometown of London, Ontario on a tour and road trip that connects her with artists, activists, friends and community members who inspire with their art-making and experiences of resilience. Her ancestor songs may inspire your own journeys.

Reception | 7pm-7:30pm | Rm. 187, 100 McCaul St.

Spoken Word Performances | 7:30pm-8:00pm | Rm. 190, 100 McCaul St.
Performances by emerging and established poets including David Delisca and Jennifer Alicia

Public Talk | 8pm-9pm | Rm. 190, 100 McCaul St.
With Chrystos, Bear Witness and Lillian Allen, moderate by Ashok Mathur

Access to Rooms 187 & 190 is barrier free. There is an accessible, gender neutral washroom on the same floor. Please contact [email protected] with any questions concerning accessibility.

About The Mighty Pen
The Mighty Pen programming aims to bring voices from the margins and to centre and celebrate BIPOC narratives in all their complexities.

This event is co-presented by the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC) and Creative Writing at OCAD U, with support from The Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature, University of Toronto and funding from Graduate Studies at OCAD U, the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost, the Ontario Post-Secondary Access and Inclusion Program (OPAIP) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Founded in 1876, OCAD U is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD U continuously builds on its traditional . Read More

Founded in 1876, OCAD U is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD U continuously builds on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, members of the OCAD U community are uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology, and quality of life for all Canadians. Read less


OCAD University’s Creative Writing program is a hands-on, studio-based program about writing as artistic creation.

Unlike any other creative writing program in Ontario, it enables students to hone their craft while exploring multiple art and design practices.

Collaborative by nature, our transdisciplinary and transcultural approach enriches imaginations, broadens perspectives and helps to develop each individual writer’s voice.

Our program includes the study of living literary culture and literary art practices and production, and emphasizes the practice, craft and production of spoken, written, visual and verbal texts as well as experimental language forms that exist both inside and outside established genres. We welcome ‘attitude’ translated on the page and off, through performance texts and other media.

  • An online and print journal
  • Symposia, workshops
  • Showcasing and public performances
  • A book, zine and publications fair
  • Field trips to local readings, conferences and festivals
  • A digital and analog writing lab and access to sound studio
  • A reading series featuring established, emerging and student writers
  • Mentorships, as both mentees and later as mentors
  • University slam team
  • A nurturing and supportive emerging literary community
  • Mentorship by faculty

This program is for both new and emerging writers. You’ll become part of a nurturing and supportive literary community. By the end of your degree, you’ll complete a body of work aimed at publication or exhibition to launch your career.