Relational Innovations Symposium

Relational Innovations: Creative Writing as Social Practice

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
Symposium | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing
SS 1059
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive, N.W.
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Free – please write tiahouseyyc@gmail.com to confirm your presence using the header: Relational Innovations RSVP.

Evening Reading | 7 – 9 p.m.
Lot 102
102 10 St NW, Calgary, AB

Innovative writing and socially-oriented writing are often imagined as incompatible practices. This collaboratively organized one-day symposium at The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing at the University of Calgary queries how social questions can be taken up innovatively. Topics for discussion include: urban poetic practices, visibility and invisibility, representation, identity, writing beyond “what you know”, writing from conflict zones, cultural appropriation, cultural responsibility, what it means to be a good ally in writing communities, accountability, safe spaces, the place of creative writing in the academy, the role of the public intellectual, and more.

This event is a collaboration between Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP) and The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing (TIA House), organized in conjunction with the CCWWP board meeting, to take place Oct. 2, 2016.

The Oct. 1 program is free and open to University of Calgary students and faculty, Calgary writers and the general public. Please write tiahouseyyc@gmail.com to confirm your presence using the header: Relational Innovations RSVP.

Schedule at a glance ccwwp9finalprint-1

9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Opening remarks
Elder’s Welcome

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Real Centre is Here!

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch at TIA House

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Outside In: The Politics and Problems of Writing What You Don’t Know

3:00pm – 3:15pm
Coffee Break

3:15pm – 4:45pm
Unsettling Practices: Writers Doing Justice Work in the Academy

7:00pm – 9:00pm
Evening Reading at Lot 102