Talks & Events

Studio for Emerging Writers

June 1–April 1, 2017

Artspeak invites submissions for its inaugural Studio for Emerging Writers, taking place June 2016–April 2017. Led by Vancouver writer Sheryda Warrener, the aim of the studio is to facilitate a dialogue between post-secondary/recent graduate students ages 20–24 from the visual art and creative writing disciplines to address the problems and pleasures of using language as both a mode of communication and an art medium. Specially tailored for students who are engaged with language as a material, and/or who are interested in its narrative and poetic possibilities.

How has text been incorporated into the field of art, and to what effect? How can art and writing positively influence each other to evolve new forms and modes of speaking? What shape can this inquiry take? Through collaborative creative acts, studio and gallery visits, workshops, and close readings of various texts, writers will explore the shapes and modes that came before, and the as-yet-unspeakable, as-yet-unspoken.

The studio will span the course of ten months. Participants will receive an honorarium for their contribution to the studio. A collection of the writing generated over the course of the studio will be published in chapbook form, and launched at a local event in Spring 2017.

This studio emphasizes collaborative, experiential learning. Interested writers will be willing to enter into a discussion with genuine curiosity and a spirit of generosity and sharing. Applicants should submit a portfolio, including an introduction and brief statement of interest (max. 1 pg.), as well as a selection of work (2–4 samples of creative/critical writing), via email to A total of four participants will be selected. Individuals with diverse writing sensibilities, educational, and cultural backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Deadline for submission is May 26, 2016.

Artspeak gratefully acknowledges the BC Arts Council Youth Engagement program for their support of this initiative.