Professor Lillian Allen’s smile graces the cover of NOW magazine’s education issue, where she is interviewed about the university’s new BFA in Creative Writing.
What sets the program apart from other creative writing programs in Ontario is the studio-based approach to the study and practice of writing as artistic creation. Students study writing while exploring multiple art and design practices, perhaps incorporating words and poetry into sculpture, installations, performance or painting in new and unconventional ways.
“If there’s one form that can work with any art form you can imagine, it’s the language-based form. You hardly see any artwork these days without writing involved. It’s also the way we’re guiding the program,” says Allen, who is a well-known dub poet and writer, as well as an academic.
The program emphasizes the practice, craft and production of spoken, written, visual and verbal texts as well as experimental language forms that break from traditional ways of approaching the written word.