Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm


Saturday April 6, 2019, 2 pm

Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

West Coast-based poets and friends, Cecily Nicholson and Juliane Okot Bitek will be joined by Toronto’s Lillian Allen (OCADU) in a conversation about cross-cultural memory and collective amnesia. The authors, whose work has contemplated these themes, will think through the poem as a document of memory: considering what poetry can add to existing narrow histories, and the role of memory in building resilient futures.

Juliane Okot Bitek ’s work has been published widely online, in print and in literary magazines. Her work has been recently anthologized in New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent; Transition: Writing Black Canadas; Great Black North; Contemporary African Canadian Poetry; and Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them. Juliane’s 100 Days (University of Alberta 201) is a poetic response to the twentieth anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Inspired by the photographs of Wangechi Mutu, Juliane wrote a poem a day for a hundred days and posted them on her website and on social media. The book won the 2017 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award for Poetry and the 2017 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. Other recent poetry awards include the 2017 National Magazine Awards for which Migrations: Salt Stories was shortlisted and the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize for which Gauntlet was longlisted.

On Musqueam-, Squamish-, and Tsleil-Waututh- land, Cecily Nicholson has worked in the downtown eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver since 2000 — most recently as Administrator of the artist-run centre, Gallery Gachet. A part of the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group and a member of the Research Ethics Board for Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Cecily is the newly appointed Interpretive Programmer at the Surrey Art Gallery. She is the author of TriageFrom the Poplars, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and Wayside Sang, 2018 winner of the Governor General's award for poetry.

Lillian Allen is a Jamaican-Canadian professor of creative writing at OCAD University, Toronto. Multi-disciplinary and experimental, Allen’s creativity crosses many genres including radio, theatre, music and film. As a two-time JUNO Award winner (Revolutionary Tea Party, a Ms. Magazine Landmark Album Conditions Critical) and trailblazer in the field of spoken word and dub poetry, Allen artistically explores the aesthetics of old and new sounds in music to create her distinctive brand of Canadian reggae. Allen’s debut book of poetry, Rhythm An’ Hardtimes became a Canadian bestseller, and she has held the post of Writer-in-Residence at Canada’s Queen’s University and University of Windsor. Founder of the Toronto International Dub Poetry Festival and a variety of cultural organizations such as Fresh Arts that empower youth, Allen has spent over three decades writing, publishing, performing and doing workshop presentations of her work to audiences around the globe.

This event is organized in-part by the first-year Criticism and Curatorial masters students of OCAD U.

Jackman Hall is accessible.

Venue & Address: 
Jackman Hall Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas St W, Toronto

Study Week at the WLC

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to Friday, February 22, 2019 - 3:00pm

The OCAD U Writing & Learning Centre will be offering support throughout Study Week! 

We support you with and assignment from any class, studio to liberal arts & sciences. Our approach is collaborative and facilitative: we believe that students and tutors both take part in directing the discussion and identifying the goals of the meeting. 


How it Works:

  • Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis: no appointment needed!
  • You are free to work in room 512 before and/or after a session
  • Drop-In sessions last for 15 minutes, and are best for quick questions and feedback
  • Drop-In sessions are open to any current undergraduate student

During Study Week, Drop-In will run Tuesday - Friday from 1-3pm at the WLC, 113 McCaul Street, level 5. 


In addition to drop-in tutoring, we are offering the Drop-In Writing Studio on Friday, February 22nd between 1-3pm

Drop-In with any writing assignment, at any stage. Work on your writing in a cozy, warm space with tea, snacks, and a supportive peer tutor on-hand for any questions or feedback. 


Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre, MCC 512 113 McCaul Street, level 5
416.977.6000 ext. 229
study week programming and schedule

Resume Building Workshop

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

The Visual and Critical Studies Program and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) invite you to the Resume Building Workshop on January 25, from 3:30pm -5:00pm on the 3rd floor of the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, 115 McCaul St. We will be going over helpful tips to aid you in building a resume just in time for summer jobs and internships! Please come with your laptop and a physical copy of your most recent resume. 


Date: Friday, January 29 2019

Time: 1:30-3:00

Location: 3rd Floor of the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, 115 McCaul St. 


Please RSVP here. 

Venue & Address: 
3rd Floor of the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, 115 McCaul St.
"Resume Building Workshop Jan 29 2019, 1:30pm - 3:00pm"


Friday, January 18, 2019 - 10:45am to Friday, February 8, 2019 - 11:45pm

The Journal of Visual & Critical Studies (JVCS) collects and celebrates some of the best undergraduate academic writing at OCAD University. Comprising exhibition and performance reviews, critical essays, and thesis abstracts, this anthology challenges the boundaries of art history and visual studies in order to produce innovative relationships between art, design, and academia at OCAD U and beyond. Contributors will be invited to the Journal’s launch as a part of GradEx 2019.

We encourage students to submit work that they have written for courses and would feel proud to share with the OCAD U Community. The Editorial Committee is seeking submissions from all current OCAD U students in the following formats:

Exhibition and Performance Reviews [250 to 500 words]:
Reviews of exhibitions, performances or art-related events that happened after April 2018. We welcome reviews that are local, national, or international in scope.

Critical Essays [1000 to 2000 words]:
We publish academic essays about art, design, and visual studies. We are open to a wide range of methods and analyses, including experimental writing on aesthetic experiences and interdisciplinary research. We can accept excerpts from larger essays.

Abstracts of Thesis Projects [150 to 250 words]:
Art or design students may submit up to 3 images of their works to contextualize their abstract. Images provided should be 300 DPI.

Submissions should be sent either as an email attachment, or as a link to a Google Drive file to visualcriticalstudies@gmail.com. Writing should be submitted as a Word Document (.doc or .docx) and Chicago style citations are encouraged.

In your submission email please provide a ONE to TWO sentence biography that includes your name, your program, the year of your program (for ex: Third-year student), and a few details about your research interests and/or studio practice.

To learn more about the Journal of Visual & Critical Studies and to read past volumes, please visit visualcriticalstudies.tumblr.com.

DEADLINE: Friday, February 8, 2019

Read more about JVCS and other student-run groups: www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

JVCS poster

Writing Across the Curriculum Roundtable

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

Title: Scaffolding Undergraduate Creative Experiential Learning: Effective Practices and Lessons Learned from a First-year Design Studio.

Presenters: Saskia van Kampen, FoD


This presentation will examine how the use of scaffolded assignments helped students adapt to new ways of learning and making. These assignments incorporate writing across the curriculum theory (WAC) and strategies for student learning. An important issue that this research raises is that creative processes are not chronological—they vary depending on the assignment and the individual student. This creates a variety of challenges that need to be addressed in advance of or during an assignment that is scaffolded. The central question focusing this research is: Can creative design processes, so unique to individuals, be scaffolded and if so how?

Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre Room 512 113 McCaul
WAC Roundtable March 22

Thesis Café Writing Workshop

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 12:00pm

Thesis Café

Writing Workshop



Are you working on writing for your thesis / workshop / final 4th year project?


Would you like a place to workshop your writing, get helpful tips and share your work with other students?


The Thesis Café is Open to students in all programs working on their thesis projects.


Please join us for two workshops by the Writing Across the Curiculum Initiative, to kick start your writing for the final 4th year project: 

March 9: Strategies for Completing the Final Draft

March 16: Editing your Final Draft


The workshops will be followed by lunch and time to workshop your ideas with peers. Faculty members from FoLASSIS and FoA, and a writing consultant will also be available for consultations.


In room 512, 113 McCaul, at 12-2pm.


Please RSVP: wac@ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre Room 512, 113 McCaul
Thesis Cafe March 9th and 16th at 12-2pm

Writing Through the Creative Wall: The Student Perspective on the Role of Writing

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 12:00pm

One of the most common questions art or design students have with regards to writing is “why do I need to do this?” The link between creative visual practice and written communication is not always visible, and shedding light on this relationship is one of the goals of the WAC initiative. One of the ways writing helps creative practice for students is making unconscious intents and outcomes evident, which can help them work through creative blocks. Understanding student views and experience of this process is essential for improving approaches to teaching and learning. This roundtable will be facilitated by the WAC Student Fellows, Donya Aref and Calum Csunyoscka, with presentations by students from FoA, FoD and FoLAS/SIS.

Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre, Thursday January 25, 2018 12:00 PM-1:30 PM 113 McCaul, Room 512
416-977-6000 ext. 2787
WAC Roundtable: Thursday January 25th 2018

INK Semester 2 Workshop: A refresher of academic essentials

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Welcome to semester #2, first year students! The Writing & Learning Centre is offering a short "INK Refresher" workshop to help you review and refine your study skills. Join us to discuss your first semester at OCAD U and to review strategies for note-taking, time management, critical reading, and more.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/163349684392758/

Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre 512 MCC (5th floor, 113 McCaul St)
416.977.6000 ext 229
Image of INK: Academic Essentials logo

Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP)

Photo of students
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 8:00pm to Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:00am

The Long Night Against Procrastination is back! This overnight event provides a space for students to focus on their assignments, with quick access to support from the Writing & Learning CentreOCAD University Library, the OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre, and others.

What can you expect from LNAP?

  • All night tutoring by the Writing & Learning Centre 
  • Research support from OCAD U Librarians
  •  Health & Wellness Centre Break zone
  • 11.00 PM Pizza Dinner
  • All night snacks and beverages
  • Prizes from Above Ground Art Supplies
  • 7:00 AM Healthy Breakfast 

Please join us in the Great Hall -- we will be there from 8pm to 8am! 

Facebook Event page for OCAD University's LNAP 

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall, 100 McCaul St
No cost. Please bring your student ID.

VERNACULAR: Weekly Meetings

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Weekly meetings are held Thursdays in the Learning Zone!
3:00 to 4:30 PM

Thursday, October 26
Thursday, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Vernacular is a creative writing and publishing collective dedicated to poetry and other experimental approaches to language. We meet to share prompts and new works, and to develop our language-based practices. Curated works will be distributed through periodic publications, podcasts and events. By fostering a community of writers, speakers and signers, Vernacular provides a platform for creative linguistic agency and innovation. See this and other student-run groups at www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone 113 McCaul Street (Level 1) or enter through 122 St. Patrick Street
Vernacular graphic