/nest/ In∙land Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions for Nest
Nest, a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) initiative, is issuing a call for submissions for its inaugural issue “In·land”.
Nest is a platform for OCAD U students to publish diverse forms of critical and creative writing. We welcome works which express linguistic diversity and are inclusive of a range of student abilities, year levels, and disciplines. We accept submissions in any language.

Submit work to wac@ocadu.ca
The deadline for submissions is March 5, 2018

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

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Initiative and the Writing & Learning Centre, are pleased to invite you to our lunchtime roundtable discussion

Writing Across the Curriculum Student Publication

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Student Publication is seeking OCAD U students who are interested in writing and publishing to join our editorial board

From Head to Hand and Back Again: Learning from Artists’ Autobiographies

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This roundtable, by Dr. Charles Reeve (FoLAS/SIS and FoA), will highlight three artists’ autobiographies, in terms of how these artists understand writing as a craft, and the importance of developing an authentic artist voice. Dr. Reeve will discuss how autobiographical writings can be used in our teaching practice to model the linkage between art and writing for students across the disciplines in art and design education. The test site for the "Artists as Writers" index is now online. Take a tour here: http://ocad.libguides.com/artistsaswriters.

Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre, Monday November 13, 2017 12:00 PM-1:30 PM 113 McCaul, Room 512
416-977-6000 ext. 2787
WAC Roundtable November 13

Writing Across the Curriculum End-of-Year Exhibit

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative End-of-Year Exhibit

Opening Reception: March 31, 4 pm – 7 pm, Room 512 Annex Building

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us to celebrate the successes of the first year implementation of OCAD U’s Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative. As part of the end-of-year celebration, we will be showcasing faculty pedagogical innovations and student achievements in Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses. 

The event will include:

  •  An Exhibition of First-Year Student Writing and Visual Work (curated by first-year graphic design students Donya Aref, Breanne Jeethan, and Fatima Riaz)
  • A Faculty Poster Exhibit featuring:
    • Erin Finley
    • David Griffin
    • Joni Moriyama
    • Gabrielle Moser
    • Diane Pugen
    • Saskia van Kampen
    • Nancy Snow

The Exhibition will run March 31 – April 7 in Room 512 Annex

Venue & Address: 
Room 512 Annex Building

Writing in the Disciplines Roundtables

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

This winter, a series of lunchtime Writing in the Disciplines Roundtables for faculty will be hosted by the Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative.

Come for the discussion, share ideas and strategies with your colleagues, and have lunch on us!

Tuesday, February 9 (12:00 – 1:30 pm): Saskia van Kampen, From intuition to expression: Using self-reflective writing to foster purposeful communication and design skills

Wednesday, March 23 (12:00 – 1:30 pm): Mark Dickinson, Narrative, Anecdote, Metaphor, oh My! Alternative Approaches to Essay Writing

The sign-up form can be found at:


Dates: Tuesday, February 9 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Wednesday, March 23 12:00 – 1:30

Email: wlc@ocadu.ca

Website: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/writing-across-the-curriculum/faculty-reso...

For more information about Writing Across the Curriculum at OCAD U, visit

OCAD University
113 McCaul St.
Room 512

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University113 McCaul St. Room 512
Writing in the Disciplines Roundtables poster with event info

OCAD U Writing in the Disciplines Fellows announced

Catherine Black, Nicole Collins and Saskia van Kampen
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 5:00am

A university-wide Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Initiative was launched this year at OCAD U following a year-long needs assessment and consultation process aimed at developing a comprehensive strategy to improve student writing outcomes. The initiative, which was approved by Senate in May 2013, facilitates the integration of writing throughout all undergraduate programs at OCAD U to support student academic success and foster a writing culture at the university that values and enriches the studio and professional practice of both students and faculty.

As part of the initiative, three faculty members have been appointed as Writing in the Disciplines Fellows. They are Assistant Professor Catherine Black in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Assistant Professor Nicole Collins in the Faculty of Art, and Assistant Professor Saskia van Kampen in the Faculty of Design. These roles, funded through the Vice-President, Academic office, are to be on-going and annual in nature.

The role of the Fellows is to guide WAC implementation, inform resource and curriculum development to integrate writing into disciplinary contexts and build support for the WAC initiative within their Faculties. In addition to doing Faculty-specific work, they are excited about the cross-Faculty engagement that the initiative is fostering.

“Teaching critical and creative writing in this academic context, I constantly see the natural connections between writing practice and the work students do in studio,” said Black. “I’m very enthusiastic about nurturing the development of a writing culture at OCAD U, and I feel this is an opportunity to reinforce for our students the value of writing in an art and design education.”

“Writing, which is an integral part of a professional studio practice, can be intimidating for visual thinkers and makers,” said Collins. “Journaling, note-taking, reading responses, titles, statements, proposals, CV and website maintenance, press releases, curatorial essays, reviews of other artists work: ALL of these contribute to the development and dissemination of my visual art practice. I want my students to have the same fluency and ability to communicate in as many ways as possible.”

“I am excited to represent the Design faculty in this initiative,” said van Kampen. “For me writing is a way to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Writing becomes a means for research that informs what I make. I hope to instill this practice in my students in order to help them articulate their intent and give words to their practice.”

In a recent message sent to their respective Faculties, the Fellows noted the Writing & Learning Centre’s work in preparing an instructors’ toolkit to share writing ideas and experiences, and asked their colleagues to consider the many ways of incorporating low- and no-stakes writing activities into courses. Some examples include freewriting, creative responses, reflection exercises, descriptive writing, research, brainstorming, lists, and generative wordplay.