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Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP)

Conference and Founding Convention

Oct. 07-11, 2010

The University of Calgary / The Banff Centre for the Literary Arts

Teaching the subject of Creative Writing has become a vibrant industry on campuses and in communities all across Canada, and the challenges of this discipline go far beyond the familiar question: “Can writing be taught?” The proliferation of this activity means that more and more teachers of Creative Writing (be they full-time or part-time, in a “for-credit” or “non-credit” program) are now facing the challenge of such pedagogy without the benefit of representation by a professional organization that can offer them support. The unique issues of education in Canada, along with the historic struggle for national cultural identity, pose uniquely Canadian challenges and call for a Canadian organization.

Toward this end, a committee of instructors affiliated with Creative Writing at the Banff Centre, the University of Calgary, and York University have sought to redress the need for such representation by organizing a four-day conference, to be jointly hosted in Banff and Calgary — a conference at which attendees will address the challenges of both the practice and the pedagogy of Creative Writing in Canada. The conference will provide specialists in Creative Writing with an opportunity to confer so that they might, by the end of these proceedings, inaugurate the establishment of a professional association for Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP) — an association that might represent the concerns of this cultural group. The conference will provide an unprecedented opportunity for both academic communities and artistic communities to cooperate in the timely creation of a mutually beneficial coalition that will advance the field of Creative Writing itself.

The rapid and wide-ranging positive response by Creative Writing professionals (be they writers, critics, teachers, or students) to the organizing committee’s call has demonstrated the urgent need for such an organization. The conference will open on October 7, 2010 at the University of Calgary, and then transfer to the Banff Centre from October 9 to 11.

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