Curating & Archiving the Literary Event

L-R: Casey Plett, Sadie Laett-Babcock, Tanis Franco, Zoe Whittal, Kai Cheng Thom. A Queer is a Queer is a Queer: Breaking Standard Narratives in Queer Poetics and Prose, a panel moderated by Eli Lynch on March 19, 2016.
(Photo: Surah Field-Green)

In March 2016, students at Concordia with Writers Read put on Off The Page and hosted writers and artists like Jordan Abel, Sonnet L’Abbé, Aisha Sasha John, Casey Plett, Anne Boyer, Ben Lerner, and more. If you are a student at Concordia University (or another Quebec University) and interested in participating in the making of this festival for course credit you can write a short letter of interest to Sina Queyras to apply to enrol. Full details are on the English Department website. We are looking for students from all disciplines to work on various aspects of each event from poster design and social media & promotion, to curation.

Jordan Abel, Sonnet L’Abbé (Iconocide Panel moderated by Colin Fulton), March 18, 2016

Course Description

This course will introduce modes of literary production including curating a reading series, introducing readers, archiving literary recordings & ephemera, writing critically, designing and maintaining a literary blog, design proof & publication. If you enjoy Writers Read, Off The Page, and Synapse, you might enjoy taking this course on Literary Production Curating & Archiving. We’ll be designing a new reading series from the ground up as well as working on planned Writers Read events. We’ll also be developing our online presence, so you’ll have an opportunity to develop web-content, learn to use social networking, literary promotion etc. It will be a lot of hand-on work, both behind the scenes and at events. Students will learn to vet material, choose readers, write introductions, and deal directly with writers. It will also be a lot of fun. If you are interested in literary promotion, curation, editing, and developing a literarily community, this course is for you.



Writers Read Concordia

The tradition of literary readings at Concordia predates the existence of the university itself, as such events were held well before Sir George Williams and Loyola merged in 1974. The series, now known as Writers Read at Concordia, invites renowned and emerging authors, both Canadian and international, to read from and discuss their work with students and local audiences. In addition to readings, the series includes Master Classes and professional development activities, some open to the public and others only for Concordia students. Collaborations with Concordia’s School of Canadian Irish Studies, The Pilot, the Atwater Poetry Project, Bishop’s University, the Université de Montreal’s Department of English, and other organizations make the series possible. The Concordia Bookstore acts as bookseller for all major readings. Another activity offered in affiliation with the Concordia English Department, the Summer Literary Seminars is held annually in Montreal, Kenya, and Lithuania. As one of the world's largest and most innovative international writing programs, SLS offers partial scholarships and academic credit to full-time Concordia students. The program brings together the finest American, Canadian, European, and African writers and literary scholars with their host counterparts in a two-week flurry of writing related activities. Faculty have included such writers as: Amy Bloom, Robert Coover, Dave Eggers, Ed Hirsch, Denis Johnson, Colum McCann, Jayne Anne Phillips and George Saunders. Registration is required. Additional tuition subsidies are available through the Dean's office. For more information, contact Mike Spry. Writers Read at Concordia is supported by the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program, and Concordia University. The Writers Read Series also receives funding assistance from the Faculty of Arts and Science.

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