Past Speakers, Events, Opportunities, and News (in reverse order):

Welcome Event for CCWOC's Winter 2019 Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence, DUNCAN MERCREDI
Joined by published author and PhD student, Ifeoluwa Adeniyi
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Welcome Event for CCWOC's Fall 2018 Writer-in-Residence, TRISTAN HUGHES
Please join us for this FREE event, which will feature a reading by Tristan from his works
September 18, 2018

SCHOLARSHIP:  CD Howe Memorial Foundation Fellowships in Creative Writing & Oral Culture
The CD Howe Foundation, with contributions from the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative, has established a fund at the University of Manitoba in support of the Centre for Creative Writing & Oral Culture.  Two Fellowships, valued at approximately $11,000.00* each, will be offered to graduate students who are enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in a Masters or Doctoral degree program. 

EXTENDED Deadline for Applications:  Friday, June 15, 2018

Break Your Old Mould:  A writing workshop with Steven Ross Smith,
CCWOC’s Fall 2016 Writer-in-Residence
March 10, 2018

Facing the Blank:  A writing workshop with Steven Ross Smith,
CCWOC’s Fall 2016 Writer-in-Residence
March 8, 2018

"Memory Tricks" Writing Workshop with CCWOC's Winter 2018 Writer-in-Residence, DAVID BERGEN
January 31 - February 14, 2018

Event and reading to welcome CCWOC's Winter 2018 Writer-in-Residence, DAVID BERGEN
January 21, 2018

Call for Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence
The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture
University of Manitoba
Deadline for Applications:  November 17, 2017

In Conversation with Tanya Talaga
An evening with the author of Seven Fallen Feathers, hosted by CCWOC's Fall 2017 Writer-in-Residence, Jordan Abel
November 16, 2017

Poetics & Performance After the Internet - A Workshop with Jordan Abel
November 1, 2017

Welcome Event for CCWOC's Fall 2017 Writer-in-Residence JORDEN ABEL
September 19, 2017

Please join us for the launch of Connectomics, Alison Calder's latest book of poetry
May 2, 2017

Poetry in the Planetarium – Pause inside the punctured pages of Jennifer Still’s projected poem Pollinia
Two poetry readings by CCWOC's Winter 2017 Writer-inResidence Jennifer Still, inside the astral dome of the Lockhart Planetarium
April 25, 2017

Poetry in the Old Black Hole Theatre
With Jennifer Still, CCWOC’s Winter Term Writer-in-Residence, as well as participants of CCWOC's poetry lab workshop
April 5, 2017

Funding Opportunity for U of M Graduate Students!
CD Howe Memorial Foundation Fellowships in Creative Writing & Oral Culture
Deadline for Applications:  March 24, 2017

Bright Lights Bright Voice Workshop with Steven Ross Smith, CCWOC's Fall 2016 Writer-in-Residence
Covering all aspects of public presentation, including: Tuning your work for spoken presentation; rehearsal & visioning; stage fright; inner critic; warm-up; scouting the venue; breathing; microphone technique; framing; elocution; body; gesture; focus; final readings by participants.

March 12, 2016

The Decolonizing Lens Presents the Following Short Animated Films
With a Discussion with Filmmakers Warren Cariou and Jackie Traverse:
-    MIA' (Amanda Strong, 2015, 8 min)
-    EMPTY (Jackie Traverse, 2009, 5 min)
-    FOUR FACES OF THE MOON (Amanda Strong, 2016, 11 min)
-    HIPSTER HEADDRESSES (Amanda Strong, 2016, 1 min)
-    MIA' (Amanda Strong, 2015, 8 min)
-    PETROGRAPHY: THE MICHIF MEDIUM (Warren Cariou, 2016, 10 min)
-    SPIRIT OF THE BLUEBIRD (Xstine Cook and Jesse Gouchey, 2011, 5 min)
-    THE BEAR FACTS (Jonathan Wright, 2010, 4 min)
-    TWO SCOOPS (Jackie Traverse, 2008, 3 min)
February 13, 2017

Cree Stories with LOUIS BIRD
Louis Bird (Pennishish) is a renowned Omushkego Cree Elder from Peawanuck, Ontario, nears James Bay.  He has devoted his life to learning and performing the oral tradition of his Omushkego Cree People.  He is much beloved as a mentor and friend to all who are interested in his Indigenous stories.
February 13, 15, and 16, 2017

Welcome Event and inaugural reading by CCWOC's Winter 2017 Writer-in-Residence, JENNIFER STILL.

“The Complete Works” – A film based on the work of bpNichol by Justin Stephenson
As well as Michael Ondaatje's "Sons of Captain Poetry"

Film Screening by Justin Stephenson, Hosted by Sound Poet Steven Ross Smith
December 6, 2016

An Evening of Storytelling with Dovie Thomason,
Former CCWOC Storyteller-in-Residence
November 28, 2016

Sound Poetry:  A Cabaret
A talk and demonstration on the history and currency of sound poetry with Steven Ross Smith
November 23, 2016


The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture
EXTENDED Deadline for Applications:  November 18, 2016

"Tonguing the Text":  A Six-Week Workshop
With CCWOC's Fall 2016 Writer-in-Residence, Steven Ross Smith
Every Wednesday, from October 12 to November 16, 2016

Petrography:  The Michif Medium
An Advance Screening of a 10-Minute Tar Sands Tragi-Comedy

October 11, 2016

Welcome Event and inaugural reading by CCWOC's Fall 2016 Writer-in-Residence, STEVEN ROSS SMITH.

CD Howe Memorial Foundation Fellowships
In Creative Writing & Oral Culture

Deadline for Applications:  March 18, 2016

Social Justice Poetry Workshop with AMBER DAWN
March 6, 2016

Amber Dawn Reading and Book Signing of
How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir and Where the words end and my body begins

March 5, 2016

Welcome Event and inaugural talk by CCWOC's Winter 2016 Writer-in-Residence, JEANNE RANDOLPH
January 25, 2016

The Last of the Hunters / In Fading Light
A screening of the film, In Fading Light, and a reading from the extreme travel book, The Last of the Hunters, featuring a North East of England fishing community with CCWOC’s current Writer-in-Residence, Kitty Fitzgerald, and her partner, Peter Mortimer

December 2, 2015

A documentary that highlights a winnipeg perspective on the philosophy of human rights
Produced by University of Manitoba students, faculty and staff, as well as the generous support of CCWOC and the Canada Research Chairs Program
November 26, 2015

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for CCWOC's Fall 2016 Writer- and/or Storyteller-in-Residency
Residency Dates:  September 6 to December 6, 2016
Deadline for Applications:  November 13, 2015

Welcome Event for, and exclusive reading by, CCWOC's Fall 2015 Writer-in-Residence, KITTY FITZGERALD
September 23, 2015

CALL FOR PROPOSALS on “Environmental Ethics and Activism in Indigenous Literature and Film”
A special bilingual issue of the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (CRCL)
Co-edited by CCWOC Director Warren Cariou, CCWOC Affiliate Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, and Isabelle St-Amand
Click here for details in ENGLISH or FRENCH
Deadline for Proposals:        February 1, 2015
Deadline for Final Submissions:    July 15, 2015

World Premiere of Louise Wallwein's one-woman show, GLUE
CCWOC's beloved past resident Louise Wallwein is back in town and will perform the world premier of her one-woman show entitled GLUE.  Mixing monologue, spoken word, live art and a sound score, GLUE tells the true story of Louise Wallwein and her first two meetings with her birth mother, three decades after being put up for adoption. 

May 8, 2015

Intro to Video for Researchers Workshop with Teddy Zegeye-Gebrehiwot
April 15, 2015 - 1-3 pm

Telling Turtle Island:  An Evening with Storytellers from Around the Continent
Featuring Dovie Thomason, Flora Zaharia (Sikotan), and Joe McLellan

Writing Workshop with CCWOC’s Winter 2015 Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence Dovie Thomason

2015 C. D. Howe Memorial Foundation Fellowships in Creative Writing & Oral Culture
Offered, in part, by CCWOC

BOOK LAUNCH:  Garry “Morning Star” Raven’s Seven Teachings and More: Anishinaabeg share their traditional teachings with an Icelander, collected by Björk Bjarnadóttir and illustrated by Gerald Foster
With CCWOC Director Dr. Warren Cariou, Dr. Jefferey Taylor, Dr. Peter Kulchyski, Dr. Birna Bjarnadóttir
February 12, 2015


































Welcome Event for CCWOC’s Winter 2015 Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence, DOVIE THOMASON
January 22, 2015

CCWOC’s Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award
Part of the 2014 Manitoba Book Awards

Deadline for Submissions:  December 31, 2014

CCWOC's Fall 2014 Writer-in-Residence, LIZ DUFFY ADAMS


































CCWOC's call for a fall 2015 Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence

A celebration of the life of Dr. Renate Eigenbrod on May 31, 2014, may be found here

CCWOC congratulates its affiliate, KATHERENA VERMETTE, upon her recent win of the 2013 Governor General’s Literature Award for Poetry for her new book, North End Love Songs 

CCWOC's Fall 2013 Writers-in-Residence, Christine Fellows and John K. Samson


































Spurfest, a festival of Arts, Politics, and Ideas
Wine & Words | New Writings with CCWOC Writer-in-Residence Louise Wallwein, CCWOC Affiliate Alison Calder, David Annandale, Kristian Enright, John Stintzi, Guy Maddin, and many more
March 20 – 24, 2014  

Warning! Poetry Lives Here: Enter at Your Own Risk
An Evening of Conversation and Readings in Celebration of World Poetry Day
Including CCWOC’s Winter 2014 Writer-in-Residence, LOUISE WALLWEIN, and many others
March 21, 2014

Poet, novelist, essayist and critic
February 24, 2014 

C. D. Howe Memorial Foundation Fellowships
In Creative Writing & Oral Culture
Deadline for Entries:  February 3, 2014 

Welcome Event for CCWOC's Winter 2014 Writer-in-Residence Louise Wallwein

CCWOC Songwriting Workshop - Final Recital
Hosted by Writers-in-Residence Christine Fellows and John K. Samson
November 28, 2013

BOOK LAUNCH: Birk Sproxton: A Tribute
Hosted by Christian Riegel, this event will feature appearances from family members Lorraine Sproxton and Mark Sproxton; readings from contributors Kimmy Beach, Alison Calder, and Dennis Cooley; and presentations by David Arnason and Warren Cariou
November 15, 2013  

Graphic Novel Workshop With David Robertson
October 31, 2013

Writer and/or Storyteller-in-Residence
The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture

Elisabeth de Mariaffi Reading - September 27, 2013

MÉIRA COOK is selected as the Winnipeg Public Library's Writer-in-Residence for 2013-2014. 

The University of Manitoba is chosen as the home of the National Research Centre for Residential Schools

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair joined the CBC's Shelagh Rogers to discuss new Aboriginal writing on The Next Chapter.  Click HERE to listen to that broadcast.

CCWOC Board Member ROBIN JARVIS BROWNLIE launches her latest book, Finding a Way to the Heart: Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women’s History in Canada.To learn more about her book, please turn to page 16 of Research Life's Winter 2013 issue HERE

CCWOC affiliate NIIGAANWEWIDAM JAMES SINCLAIR wins the Paul Stanwood prize for the best dissertation in UBC's Department of English at his graduation ceremony. 

Winners and nominees of the 2013 Manitoba Book Awards are announced, including three CCWOC affiliates:  MEIRA COOK, who won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award for her novel, The House on Sugarbush Road, DENNIS COOLEY, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award, and JONATHAN BALL, who won the Aqua Lansdowne Prize for Poetry for his work, The Politics of Knives

CCWOC Board Member RENATE EIGENBROD, along with Cheryl Suggashie of Pikangikum First Nation, co-hosted a creative writing workshop to help indigenous youth find their inner voices as writers.  To learn more about that workshop, please click HERE.

Winnipeg playwright CAROLYN GRAY becomes the Manitoba Writers' Guild's new Executive Director.  

“Ekphrastic Encounters” poetry workshop with CCWOC's Fall 2012 Writer-in-Residence SALLY ITO and CCWOC Affiliate and Poet JENNIFER STILL.  To hear some recordings that stemmed from that workshop, including a reading by CCWOC's Winter 2013 Storyteller-in-Residence, CLARE MURPHY, please click HERE.

On April 16, 2013, Canadian Poetries published a conversation about ekphrasis with former CCWOC Writer-in-Residence SALLY ITO and with CCWOC affiliate and poet JENNIFER STILL.  Please click here to read that interview. 

CCWOC thanks its outgoing Winter 2013 Storyteller-in-Residence, CLARE MURPHY, for her excellent work with us

Congratulations to U of M Alumnus SALEEMA NAWAZ on the publication of her first novel, Bone & Bread

CCWOC affiliate and poet JENNIFER STILL receives the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award for her winning poem, "Spiny Oakworm" in the annual Prairie Fire-McNally Robinson writing competition. 

"Ekphrastic Encounters: Animating Art with Words"
A workshop with
former CCWOC Writer-in-Residence Sally Ito and CCWOC Affiliate Jennifer Still i
n which participants offered poetic responses to the University of Manitoba's School of Art Gallery's "Re-configuring Abstraction" exhibit.  Listen to the 2012 ekphrasis poets here.

CCWOC affiliate Annette Lapointe publishes her latest book, Whitetail Shooting Gallery

CCWOC announces its Winter 2013 Storyteller-in-Residence, CLARE MURPHY

CCWOC thanks its out-going Fall 2012 Writer-in-Residence, Sally Ito

Former CCWOC writer-in-residence Méira Cook wins the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize for her poem “The Devil’s Advocate”

CCWOC affiliate Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and CCWOC Director Warren Cariou, co-editors of Manitowapow, win this year's On the Same Page contest, through which readers selected Manitowapow as the book for all Manitobans to read in 2013

The Winnipeg Yiddish Women’s Reading Circle makes available recordings of Yiddish stories and poems by women writers, which can be heard here 

CCWOC Director Dr. Warren Cariou and Dr. Neil McArthur of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics begin working on a documentary entitled WHAT ARE HUMAN RIGHTS? To see a clip of this documentary, please click here.

“Speaking Volumes”
A Prairie Fire Benefit with CCWOC Director Warren Cariou,
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, and Esmé Claire Keith

Wine & Words: New Writings
Including CCWOC Director Warren Cariou and CCWOC Storyteller-in-Residence Clare Murphy, Former CCWOC Writer-in-Residence, Sally, Ito, as well as Kit Pearson, Waubgeshig Rice, Ellen Peterson, David Alexander Robertson, Chandra Mayor, Susie Moloney, Michael Minor, Katherine Thorsteinson, Breanna Muir, Julienne Isaacs, K.I. Press, Kim MacRae, Ariel Gordon, Joanne Epp, Teresa-Lee Cooke, Kendra Jones, and Talia Pura

With Former CCWOC Writer-in-Residence SALLY ITO and NANDITA SELVANATHAN

On The Same Page event
Celebrating Manitowapow with readings from CCWOC Director Warren Cariou, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, David McLeod, Gregory Scofield, and a surprise appearance from Percy Tuesday

Storytelling Workshops with Past CCWOC Storyteller-in-Residence Clare Murphy

Welcome Event for and Performance by Clare Murphy, CCWOC Winter 2013 Storyteller-in-Residence

Clare Murphy (past storyteller-in-residence - winter 2013)

Ekphrastic Encounters: Animating Art with Words
A poetry workshop with past CCWOC Writer-in-Residence Sally Ito and CCWOC Emerging Artist Jennifer Still

Welcome Event for and Readings by Sally Ito, CCWOC's Fall 2012 Writer-in-Residence

Sally Ito (past writer-in-residence - fall 2012)

Manitowapow Book Launch

Water in Canadian First Nations: A Symposium in The Pas, Manitoba
Thousands of Canadian First Nation homes have no running water and about one in seven First Nation communities has tap water that is unfit to drink.Professors, university students, and members of 10 Manitoba First Nations gathered in The Pas, Manitoba May 9-10, 2012, for a research planning symposium on the health impacts of inadequate drinking water and sanitation. Participants concluded that overcoming barriers to accessible water in First Nation communities will require effective social action, water and sanitation treatment plants designed for community growth, improved training programs for water testing and improved community planning for piping water to homes and retrofitting homes. 

Storytelling Circle with Patrick Ryan

Welcome Event for and Performance by Patrick Ryan, CCWOC's Fall 2011 Storyteller/Writer-in-Residence

Patrick Ryan (past storyteller-in-residence - fall 2011)

Cree Stories:  An Evening with
Tomson Highway, Emma LaRocque,
Neal McLeod, and Duncan Mercredi

Méira Cook (past writer-in-residence)

Word of Mouth:  Celebrating Writers & the Art of Reading

Welcome Event for the University of Manitoba's
Winter 2011 Writer-in-Residence, Meira Cook

The Tomson Highway Cabaret

Ignatius Mabasa (past writer-in-residence)

Cree Stories:  An Evening with Joseph Boyden,
Duncan Mercredi, and Louis Bird

Launch of W'daub Awae:  Speaking True
Including Readings by Gregory Scofield,
Chris Bose, Al Hunter and Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm,
Hosted by Warren Cariou

First Voices, First Texts Colloquium

2009 Collaborative Creation Grants

A Reading by Marilyn Bowering

Roberta Kennedy (past writer-in-residence - winter 2010)

A Forum on the Right to Education
With a Storytelling Session by Roberta Kennedy

Storytelling Circle with Roberta Kennedy

Re/Making the Canadian West:
Regional Literature in a Globalized World

Welcome Event for the Centre's Winter 2010 Writer-in-Residence Roberta Kennedy

Warren Cariou is awarded 2008 Fullbright Visiting Chair Award

Recipients of the 2008-2009 C.D. Howe Foundation Fellowships in
Creative Writing and Oral Culture

A Musical Piece by Graham Isaak

A Reading by Angie Abdou

Mythic and Mysterious:
A Wondrous Journey from Heights to Depths
A Storytelling Performance by Jan Andrews
of Alan Garner's The Stone Book

Mobile:  Of Community, Commodity Culture, and Mannequins
A Talk/Reading by Roy Miki

Jan Andrews (past writer-in-residence - fall 2009)

Storytelling Workshop with Jan Andrews
The Centre's 2009 Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence

Welcome Event for Jan Andrews
The Centre's 2009 Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence

Red Bulls:  Literary Energy Drinks
How to Re-Energize Your Poems and Stories

Land of Oil and Water:  Aboriginal Voices on Life in the Oil Sands
Documentary film by Neil McArthur and Warren Cariou

An Evening with Jeanette Lynes

George Kenny

Louise Halfe

Sorry:  Next Steps?
A Panel Discussion on Apology and Reconciliation

Al Hunter

Dr. J. Edward Chamberlin & Dr. Lorna Goodison

Armin Wiebe (past writer-in-residence - fall 2008)

Rody Gorman (past writer-in-residence - fall 2008) - Intertonguing and Traduction

Gregory Scofield (past writer-in-residence - fall 2007)

Grand Opening