W5: Waterloo Women Writing With Women is a free, day-long writing retreat that will provide women and non-binary attendees with helpful advice, affirmation of writing goals, friendship, and the opportunity for writing accountability.
W5 offers a collaborative space and supportive environment for University of Waterloo women and non-binary faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. In addition to supplying quiet writing space and structured writing time, W5 will host workshops on Memoir Writing (by Lamees Al-Ethari) and Writing for the Public (by Aimee Morrison). You'll also get guidance and strategies for writing productivity and goal-setting from Clare Bermingham, director of Waterloo's Writing and Communication Centre, throughout the day.
W5 takes place on the sixth floor of Engineering 5, in spacious rooms with lots of natural light and a great bird's-eye-view of campus.
What: A day-long writing retreat with the opportunity to write individually and in community and to participate in writing workshops.
When: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 9 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
Where: The sixth floor of Engineering 5 (6002/6004/6006/6008).
Who: University of Waterloo women and non-binary faculty, staff, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers.
Writing fuel: Beverages, snacks, and lunch will be provided.
How to sign up
This event is free and there is no screening or application process. Registration is required and you need to attend the whole day (with an exception for staff who are unable to get permission to attend the full day).
Please note that the deadline has changed from February 12 to February 5 due to catering requirements.
8:30 - Registration, coffee, and snacks
9:00 - Welcome remarks from W3 (Waterloo Women's Wednesdays)
9:05 - Introduction from the Writing and Communication Centre
9:30 - Structured writing time (25-minute sessions with breaks in between)
noon - Lunch (food provided; choose from working, social, and quiet rooms)
1:00 - Concurrent workshops and structured writing time
2:30 - Refreshment break
2:45 - Structured writing time (+ optional writing accountability groups)
4:00 - Closing advice from the Writing and Communication Centre
1. Memoir Writing
Through creative writing exercises and activities, Lamees Al Ethari will help you begin to develop a focused personal narrative. Participants will follow a writing process that begins with an image and develops through a list of questions that trigger sensory emotions surrounding a specific memory. Bring your creative imagination, some colouring pencils to draw, and be prepared to write and share your work. No background in creative writing required!
2. Writing for the Public
Aimée Morrison, an Associate Professor in English Language and Literature at Waterloo, talks about how to take your research and share it with the public. Aimée's work focuses on popular reception and remediation of computer technologies, as well as on social media as a platform for auto/biography and activism.
W3 (Waterloo Women's Wednesdays) is a monthly gathering of women and non-binary grad students, post-docs, staff, and faculty that (usually) meets on the last Wednesday of each month. W3 events are coordinated by a committee of faculty, staff, post-doc, and grad student reps. Get the full line-up of 2020 events here.
W3 events for 2019-20 are sponsored by the Faculty Association, Staff Association, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Department of English Language and Literature, Department of Communication Arts, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Department of French Studies, and Office of Research.
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