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Workshops & seminars

Expanded Practices

Composition in the Post-Secondary Fine Arts Classroom

Date & time
Monday, March 25, 2024
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free



J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Writing has always been one step in the future. From emojis to slang to song, writing has momentum, and it is up to us as educators and artists to find ways of moving with it. In the light of current concerns about technology and the changing relevance of traditional writing techniques, how can our assignments, pedagogical investment, and practices adapt? What might this look like in the Fine Arts classroom, a context in which writing exists alongside other forms of creative communication? How does the protean nature of writing influence our conception of originality and our methods of teaching and practicing core scholarly techniques, such as citing, designing syllabi, and researching? How (and why) do we engage Fine Arts students in practice-based streams that develop writing skills? Finally, how would a focus on composition or communication, instead of writing, change the way we teach core skills in the classroom?

In this one-day hybrid symposium, we will explore expanded practices of research and writing in postsecondary Fine Arts, with an emphasis on foundational, interdisciplinary, and practice-based courses. Writing has always been a changeable medium with an ambiguous role in arts practice — how can we work and adapt with it in a classroom context while inviting students to do the same?

Full schedule PDF available here!

How can you participate? Join us in person or online by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube.

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Full schedule below: 

10:00am - 10:30am Coffee and Opening Remarks
10:30am - 11:30am

Keynote: Caroline Woolard 

"Where do the things you make want to go?"

11:30 - 11:45am  Break
11:45am - 12:30pm

Roundtable | CRAFT | Text as Material

with Molly-Claire Gillett, Morris Fox, Patrick Moskwa, and Kate Ritchie

12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch break
1:00pm - 2:15pm

Panel | PRACTICE | In Creative Practice and the Classroom

with Elora CrawfordGreg Blair, Stacy L. Stingle, and Shaghayegh Yassemi

2:00pm - 2:15pm Break
2:15pm - 3:25pm

Workshops | PLAY | Engaging with Compositional Strategies

with Adam Mbowe, Amira Hanafi, and Yuki Kéké Tam

3:25pm - 3:35pm Break
3:35pm - 4:35pm

Panel | CARE | Ethics of Writing and Citing

with naveed L. salek nejad, Shiva Mainaly, Victoria MacBeath, and Michelle Miller

4:35pm - 4:45pm Break
4:45pm - 5:45pm

Panel | SENSES | Writing Bodies

with Sarah Barone, Madelaine Caritas Longman, Allison Peacock, and Hillary Weiss

7:30pm - 10:00pm OFFSITE Celebration at N Bar (1244 MacKay St.)

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