The English Department is delighted to announce that Cira Nickel, an Honours English Major and Cameron Reed, an Environmental Studies major have been selected to receive the Literary Award in Creative Writing. This prestigious, endowed award is given yearly to deserving students who will receive more than $2000 in scholarship funds to assist them in their pursuit of editorial and publishing experience and knowledge, will act as Editor-in-Chief of the university’s literary journal [spaces] and will earn 3 semester hours of Directed Studies English credit in return. Cira and Cameron are worthy recipients of this award, both having demonstrated their strong abilities in creative writing and editorial skill. The 2011 edition of [spaces] will appear in early spring.
[spaces] began in 2006 as a collaborative effort between TWU's many-splendoured disciplines. It was spear-headed by a few determined students who aspired to create space for dialogue, where we might address and reflect on the spaces in which we find ourselves, whether those spaces remove us from the known, return us to the oft' visited, or take us somewhere "in-between."
The inaugural issue hit shelves in 2007 and was well-received by the communities both at TWU and beyond. Since then, two more successful rounds of [spaces] have been published. [spaces] is currently accepting submissions for Issue 4 up until November 19. The journal accepts all forms of creative writing, artwork and photography. For specific information on submissions please check our website, http://www.twuspaces.com/.
On Wednesday, November 10, the English Department held the annual Fall Pizza Party. Majors, Minors and Concentrations were invited to meet faculty and hear about the Spring 2010 courses being offered. A wonderful time was had by all, and after a feast of pizza, students were treated to a Shakespearean video created by Vic Cavalli's students, along with a unique rendition of Burns's song, "A Man's a Man for 'a That". The First-Year English Essay Award was also presented to deserving student, Christopher Sanz, in recognition of outstanding essay writing.
On Wednesday, October 7th, Dr. Pearson hosted a "Major Event" for newly-declared English majors. The Pearsons' cottage, several miles from campus, is located on a farm which breeds horses. The shining autumn day, the horses in the fields, the table set with goodies and the warmth of new friends provided lots of fun and entertainment, along with good conversation. We welcomed new majors to the department and enjoyed discussing possibilities for courses, reflecting on the paths that graduating students have taken and exploring opportunities for writing that the department offers students, especially the literary journal [spaces] and the university newspaper, "Mars' Hill." Watch for information for the next event!
April 7-9 Robert Burns in a Transatlantic Context Workshop (co-organized by faculty and graduate students at Simon Fraser University, Trinity Western University, and Whitman College. Supported by a SSHRC Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences in Canada.
April 14 Donation of over 200 Brontë books to Trinity Western library. For more info please follow link: http://twulibrarynews.blogspot.com/2009/04/scholarly-connection-builds-bronte.html
April 24-25 English Department Graduation Tea and Commencement ceremonies.