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This year, the CWCA continues its tour of hidden gems at Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

In 2018, the University of Saskatchewan’s limestone buildings and rainbow-painted walks enamoured us. The campus connected us to the conference themes of inclusiveness and anti-oppressive pedagogies. In 2019, we will explore the Writing Centre multiverse at Emily Carr University of Art & Design, which was moved in 2017 to a beautifully and purposefully designed campus in the heart of Vancouver.

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The new campus is an art museum with bright and airy spaces occupied by students, faculty, community members, and their work. This design is intended to foster creativity, innovation, collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and inclusiveness. What it clearly shows is a thoughtful commitment to creating an immersive educational experience designed to produce creative and cultural leaders. It’s the perfect site to facilitate our thinking about the multitude of writing tools, approaches, lenses, cultures, and communities we live, support, and connect through our work.

Like the rest of the campus, Emily Carr’s Writing Centre is filled with natural light and plenty of collaborative workspaces. The Centre’s manifesto is itself a work of art. The vision of writing it boasts is supportive, empowering, and inspiring. Check it out here.

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In the evenings together, we can explore local beaches, the nearby craft beer market, Granville Island, and the Kitsilano neighbourhood. In the other direction, we might stroll through Chinatown and Gastown or hop on a bus to Stanley Park. Arrive a day or so early and climb Grouse Mountain after exploring North Vancouver.

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Walk or bike the False Creek seawall

Take the aquabus from False Creek to Granville Island

Check some local breweries (Brassneck and Main Street Brewing are both close by and are lovely places to sit and chat and try some craft beer!)

Visit Dude Chilling Park. China Creek Park is also very close to Emily Carr, in case we want to organize a game of Writing Centre Baseball!

There are LOTS of awesome restaurants and local shops up and down Main Street, so just walking or busing Main street for an afternoon can be lovely! I highly recommend East is East , Chickpea, and Meet on Main, but there are many many more!

See some contemporary art or go to the Vancouver Art Gallery – Tuesday evenings are by donation. Emily Carr will likely also have some “in house” art going on!

Visit SFU’s downtown campus and Woodward School for Contemporary Arts and have dinner in the revolving restaurant at Harbour Centre

Take the seabus to North Vancouver for hiking (Lynn Canyon, Capilano Suspension Bridge, etc.), Shipyard’s Night Market

See and learn much more on the Vancouver Tourism website.

We’re looking forward to exploring Vancouver and Emily Carr’s new campus with you!