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Student-led creative writing conference sells out


A new creative writing conference hosted by U of T Scarborough students has sold out.

Emerging Voices Creative Writers' Conference features high-profile writers such as Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke, comic book writer J. Torres, psychotherapist and author Farzana Doctor, and UTSC’s writer in residence Nino Ricci. Participants will choose from workshops on such topics as writer’s block, digital publishing and poetry writing.

A partnership between UTSC’s Students of English Literature and Film (SELF) and the Toronto Public Library, the conference takes place downtown and will host 300 people from all three U of T campuses and local high schools.

“The Toronto Public Library has a very successful creative writing conference for teens aged 12-19 years old so we decided to use this model and create this event for an older audience,” explains SELF President and third-year UTSC student Aakriti Kapoor. “We felt that UTSC needed an event rooted to storytelling and the authors in our vibrant city.”

The theme, ‘Fuelling Diversity’, manifests itself in both the presenters and the skill level of attendees. “By exposing students to a wide range of genres and backgrounds, we hope to not only allow them to explore their creativity in a multitude of ways, but also gain new skills and experiences,” says Aakriti. “Even if participants have never taken a ‘creative writing’ class, we believe everyone is capable of expressing themselves creatively.”

Emerging Voices Creative Writers' Conference will be held February 7 at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram and Bluma Appel Salon.

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