National Indigenous Writers Conference at SFU Vancouver October 19-20, 2013


A two-day, participant-driven conference on the reality, representation and recognition of Indigenous writers in Canada.

Recent discussions among Indigenous writers about the relative lack of representation in The Writers Union of Canada (TWUC) and why this was so, led to more conversations.

Subsequently, a working group has formed to organize a national conference, which will combine professional workshops for Indigenous writers as well as networking and readings on the first day. There is also a surprise announcement in the works for the conference.

Hosted by Publishing@SFU, the conference will be held at the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue and the Harbour Centre campus of SFU, in downtown Vancouver.

Day one begins at 9:00 am and takes place in room 320 of the Wosk Centre for Dialogue (580 West Hastings Street). It will feature an all day conference (with panels and break out sessions) based on an agenda set by those attending. Some of the ideas being talked about include:

  • a national network – relationship with TWUC;
  • a website as a communicative hub;
  • international linkages;
  • sharing resources and support across the country (workshops, training);
  • theory and issues specific to Aboriginal writers.

Professional development sessions will take place on day two at the Harbour Centre Campus of SFU (515 West Hastings Street). There will be four workshops, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. Participants who sign up for the workshop day will be able to attend a choice of one workshop in the morning and a choice of one in the afternoon.

Workshop topics are:

8:00 am to 12:00 pm, October 20:

Room 1315: Getting Published: A publisher outlines tips, tricks, and pitfalls

Room 1325: Living the story: Writing from the community: Authenticity, Protocol, Power

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, October 20:

Room 1315: Building and Maintaining an Author Platform

Room 1325: TBC

Theytus Books’ Editor-in-Chief and Writer Paul Seesequasis has been compiling suggestions for the conference. He notes, “Input has already come in from Winnipeg, Edmonton, Toronto, Saskatoon and Vancouver. In the past two months, a national Working Group has come together to organize the event and it is working hard to insure we have representation from across the country. A poster, press release and further details will be announced shortly.

“This is only the beginning. I hope you share my enthusiasm for this conference. Let’s hear people’s ideas. Let’s start the dialogue. Let’s make it happen.”


Writers and others interested in participating, please contact:
Paul Seesequasis
(819) 592 8939


For information on the venue, travel, accommodation or tickets, please contact:
Suzanne Norman
(778) 782-5241




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  1. thank you.
    would be grateful to be a part of this.
    thank you kindly,
    annie ross
    SFU Department of First Nations Studies

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