Writing from the Ground Up | Creative Writing 382

Nelson, B.C.

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Who Should Apply
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The Program

Open to writers of all genres, Writing from the Ground Up is a unique site- and community-themed, intensive, creative writing course to be offered in Nelson, B.C. over an eight-week span from late September to early November. This will be a university-credit course open to members of the general public (no pre-requisite or required level of experience). To accommodate students in full-time jobs, this course will be offered on four alternate weekends on Friday evenings and Saturday days on Sept. 25-26, Oct.  9-10; Oct. 23-24 and Nov. 6-7.

The concept of this course is to enhance student writing skills while engaging with notions of “community” (human and natural families, neighbours, workmates, locales). Participants will receive third-year UBCO credit for the course, are welcome to work in any genre or genres, and will work closely with each other and the instructor to develop their writing over the eight weeks.

You can expect:

  • conversations with guest UBCO Creative Writing Faculty and others
  • discussions on writing craft lectures
  • field work
  • writing practice
  • workshops
  • events
  • public readings
  • interdisciplinary writing projects

The Site

The host site of the program is the new West Kootenay Teacher Education (WKTEP) Program Learning Centre and is managed by The University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education.  It is located at 266 Baker Street in downtown Nelson. 


This course is intended for those who are currently residing in Nelson. However, those outside of Nelson who are interested in taking this fortnightly course are welcome to register and can find appropriate accommodation at www.discovernelson.com/htdocs/lodging.html

Who Should Apply

The 2015 Writing From the Ground Up is appropriate for writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and new media. The program is open to writers at any stage of their career. Writers interested in all or any notions of place — natural places, landscape, built environments, social spaces, places of the mind — will have opportunity to further work already in progress, to create new work, and/or to produce site-specific responses to the Nelson region itself.
Writing From the Ground Up is available as a course for university credit (See Registration Information below.)

Registration Categories

Nelson-area participants

If you are not a current UBCO student, there are three ways to register. If you are currently a student at another post-secondary institution, you can register as a Visiting student by obtaining permission from your own university or college. If you hold a previous university degree, you will need to apply as an Unclassified Student. If you do not hold a university degree, you will need to apply as an Access Student. There is no difference in credit or fees. Regular tuition and other UBCO fees will apply.

Non-UBC Students

Non-UBC students will need to register as Visiting, Unclassified, or Access students. Once your status is approved you can register for CRWR 382. Regular tuition and other UBCO fees will apply.

Current UBCO Undergraduate Students

UBC Okanagan Creative Writing Majors and Minors and MFA students: Participants can register for undergraduate (CRWR 382) course credit. Regular tuition and other UBCO fees will apply.

Non-Credit Registration

The non-credit option of the course is open to members of the general public (no pre-requisite or required level of experience. Course fee: $500. Click here to register. 


Christine Squire
Academic Advising, UNC 207I
250.807.9469 or 1.866.596.0767


SonnetSonnet L'Abbé, Instructor: Writing from the Ground Up

Sonnet L'Abbé, Ph.D., is a poet, essayist and public speaker. The award-winning author of two collections of poetry, A Strange Relief and Killarnoe, L'Abbé was the editor of Best Canadian Poetry 2014 and the 2015 Edna Staebler Writer in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has taught creative writing at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies, and is also currently a creative writing instructor at Vancouver Island University.




Ashok MathurAshok Mathur, Creative Studies Department Head and co-ordinator of the Writing from the Ground Up pilot program. 

Mathur’s cultural, critical, creative, and academic practice is wide ranging and investigates new models of artistic research and interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly those that pursue a social justice agenda. As a writer, cultural organizer, and interdisciplinary artist his work addresses the intersections of race, indigeneity, and creative and artistic research. His editorial work includes the anthology Cultivating Canada: reconciliation through the lens of cultural diversity (Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2011), and numerous special volumes of arts and literary journals such as West Coast Line and Prairie Fire. He also edits CiCAC Press which publishes poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction using an alternative author-driven approach to support writers and readers. His novels include A Little Distillery in Nowgong (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009) which also functioned as a collaborative art installation in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Ottawa; The Short Happy Life of Harry Kumar (Arsenal, 2001); and Once Upon an Elephant (Arsenal, 1998); in addition he has published a poetic novella, Loveruage (Wolsak and Wynn, 1993).




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