Image courtesy Jacob Wren.

Workshop Series: Unfinished Exercises with Jacob Wren

Friday, July 10 and Sunday, July 12, 5:30PM PDT
Presented on Zoom

This workshop series is free but space is limited. Please contact sfugallery@sfu.ca to register.

In the midst of pandemic illness, movements for racial justice and calls to restructure how the fabric of social life is woven, there are immense opportunities to significantly shift how we think, see, interact, and live. Working with the form of a writing group, this online workshop, led by author Jacob Wren, will explore some of the ways that current social, political and economic upheavals might change how we write, in response.

The workshop will take place over two sessions. In the first meeting, participants will develop short writing exercises that focus on how the ways we approach writing now might change as a result of the shifting terrains of social life. In the second meeting, participants will share responses they have crafted to those writing prompts. The goal is to think together and start something, something that we will definitely not be able to finish, and to feel the ways that writing might be able to take the measure of society in a state of becoming.

Jacob Wren makes literature, performances and exhibitions. His books include Polyamorous Love Song (2014), Rich and Poor (2016) and Authenticity Is a Feeling (2018). As co-artistic director of the Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created performances such as En français comme en anglais, it's easy to criticize, Individualism Was A Mistake, The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information and Every Song I’ve Ever Written. His Internet presence is often defined by a fondness for quotations.

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