Public lectures and events

Writing an Essay for the Liberal Arts Certificate (55+) — October Workshop

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:30 PM

Are you stuck on how to write an essay? Having difficulty organizing your thoughts? Not sure how or where to begin? Sometimes staring at a blank page or screen can be agonizing.

This free workshop is for students who are pursuing or thinking about pursuing our Liberal Arts Certificate. The workshop is designed to help you learn essay writing as a thoughtful personal response to course content. The enhanced writing and organizational skills you gain will also be useful in your personal and professional life.

Date(s): Fri, Oct 19, 12:30-2:20 p.m.

Location: Room 1425, Vancouver

Admission: Free and open to adults enrolled in 55+ Program courses, but please register. 

Related topic(s): Liberal Arts Non-Credit Certificate

Your Instructor

  • Nilofar Shidmehr

    Nilofar Shidmher, PhD, MFA, is a creative writing-informed research scholar and a bilingual writer and poet. Nilofar’s poetry and short stories have been featured in many Canadian and Iranian literary magazines including The New QuarterlyRoomThe Danforth ReviewThe Maple Tree Literary SupplementZaman (Time), and Ava-ye-Tabiid (The Voice of Exile)

    As a scholar, she has made several scientific contributions in the field of poetic inquiry as a research methodology in forms of journal papers and book chapters. As a creative writer, she has published two books of poetry in English, and three books of poetry and a collection of short stories in Farsi. Her first book in English, Shirin and Salt Man, was nominated for a BC Book Prize in 2009, and her second book, Between Lives, has received many positive reviews. 

    Nilofar served as the 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence at Regina Public Library and the 2017 Writer-in-Residence at the City of Richmond. Between 2014 to 2017, she served as a judge, juror or reader for literary contests including the CBC Poetry Prize and the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. 

    Nilofar is also an essayist in her mother tongue, writing on a wide range of social and political issues including women’s rights, the legal impediments of the Islamic jurisprudence in Iran, and subjects of migration, displacement and belonging in relation to the Iranian diaspora. As a feminist activist, she hosted the show “Iranian Women’s Voice” onVancouver Co-op Radio in 2014. She also presented lectures at the Iranian Women Studies Foundation Conference and at the Iranian Women Activists’ Organizations annual seminars in Germany.

    To learn more about Nilofar and her work, visit her website:



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