Thursday, January 24, 2008

Have you ever wanted to peek inside an author's head?

Now is your chance!


Be a voyeur as the words spill out onto the screen on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the University of Victoria’s first-ever “Write Here in Plain Sight” (WHIPS) event. Six UVic researchers and local columnist Jack Knox of the Times Colonist will write in full public view for three hours in separate rooms, with each word, every typo and any moments of writer’s block projected onto large screens behind them. The public is invited to observe and ask questions as the writers narrate the research and writing process. The WHIPS concept was introduced by Dalhousie University in March 2007. This year, UVic will join Dalhousie in a simultaneous bi-coastal sequel to last year’s popular event. The West Coast session has been organized by UVic’s Writing Centre, the Student Transition Centre and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

       “This innovative experiment is a bright, wide window into how writers write,” says Dr. Gweneth Doane, associate dean of UVic’s Faculty of Graduate Studies. “Watching a process in action is one of the best ways to learn. And that’s what we are offering to our scholars, students, budding authors and any other interested members of the public who want to attend this free session.”

       WHIPS — Write Here in Plain Sight at UVic

       Saturday, 26 January 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
       Dr. Yvonne Coady, UVic Computer Science
       Dr. Mary Elizabeth Leighton, UVic English
       Dr. Wolff-Michael Roth, UVic Curriculum Studies
       Dr. Lisa Surridge, UVic English
       Dr. Holly Tuokko, UVic Psychology
       Ben Chou, UVic Centre on Aging
       Jack Knox, Times Colonist
       David Strong Building, rooms 103, 118, 122, 126, 128, 130
       Admission is free on a drop-in basis.

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