F177. Dealing with Workshop Diversity

Room 404 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Students bring disparate cultural backgrounds, personal situations, and artistic interests to the creative writing workshop. This panel addresses the challenges and opportunities that such diversity creates. Presenters reimagine goals, practices, and the teacher’s role in workshops where students have cultural expertise that the teacher lacks, experience with widely differing genres of writing, and varying psychological relationships to their work.



Robert McGill has published two novels, The Mysteries and Once We Had a Country, and a nonfiction book, The Treacherous Imagination: Intimacy, Ethics, and Autobiographical Fiction. He is an associate professor at the University of Toronto, where he teaches creative writing and Canadian literature.

Carolyn Smart has published seven books including Careen, Hooked, and The Way to Come Home. She is the founder of the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, is poetry editor for McGill-Queen's Press, and since 1989 has taught creative writing at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

Noor Naga is an MA student in the University of Toronto's creative writing program. Her fiction explores themes of identity within Muslim/POC communities, and her research interests include postcolonial and diasporic literature. She also facilitates creative writing workshops for writers of color.

Siobhan Phillips writes poems and essays. She teaches at Dickinson College.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center