Catherine Bush

Catherine Bush

Catherine Bush is the author of five novels, including the forthcoming Elemental, set on an island off the coast of Newfoundland. She is the coordinator of the Guelph Creative Writing MFA. She lives in Toronto near the black oak savannah of High Park and in the country north of Belleville.

Outside of Iowa: The Ethics of Creative Writing Pedagogy

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This roundtable discussion will examine the ways in which the creative writing classroom can address matters of ethics, representation, diversity, access, and inclusion. What can be done to encourage students to see writing as an act of moral engagement? And how can instructors support and encourage historically silenced voices? How can these issues be made […]

Community Building / Le renforcement des collectivités Pedagogy / La pédagogie
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Writing the Land

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How do we navigate in writing a relationship with the land we live on? For many of us, an attentive and intimate relationship with North American and local landscape is not straightforward. We write on occupied land or stolen land. We write as Indigenous, settler, immigrant, racialized, queer, first generation to be born here, all […]

Craft of Writing / L’art de l’écriture
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Writing Illness

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American writer Meghan O’Rourke states: “The literature of illness remains remarkably impoverished—especially when it comes to describing chronic illness.” The assembled panelists have all crafted full-length works that engage with chronic illness. They will discuss how their own projects — a play written about and in collaboration with people with cystic fibrosis, a novel that […]

Craft of Writing / L’art de l’écriture
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