Laurier has a tradition of inviting noteworthy Canadian writers to engage with our institutional and local communities as public intellectuals during an intensive one-week visiting writer residency.
The goal of this immersive experience is for visiting writers to share their knowledge and creativity, while fostering dialogue with students, faculty, staff, and the public about a current social question. Their presence will be instructive to communities both within and outside the university, acting as a bridge between them.
During their stay, visiting writers will meet with students, classes or reading groups, offer workshops in their areas of expertise, deliver public talks or engage in other community events. A hallmark of the initiative is a public reading or lecture. During which, the visiting writer draws on some of the significant themes or contexts that broadly positions their writing.
The university will work with visiting writers to determine which activities are best aligned with the goals of the residency. These initiatives may include any of the following.
(Waterloo and Brantford campuses, Kitchener location)
- Participating in class sessions for disciplines related to the writer's work.
- Facilitating student workshops.
- Attending reading groups focused on one or more of the writer's texts.
- Participating in roundtable discussions with students, staff and faculty.
- Delivering a reading at a premiere public event.
- Delivering a lecture on a topic relevant to the writer's work or area of interest.
- Participating in a facilitated panel discussion.
- Contributing their names and efforts to a targeted fundraising event related to a cause of interest.
Fall 2019 Visiting Writer: Dave Bidini
Bidini's work spans a range of areas, notably Canadian sports and sport culture, his experiences as musician as the founding member of the band The Rheostatics, and most recently, time spent in Yellowknife as a guest newspaper columnist. Bidini is the only person to have been nominated for Canada's Gemini, Genie, and Juno awards, as well as CBC's "Canada Reads" competition. He is a three-time National magazine award-winner, National Post journalist, and is currently the publisher of the West End Phoenix community newspaper in Toronto.
- Midnight Light: a Personal Journey to the North (2019)
- Keon and Me: My Search for the Lost Soul of the Leafs (2014)
- Writing Gordon Lightfoot: the Man, the Music, and the World in 1972 (2011)
- For Those about to Write: How I Learned to Love Books and Why I Had to Write Them (2007)
- The Best Game You Can Name (2006)
- For Those about to Rock: a Road Map for Being in a Band (2004)
- Baseballissimo: My Summer in the Italian Minor Leagues (2004)
- Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places (2004)
- On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock (1998)
- Names on the Cup (2017, co-writer with Allen Abel)
- Rush: Time Stand Still (2016, writer)
- The Hockey Nomad (2003, writer)
- The Motherland (2014)
- In the Rock Hall (2012)
- The Land is Wild (2009)
- Here Come the Wolves (2019)
- Brave New Waves Session (2017)
- 2067 (2004)
- Night of the Shooting Stars (2001)
- The Story of Harmelodia (1999)
- The Nightlines Sessions (1998)
- The Blue Hysteria (1996)
- Music Inspired by the Group of Seven (1995)
- Introducing Happiness (1994)
- Music from The Motion Picture Whale Music (1994)
- Whale Music (1992)
- Melville (1991)
- Greatest Hits (1987)