Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

TNSOW: “Oh, Unfamiliar World"

Share |

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 6:30pm



The Toronto New School of Writing is pleased to offer another exciting writing course: “Oh, Unfamiliar World”.


Instructor: Jenny Sampirisi

Toronto New School of Writing Co-Founder and BookThug Managing Editor Jenny Sampirisi teases out the intriguing intersections of narrative and reality in this four week prose workshop. The question of this course is NOT how does narrative recreate a reality we already know, but how might it challenge, rearrange, recode, unhinge us from our expectations of the real world? How might a piece of prose make us uncertain of things we take for granted every day and also cast into question the reality of the created world? The internal logic of a piece of writing can (should?) fracture our sense of the familiar and place us inside the poem or narrative’s strange world, a derivative of our own maybe, but certainly there’s something amiss here. This is not Alice Munro’s narrative. This course looks at a handful of writers and artists including but not limited to Gertrude Stein, Lisa Robertson, Margaret Christakos, Samuel Beckett, Carolyn Bergvall, Tony Burgess and Leonard Cohen as students muck about with tenants of reality and narrative convention. Students will be removed from reality each week through a series of poetic exercises. Readings will be sent to students in the days leading up to the course.

Course takes place on Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30 pm, 9 March - 30 March, 2011.

For more information and to register, please visit

JF Robitaille: Minor Dedications


Open Book App Ad