The program for our 2018 conference has now been released on our social medias and conference page! It features two academic keynote speakers (Wendy Roy and Pamela Sing) and two keynote creative writers (Zarqa Nawaz and Audrée Wilhelmy). We will have joint panels with other associations, notably a Graduate Student Reading and a Round Table.

Thank you to all of you for submitting your proposals to create what will be a thought-provoking conference where we will gather to discuss indigenous literature, the works of major women writers, contemporary poetry, the questions that emerging writers are tackling, as well as the role of the secular and the sacred in Canadian writing, the issues that surround (re)-imagining the past, the possibilities that exist for creative criticism, and much more. We invite you to enjoy the Big Thinking Lecture Series events. Our annual conference is also the moment where we award the Gabrielle Roy prize for the best academic book, and the Barbara Godard prize for the best student paper.

My warmest thanks go to our vice-presidents Shelley Hulan (English) and Scott Powers (French) for their incredible work in assembling this stimulating program. I also would like to extend my thanks to our local coordinators Medrie Purdham and Mark Lajoie who, among many other duties, are in charge of organizing our banquet at the Fireside Bistro. The enhanced and definitive version of the program will be released in April.

A friendly reminder to our regular attendees, and important info for new members: in order to be formally accepted to the Congress, you need to register:

For information regarding transportation and accommodation, please visit the page “Plan Your Trip” on the Congress website.

On top of all these exciting events and all your conference planning, please remember that good citizenship is essential to the life of academic associations like ACQL. Please consider:

  • making a donation to the Gabrielle-Roy Prize when you renew your membership;
  • participating in our annual general meeting (during the first day of the conference; lunch is provided!): we need to hear from you;
  • sending us<> your CFP or whatever relevant info you need to circulate;
  • following us on Facebook and Twitter; thank you to Misao Dean and Sylvie Bérard for their very proactive contributions;
  • serving on the executive in the future (we are a very friendly bunch of colleagues from all over the country!);
  • grad students: please do submit your papers for the Barbara Godard prize;
  • please email Shelley and Scott if you want to chair a session;
  • the executive welcomes questions and suggestions for improvements at all times: feel free to contact me.

Thank you all,

Élise Lepage
ACQL President