About Us
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The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba, the first institute of its kind in North America, is a place for creativity, for scholarly research into oral and literate cultures, and for making connections between the University and the community.  Opened in the fall of 2008, the Centre provides crucial support for students, faculty and community members who are working to create their own stories or who are studying the stories of others.  The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture is an interdisciplinary, research-based facility that permits artists, scholars and students from diverse backgrounds to explore the transformative possibilities of the spoken and written word.

To view a video of our facilities, please click here

To view photos of our grand opening on September 10, 2008, click here

To learn more about our staff and steering committee, click here.


CCWOC is pleased to announce its Winter 2019 Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence, DUNCAN MERCREDI! Duncan  will be in residence with us from January until April if you'd like to consult him about any aspect of your written work.  Or feel free to enroll in his weekly writing workshops, starting on January 31, 2019!  Please join us for Duncan's inaugural reading at the university on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, from 2:30-4pm in St. John's Cross Common Room.  All are welcome to this FREE event, which will be followed by a small catered reception.

The Centre wishes to thank its Fall 2018 Writer-in-Residence, TRISTAN HUGHES, for his many events and contributions to our literary community.  Wishing you all the best in your future work!

CCWOC wishes to congratulate this year's recipients of the CD Howe Memorial Foundation Fellowships in Creative Writing & Oral Culture, Michelle Lietz and Dominique Reynolds.  For more information about these two exceptional scholars, please click here.

CCWOC is happy to announce that its Director, Warren Cariou, has been recognized as an “extraordinary teacher” at the University of Manitoba’s 25th Annual Students’ Teacher Recognition Reception (STRR).  Congratulations, Warren!  This is a well-deserved distinction!! 

The University of Manitoba has recently included Indigenous scarves as official academic dress for convocation.  To read more about this important development, please click here.

Congratulations to Damien Lee and Susie Fisher, the 2015-2016 recipients of CCWOC's CD Howe Fellowships.  To learn more about Damien's and Susie's work, please click HERE.































CCWOC Director,
Dr. Warren Cariou

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CCWOC Coordinator,
Dr. Susan Rich

Kim Wilde
CCWOC CCPPA Project Coordinator,
Kimberley Wilde


CCWOC Media Technician,
Teddy Zegeye-Gebrehiwot