Louise Wallwein


LOUISE WALLWEIN was brought up in 13 different children’s homes and wrote her first play at the age of 17. 

A renowned poet, playwright and filmmaker, her explosive work detonates her audiences’ imaginations. 

Louise has written, performed, and collaborated all over the world, bringing to life characters that exist in the margins of society. 

Among many writing residencies, Louise was the 2006 Poet in Residence of Queensland.  Her works include the BBC Radio Play “Dirty White Girl”, the plays “Skid 180”, “Melting Ice” and “Tagged”, as well as the one-woman show “Low Flying Aircraft”, performed on the wing of a World War II Shackleton aircraft. 

On Friday, January 17, 2014, the university held a welcome event for Louise and hosted her inaugural performance at CCWOC.  Click HERE to see pictures of the event.

For help with your creative writing, please contact Louise at ccwocwir@cc.umanitoba.ca or at 480-1067 to arrange a FREE meeting with her.  She will be in residence from January through March 2014Her office hours are Tuesdays 1-3pm, and Thursdays 12-1:30pm.  Please follow these guidelines when submitting your work.

To join Louise's weekly WRITING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE WORKSHOP, please click HERE.

If you'd like to learn more about Louise's creative work with Winnipeg's inner-city populations during her residency, please click HEREOr click HERE to visit her website.


Past Writers/Storytellers-in-Residence:

Christine Fellows and John K. Samson - Fall 2013

Clare Murphy - Winter 2012

Sally Ito - Fall 2012

Mary Louise Chown and Kay Stone - Winter 2012

Patrick Ryan - Fall 2011

Méira Cook – Winter 2011

Ignatius Mabasa - Fall 2010

Roberta Kennedy - Winter 2010

Jan Andrews - Fall 2009

Armin Wiebe - Fall 2008

Rody Gorman - Fall 2008

Gregory Scofield - Fall 2007










Louise delivers an electric performance at her inaugural event at the Centre

CCWOC director Dr. Warren Cariou introduces Louise to students and staff

U of M Associate Dean of Arts Greg Smith welcomes Louise to the campus

Louise performs her work

Louise with poet and CCWOC affiliate, Jennifer Still

Louise discusses her work with students and staff