Upcoming Events

Summer Writing Team Opportunity!

Call for Writers & Reviewers

ELAN is looking for educators to work on a collaborative writing team developing curriculum-based lessons and resources to support intermediate and senior Language Arts and English educators in applying a culturally responsive pedagogical lens to First Nation, Métis and Inuit literature and authors. These paid positions will be a ten day commitment (writers) or a two day commitment (reviewers) for early August 2019 in Mississauga, Ontario.

Download the application here.

Please email your application to ontarioelan1@gmail.com in PDF form by Monday June 3, 2019.

ELAN’s “Write Into Spring” May Conference has been postponed.

Please stay tuned for an update in Fall 2019 where we will “Write Into Fall” with an amazing conference line up of speakers, sessions and resources.

Keynote Speaker: Jael Richardson

Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The Stone Thrower was adapted into a children’s book in 2016 and was shortlisted for a Canadian picture book award. Richardson is a book columnist and guest host on CBC’s q.

She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and lives in Brampton, Ontario where she founded and serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). Her debut novel, Gutter Child, is coming Fall 2020 with HarperCollins Canada.

The Stone Thrower memoir received a CBC Bookie Award and earned Richardson an Acclaim Award and a My People Award as an Emerging Artist. Her essay “Conception” is part of Room Magazine’s first Women of Colour edition, and excerpts from her first play, My Upside Down Black Face, are published in the anthology T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers. Richardson was a Toronto District School Board Writer-In-Residence in 2013 and 2016.

Breakout Session Speaker: Catherine Carnavale

Catherine Carnovale is currently a professor at George Brown College instructing undergraduates in episodic television writing and providing mentorship to post graduate students in the screenwriting and narrative design program. Previously she lectured with Ryerson University in the School of Creative Industries and RTA School of Media and worked in the private sector for Sullivan Entertainment as a Development Executive for film & television.

Breakout Session Speaker: Rachel Cooke

Rachel Cooke is a hybrid – teacher/coach and Assistant Curriculum Leader of English/Literacy/Library at Silverthorn Collegiate Institute. During her thirty-three-year teaching career she was also an Instructional Leader of English/Literacy for the Toronto District School Board for ten years and taught additional qualification courses at OISE/UT for fifteen years. Throughout her teaching career, Rachel has continued to develop her knowledge and skills to match her personal and professional commitment to inclusive, anti-oppressive curriculum and pedagogy.


Breakout Session Speaker Norm Klassen

A prairie boy, I once upon a time was a double-major in English and History at the University of Waterloo, before going on to do my doctoral work at the University of Oxford. I am now in my second decade back on the campus of UWaterloo and enjoy teaching courses ranging from introductions to literature and literary theory and the survey of British literature to my specialty, Chaucer.

I am currently working on two projects, an introduction to literary theory and a novel about the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries in the Cluny Museum in Paris. My recent book The Fellowship of the Beatific Vision: Chaucer on Overcoming Tyranny and Becoming Ourselves offers a theological reading of Chaucer’s political vision.

In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer asks a basic human question, How do we overcome tyranny? The symbolic pilgrim fellowship embodies the answer in its enduring togetherness. Chaucer aligns himself with that other great poet-theologian of the Middle Ages, Dante, as a Christian humanist. He recognizes in art a fragile opportunity: not to reduce reality to a set of dogmatic propositions, but instead to participate in an ever-deepening mystery. Chaucer effectively calls all would-be members of the pilgrim fellowship that is redeemed humanity to behave as artists, interpretively responding to God in the finitude of their existence together.




Decolonizing the Cannon Fall 2018 Conference is officially at capacity!

Thank you to those who were able to register join us on December 6th.

Participant Resource Package & Agenda

ELAN Ontario Conference Package_ Decolonizing the Canon (6-12-2018)

Location Information for Participants

Dec 6 Info Poster


Register today for our “Decolonizing the Canon” Conference on Thursday December 6, 2018. 

Join educators from across southern Ontario, and guest speakers Cherie Dimaline & Connie Walker, to begin the processes of decolonizing your classrooms. Inspire achievement with the strategies, resources and supports to help create engaging and student centred classrooms that leverage diversity and empower student voice and choice.


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