Digital Poetics Workshop with Andrew Klobucar & David Ayre

Join us on Sunday, May 5 from 1-4PM for a digital poetics workshop with Andrew Klobucar & David Ayre. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about algorithmic writing processes and “Computational Poetics Workbench” software, and to experiment with collaborative writing using computational writing tools. No experience necessary. Participants must provide their own laptop.

Registration is closed!

Registration is $50 and includes a year-long subscription to TCR (if you’re already a subscriber, we’ll extend your subscription or sign up a friend on your behalf—send us an email at 

digital poetics

Electronic writing provides an array of interesting challenges on both a practical and theoretical level, especially considering how collaborative literary practices have evolved and adapted to an online media environment.

This workshop will introduce participants to a brief history of literary movements (from Surrealism to OULIPO) known for experimenting collectively with algorithmic procedures in writing. Participants will subsequently be invited to engage in a live set of collaborative writing exercises using current computational writing tools, as well as the distinct devices we have recently collected together in a newly developed web-based text generation and analysis program we call the “Computational Poetics Workbench.”

The software, set for release in the summer of 2019, allows creative writers and  language-based artists to employ algorithmic, Natural Language Generation (NLG) processes in their respective practices both individually and as co-authors working on shared projects. The workshop is designed to provide participants with access to a unique array of techniques and interface designs developed exclusively for online experiments in poetry and text analysis.

location, accessibility, & getting here 

The workshop will be held at the Sun Wah Centre (268 Keefer St., between Main St. and Gore Ave). Workshop space is on the 4th floor (elevator & stairwell access).

We respectfully acknowledge that this workshop will take place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. We recognize their sovereignty, as there are no treaties on these lands, and we are dedicated to building a new relationship between our nations based on respect and consent.

We would also like to acknowledge that this event is taking place in Chinatown, which is home to low income and Chinese immigrant communities. We are thankful and consider it a privilege to be able to do our sharing here.

Skytrain: Main Street-Science World or Stadium-Chinatown;
Bus: 22 on Gore; 03, 08, 19 on Main; 14, 16, 20 on Hastings.

There is paid parking available at Sun Wah. There is also street parking available in the vicinity.

This location has not yet had an accessibility audit.
– Building entrance is street level with no steps at front entrance.
– There is a ramp with a hand rail to reach the elevator.
– Washrooms are accessible & non gendered.

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