Workshops & Education

The Writing Table with Maryse Larivière and Shazia Hafiz Ramji

November 14, 2018

Please join The Writing Table for a workshop with artist and writer, Maryse Larivière, and poet and critic, Shazia Hafiz Ramji. The two-part workshop begins with an introduction to Larivière’s multi-sensory and autofictional practice that explores the idea of the captive author, which encourages performative and embodied strategies towards writing. Held in conjunction with Larivière’s exhibition, Orgazing, Writing the Atmospheres invokes the artist’s recent book, which takes the form of an epistolary novel written by an unnamed female protagonist held captive on a remote island.


Orgazing was produced with the support of the Conseil des Arts and des Lettres du Québec, Untitled Art Society (Calgary), and CCA Glasgow.

Weiyi Chang’s curatorial residency is supported by the British Columbia Arts Council.


The Or Gallery acknowledges its presence on unceded xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

This event is free but space is limited. Please email to register.

Participant Bios

Maryse Larivière is an artist, writer and scholar whose work crosses sculpture, performance, collage, text, and film. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University, where her research focuses on women’s textual production. Larivière has exhibited widely in Canada, including Optica, Montreal; Untitled Art Society, Calgary; DNA Art Space, London; The Rooms, St. John’s; and Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff. Her writing has been published in periodicals such as Canadian Art and C Magazine, and she has written three books including Orgazing (2017), Hummzinger (2016), and Where Wild Flowers Grow (2015).

Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s first book, Port of Being (Invisible Publishing), received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry and was published in October 2018. Her poetry is forthcoming in _Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and her criticism has appeared in Canadian Literature, Quill & Quire, and _Chicago Review of Books. Shazia was recently interviewed by Sheryl MacKay of CBC North by Northwest, where she talked about Vito Acconci and the influence of listening and perambulatory practices in her writing.