How I became a writer (in French)

Posted on Monday, November 15, 2021

Photos of Audrée and Marie-Andrée


Please note this event will be held in French only.

Cet événement est organisé par le Département de français.

In a friendly conversation, Marie-Andrée Gill and Audrée Wilhelmy will discuss their literary journey, their poetic sensibility and the importance of writing in their personal trajectory. Their discussion will also focus on one of the dominant themes in their work, namely the relationship with nature. How did they come to embody, through words, this experience of nature that is both intimate and universal? Does this have a particular meaning at a time when humans are called upon to redefine their relationship with the world around them?
This conversation, which is also the passing of the baton between last year's writer-in-residence and this year's, will be followed by an invitation to participants interested in submitting their work to our expert's eye.

Marie-Andrée Gill is an author, poet, scriptwriter and host of decolonizing podcasts (Laisser nous raconter : l'histoire crochie, Les mots de Joséphine) from the Pekuakamiulnuatsh community in Quebec. She holds a Master's degree in literature from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Her work and artistic posture earned her the title of Artist of the Year in Saguenay Lac-St-Jean in 2020. She has published three collections with La Peuplade, including the most recent, published in 2019, Chauffer le dehors, as well as in numerous collectives. Her writing, which borders on the intimate, the relationship to the elements and to everyday life, proceeds from a healing process as much as from a desire for benevolent rapprochement between nations.

Audrée Wilhelmy has been appointed Writer-in-Residence at the University of Ottawa's Department of French for the year 2020-2021. She holds a doctorate in Creative Writing, she is the author of five novels: Oss (2011, nominated for the Prix des libraires du Québec and finalist for the Governor General's Literary Awards), Les Sangs (2013, finalist for the Prix France-Québec, the Prix des Libraires and the Prix Sade), Le Corps des bêtes (2017, finalist for the Prix littéraire des collégiens), Blanc résine (2019, finalist for the Prix des libraires du Québec) and Plie la rivière (2021).

Date: Friday, November 26th, 2021

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lieu: Zoom


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