Writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House August 2015 to March 2016
Jackie Wykes is a writer, editor, and document designer.
While in residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House, Jackie Wykes worked on independent writing projects, including a scholarly book about fatness and sexuality. With Tom Cho, Jackie Wykes left Melbourne, Australia, to begin a new life in Canada with a writers’ residency at Historic Joy Kogawa House .
During their shared residency, Jackie Wykes and Tom Cho redesigned and enhanced the www.kogawahouse.com website and co-hosted weekly Shut Up and Write events based on the Pomodoro Method. During these sessions, writers gather each week with laptops and/or notebooks and pens. Each has something we need to write, whether that be a blog post, a funding proposal, an essay, part of a novel or a script or a dissertation, etc.
We write for 25 minutes at a time, with social breaks in between. Originating in San Francisco, Shut Up and Write meetups place the typically solitary activity of writing into a more social space.
After their residency at Historic Joy Kogawa House, Jackie Wykes and Tom Cho took up residence in Toronto. Their legacy of Shut Up and Write sessions continue at various locations around the City, including at Historic Joy Kogawa House on Wednesday evenings. To be notified about the week-to-week status of Shut Up and Write sessions at Kogawa House, drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Farewell to Tom Cho and Jackie Wykes, who on April 6 moved on to a three-month residency in picturesque Blairmore, Alberta. They take up residence in the former studio of the photographer Thomas Gushul, in a competitive residency supporting both writers and visual artists through the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge.
Shut Up And Write meet-ups place the typically solitary activity of writing into a more social space. The idea is simple: a group of people get together and focus on their own writing, with short breaks to socialise – “No critiquing, exercises, lectures, ego, competition or feeling guilty.”