When change is constant, writing can be a powerful expression. Sententia evokes not only ways of living, but ways of knowing, ways of being and thinking and writing, which, in times of flux, open the possibility for transformation and writerly acts of resistance. If we have the power to make our own stories and spaces and selves, then how do we activate sententia as a call to writerly action and resistance? How do we activate a call to dismantle and decolonize dominant “instruction in living” and make our own paths? How do we explore diverse ways of acting, speaking, living, knowing, being, thinking, writing—and languaging—in sonic acts of sententia?
Jacqueline Swan and James Zhan initiated the Professional Writing Students’ Association in 2017 with the help of UPD Kerry Doyle, faculty advisors Dunja Baus and Marlene Bernholtz and fellow students.
The PWSA plans and executes events where York students can network with peers, alums, and faculty through writing-focused activities that encourage creative expression on several interactive platforms, from executive council positions to general member and volunteer positions.
Undergraduate students have the opportunity to publish their work in our online journal INVENTIO and to present their work at our Annual Symposium. We also provide an online Discord space for Professional Writing students to share and discuss their writing.
The PWSA is open to all students, faculty members, staff, and alums of York University, regardless of program major or writing experience.