DrDarryl Whetter

Academics

Dr Darryl Whetter

Programme Leader, MA Creative Writing
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  • PhD (English), University of New Brunswick, Canada 
  • MA (English & Creative Writing), University of New Brunswick, Canada
  • BA Honours (English/Drama), Queen's University, Canada
  • Diploma in University Teaching, University of New Brunswick, Canada
     

Dr Darryl Whetter is a novelist, poet, essayist, scholar, short story writer and critic from Canada. His first book, the story collection A Sharp Tooth in the Fur, was named a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2003. His novels include the multi-generational smuggling epic Keeping Things Whole and the bicycle odyssey The Push & the Pull.

His first book of poems, Origins, concerns evolution, energy and extinction. He has published or presented literary essays in France, Germany, Sweden, USA, Canada, England, India and Iceland. His book reviews have appeared in numerous papers, including The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The National Post, The Montreal Gazette and The Detroit Times, as well as on CBC Radio.

Prior to joining LASALLE, Darryl taught at four different universities in his native Canada, including Dalhousie University, where he was Co-ordinator of the Creative Writing programme, and the University of Windsor, where he was a member of the post-graduate and undergraduate Creative Writing faculty.
 

Publications

Books Authored

  • Our Sands: A Novel (Penguin Random-House) (2020, in press).
  • Search Box Bed: Poems (Palimpsest Press) (2017).
  • Keeping Things Whole: A Novel (Nimbus) (2013).
  • Origins: Poems (Palimpsest Press) (2012).
  • The Push & the Pull: A Novel (Goose Lane Editions) (2008).
  • A Sharp Tooth in the Fur: Stories (Goose Lane Editions) (2003).

  
Fiction in Journals

  • Hardness Scales (An Excerpt from the Novel-in-Progress Our Sands), in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (Oxford University Press) (In press).
  • Project Cauldron Sinking City 3 (Fall 2017)
  • Scraping off the Velvet, in The Fiddlehead. 210.1 (January 2017).

 

Poetry in Journals 

  • The Rothko Chapel, in The Ekphrastic Review (10 February 2019). 
  • Love in a Double Kayak, in Grain, accepted but withdrawn (2017). 
  • Not Your Parents’ PC, in Event. 44.2 (Fall 2015) 
  • Folksonomy, in The Fiddlehead. 263 (Spring 2015)
  • A Home of One’s Own, in The Fiddlehead. 263 (Spring 2015)
  • Ugly Underwear, in Prairie Fire. 36.1 (Spring 2015)
  • Search String, in Calliope. 2.3. (March 2015)
  • Condoms, in ARC. 74. (Summer 2014)
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    Fiction and Poetry in Anthologies

    • The Extinction, in Canadian Ginger (Oolichan) (2017)
    • His Wreck, His Wake, in 50+ Poems for Gordon Lightfoot, ed. Fred Addis (Old Brewery Bay P) (2014).

     

    Commissioned Book Reviews

    • Review of Purity by Jonathan Franzen, The Chronicle Herald (5 October 2015), print and web.
    • Review of Confidence by Russell Smith, The Toronto Star (23 May 2015), print and web.
    • Review of This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, The Chronicle Herald (2 February 2015), print.
    • Review of Punishment by Linden McIntyre, The Toronto Star (22 November 2014), print and web.
    • Review of Hotel Florida by Amanda Vaill, The National Post (15 May 2014), Rpt. The Star Phoenix, (31 May 2014), web.

     

    Analytical and Theoretical Publications

    • Bitumen, Bit of Me, Bit of You: Climate Change, National Literatures, Peak Oil and Canada’s Tar Sands, in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (Oxford University Press) (in press).

     

    Refereed Articles Submitted for Consideration

    • (Be Human and) Reach for Something: A Writer Advises Painters; Painter Advises Writers, submitted to Southeast Asian Review of English. Under consideration.

     

    Literary Essays in Magazines/Newspapers with Professional Editorial Boards

    • Literary Festivals Can Amaze and Disappoint, The Straits Times (20 December 2018). 
    • Sing Lit Comes of Age, The Straits Times (13 October 2017).
    • Rumours of a Literary Uprising Are True, The Straits Times (8 November 2016).
    • The Kids Are Alright, The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose, 3rd, Cdn. eds Laura Buzzard et al. (Broadview) (2017) (Rpt. from The Walrus Online).
    • The Kids Are Alright, The Walrus Online, The Walrus Foundation (21 March 2016), web.

     

    Refereed Articles on Creative Writing Pedagogy

    • Bitumen, Bit of Me, Bit of You: Climate Change, National Literatures, Peak Oil and Canada’s Tar Sands, in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (Oxford University Press) (In press).
    • Can’t Lit: What Canadian English Departments Could (But Won’t) Learn from the Creative Writing Programs They Host, in New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (Routledge) 11.1 (2017).
    • Excerpted in Literary Review of Canada, 22.7 (2014).
    • Rpt. in Best Canadian Essays 2015, (Tightrope) (2016).
    • Rpt. and expanded in Writing Creative Writing: Essays from the Field, eds. Dunlop, Rishma, Daniel Scott Tysdal and Priscila Uppal, (Dundurn Press).
    • You Say You Want a Well-Paid Revolution: On Chad Harbach’s MFA vs NYC, in New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing 11.3 (2014).
    Research and Practice

    Curatorial

    • Member, Selection Committee, National Doctoral Awards, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2018–2019).    
    • Contest judge, Utterly Changed; Substation Gallery, Singapore (October 2018).
    • Member, Selection Committee, National Doctoral Awards, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2017–2018).
    • Member, Writers & Illustrators Conference Programme Committee for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content; Singapore Book Council/National Arts Council (2017–2018).
    • Article referee for New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (published by Routledge) (2017)
    • Assessment committee member (Jury), Insight Grants Programme (Research/Creation Programme), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2015–2016).
  • Judge, 2016 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award (2015–2016).
  • Assessor, Insight Grants Programme, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2014).
  • Editorial board member (fiction), The Antigonish Review (2008–2016).
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    Public Workshops, Lectures and Arts Engagement

    • Workshop designer and presenter with Joel Janisse, Assistant narrative director, Ubisoft Singapore, Story Fundamentals: Examine the Raw Elements of Storytelling for Fiction, Screenplays, Graphic Novels and Video Games; Singapore Book Council; Singapore (23 March 2019).
    • Masterclass, Let them Speak: On Dialogue, Goldsmiths, London University; London, UK (28 February 2018).
    • Workshop designer and presenter, From Life to Writing: Explore Creative Non-Fiction, Including Travel Writing, Memoir and the Personal Essay, Singapore Book Council; Singapore (26 January 2019).
    • Workshop designer and presenter, Just Like That: Improve Your Use of Metaphor in all Genres; George Town Literary Festival; Penang, Malaysia (25 November 2018).
    • Curator and moderator, You Can Learn That in School: Readings from Singapore’s University Creative Writing Programmes, Singapore Writers Festival; Singapore (10 November 2018).
    • Moderator, What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Me: An Onstage Interview with Ivan Coyote, Singapore Writers Festival; Singapore (11 November 2018).
    • Panel moderator, The Supporting Cast, Singapore Writers Festival; Singapore (6 November 2018).
    • Workshop designer and presenter, Story Fundamentals, Ubud Festival of Writers and Readers; Bali, Indonesia (27 October 2018).
    • On-stage interviewer, Gail Jones: The Death of Noah Glass, Ubud Festival of Writers and Reader; Bali, Indonesia (26 October 2018).
    • Workshop designer and presenter, Story Fundamentals, Ubud Festival of Writers and Readers; Bali, Indonesia (27 October 2018).
    • Workshop presenter, Story Fundamentals, Sing Lit Station; Singapore (5 August 2018).
    • Manuscript consultant, Manuscript Bootcamp; Sing Lit Station; Singapore (August–October 2018).
    • Contest judge, Utterly Changed, Substation Gallery, Singapore (October 2018).
    • Panellist, First-Page Challenge, Singapore Writers Festival, The Arts House,; Singapore (4 November 2017).
    • Panel moderator, Sophomore Blues: The Challenge of the Second Novel, Singapore Writers Festival, The Arts House; Singapore (5 November 2017).
    • Curator and master of ceremonies, Sing It! All-Star Poetry Reading, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore (27 September 2017).
    • Master of ceremonies, Opening Night Gala and Readings, European Union Writers Festival, LASALLE College of the Arts; Singapore (25 May 2017).
    • Panellist, The Shakespeare Show, St Andrew’s Junior College; Singapore (13 May 2017).
    • On-stage interviewer of Sophia Wellington, The Philosophy of Genres; Writers’ Lab, LASALLE College of the Arts; Singapore (26 January 2017).
    • Guest judge, Poetry Slam: 2016 Edition, Causeway Exchange; Singapore (6 September 2016).
    • Unique Voices, Telling Stories: The Power (& Beauty) of a Postgraduate Creative Writing Programme, LASALLE College of the Arts; Singapore (7 September 2016). 
    • Just Like That: the Power of Metaphor in Writing, Communication and Thought, LASALLE College of the Arts; Singapore (27 September 2016).
    • Vocal Fingerprints: Voice, Character and (Word) Drama, The Writers Centre, Aliwal Arts Centre, Singapore, paid 2-hour lecture through the Mentor Access Project (funded by the National Arts Council) (24 September 2016).
    • Panel moderator, Writing as Moral Compass (with Joanne Harris and Timothy O’Grady), The Arts House, Singapore Writers Festival; Singapore (12 November 2016).
    • Manuscript consultant, Manuscript Bootcamp, Sing Lit Station; Singapore (October–December 2016).
    • Instructor, First Words: Short Fiction Course (3 Weeks), Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia; Canada (2016).

     

    Invited Public Readings (Creative Writing)

    • Writing through Autofiction, Two Genres, Decades, Continents, and Crippling Neurological Disease, at Writing Through… The Australasian Association of Writing Programmes 24th Annual Conference, University of Technology; Sydney, Australia (25–27 November 2019).
    • The Sense of Place with Maureen Freely, Darryl Whetter and Tom Sykes, Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre, University of London; London, UK (27 February 2019). 
    • Field Notes from the Anthropocene: Fiction from Peak Oil and Canada. Shared Dreams: Creative Practice in a Connected World, at the 11th Annual Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Conference, Griffith University; Gold Coast, Australia (5–7 December 2018).
    • Instapoetry: Fad or (Necessary) Evolution? A Travel-Poetry Test Case, at the Peripheral Visions: 2018 Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programmes, Curtin University; Perth, Australia (28–30 November 2018).
    • Panel reading, The Texts of Inspiration22, Singapore Writers Festival; Singapore (4 November 2018).
    • Festival author for two panel readings and a workshop, Ubud Festival of Writers and Readers; Bali, Indonesia (24–27 October 2018).
    • Solo reading (with multimedia), Lit Up Asia-Pacific; Singapore (13 October 2018). 
    • Poetry Festival SG, The Arts House; Singapore (27 July 2018).
    • Yale-National University of Singapore Writers’ Centre; Singapore (14 March 2018).
    • Field Notes from the Anthropocene: Climate-Change Fiction from Canada’s Oil Sands, at the Climates of Change: 22nd Annual Conference, Association of Australasian Writing Programmes, Flinders University; Adelaide, Australia (29 November–1 December 2017). 
    • Two readings, George Town Literary Festival; Penang, Malaysia (24–26 November 2017).
    • Solo reader, Singapore Writers Festival (20th anniversary); Singapore (4 November 2017).
    • Solo reader, Dylan Thomas Birthplace (co-presented by the University of Swansea); Swansea, Wales (4 September 2017). 
    • Resonance Reading Series; Resonance Café; Montréal, Canada (1 August 2017).
    • Art Bar Poetry Series; Free Times Café; Toronto, Canada (25 July 2017).
    • Flywheel Reading Series, Pages Book; Calgary, Canada (8 June 2017).
    • Group reading, Valentine’s Day Edition, Speakeasy Reading Series, Artistry Café; Singapore (10 February 2017).
    • Reading and research discussion, Origins: Poems, LASALLE College of the Arts Research Seminar; Singapore (5 November 2016).
    • Panel chair and reader, Sing It: Four Contemporary Singaporean Poets; Ngee Ann Kongsi Library, LASALLE College of the Arts; Singapore (12 October 2016).
    • Step Across This Line: Hybridity, Liminality, and Transgression in the Fiction of Three Writer Professors, Canadian Writers’ Summit: Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programmes Biennial Conference, Harbourfront Centre; Toronto, Canada (15–19 June 2016).
    • Pillette Village Reading Ser, Nancy John Gallery; Ontario, Canada (8 November 2015).
    • Poetry Weekend; University of New Brunswick; Canada (October 2015).
    • Novel Tea Books & Café; Truro, Canada (11 September 2015).
    • Leyton Gallery of Fine Arts; St. John’s, Canada (3 May 2015).
    • 50+ Poems for Gordon Lightfoot book launch, Hugh’s Room; Toronto, Canada (17 November 2014). 
    • Panel reading, Making Bad: Transgression in Recent Canadian Novels, Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programmes Biennial Conference, University of British Columbia; Vancouver, Canada (15–18 May 2014).
    • Northrop Frye Literary Festival; Moncton; New Brunswick, Canada (26 April 2014).
    • Brock University; St. Catharines, Canada (27 February 2014).
    • Pivot Reading Ser; Press Club; Toronto, Canada (26 February 2014).

     

    Refereed Lectures and Conference Presentations (Non-creative Writing)

    • Creative Writing, in Southeast Asia, Lit Up Asia-Pacific, LASALLE College of the Arts; Singapore (13 October 2018).
    • By ‘Ulysses by the Merlion’: Field Notes from the First MA Creative Writing in Singapore and Southeast Asia, Canadian Writers & Writing Programmes Annual Conference, Canadian Writers’ Summit, Habourfront Centre’ Toronto, Canada (16 June 2018). 
    • Panel reader, book launch for Writing Creative Writing, Canadian Writers' Summit: Canadian Writers & Writing Programmes Annual Conference, Harbourfront Centre; Toronto, Canada (15 June 2018).
    • Long as I Can See the Write, Association of Writers & Writing Programmes Annual Conference, Tampa Convention Centre; Florida, USA (9 March 2018).
    • Can, lah. Early Field Notes from the First Creative Writing Master’s in Singapore and Southeast Asia, Tropics of the Imagination, James Cook University; Singapore (6–9 September 2017).
    • ‘A Different Kind of Air’: A Dialogue between Acting and Writing for Stage, Page, Classroom and Beyond, The Art of Storytelling: 31st Annual International Voice and Speech Trainers Association Conference, LASALLE College of the Arts; Singapore (4–8 August 2017).
    • Conference co-organiser, European Union Writers Festival, LASALLE College of the Arts; Singapore (25–26 May 2017).
    • In Conversation: Michael Schindhelm with Darryl Whetter, European Union Writers Festival, LASALLE College of the Arts; Singapore (26 May 2017).
    • The Relevance of Literature in a Time of Confusion: Annamarie Weldon and Darryl Whetter in Conversation with Darren Hanson, Writers in Celebration: Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom; Wee Kim Wee Centre, Singapore Management University; Singapore (25 April 2017).
    • Featuring the Canadians (Panel Reading, 3 Readers), Writers in Celebration: Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom; Wee Kim Wee Centre, Singapore Management University; Singapore (27 April 2017).
    • Literature and the Challenge of Multiculturalism: Dennis Haskell and Darryl Whetter in Conversation with Bob Paquin, Writers in Celebration: Canada, Australia and United Kingdom; Wee Kim Wee Centre, Singapore Management Universit;, Singapore (28 April 2017).
    • Paper presentation, Dr. No: Canada’s Globally Anomalous Disinterest in Creative Writing PhDs, Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programmes Biennial Conference, University of British Columbia; Canada (15–18 May 2014).
    • How to Keep Things Whole: ‘Oblique’ Research and Creative Writing, Creative Minds Ser; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Yarmouth, Canada (30 March 2014).
    Current Research and Practice
    • Revising climate change novel (forthcoming with Penguin Random House).
    • Writing a book of travel poems.
    • Presenting conference papers on Creative Writing pedagogy.
       
    Research Interests
    • Writing.
    • Fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama. 
    • Book reviews.
    • Creative writing pedagogy.