What Is /nest/?
nest is a platform for OCAD University undergraduates from any year and program that publicly celebrates their written and text-based works.
Our mandate is to showcase diverse forms of critical, studio and creative writing through a variety of outlets including exhibition and publication. As a platform we are committed to works which express linguistic diversity, inclusive of a range of student abilities, year levels and disciplines.
In doing so, our aim is to give undergraduates a safe place to incubate and nurture their ideas. nest was formed as a representation of OCAD University: a nest which we eventually leave, but which provides us with space to develop our thoughts and expand our creative endeavors.
We value learning from diverse forms of writing, text and storytelling, and from experiences shared through each other’s writing.
Celebrating the First Issue of /nest/
November 29th, 2018 marked the launch of nest, a journal of student writing developed and produced by current OCAD University undergraduates. nest showcases the richness of student writing both in the creative disciplines and as a creative discipline in its own right.
The contributors and editorial team were joined by OCAD U faculty and staff at the Tranzac Club for an evening of readings and refreshments emceed by Assistant Editor Kelly Anne Besmonte. Managing Editor Joel Lee and ELL Specialist Emilie Brancato introduced the journal and were followed by readings from contributors, including Professor Lillian Allen.
In keeping with the mandate of nest as a celebration of writing in the creative disciplines, the rest of the evening was open mic, with closing reflections provided by President Sara Diamond. Also on hand to support the launch were Deanne Fisher, Vice-Provost Students & International and Caroline Langill, Vice-President Academic and Provost.
Faculty, staff and students enjoying readings from contributors.
Managing Editor Joel Lee and Associate Editor Francis Tompkins celebrating the launch.
ELL Specialist Emilie Brancato introduces the program of readings.
Professor Lillian Allen reading her piece about writing.
Photos by Natasha Holmes, Writing & Learning Centre, 2018.
Upcoming News and Events
Call for Submissions 2019
Due: April 20th, 11:59 pm
Please submit a maximum of three works in any of the following categories via the nest submission form: bit.ly/nestcall
Text & Image
Critical Writing (essays, reviews)
Creative Writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry)
Studio Writing (artist’s statements, precedent analyses, research documentation, reflection)
Process Writing (sketch/process books; works in progress, drafts)
Saturday, April 20th by 11:59 pm
May 2nd, 2pm-4pm
May 1st - June 28th, 2019
This exhibition will be installed in the display cases on the 5th floor at 113 McCaul St. from May 1st to June 28th, 2019.
Any questions? Contact email@example.com
Call for Members 2019
We’re looking for OCAD U undergraduates interested in writing, editing and/or publication design to be on our 2019 editorial team.
3-5 Associate Editors
You'll come to regular board meetings, help with our upcoming exhibition, contribute to the submission reviewing process, and handle the copy-editing for a section of our publication.
1-3 Assistant Production Managers
Along with the duties of an Associate Editor, you'll be responsible for a section of the design/layout for our publication, as well as helping the Managing Editor with promotion and social media for our exhibition and publication.
3-5 hours/week in April-May and September-April, with possible tasks in the summer depending on your availability.
Interested students should submit a 500-word paragraph that includes the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1. Your OCAD U program.
2. Your interest in writing, text, or communication of any kind – creative, studio, critical, etc.
3. Your interest in serving on the 2019 nest Editorial Board.
4. A list of the days/times that you are available Monday to Friday.
SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL APRIL 15th, 2019.
/nest/ is a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Initiative. The editorial board acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand.