Member Exclusive - MOCA & House of Anansi: Autumn Author Talk with Kelly Small

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AUTUMN AUTHOR TALKS with Kelly Small in Conversation with Robert Wiersema

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Kelly Small is the author of The Conscious Creative: Practical Ethics for Purposeful Work - an actionable guide to mindfulness and practical ethics for any creative professional who wants to make a living without selling their soul.

 It can be difficult to live according to our values in a complicated world. At a time when capitalism seems most unforgiving but the need for paying work remains high, it is important to learn how we can be more mindful and intentional about our impact — personal, social, economic, and environmental.

As designer and creative director Kelly Small had to navigate a crisis of ethics and burnout in their career in advertising, we can admit our complicity in problematic systems and take on the responsibility of letting our own conscience guide our decisions. 

Robert Wiersema writes about books regularly for the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and other newspapers and magazines. His bi-weekly books column, Beyond the Bestseller, appears on CBC Radio’s All Points West on Tuesday afternoons. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at Vancouver Island University, and also teaches at Camosun College. His most recent novel, Black Feathers, was published in August, 2015. His first short story collection, Seven Crow Stories, was published in 2016.