David James Brock

playwright, poet, librettist

David James Brock is a Canadian playwright, poet and librettist. Author of poetry collection, Everyone is CO2. Librettist for Scottish pub opera, The Sloans Project. Co-creator of Breath Cycle, an opera for cystic fibrosis.


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Young People's Theatre

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David James Brock is facilitating a new playwrighting unit for young playwrights with Young People's Theatre (YPT).

Writers' Bloc runs weekly from November through April. Students learn numerous script-building skills while working with text from a variety of playwrights. In the second half of the program, each student chooses one idea to develop to completion — be it a scene, a one-act play, a film script or a form of their choice. Writers' Bloc ends in April with a staged reading of the young playwrights' final pieces by young actors in YPT's Senior Ensemble program.

Humber College

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David James Brock is an English Instructor at Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto. Since 2008, he has taught courses in academic, technical and workplace writing.

The University of Guelph

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From 2013-2015, David James Brock taught Introduction to Creative Writing at the University of Guelph.

This eight-week course introduces students to fundamental vocabulary and basic skills that can be applied to any genre. Students are exposed to choices of point-of-view in fiction, basic requirements of narrative scene, dialogue, narrative structure in fiction and nonfiction, writing techniques, metaphoric language and poetic forms. The course also covers techniques for getting started as a writer, generating material, finding a voice and some practical information about publishing and the writing life.

Inside Opera

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In 2011, David James Brock was the facilitator and librettist for INside Opera, Tapestry New Opera's program for at-risk youth in St. Jamestown, Toronto. Youth participants collaborated with Brock and composer Eric Schwindt to create a new short opera. The story was inspired by the 2011 garbage strike in Toronto and featured a singing garbage monster looking for his head.