Over the summer, our current students and alumni have nabbed an impressive number of prizes and nominations. We’re long overdue for a toast to:
Andrew MacDonald, now a two-finalist for the Journey Prize.
Catriona Wright, poetry winner of the 2014 Lit POP Awards.
Laura Ritland, winner of the 2014 Far Horizons Poetry Award (The Malahat Review).
Liz Windhorst-Harmer, Jess Taylor, Suzannah Showler, Catriona Wright and Molly Lynch for their nominations and success at the National Magazine Awards. Liz won Gold in the Personal Journalism Category and Jess won Gold in the Fiction Category.
A warm congratulations to all!
Class of 2012 graduate Suzannah Showler’s book of poetry Failure to Thrive is now available!
It is published through ECW Press and is available through their site. She’ll also be giving a reading on April 27 in Ottawa, so be sure to visit her site for more details and for more of one of Canada’s most promising young writers!
Our very own Liz Windhorst Harmer, a first year in the program, won the Malahat Review’s 2013 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize for her story “Blip”! Read about Liz and her story here. Congrats, Liz!
This past week the first year Writing Workshop was visited by Poet and Canadian Literary Darling Karen Solie! Solie was one of this semester’s guest speakers, numbering among the variety of writers and industry leaders who come in to speak with the first year students about writing, editing, and publishing. Past guests have included Nick Mount, Christian Campbell, Ruth Roach Pierson, and George Elliot Clarke (just to name a few).
Bringing along her newest book The Living Option, Solie read poetry from her three previous collections as well as new material (the book, published by Bloodaxe, is comprised of selected and new work). Afterwards there was a discussion of the writing process, found poetry, and how to cobble together a living as a writer.
One moment from our evening that particularly stood out for me was the discussion of revisions and letting things go. Having just gone through the process of re-examining her older work for this newest book, Solie spoke of the difficulty of knowing or intuiting when a poem is finished, quoting Paul Valery, “poems are never finished – just abandoned.” She also said that “revision is writing,” a sentiment that I (as a constant revisionist) love to hear expressed, especially by such accomplished writers. Poems are like machines, and the smallest adjustment can entirely change the way they operate.
Thank you, Karen, for a wonderful visit!
You can watch program founder Rosemary Sullivan receive the Order of Canada in a live webcast at 10.30 am tomorrow! Check out the Governor General’s website for more info. Congrats, Rosemary!
Recent program grad and Emerging Writing Reading Series Creator Jess Taylor has been shortlisted for Room Magazine’s Fiction Prize! Congratulations Jess! See the rest of the list here.
Echolocation Magazine, run by our creative writing students, is currently sponsoring a contest. Check it out!
Once We Had A Country
Published by Knopf and available now! Congratulations to Bob McGill!!