EMERGING WRITER WORKSHOP | July 21 – 31, 2014
a course for emerging writers who understand the basics of writing in a variety of genres and want to take their ideas forward in stories, poems, essays or whatever concrete form their imaginations demand, to go from inspiration to powerful articulation. Writers will be expected to have some work published and to be keen to drive deeper into the mechanics and protocols of critiquing and workshopping, rethinking and revising. This is a practical, hardworking group of 11 writers who want to develop better writing and editing skills, and more effective work habits.
Wayne Grady is the award-winning author of Emancipation Day, a novel of denial and identity that was long-listed for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He has also written such works of science and nature as The Bone Museum, Bringing Back the Dodo, The Quiet Limit of the World, and The Great Lakes, which won a National Outdoor Book Award in the U.S. With his wife, novelist Merilyn Simonds, he co-authored Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels Through America. And with David Suzuki he co-wrote the international bestseller Tree: A Life Story. He has also translated fourteen works of fiction from the French, by such authors as Antonine Maillet, Yves Beauchemin, and Danny Laferrière. In 1989, he won the Governor General’s Award for his translation of Maillet’s On the Eighth Day. His most recent translation is of Louis Hamelin’s October 1970, published by House of Anansi Press in 2013.
Merilyn Simonds is the author of sixteen books, including the creative nonfiction classic, The Convict Lover, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award; a collection of autobiographical stories, The Lion in the Room Next Door; a novel, The Holding; and a travel memoir, Breakfast at the Exit Café co-written with her husband Wayne Grady. Her short fiction is anthologized internationally and her books have been published in Europe, Asia, Canada, and in the United States by G. P. Putnam’s Sons and W. W. Norton. She recently published A New Leaf: Growing with my Garden, a collection of essays rooted in her twenty–six gardens in eastern Ontario. Her latest work is The Paradise Project, a hand-typeset, hand-printed collection of flash fiction. Susan Halpren, writing in the New York Times, where Simonds’ novel was selected an Editor’s Choice, says, “Simonds is a careful, evocative writer, able to tease out colors from an overcast sky, to find depth in shadows.”
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