FICTION COLLOQUIUM | July 18 – 28, 2016
This is a facilitated retreat workshop for five participants who have acquired and moved beyond basic skills in short or long fiction, who have published at least one book of fiction or the equivalent in periodicals, and who wish further development. The Fiction Colloquium will focus on works in progress and will combine group discussion, plenty of writing time, and individual critiques.Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion over a relaxed 10 days. Workshops and colloquium in other genres occur simultaneously on-site. Application is limited to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad.
Nino Ricci was born in Leamington, Ontario, Canada in 1959 to parents from the Molise region of Italy. His first novel, Lives of the Saints, published in 1990, garnered international acclaim, appearing in seventeen countries and winning a host of awards, including Canada’s Governor General’s Award and England’s Betty Trask Award and Winifred Holtby Prize. It began a trilogy that was completed by In A Glass House and Where She Has Gone and that was adapted as a miniseries starring Sophia Loren and Kris Kristofferson.
Ricci is also the author of Testament, a fictional reimagining of the life of Jesus, and most recently of The Origin of Species, which was long-listed for the Giller Prize and earned him his second Governor General’s Award.
In 2006, Ricci was the winner of the inaugural Alistair MacLeod Award for Literary Achievement. He is a past president of the Canadian Centre of International PEN, and in 2011 was made a Member of the Order of Canada.