When Canadian author Alice Munro was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, it only cemented what many readers and writers already know: the short story is alive and well.
This course is designed for motivated writers interested in developing their short fiction within a supportive and instructive context. Whether you're a novice writer or a more established writer seeking a structured environment in which to kickstart a stalled project, this course will provide you with opportunities both to produce new work and to improve existing drafts.
Classes will include discussions of craft based on exemplary short works, reading and writing exercises, and the exchange of thoughtful critique of each other's work.
"In the kitchen everyone is talking about Kendrick Lamar. Health Goths. Social workers. Lovers being just a little bit mean to each other.But who am I to judge? I who watch nature documentaries in the bath."
Check out my story, Swimming Upright, in This Magazine
Excited to be teaching a creative writing course through McGill's continuing Studies department this fall! Everyone welcome! Details here
We talk about my alleged "affair" with Leonard Cohen and about writing, immigration, gender politics, and, of course, love. We analyze Bob Dylan's grammar and Joni Mitchell's snark...Also, they play one of my original songs....check it out here
Even when the snowfall began
I longed for a visitor from the capital.
Desolate mountain village at dusk
buried in snow
(Priest Jakuren, 12th century)
Perhaps today you might come and visit
I gaze at the garden --
(Empress Toshinari, 12th century)