Writing alumna Arleen Paré wins Governor General’s Award

Department of Writing alumna Arleen Paré has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her newest book, Lake of Two Mountains (Brick Books). On top of national recognition and a trip to Ottawa's Rideau Hall to receive...

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Write on at Writers Fest

A thousand words simply wouldn't be enough to describe the picture of literary luminaries gathering for the annual Victoria Writers Festival—and, not surprisingly, our own Department of Writing will be well-represented at the event. More than just faculty, however,...

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Is that meant to be funny?

If you think there’s nothing funny about censorship, Mark Leiren-Young would like to change your mind. A prolific freelance journalist, screenwriter, playwright, memoirist and award-winning author, Leiren-Young is this year’s Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecturer in...

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Five for Fine Arts in GG list

When it comes to the really big awards, we always hope there will be at least one name on the list associated with our faculty—or, if we're really lucky, sometimes even two. Colour us amazed then that this year's list of the English-language finalists in the Governor...

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New book for Writing professor Lee Henderson

From Blondie to Doonesbury, comic strips have been a mainstay of the newspaper industry for the better part of a century. Now, Department of Writing professor Lee Henderson has crafted an insider’s look at the world of comics in his highly anticipated new novel The...

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Writing professor Tim Lilburn earns national honour

Noted poet and Department of Writing professor Tim Lilburn has joined the ranks of Canada’s academic elite after being elected by his peers to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. The distinction is Canada’s highest academic honour. Lilburn is one of the...

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Funny writing secrets revealed

There’s nothing funny about being a writer—although a good writer can make anything seem funny. Just ask Mark Leiren-Young. An award-winning author, journalist, playwright, screenwriter and University of Victoria alumnus, Leiren-Young will be focusing on humour...

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Fringe Festival—or Phoenix Festival?

It seems with each passing year, more and more Phoenix Theatre students and alumni are showing up in the annual Victoria Fringe Festival—and this year's no different. For those who want to bat for the home team, here's a quick list to those Phoenixers who are acting,...

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Gone but never forgotten

At some point in all of our lives, we all encounter a teacher who has a huge influence on us—could be the person in elementary school who first introduced us to art, the one in middle school who gave us our first instrument to play, or that unforgettable high school...

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Four on the Floor

New faces will soon be seen in the faculty boardroom, as four departmental mainstays step into fresh administrative roles for three-year terms. Three new Chairs have been announced: Allana Lindgren in Theatre; David Leach in Writing; and Paul Walde in Visual Arts. Not...

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Growing the Concrete Garden

If you’re like many of the Garden City’s residents, you’ll be spending part of your summer getting your hands dirty. But whether you have a backyard garden, community plot or simply grown tomatoes on your balcony—or are part of one of the more serious urban...

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Summer plans (part two)

What else is on the horizon for Fine Arts faculty members? Department of Writing professor Lee Henderson has his sophomore novel, The Road Narrows As You Go, coming out this fall . . . which he's, uh, still putting the finishing touches to this summer. But it has...

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Summer plans (part one)

Who doesn't like summer? Classes are finished, the fall semester is still far enough away to not worry about and we've all got some time to put towards our own creative practices. What's on deck for some of our faculty this summer? Let's find out. Outgoing Associate...

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Shelagh Rogers named next UVic chancellor

It's the kind of news that will warm the heart of any arts supporter: famed CBC Radio host Shelagh Rogers has been named the University of Victoria’s 11th chancellor. The news was announced to a packed room in UVic’s Mearns Centre for Learning on May 29, as a beaming...

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More Writing prizes & nominations

There's never a slow season, it seems, when it comes to honouring faculty, students and alumni of the Writing department. Newly minted Writing MFA Erin Frances Fisher was announced as the winner of the 20th annual $5,000 Writers' Trust RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for...

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Good news for Gaston

It's been a busy spring for new Writing MFA Connor Gaston—who certainly hasn't waited until graduation to start making a name for himself. The talented director-on-the-rise has been touring film festivals with 'Til Death—the latest short film to emerge from Writing...

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Size matters at CCWWP

If there’s one thing Department of Writing delegates will know before arriving at the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs conference this week, it’s that size does matter. Unlike its American counterpart, the CCWWP is expecting about 200 attendees at their...

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Fine Arts in the 2014 M Awards

While their printed format may have changed, the local Monday Magazine is still running their annual M Awards honouring what they describe as "Greater Victoria's best and brightest in the arts and entertainment field." Fine Arts faculty, students, staff and alumni...

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Get your game on

If you still think video games are mere distractions that don’t really matter, it’s time to get into the 21st century—where gaming is a $2 billion industry in Canada alone, generating $24 million in Victoria. Expand that worldwide and you’re looking at $63 billion in...

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Books, books, books

Spring has sprung and there's no better way to mark the return of the leaves than with some exciting book news from Department of Writing graduates. (Get it? Books, leaves, pages . . . ah, never mind.) First up is news that recent MFA Arleen Paré is launching her...

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Stand by your Man

Chalk up another achievement for Department of Writing MFA graduates: this month, Aaron Shepard is releasing his debut novel, When Is A Man. Shepard, who picked up his MFA back in 2010, is only the latest in a string of Writing MFAs—including Anne Marie Bennett,...

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Recent Fine Arts media roundup

Whatever the season, our Fine Arts faculty always seem to be in the media. The only trick is keeping up with it all! Kicking off 2014, History in Art's Victoria Wyatt was announced as a contributor to the influential Edge blog. For those not familiar with Edge, it's...

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Phoenix’s Unity (1918) “a visual poem”

Here's a tip if you're planning on seeing Unity (1918) at the Phoenix Theatre this week: book fast! Given the outstanding reviews the show has been receiving, tickets won't last long—and the show closes after two final performances on Saturday, March 22. Click here...

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Unity (1918) is history in the making

Kevin Kerr is coming full circle. Back in 2002, the noted playwright received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Unity (1918); now a professor in the Department of Writing, Kerr is directing his first show for Phoenix Theatre this month—and it’s Unity (1918), a...

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Live from the set of Maureen Bradley’s feature film

Looking for creative practice and experiential learning all in one? Check out what Department of Writing professor Maureen Bradley is doing on her study leave: shooting the feature film Two 4 One, using a mix of professional and student crew. While Bradley is an...

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WordsThaw this weekend

The Malahat Review's annual "intellectual icebreaker at the cusp of spring" returns this week, and many Department of Writing faculty, alumni and graduate students are involved. It promises to be a fascinating and illuminating weekend of literary learning. Here's...

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Fine Arts at IdeaFest

Want to change the world? All you need is the right idea. UVic's third annual IdeaFest is back and ready to expand your mind with fascinating ideas from fascinating people. Running March 3 to 8 at various venues across campus, IdeaFest offers over 50 ideas worth...

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Going for the gold . . . in art?

Who says you're never too old to compete in the Olympics? Just ask John Copley—he was 73 when he won a Silver Medal in the 1948 London Olympics. A septugenarian shotputter, perhaps? A sailor still in his prime? Nope—Copley won Silver for art in the "Mixed Paintings,...

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Reel Life Learning

The tools writing professor Maureen Bradley uses with her students may not immediately leap to mind when most people think about research at UVic. But for Bradley, lights and cameras are very much the focus of the action when it comes to film production. “Research is...

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