Lynne Van Luven

Professor Emertius

B.A. (Saskatchewan), M.A., Ph.D. (Alberta)


Areas of Research & Creative Activity

Creative nonfiction, especially the memoir; print journalism, especially newspapers; editing and the creation of anthologies; nonfiction as a tool for social change, research into ageing.


Lynne Van Luven was the founding director of the Professional Writing Minor in Journalism and Publishing in the Department of Writing. She worked for many years as a print journalist before becoming an academic. Her interest in social issues and the personal essay converges in much of her work, especially in her recent series of books, Nobody’s Mother, Nobody’s Father, and Somebody's Child, published in 2006, 2008, 2011 respectively. She was the editor of one of the first national anthologies of creative nonfiction, Going Some Place: Creative Nonfiction Across Canada. She also works behind the scenes in the publishing industry as a creative, substantive editor of both novels and nonfiction. Her most recent anthology of personal essays is In the Flesh: Twenty Writers Explore the Body, published by Brindle and Glass and co-edited with Salt Spring Island novelist Kathy Page.

Selected Publications


In the Flesh: Twenty Writers Explore the Body

Published by Brindle & Glass


Somebody's Child: Stories about Adoption

Published by TouchWood Editions


Nobody's Father: Life Without Kids

Published by TouchWood Editions


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