D. W. Wilson

Sessional Instructor

B.A. (UVic), M.A. (UEA), PhD (UEA)

Office: FIA 243

E-mail: dwwilson@uvic.ca


Areas of Research & Creative Activity

The short story, the novel, screenwriting.


D. W. Wilson is the author of Once You Break a Knuckle, a collection of short stories, and Ballistics, a novel. His fiction and essays have appeared in literary journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Grain, Prairie Fire, Southword, and Prospect. In 2011 he became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC's National Short Story Award for "The Dead Roads" which appears in his collection, and this year won the CBC's Canada Writes Short Story Prize with "Mountain Under Sea." Once You Break a Knuckle was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the BC Book Prize, and Ballistics a finalist for the Desmond Elliot Prize.

He was born and raised in the small towns of the Kootenay Valley, British Columbia, where his father, a corporal of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was stationed for thirteen years. He is a former judoka, former electrician's apprentice, former redneck, and has a doctorate in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia. Before that, he graduated with honours in philosophy and creative writing from the University of Victoria. He is a Canadian citizen by birth and temperament though only recently repatriated after half a decade in the United Kingdom. It's good to be home.

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