Madeline Sonik

Sessional Instructor

B.A., M.A. (Western), M.F.A., Ph.D. (UBC)

Office: FIA 235



Areas of Research & Creative Activity

Fiction, memoir, poetry, journalism, academic writing, anthologies, creativity and creative writing education, writing as healing.


Madeline Sonik is an eclectic, award-winning writer and anthologist whose fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in literary journals internationally. Her published book-length works include a novel, Arms, a collection of short fiction, Drying the Bones, a children’s novel, Belinda and the Dustbunnys, a poetry collection, Stone Sightings, and a book of personal essays, Afflictions & Departures. A new poetry collection, The Book of Changes, is forthcoming in 2012. She is also the co-editor of three anthologies: Fresh Blood: New Canadian Gothic Fiction; Entering the Landscape; and When I Was a Child: Stories for Grownups and Children.

Madeline dropped out of high school when she was fifteen, moved to England, and worked as cleaner in Bideford, North Devon, before returning to Canada to pursue her education. After receiving an MA in Journalism, she embarked on a career as a journalist. Somewhere between supplying business tabloids with ad copy and alternative newspapers with oddball stories, she discovered a love for writing fiction, poetry, and memoir, as well as a love for teaching. She earned a PhD in Education at the University of British Columbia, and for two years was a post-doctoral fellow at UVic, exploring and writing about new ways to approach creative writing teaching and suggesting ways to enhance writing workshop dynamics.   


Selected Publications


Afflictions and Departures

Published by Anvil Press


Stone Sightings

Published by Inanna Publications


Drying the Bones

Published by Nightwood Editions


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