Fall 2014

Arleen Paré

Department of Writing double-alumna Arleen Paré (BFA, MFA) was announced as the winner of the $25,000 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry. Her newest collection—a 45-part praise poem titled Lake of Two Mountains—earned the jury’s praise for being ““a poem of sustained beauty, an almost monastic meditation on the overlapping centres of human and natural reality.”


Writing at Writers Festival

A whopping 18 Department of Writing faculty members, alumni and sessional instructors participated in the annual Victoria Writers Festival this year. Included were the award-winning likes of Bill Gaston, Joan MacLeod, Kevin Kerr, Lee Henderson,  Aislinn Hunter, Arleen Paré and many others.


Mark Leiren Young

Mark Leiren Young is this year’s Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecturer in Journalism and Nonfiction for the Department of Writing. And while his current Writing course Finding the Funnyfocuses on humour writing, his recent public lectureYou Can’t Say That!? Comedy, Censorship and Sensitivity in the 21st Century—examined the fine line between comedy and censorship.


Governor General’s Literary Award Finalists

Wow—this year’s list of English-language finalists in the Governor General’s Literary Awards includes four from the Department of Writing: Writing professor Bill Gaston (Fiction), MFA alumni Garth Martens  and Arleen Paré (both Poetry), and Arno Kopecky (Non-fiction). Department of Theatre alumna Janet Munsil was also nominated in Playwriting.


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 Road Narrows As You Go (Penguin/Random House), which launched this October.


Maureen Bradley

Department of Writing professor Maureen Bradley‘s debut feature film, Two 4 One, had its world premiere this fall, playing at both the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Calgary International Film Festival. It’s currently touring the country to other film festivals before debuting locally at the 2015 Victoria Film Festival.


Tim Lilburn

Congratulations go out to noted poet and Department of Writing professor Tim Lilburn, who joins 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.


Annual Faculty Reading Night

The Department of Writing held its Annual Faculty Reading Night in September, showcasing the work of both permanent faculty members and current graduate students.


Mark Leiren-Young

Award-winning author, journalist, playwright, screenwriter, satirist and University of Victoria alumnus Mark Leiren-Young has been announced as UVic’s 2014 Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecturer in Journalism and Nonfiction for the Department of Writing. He is the first UVic alumnus to hold the Southam position, and his fall 2014 course will focus on humour writing. 


Brian Hendricks

We are saddened to announced that longtime and much-loved Department of Writing and Faculty of Fine Arts instructor Brian Hendricks passed away in August 2014 at the age of 57. “Brian was one of the friendliest and most upbeat people you’d ever meet,” says longtime Writing department colleague Bill Gaston. “Here at UVic his presence is greatly missed.”


Eliza Robertson

Rising Canadian literary darling and one of the Writing department’s most amazing recent undergrads, Eliza Robertson, launched her debut short story collection Wallflowers to great acclaim in August 2014. Before it was even published, it was named one of “the 25 most anticipated (Canadian) books of 2014” by the National Post.


David Leach

Popular Writing professor David Leach was named the new chair of the Department of Writing in July 2014. Leach, an alumnus of the same department, says he is “thrilled and honoured” to lead the department he first joined as a student 25 years ago. “Every day, we hear good news about the creative success of our alumni,” says Leach, currently the director of both the Professional Writing and Technology and Society programs.


Concrete Garden

The third issue of the Writing department’s spin-off magazine Concrete Garden hit the newsstands this July. Originally conceived as a project in the department’s Magazine Publishing class, it has since evolved into an actual hard copy magazine focusing on sustainable urban agriculture.

Find out more here


Spring 2014

Shelagh Rogers

Much-loved CBC Radio personality Shelagh Rogers was recently announced as UVic’s next Chancellor. But what you may not know is that her nomination was first put forth by Writing professor Lynne Van Luven. Find out how Van Luven and Fine Arts Dean Sarah Blackstone championed this nomination here.


Erin Frances Fisher

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 Emerging Writers on May 27, with the jury praising her as “a writer you will see again.” Fellow top-three finalist and $1,000 winner Leah Jane Esau is also a former Writing student. This is the third Bronwen Wallace Award for Writing students.


Poetry Prize Shortlist

Long time Writing instructor Madeline Sonik and current student K’ari Fisher were both on the 12-writer shortlist for the Exile Quarterly $15,000 Carter V. Cooper short fiction prize. Other recent prizes include alumna Kayla Czaga, who won first the $2,000 first-place prize in The Fiddlehead‘s 23rd annual Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize and MFA alumna Kyeren Regehr for honourable mention in that same category.


BC Book Prizes

Writing alumna Ashley Little picked up a remarkable two awards at the 2014 BC Book Prizes in May: her book The New Normal won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize while her other book Anatomy of a Girl Gang picked up the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.


Theatre BC 2013 Playwriting Competition

Recent playwriting news for Writing alum include two winners of Theatre BC’s 2013 Playwriting Competition: current undergrad Shedon Seigel and MFA grad Peter Boychuk. And Writing MFA Sally Stubbs had a script selected for Calgary’s Suncor Energy Stage One Festival, another one in Nightwood Theatre’s National Play Reading Series and shortlisted for the 2015 Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, and yet another script to be published this fall.


Nominated for a Leo Award

Writing MFA Connor Gaston had a busy spring touring his award-winning short film ‘Til Death to various film festivals—including Cannes—and it was nominated for a Leo Award alongside work by fellow alumni filmmaker Jeremy Lutter. Find out more here.


Annual Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs conferenc

The Department of Writing sent a number of faculty members and graduate students over to Vancouver in May for the annual Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs conference. Find out more about it here.


Nominated for a 2014 M Awards

Writing department filmmakers Maureen Bradley, Connor Gaston and Jeremy Lutter were all nominated for a 2014 M Awards, as were alumna author Thelma Fayle and current undergrad and former City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate Aysia Law.


Mario versus Minecraft

Guest instructor Ashley Blacquiere upped his game with the summer course Mario versus Minecraft: The History of Video Games


Book launches

Recent book launches by Writing alumni included Arleen Pare, Garth Martens, Gillian Wigmore, Cara-Lyn Morgan, and  Colin Fulton.


Prize Winners

More prize winners and nominees were announced, with alumni Marjorie Celona, D.W. Wilson, Arno Kopecky, Jane Silcott, Catherine Greenwood, Melanie Siebert, Cathy Kozak, Jordan Mounteer, Jenny Boychuk, Kyeren Regher (again) and Leah Jane Esau (again) all making names for themselves.


When Is A Man

MFA Aaron Shephard recently released his debut novel, When Is A Man, and earned a great deal of media attention around its themes of landscape and masculinity.


BC Business magazine

Writing professor David Leach penned a fantastic piece for BC Business magazine’s special all-TED issue in February.


Southam Lecturer Tom Hawthorn

2014 Southam Lecturer Tom Hawthorn received a fair bit of media attention around the time of the Winter Olympics earlier this year—which isn’t surprising, given his course focused on sports writing. Click here and scroll down to read what Hawthorn thought about Sochi, gay activism and UVic’s new CARSA building.  


Unity (1918) at Phoenix Theatre

Writing professor and noted playwright Kevin Kerr earned roundly strong reviews for directing his own play Unity (1918) at Phoenix Theatre this spring.


Two 4 One is Canada’s first transgendered romantic comedy

Writing professor and busy filmmaker Maureen Bradley filmed her first feature film in Victoria this past February—and her movie Two 4 One is Canada’s (if not the world’s) first transgendered romantic comedy.


The Malahat Review

Writing had a strong presence at The Malahat Review’s second annual WordsThaw symposium this February, thanks to the participation of the departmental likes of David Leach, Tim Lilburn, Marita Daschel, Matthew Hooton, John Threlfall, alumni John Barton and Will Johnson, MFA JoAnn Dionne and undergrad Benjamin Willems.


So You Want to Launch a Magazine

Professor Lynne Van Luven organized a “So You Want to Launch a Magazine” showcase during UVic’s IdeaFest this year, presenting a number of student and alumni publications.


CFI Hi-Def Story Incubator Laboratory

The Writing department’s CFI Hi-Def Story Incubator Laboratory received some nice attention back in January, with professor Maureen Bradley singing the praises of the achievements of her Writing 420 film production class.


National Post

The forthcoming releases by both Writing professor Lee Henderson and alumna Eliza Robertson were included on the National Post‘s list of “The 25 most anticipated (Canadian) books of 2014” back in January.


Fall 2013

Tom Hawthorn the latest Southam Lecturer

Veteran local journalist Tom Hawthorn has been named the 2014 Harvey S. Southam Visiting Lecturer. Hawthorn’s Southam course will focus on the fast-paced field of sports writing. “It’s a different age for sports now,” he explains. “Athletes are using social media, they’re portrayed in video games, their personas are much wider culturally than they used to be. It’ll be fascinating to look at the relationship between athletes and the public, and with journalists and writers.”

New Joan MacLeod play debuts in Toronto

Writing professor and noted playwright Joan MacLeod’s latest play, The Valley opened at Toronto’s Tarragon  Theatre this November and got good notices from both the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail .

Maureen Bradley champions transgender community

Writing professor and filmmaker Maureen Bradley spoke about cinematic representations of transgender people as part of the Transgender Day of Remembrance at UVic’s Cinecenta in November, and was profiled in the local Times Colonist about her own upcoming bittersweet transgender romantic-comedy Two 4 One. She also ran a successful $20,000 Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the film.

Floodplain wins two awards

Fine Arts digital media staffer and Writing alum Dan Hogg‘s film Floodplain won two awards at the recent Vancouver Short film Festival.

‘Til Death
also wins a pair of awards

The latest student-created Writing 420 short film, ‘Til Death—directed by current grad student Connor Gaston—won a pair of awards at the Vancouver Short film Festival. It also screened at the Whistler Film Festival in December.

Writing’s film program profiled

Both Maureen Bradley and Dan Hogg were both profiled, alongside Connor Gaston, for their work with the Writing 420 film program in the fall issue of UVic’s alumni Torch magazine.

Read the article here (flip to page 32).

Benjamin Willems an EVENT winner

Current fourth year student Benjamin Willems was recently named a winner of EVENT magazine‘s annual creative non-fiction contest.

Half-Blood Blues tagged for Canada Reads

Headline-making alumna Esi Edugyan‘s Giller Prize-winning novel Half-Blood Blues has been named one of CBC’s 2014 Canada Reads contenders—championed by no less than stellar runner Donovan Bailey.

Arno Kopecky talks slick

Writing grad Arno Kopecky recently appeared on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition talking about his new book Oil Man and the Sea, which tracks his journey sailing the same routes as the tankers will take if the Northern Gateway pipeline goes ahead.

Writing & U in the Ring

The fall launch of the Writing department spawned Concrete Garden magazine and the annual Writing faculty reading night were both featured on the CFUV radio show, U in the Ring.

They call me Dr. Lane

Former Writing professor Patrick Lane was given an Honourary Doctor of Letters by UVic at November’s convocation, and his convocation speech “An Open Letter to All the Wild Creatures of the Earth” was such a hit that the Times Colonist printed it here—and it became a viral hit.

Lorna Crozier sells out

Well, actually it was November’s Lorna Crozier Literary Celebration that sold out, raising money for the new Lorna Crozier undergraduate poetry scholarship. The event garnered a good deal media attention.

Jackson talks Munro

Writing, professor Lorna Jackson appeared on CBC Radio’s All Points West in October to speak about Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize in Literature. Why Jackson? In addition to being a short story specialist herself, she also included Munro in her 2008 book of constructed interviews Flirt: The Interviews.

Van Luven doubles up

Writing professor and Associate Dean of Fine Arts Lynne Van Luven is always busy, this fall acting as one of the judges in the annual Times Colonist “So You Think You Can Write” contest and releasing an essay in the new collection, Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness.

Writing alumni get busy

Rapidly rising Writing graduate Eliza Robertson was named to the prestigious Writers’ Trust Journey Prize shorlist this fall—earning herself $1,000 and a place in their annual publication. Meanwhile, fellow Writing alum Kayla Czaga and Garth Martens were both longlisted for CBC Poetry Prize—Martens twice!—alongside former instructor Pamela Porter; Porter ended up being a finalist.

Thelma Fayle + Ted Grant

Writing alum Thelma Fayle garnered widespread media coverage for her new book on iconic photojournalist Ted Grant: appearing in the Times Colonist, speaking alongside Grant on CFAX Radio’s weekly Eye on the Arts show, being interviewed in Monday Magazineand in the November issue of .

Portia writes with elan

Recent MFA graduate Portia Elan was featured in “Writing Lessons” on the Ploughshares Literary Magazine blog in October. “Writing Lessons” features essays by writing students—and now writing instructors—about lessons learned, epiphanies about craft, and the challenges of studying writing.

Books, prized

Writing professor Bill Gaston and the recently retired Lorna Crozier were both named finalists in October’s City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Crozier also recently wrote a great self-explanatory travel piece titled “A Poet in the Great Bear Rainforest” for the online magazine Toque and Canoe.

Micro budgets, major talent

Writing professor Maureen Bradley and Fine Arts digital media staffer Dan Hogg appeared in a Monday Magazine article in November, discussing their involvement with Telefilm Canada’s Micro-Budget Production program.

Writing launches Campus Confidential

The Department of Writing launched Campus Confidential in November, a new collection of creative nonfiction tales by UVic writers exploring the intricacies of relationships . . . by degrees. Inspired by the popular New York Times column “Modern Love,” the new book features 13 student and alumni writers.

Big name guests

Writing brought in a series of high-profile guests to speak to both students and the public this fall, including Sheila Heti, Carmen Aguirre, Emily McGiffin and alumna Marjorie Celona. And Geneviève Castrée.

Lilburn heads to Hong Kong

Poetry professor Tim Lilburn was the only Canadian invited to the International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong in November. The annual festival brings in poets from around the world for a weekend of readings and lectures.

Concrete Garden grows on

Writing also launched the latest issue of the student-created sustainable urban living magazine, Concrete Garden, this fall.

Annual Faculty Reading Night

Writing’s Annual Faculty Reading Night happened once again in September, and was a bit hit with the students. A fine selection of Writing faculty and current grad students kept the packed house entertained.

Summer 2013

Floodplain & Cannes

Fine Arts staffer Dan Hogg, alongside Writing alum and frequent film partner Jeremy Lutter, traveled to the Cannes International Film Festival in March for the debut of their new short film, Floodplain. Floodplain is based on a short story by fellow Writing grad D.W. Wilson, who also joined them in Cannes.

Matthew Hooton & Jenny Manzer make CBC Shortlist

Congrats to both current Writing instructor Matthew Hooton and Writing alum Jenny Manzer (wife of Writing professor David Leach) for making the 2013 CBC Canada Writes Creative NonFiction contest shortlist! Not bad—out of 2700 entries, 2 of the top 5 are from UVic Writing. Writing alumni Kayla Czaga and Will Johnson also made the longlist. The winner will be announced on July 22.


Patrick Lane gets Order of Canada

Congratulations to much-loved former Writing professor Patrick Lane on being awarded the Order of Canada. Now he and partner Lorna Crozier have both that and the Governor General's Award in common. Wonder where they keep them?


Mark Leiren-Young launches new memoir

Fine Arts alum and veteran writer and playwright Mark Leiren-Young has launched his new magical memoir, Free Magic Secrets Revealed. Leiren-Young also penned the award-winning memoir Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, about his as a young journalist at a Black Press paper in Williams Lake. Never Shoot a Stampede Queen was also recently adapted for the stage, starring Phoenix Theatre grad Zachary Stevenson.


Richard Van Camp wins Alberta Literary Award

Busy and successful author Richard Van Camp has won the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction in the Alberta Literary Awards for his latest novel,


Eliza Robertson wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Rising star Writing alum Eliza Robertson has won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, after being named the winner of the Commonwealth Canadian/European Regional Prize!


Yasuko Thanh a Danuta Gleed finalist

Celebrated local author and Writing grad Yasuko Thanh's debut short story collection Floating Like the Dead was named as a finalist in the 2013 Danuta Gleed Literary Award. While she didn't end up winning,


Connor Gaston gets Leo nomination

Among the nominees in the 2013 Leo Awards are Writing MFA student Connor Gaston. Gaston was nominated in the Best Student Production for his short film "Bardo Light."


Spring 2013


Edugyan & Price kick off new reading series

Husband-and-wife literary A-team and Department of Writing superstars Esi Edugyan and Steven Price helped kick off the new reading series at Russell's Books this spring. They're following in the proud footsteps of that other A-list Writing couple, Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier.


Western Magazine Awards nominations

Prizes, prizes—who's up for prizes? Writing grads Richard Van Camp, Jonathan Garfinkel, Yasuko Thanh and Mark Leiren-Young have all been named as finalists in the Western Magazine Awards, and Writing was also well-represented at the BC Book Prizes—including Literary Excellence Award winner Lorna Crozier, plus nominees Bill Gaston and Yasuko Thanh.


Bill Gaston wins BC Book Prize

Congratulations to current Writing chair Bill Gaston for winning the Ethel Wilson Fiction prize for his new novel The World at the BC Book Prizes in May.


2013 M Awards

Monday Magazine held their annual M Awards in April and the Department of Writing cleaned up: grad Yasuko Thanh won "Favourite Fiction Book" for Floating Like The Dead, current Writing stduent and Victoria Youth Poet Laureate Aysia Law was named "Newsmaker of the Year", and graduate student Scott Amos was named "Favourite Local Filmmaker".


Yasuko Thanh Q&A

UVic Writing grad and BC Book Prize nominee Yasuko Thanh does a fun Q&A in the April issue of local Boulevard magazine.


Anna-Maria Landis named Alumnus of Honour

Current Writing student Anna-Maria Landis was named Alumnus of Honour at the spring Victorious Voices Secondary School Slam Championships. Landis performed alongside fellow Writing student and Victoria Youth Poet Laureate Aysia Law.


Lorna Crozier earns Award for Literary Excellence

Call it another feather in the much-plumed hat of recently retired Writing prof Lorna Crozier. Crozier was named co-winner of BC's Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence, alongside Vancouver writer Sarah Ellis—the first time the award has been split. Crozier received her award during the BC Book Prizes in May.


Erin Fisher on PRISM shortlist

Current Writing MFA student Erin Fisher has been announced as the first runner-up in PRISM International's 2013 Fiction contest for her story, "Last Concert: Luzon, Philippines." This isn't the first time Fisher's work has been nominated, as you can see here.


Writing at IdeaFest

In case you missed the IdeaFest Creativity panel featuring Writing professor Lee Henderson alongside fellow Fine Arts professors Jennifer Stillwell (Visual Arts), Victoria Wyatt (History in Art) and Music's George Tzanetakis and Jonathan Goldman.


Eliza Robertson a CBC finalist

Congratulations to Writing grad Eliza Robertson for being named one of five finalists in the CBC Short Story Prize in March! Her name appeared on the longlist alongside the likes of fellow Writing alumni Yasuko Thanh & Judy LeBlanc, plus former Writing instructor Holly Nathan.

Jorge Barrera wins Newsperson of the Year

Former Writing department Harvey Southam Diploma student Jorge Barrera has won the J-Source Canadian Newsperson of the Year Award. Barrera is a reporter for the Aboriginal Peoples TV Network and won the award for his investigative work in First Nations communities and Idle No More movement.


David Leach highlights Games Without Frontiers

In his guise as director of UVic's Technology & Society program, David Leach put together the fascinating day-long Games Without Frontiers event at IdeaFest in March. A “pop-up idea arcade” that explored the social power of video games, this free, all-ages public event was one of the highlights of IdeaFest.


Writing at JCURA

Fine Arts had 10 students represented at the annual Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards in March, including Writing's Claire Garneau and Liz Snell. Also on hand were Sara Fruchtman, Alexandra Macdonald and Christine Oldridge (History in Art), Stewart Gibbs, Sarah Johnson and Jennifer Taylor (Theatre), plus Bronwyn McMillin and Willie Seo (Visual Arts).


Marjorie Celona an Amazon finalist

Outstanding Writing grad Marjorie Celona was named a finalist for the $7,500 First Novel Award in April. Past winners include the likes of Michael Ondaatje, Nino Ricci, Rohinton Mistry, Anne Michaels and Joseph Boyden. Celona is the daughter of Music professor John Celona.


Yasuko Thanh goes bare for books

Why did acclaimed local author and Writing grad Yasuko Thanh agree to pose nude for the upcoming PEN "Bare it for Books" calendar? Coastal Spectator has the answer at this article written by fellow Writing grad Will Johnson.


Thanh & Robertson make CBC longlist

Two of the busiest Department of Writing grads both made the CBC Short Story Prize longlist in March: Eliza Robertson and Yasuko Thanh. Congratulations to both.


Sandra Martin & Tom Hawthorn podcast

Writing guests Sandra Martin & Tom Hawthorn appeared at UVic this spring to discuss the fine art of obituary writing at a presentation called "Obituaries to Die For". Hear what they had to say on this podcast of "U in the Ring". Also in this broadcast was Fine Arts honorary doctorate winner and celebrated Canadian author Anne Michaels.


Winter 2012

Arno Kopecky tackles Enbridge

Writing grad Arno Kopecky tackled the Enbridge pipeline and asked the $273 billion question in the February issue of Reader's Digest: is the payoff worth the risk?


Annual Faculty Reading Night

What's the good word? A packed house found out directly from the entire current Department of Writing faculty, plus four grad students, at the annual Faculty Reading Night in February.


Open Word

The twice-yearly Open Word: Readings and Ideas series had a busy spring, featuring Governor General's Award-winning poet, novelist, documentarian, academic and former Poet Laureate for the City of Toronto Dionne Brand in January, award-winning Vancouver-based performance poet Ray Hsu and celebrated 2012 Charles Taylor Prize-winning author Andrew Westoll (The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary), both in February.


Southam Lecturer Jo-Ann Roberts

CBC Radio's All Points West host Jo-Ann Roberts talked about her new gig as the Department of Writing's 2013 Harvey Southam guest lecturer in the January issue of Boulevard Magazine, which you can read here. She also hosted a full house for her public lecture, "Public Broadcasting and the Public Good: Making the case for the CBC".


Writing tips from Writing profs

Writing instructor Christin Geall offered some useful tips about how using a retrospective narrator can help you to be honest with yourself, via CBC's Canada Writes website. Meanwhile, Writing professor David Leach offered his creative nonfiction tips as part of CBC's Canada Writes CNF month in January.


Waterstones Eleven x 2

Congratulations to two Writing grads who made the UK's prestigious Waterstones Eleven "Debut Literary Stars of 2013" list in January: Marjorie Celona (Y) and D.W. Wilson (Ballistics). Read more about them here. Celona's Giller-nominated debut novel Y was also reviewed by the New York Times, who called it "heartfelt" and noted that Celona "adroitly confounds many of our expectations."


Maleea Acker's new book

Writing grad Maleea Acker's new book, Gardens Aflame, was profiled in the January issue of Focus Magazine, alongside a piece about 2013 Southam Lecturer Jo-Ann Roberts.


Mike Edel wins TC Music Award

Writing alum Mike Edel, co-editor of the Department of Writing-created Concrete Garden magazine, is also a busy local musician who was named one of the winners in the Times Colonist's annual Music Awards.


Aysia Law named Youth Poet Laureate

Inaugural City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate and current Writing student Aysia Law talked to the Times Colonist about her new position in this article.


Joan MacLeod among the best

Writing professor Joan MacLeod topped the list of Best Canadian Women Playwrights in this recent article. Commenting on her breakout play Shape of a Girl, they said, "Joan MacLeod is one of Canada's best playwrights and almost any of her plays could be on this list . . . Shape of a Girl remains one of my top theatrical experiences. It's a play that remains relevant and important, and really should be seen, if not read, by everyone."


Crozier, Gaston, Celona, Wagamese on G&M's book list

Look who's on the Globe & Mail's list of top 100 winter books to read: Writing professors Bill Gaston and Lorna Crozier, plus alumna Marjorie Celona and former instructor Richard Wagamese.


Cody Klippenstein wins Zoetrope prize

Recent Writing grad Cody Klippenstein wins first place in the Zoetrope All-Story Fiction Contest. A notable U.S. prize sponsored by Francis Ford Coppola, the Zoetrope puts her work in front of the eyes of some of America's biggest literary talent agencies.

Read more here.


 Madeline Sonik a human book

Writing instructor and City of Victoria Butler Book Prize Winner Madeline Sonik was a "book" in the Greater Victoria Public LIbrary's recent Human Library Project.


 Maureen Bradley wins NSI film initiative

Writing professor and filmmaker Maureen Bradley has been selected as one of the winning teams for the National Screen Institute's Features First program.


 Dan Hogg wins NSI script prize

Fine Arts staffer Dan Hogg has been named one of the winners of the National Screen Institute's Script to Screen development initiative.


 All Star Reading Night

10 graduates of the Writing department held Fine Arts celebrate UVic's 50th anniversary.


 Madeline Sonik wins City of Victoria Book Prize

Writing instructor Madeline Sonik won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize this October for her non-fiction memoir, Afflictions and Departures.


 Patrick Friesen wins ReLit Award

Writing instructor Patrick Friesen wins the 2012 ReLit Award for poetry for his book Jumping in the Asylum. While there's no cash purse for the ReLit.


Tamas Dobozy wins Writers Trust prize

Writing grad Tamas Dobozy wins the $25,000 Rogers Writers Trust prize for his short-story collection, Siege 13.


 UVic Writers in abundance at Writers Fest

Plenty of Writing faculty and alumni were on deck for the inaugural Victoria Writers Festival.


Connor Gaston goes to TIFF, WFF

Writing MFA student Connor Gaston has films accepted at both the Toronto International Film Festival and the Whistler Film Festival.


Arno Kopecky launches book

Writing grad and international journalist Arno Kopecky launches his first book, The Devils Curve.


G&M talks to Bill Gaston

Writing chair Bill Gaston is interviewed by the Globe and Mail for his thoughts on the number of emerging writers currently flooding the Can-lit market


Marjorie Celona makes Giller longlist

Writing grad Marjorie Celona makes the Giller longlist for her debut novel Y.


Judy Leblanc wins Antogonish Review prize

Writing grad Judy Leblanc has won The Antogonish Review's eight annual fiction award.


Kevin Kerr joins Writing department

Governor General's Award-winning Canadian playwright Kevin Kerr joins the Writing department, bringing a vast body of experience to his speciality in drama.


Lorna Crozier releases new book

The soon to retire Lorna Crozier launches her latest volume, The Book of Marvels, to a packed house at UVic's Bookstore.


Bill Gaston launches new novel

Writing chair Bill Gaston launches his latest novel, The World, alongside Writing alum and Giller Prize longlister Marjorie Celona, who is launching her own novel, Y.

Summer 2012

Richard Van Camp returns

Writing alum and acclaimed aboriginal author Richard Van Camp returns to campus to kick off the department's participation in UVic's 50th anniversary celebrations.


Sketch Ed goes live

The students of Ryan Harper-Brown's summer Writing 410 course are taking their comedy writing skills out of the classroom and onto a local stage by mounting Sketch Ed—a night of live comedy based on their course work.


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