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July 2012

  The Malahat Review 2012 Far Horizons Award

Writing grad Kayla Czaga has won The Malahat Review 2012 Far Horizons Award for Poetry. Kayla's winning poem will be published in their Winter 2012 edition.

Find out how much she won and read the judge's comments here

  Sixth Harvey S. Southam guest lecturer

Popular CBC host Jo-Ann Roberts is announced as the sixth Harvey S. Southam guest lecturer. The host of top-rated BC afternoon show All Points West, Roberts will be teaching a course on "Public Broadcasting and the Public Good" starting in January 2013.

Find out more here

  New online LGBQT literary magazine

Writing student Andrea Routley prepares to launch first issue of Plenitude, a new online LGBQT literary magazine. “I want to read hundreds of stories and poems by other people, to discover how they express their lives and interpret this world,”

Routley says here


June 2012


Writing alum Jeremy Lutter and Fine Arts digital media staffer Daniel Hogg collaborate on Floodplain, a new short film project, based on a story by award-winning author and fellow Writing grad DW Wilson. Floodplain is currently looking for investors, and will build on Lutter's recent Cannes success with Joanna Makes a Friend.

Find out more here

 Bill Gaston wins a Gold Award

Department of Writing chair Bill Gaston wins a Gold Award for fiction in the National Magazine Awards. His winning story, "Four Corners", was published in Event magazine.

Read about it here

  2012 fiction prize for The Fiddlehead

Current Writing student Cody Klippenstein has won the 2012 fiction prize for The Fiddlehead. Her winning story, “We’ve Gotta Get Out of Here,” was originally submitted as a piece for a Department of Writing workshop class led by Writing associate professor Lee Henderson.

Find out what Lee had to say here

  Writing alum Arno Kopecky

Writing alum Arno Kopecky is undertaking a bold sea venture along BC's norther coast to document the region that may be affected by a future oil spill, if plans for Enbridge's controversial pipeline go ahead.

Hear about Kopecky's vision, and his upcoming first book, here

  All about beavers

Busy Writing MFA and award-winning author Frances Backhouse is working on a new book all about beavers.

Read about her own adventures in beaverland here

  Awarded the Booker Scholarship

Writing grad Eliza Robertson is keeping busy in England, thanks to being awarded the Booker Scholarship. Even though there's only been three winners of the prestigious award, Eliza is the second UVic Writing student to win it, after DW Wilson.

Find out more here


May 2012

  Busy week of readings

Writing department faculty and grads have a busy week of readings and play debuts. Read about Lynne Van Luven, Madeline Sonik, Buffy Cram and Peter Boychuk

Read about it here

 Esi Edugyan wins another award

Highly acclaimed Writing alum Esi Edugyan wins another award for her sophomore novel, Half-Blood Blues! This time it's closer to home—the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize at the BC Book Prizes. Read all about how she trumped the other UVic nominees in the same category—including husband Steven Price and fellow Writing grad DW Wilson

Read about it here

 Nominated for another Leo Award

Fine Arts digital media staffer Daniel Hogg has been nominated for another Leo Award, this time for his short film, Woodrow Without Evelyn.

Read about it here

  Cannes Film Festival

Writing grad and busy filmmaker Jeremy Lutter has been invited to the Cannes Film Festival in France with his charming Joanna Makes A Friend.

Find the red carpet details here


April 2012

 Student Film Fest Winners

The 8th Annual UVic Sunscreen Student Film Festival is proud to announce the winners:
    Audience Award - Bardo Light (by Connor Gaston)
    Best Story-Driven Film - Bardo Light (by Connor Gaston)
    Best Medium-Driven Film - Confliction (by Colton Hash)
    Best Director - Portia Yip (for Demitasse)
    Best Screenplay - Portia Yip (for Demitasse)
    Best Cinematography - Graydon Tait (for Bardo Light)
    Best Editing - Connor Gaston (for Bardo Light)
    Best Performance - Chris Mackie (for Bardo Light)

Go to the festival website.

 Monday Magazine's annual readers-choice M Awards

Lorna Crozier, Esi Edugyan and Jeremy Lutter all won awards at Monday Magazine's annual readers-choice M Awards this year.

Find out who else in the Fine Arts family won or was nominated here

 Edugyan, Price, and Wilson lead the way

The BC Book Prizes will be awarded on May 12th, and UVic's Writing department is once again well-represented. Instructor Steven Price (Into That Darkness), Esi Edugyan (Half-Blood Blues), and alumni D. W. Wilson (Once You Break a Knuckle) are vying for the fiction prize, with adjunct professor Patrick Lane (The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane) nominated for poetry, and former instructor Pamela Porter (I'll Be Watching) nominated for children's literature. Good luck to all!

Summer classes in writing

Get a leg up on planning your summer classes. All of the Writing Department's summer classes have prerequisites of only second-year standing. Check out the special topics classes we're offering:


March 2012

 Student Film Fest Calls for Entries

The 8th Annual UVic Sunscreen Student Film Festival is looking for your short films. Sunscreen .is juried and open to any UVic student making narrative, documentary, or experimental films. Deadline for submissions is Monday April 2nd, with the festival happening on Thursday, April 12th at the David Lam Auditorium.

Go to the festival website.

 Tim Lilburn - Assiniboia

Award-winning poet and Writing professor Tim Lilburn has released his ninth book of poetry, the Louis Riel-inspired Assiniboia.

Read all about it and see a short video of Lilburn here


February 2012

Once You Break a Knuckle, by D.W. Wilson CBC Short Story Contest

Writing grad D.W. Wilson makes the CBC Short Story Contest shortlist, and fellow alum Yasuko Thanh is now the subject of a song, tied to the launch of her new book.

Live at Open Word, It’s Sheila Heti!

The long-running collaboration between the Department of Writing and Open Space continues with an appearance by acclaimed Toronto-based author, writer and cultural innovator Sheila Heti.

Eating Dirt was nominated

BC author Charlotte Gill, whose Eating Dirt was nominated for this year's $25,000 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, stopped in at UVic for a special reading and class session.

Victoria Film Festival

UVic filmmakers and graduates were out in force for the recent Victoria Film Festival.

 Alumni team claim national drama prize

Academic assistant Daniel Hogg and alumni Jeremy Lutter have been named to the NSI Drama Prize, awarded annually by the National Screen Institute to develop the career of emerging filmmakers. Their short film project Floodplain, adapted from the short story of the same name by alumni D.W. Wilson, earned the team three week's worth of boot camps at the NSI from industry mentors, as well as the opportunity for $10,000 cash and $30,000 of in-kind services to produce the film this year.

Read the NSI's announcement

  Submit to The Warren Undergraduate Review

The Warren is seeking submissions from all UVic students for its March 2012 issue. The Warren is an open-concept literary and arts journal that aims to foster the growth of a vibrant multidisciplinary creative culture at the University of Victoria.

Read here to submit on-line


January 2012

 Madeline Sonik

Department of Writing instructor Madeline Sonik is one of five authors shortlisted for the prestigious $25,000 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, for her 2011 book Afflictions & Departures: Essays.

Read more about Sonik's nomination

 Esi Edugyan

2011 was definitely the year for Fine Arts alumna and former Writing instructor Esi Edugyan.

Get up to speed on Edugyan's accolades and her widespread year-end coverage


December, 2011

 Crozier on CBC

Writing professor and recent Order of Canada winner Lorna Crozier's spot guest-hosting a special December 2 episode of CBC's The Current proved so popular that she was invited back again on December 8.

Read the whole story and find links to the original episode here.


November, 2011

This Side of West call for submissions

Submit your work to the writing student union's 2012 edition of journal This Side of West. Deadline Thursday, December 1st. For more details visit

Esi Edugyan wins Giller Prize for Half-Blood Blues

Congratulations to former instructor Esi Edugyan on winning the 2011 Giller Prize, which awards $50,000 to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. It's been a great year for Edugyan who was also short-listed for the Governor-General's Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Man Booker Prize.

Joan McLeod wins Siminovitch Prize

A big congratulations to faculty member Joan MacLeod for winning the Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize. The largest theatre award in Canada, the award recognizes career accomplishments in design, direction, and playwrighting in three-year cycles, which features a $75,000 cash prize and a $25,000 prize for a protegé of her choosing. At the ceremony, Joan announced her protegé would be Toronto-based playwright Anusree Roy.


October, 2011

Edugyan's Half-Blood Blues adds Giller Prize & GG nominations

Hot on the heels of her Man Booker Prize Nomination for her second novel, Half-Blood Blues, former instructor Esi Edugyan has been nominated for both the Giller Prize and the Governor-General's Literary Award for Fiction. The Giller Prize, which awards $50,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, will be awarded at a gala on November 8th in Toronto. The Governor-General's Prize, with a $25,000 award, will be announced on November 15th in Toronto. With these nominations, Edugyan has been nominated for all three major Canadian fiction prizes this year (Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize).

Playwright up for $100,000 Siminovitch Prize

Faculty member Joan MacLeod has once again been nominated for the Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize. The largest theatre award in Canada, the award recognizes career accomplishments in design, direction, and playwrighting in three-year cycles. The winner will be announced on Nov. 7 at a ceremony in Toronto.

Recent grad a nonfiction finalist

Congratulations to recent grad Will Johnson. The Malahat Review just announced their 2011 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize, where Johnson was named a finalist for his work "Whatever You're On, I Want Some".


September, 2011

Once You Break a Knuckle, by D.W. Wilson Alumni wins big across the pond

Recent graduate D.W. Wilson has won the BBC National Short Story Award for his story "The Dead Roads", also published as part of his first collection of short fiction, Once You Break a Knuckle. Now a PhD student at East Anglia, Wilson beat out critcally acclaimed authors Jon McGregor and M.J. Hyland to win the £15,000 award.

  Student jobs - work study placements available now

Looking for work this fall? Plenty of on-campus jobs are available to students who qualify the workstudy program, including two positions in Writing, and many more in the Fine Arts. Visit the complete list of jobs by department, or to learn more about workstudy placements, check out their web site.

Esi Edugyan nominated for Man Booker Prize

Congratulations to former instructor Esi Edugyan. Her second novel, Half-Blood Blues, is one of six books shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on Tuesday 18 October at a dinner at London’s Guildhall and will be broadcast on the BBC.

Instructors shortlisted for Butler Book Prize

Instructors Carla Funk and Stephen Hume have each been short-listed for the 2011 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, Funk for her book of poetry, apologetic, and Hume for his book of nonfiction, A Walk with the Rainy Sisters: In Praise of B.C.’s Places. Also on the short-list is writing Professor Emeritus Jack Hodgins, for his book The Master of Happy Endings. The winners will be announced at the awards gala to be held at the Union Club of Victoria on October 12th. For more information, visit the Victoria Book Prizes Society website.

Alumni breaks in with debut anthology

Recent graduate D.W. Wilson has published his first anthology of short fiction, Once You Break a Knuckle, with Hamish Hamilton Canada. Wilson was born and raised in the small towns of the Kootenay Valley, British Columbia. He is the recipient of the University of East Anglia’s inaugural Man Booker Prize Scholarship–the most prestigious award available to students in their MA program. His stories have appeared in literary magazines across Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, including the Malahat Review, Grain, and Southword.


August, 2011

Alumni releases debut novel

Congratulations to recent alumni Barbara Stewart on the release of her first novel, Campie, released by Heritage House Publishing. A view from the bottom of the oil barrel into work-camp culture, Campie is an entertaining, compelling account of how an ordinary person survives when things fall apart and there’s no “eat pray love” holiday to put them back together. Barbara will next be reading at Vancouver's Word on the Street Festival on September 25, 2011.

  Writing department expands, hiring a new prof

The Department of Writing, University of Victoria, invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track position in writing for stage and/or screen. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2012.  The successful candidate will have an established record of professional engagement as a screenwriter and/or playwright.   Applicants should also have experience teaching in their respective genres. See the complete job description.


July, 2011

Meet Lee Henderson

We are pleased to welcome a new faculty member, assistant professor Lee Henderson. Prior to coming to the Writing Department, Lee Henderson lived in Vancouver, where he made a living writing on the visual arts, publishing fiction, and teaching creative writing at UBC. He has also lead writing workshops for the Summer Literary Seminar in Montreal as well as at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and with U of T's online writing program. Read his bio here.


June, 2011

Crozier named to Order of Canada

Prof Lorna Crozier has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston. One of Canada’s most beloved and talented poets, this latest honour comes on the heels of Crozier being recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009, and her winning of UVic’s Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression in 2010. With 15 books of poetry behind her and a number of awards—including the Governor General’s Literary Award—as well as a pair of honourary doctorates for her contributions to Canadian literature and her designation as a Distinguished Professor at UVic, Crozier is in the enviable position of being highly regarded by her peers and universally loved by the students and writers she has mentored over her 20 years at UVic. The Officer of the Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large.

Freshman's Wharf honoured with Leo Award

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Freshman's Wharf on winning a 2011 Leo Award for Best Web Series. Students Julia Dillon-Davis and Eliza Robertson (producers) and Rachel Warden (writer) joined mentors and producers Maureen Bradley and Daniel Hogg at the glitzy Leo Awards Gala at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, where they rubbed shoulders with other stars and filmmakers of Hollywood North. The Leo Awards celebrate and recognize excellence in the BC film and television industry.


May, 2011

Student showcases film at Cannes
Third-year Department of Writing student Katherine Walkiewicz’s 20-minute movie, Une Mémoire Courte, has been accepted in the Short Film Corner, a showcase of international work by emerging filmmakers at the Cannes International Film Festival. A fictional drama about whether or not a young couple is truly in love, Une Mémoire Courte was created as a term project for her International Film Writing course this year and was selected by a jury presided over by acclaimed director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
Fisher's short earns the grand prize from PRISM International
Third-year Writing student Erin Fisher is $2,000 richer, thanks to her first-place win for a story originally written as a first-year assignment. Fisher, winner of the 2009 Cadboro Bay Book Prize for Fiction, was selected as the Grand Prize Fiction winner in the 2011 PRISM International poetry and fiction contest for her 2,500-word short story “Bridges.”  Sessional instructor Matthew Hooton says it has been a “humbling experience” to read Fisher's work. “I've found myself in the paradoxical position of trying to engage with her work in class and get out of her way at the same time,” he says. “This prize is the literary equivalent of a warning shot over the bow of the establishment. It won't be the last time you read her name—trust me, I've seen what she's got coming next.”
Crozier tops UVic's researchers
Department of Writing professor Lorna Crozier was named one of UVic's top seven researchers for 2011. Crozier, a much-loved poet, essayist and public speaker, picked up the Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression at the 2011 Craigdarroch Research Awards on May 3rd.

March, 2011

  Instructors, Alumni up for M Awards
Vote now! UVic's Department of Writing is once again well-represented on the ballot for Monday Magazine's 9th annual M Awards. In addition to film prof Maureen Bradley's nomination in the Favourite Filmmaker category, three instructor's are up for nods: John Gould's 7 Good Reasons Not to be Good (Favourite Fiction Book), Melanie Siebert's Deepwater Vee (Favourite Book of Poetry), and Matthew Hooton's Deloume Road (Favourite Fiction Book). The ballot also includes work by Writing alum and Tara Saracuse (Island Kids, Favourite Non-Fiction Book). In fact, reps from every department of the Faculty of Fine Arts can be found on the ballot. For those who don't know, the M Awards are a people's-choice awards, with the winners based solely on the public's voting. Click one for the home team by voting online or by picking up a paper copy and filling it out the old-fashioned way. Deadline for voting is 5 p.m. Friday, March 18.

February, 2011

  Martens, Turza nominated for RBC's Bronwen Wallace Award
Anne-Marie Turza and Garth Martens, both recent UVic Writing MFA
grads, are two of three finalists for this year's RBC Bronwen Wallace
Award, given annually by the Writers' Trust of Canada. The first place winner receives $5000; the other two finalists receive $1000. This annual award, alternating between poetry and short fiction, is given to a writer below the age of 35 who has published poetry or prose in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies, but has not yet been published in book form.
  Department represented at CBC Literary Awards
Congratulations to Shay Wilson, Garth Martens, Cassie Beecham, and Madeline Sonik at the CBC Literary Awards. Former student Wilson was short-listed in the fiction category for her Short Story "Waiting for the Night to End". MFA grad Martens had two poems long-listed, and alumni Beecham and instructor Sonik also had short stories longlisted. Awards announced March 24th.

January, 2011

  Johnson's work recognized again
Fourth-year student Will Johnson recently won the John H. MacDonald award for arts and culture writing at the Canadian University Press Conference and runner-up in their Feature category, as well as runner-up in the OCW True Fiction contest, judged by Charles Demers. Johnson also has an upcoming book launch: Melodramatic Musings, a collection of his columns from The Martlet, is launching at Intrepid Theatre on April 15.

December, 2010

  Lutter's short wins big award
Congratulations to filmmaker and writing alumni Jeremy Lutter, and his short film project Joanna Makes a Friend. Lutter won the 2010 MPPIA Short Film Award, which provides a filmmaker $15,000 cash towards production of the winning project, plus up to $100,000 worth of in-kind services from industry sources. The screenplay, written by writing alumni Ben Rollo, is adapted from Rollo's own short story of the same name. Filming will take place this summer.

November, 2010

Giller nod for UVic grad
Congratulations to Sarah Selecky on her Giller nomination for her collection of short stories, This Cake is for the Party. Selecky studied with authors Jack Hodgins and Bill Valgardson in the writing department.
Student shortlisted for Journey Prize
Undergraduate student Eliza Robertson was shortlisted for the 22nd annual Journey Prize, one of the country's foremost awards for young and emerging authors. Her nominated short story, “Ship's Log”, first published in The Malahat Review, is included in the most recent anthology of The Journey Prize Stories.
Student wins at the LA Comedy Fest
Undergraduate Bryce Bladon recently won Best TV Pilot in the Los Angeles Comedy Festival's screenplay competition for his spec pilot, Jacob. The sitcom revolves around Jacob Jaffe—high school mathlete and virgin—who has always lived in the shadow of his way cooler twin brother, Red. When a car accident puts Red into a coma, Jacob assumes his identity in the hopes of a better life.

October, 2010

Siebert shortlisted for Governor-General's Literary Awards
A big congratulations to instructor and alumni Melanie Siebert on her nomination for the Governor-General's Literary Award in Poetry for her debut collection, Deepwater Vee.
Alumni's book deal a sign of things to come
Penguin Canada has announced the acquisition of two books by UVic Writing graduate D. W. Wilson. His collection of short stories, Once You Break a Knuckle—stories about good people doing bad things— is forthcoming in Fall 2011, will be followed by his debut novel, Ballistics, a family saga set during the British Columbia wildfires of 2003. Both will be published by Hamish Hamilton Canada, Penguin's prestige imprint for literary fiction. Read more from Pearson Canada.
Backhouse wins Book Prize
Congratulations to MFA candidate Francis Backhouse. Her book, Children of the Klondike, won the 2010 City of Victoria butler Book Prize adult literature.

Writing Instructor Dede Crane, was also shortlisted for the Bolen's Books Children's Book Prize, for her book Poster Boy.
Hooton wins "Not the Booker"
Congratulations to writing alumni Matthew Hooton, as his first novel, Deloume Road, won UK paper, The Guardian's "Not the Booker" prize.

September, 2010

Freshman's Wharf's exciting conclusion
With the remaining six episodes in the can, September sees the release of student-produced comedic web series wrap up it's ten-episode arc. Check out the new episodes every Tuesday through the end of September at, and congratulations to the many students involved.
Hume takes A Walk with the Rainy Sisters
Instructor Stephen Hume has released a new collection of essays through Harbour Publishing. A Walk with the Rainy Sisters is a lyrical testament to a great love affair between the writer and his region. Patrick Lane writes of the book, “This is Hume at his most personal, the intimacies and reflections gathered here worth all our attention. He is one of the best writers we have in this country.”
Krukoff's Flyways hits shelves
Congratulations to alumni Devin Krukoff on the release of his second novel, Flyways, published by Thistledown Press. Originally written as his MFA thesis under Bill Gaston, the work dramatizes people’s unseen connections to others while they encounter their own problems awaiting an impending snowstorm, told through a protracted series of vignettes.
Gould has Seven Good Reasons Not to Be Good
Congratulations to instructor John Gould on the relase of his novel Seven Good Reasons Not to Be Good, released by HarperCollins Publishers. In the book, Gould treats mortality, morality, and modernity with equal parts empathy and wit in the manner of Jonathan Letham and Zadie Smith. His prose dazzles even as it reveals this novel's complex heart: the imperfect art of letting go.
Carla Funk, apologetic
Congratulations to instructor Carla Funk on the release of her fourth collection of poetry, apologetic, published by Turnstone Press. George Murray writes, "Carla Funk strikes a rare grace note between the beauty of a muscular lyric and the learned melody of her narrative line... full of stories that will make you sigh with pleasure."

July, 2010

Bradley wins with Pants on Fire
Maureen Bradley's short 16mm film Pants on Fire has won a Golden Remi Award at Worldfest - Houston International Film Festival in the category of Short Film Direction. Pants on Fire's Canadian Premiere will take place at the upcoming Montréal World Film Festival.

June, 2010

Writing prof earns travel awards
Congratulations to Faculty member David Leach on his recent wins for his feature article "Warning: This Park is Melting", published in explore magazine. The article, about the effects of global warming on Baffin Island, won second prize in the magazine journalism category at the Northern Lights Travel Writing Awards and an honourable mention in the travel category at the National Magazine Awards.
Bradley's new work in Public Domain
Faculty member Maureen Bradley is one of seven Canadian media artists commissioned to create new works drawn from public domain audio visual materials housed at Library and Archives Canada. The result is Public Domain, a programme of six videos that highlight the fragility and disappearance of images, while focusing on their renaissance in a new context. The premiere screening will be June 23 at Library and Archives Canada, and the program will touring across North America and Europe in 2011.

May, 2010

Writing students top PRISM's fiction contest
Congratulations to 2010 PRISM International Fiction Contest winner & writing student Eliza Robertson ("Roadnotes") and first runner-up & recent graduate D.W. Wilson ("The Dead Roads"). Their stories were short-listed by the editwors and board of PRISM International, and ultimately judged by Zsuzsi Gartner. They will both be published in the Summer 2010 issue of PRISM.

April, 2010

Paisley named to Order of Canada
Congratulations to Instructor Brian Paisley on being inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada. The country's highest civilian award, it recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement and dedication to the community. A screenwriter and producer, he is best known as the founder of the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, a world-renowned event that provides young artists with opportunities to showcase their creativity. The festival has grown from an audience of 7,500 to more than half a million visitors annually, and the concept has spread to nearly every major city in North America.
Sunscreen crowns winners
The 6th Annual UVic Sunscreen Short Film Festival touched down April 15th. A great audience came out for a night of short entertainment and thought-provoking cinema. After the dust settled, the jury selected the winners. Congratulations to student filmmakers Amesh Narsing, Josh Thompson, Michael Gans, Gary Chilibeck, and actors Rachel Carroll and Delphine Lyon.
  Writing student scholar presents research

Congratulations to writing student Kyeren Regher, one of the 2009-2010 UVic Undergraduate Research Scholars, who showcased her work at the URS research fair.  For more information about the URS, visit this link.


March, 2010

Friesen finds The Shunning in Manitoba
The 2010/11 Season will see writing instructor and Manitoba native Patrick Friesen's play The Shunning staged at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, Feb. 10th - Mar. 5th. The play revolves around a man ostracized from his Mennonite community when he begins to question the doctrine of his church.
The Festival of Innovative and New Drama is here
Be sure to check out the 2010 FIND Festival. In no particular order, the new plays: Teignmouth Electron by Martin Ainsley, My Aim is True by Meghan Bell, Father's Son by Kelly Bouchard, Smokin' by Julia Dillon-Davis, Easter by Christopher Felling, and Orangdale Whistle by Hannah Lawrie. Click here for more information.

February, 2010

Distinguished alumni honoured
Writing graduate Deborah Willis recently earned a University of Victoria Distinguished Alumni Award, coming off of her Governor-General Award nomination for Vanishing, her first collection of short stories.
The Malahat Review announces Founder's Awards
Writing Alumni Anna Smith won the $1,000 Jack Hodgins Award for 2010 from The Malahat Review for her short story "the Score Diary of Billy Bishop", published in the Winter 2009 issue. She is currently pursuing her Masters' at Trinity College Dublin. Saanich writer Eve Jospeh won the P.K. Page Award for her poem, "White Camellias", published in the Fall 2009 of The Malahat Review.
Jardine's rants win raves
Master's Candidate Amanda Jardine is the winner of the first annual UVic Diversity Writing Contest, best Essay/Rant, for Queer Soup.
  Students' short cleans up
Short student film Come Clean, by Alina Cerminara, Chantal de Brouwer, and Megan Russell, won Best Music at the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival, awarded to the film whose story was best served by the accompanying soundtrack.
Crozier, Tilberg look for Evergreens
Lorna Crozier's Small Beneath the Sky has been nominated for the 2010 Ontario Library Association's Evergreen Award, in the running up against former writing student Mary Tilberg's Oonagh. Congratulations to both.

January, 2010

Nonfiction students getting busy
Student Will Johnson was named John A. MacDonald Award's runner-up for best feature writing in the Canadian University Press' annual national accolades. The nod came for his article "My Little Sister", soon to be published in an upcoming anthology edited by Lynne Van Luven. Also Johnson's nonfiction "My Best Friend", along with student Barbara Stewart's "The Arms of My Inheritance", was shortlisted for EVENT Magazine's 2009 Non-Fiction Contest.

December, 2009

Festival of Innovative and New Drama plays announced
The Department of Writing is pleased to announce the plays selected for the 2010 FIND Festival. In no particular order, they are: Teignmouth Electron by Martin Ainsley, My Aim is True by Meghan Bell, Father's Son by Kelly Bouchard, Smokin' by Julia Dillon-Davis, Easter by Christopher Felling, and Orangdale Whistle by Hannah Lawrie. All six plays will be staged March 4-6 by the students of the Phoenix theatre.

November, 2009

Grad student Yasuko Thanh wins 2009 Journey Prize
University of Victoria master's student Yasuko Thanh is the winner of one of Canada's top literary awards for new writers. Thanh won this year's $10,000 Journey Prize award from Writers Trust of Canada and McClellend & Stewart for “Floating like the Dead”, a fictional account of life on D'Arcy Island, a tiny islet near Victoria that was used as an isolated, segregated dumping ground for people with leprosy. Forty-nine people in total, all men, and all but one Chinese, were shipped to the leper colony from 1891 to 1924.
John Barton brings out Hymn
Malahat Review editor and former writing student John Barton has just released his ninth collection of poetry Hymn (Brick Books, 2009). His past work has won three Archibald Lampman Awards, an Ottawa Book Award, a CBC Literary Award, and a National Magazine Award.
Long list for Small Beneath the Sky
Congratulations to poet and Faculty member Lorna Crozier. Her volume of recollections Small Beneath the Sky has been Long-listed for the BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.
Lorna Jackson's excellence in teaching
Faculty member Lorna Jackson has won the Fine Arts Faculty's 2009 Excellence in Teaching award, recognizing the high-standard of her abilities and contributions as an educator to our faculty.

October, 2009

Nominations abound for Governor-General's Awards
Congratulations to three Writing Department members nominated for the prestigious Governor-General's Awards: Faculty member Joan MacLeod for her play Another Home Invasion, Master's Candidate Kevin Paul for his second collection of poetry Little Hunger, and fromer grad Deborah Willis for Vanishing, her first collection of short fiction. Click here to see the complete list of nominees.
Lane claims regional book prize
Adjunct Professor and renown poet Patrick Lane was named the 2009 winner of the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, for his first novel, Red Dog, Red Dog. An epic novel of unrequited dreams and forestalled lives, the book exams a 1950s family in a small BC town. Other finalists for the prize included faculty member David Leach (Fatal Tide) and instructor Dede Crane (The Cult of Quick Repair).
Grad student makes Journey shortlist
Masters Candidate Yasuko Thanh has been named one of three finalists shortlisted for the Journey Prize. The $10,000 prize is awarded annually to an emerging writer of distinction for the best short story published in a Canadian literary journal in the previoius calendar year. All the longlisted stories will be re-printed in the forthcoming edition of The Journey Prize Stories, the most prestigious and popular annual fiction anthology in Canada.
Writing student shortlisted
Current Creative Nonfiction and Professional Writing student Will Johnson has had his piece "My Best Friend" shortlisted for Event Magazine's annual nonfiction contest.

September, 2009

Poet Crozier earns national honour
Writing prof Lorna Crozier has added another accolade to her lifetime of achievements. She joins linguist John Esling and biologist Ben Koop as UVic's latest inductees as fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). The distinction is considered Canada's highest academic honour.
Profs vie for regional book prize
Professor David Leach (Fatal Tide), Adjunct Professor Patrick Lane (Red Dog, Red Dog), and recent Instructor Dede Crane (The Cult of Quick Repair) have each been nominated for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. The award, to be announced October 14th, comes with a $5,000 cash prize.
D. W. Wilson's Scholarship abroad
Writing grad D.W. has won the inaugural Booker Scholarship at England's Univeristy of East Anglia. The award, sponsored by the Booker Prize Foundation, covers academic fees and living and travel expenses of a student enrolled on UEA's MA in Creative Writing (Prose).
Writing Students Union news + call for members
Interested in participating in the Writing Student Union or their annual journal This Side of West? Visit their table at the UVSS Club & Course Union Days, Sept. 16 and 17 in the SUB's Michele Pujol Room for more info.
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