MA Creative Writing
"There is no substitute for experience -combined with passion and focus it becomes priceless."
The gull / swept low / a crust to catch // Remember // You smiled / my darling child.
Micropoem, 2016 Stephen Davids
Since joining the Board (March 2017) of the Stephen Leacock Associates, I have been elected to the role of Vice President (November 2017), and will help oversee the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour award and encourage the growth of Canadian humour writing. I chair the PR and Communications Committee. The prestigious Memorial Medal, accompanied by a $15,000 prize supported by TD Financial Group, is awarded annually for the best in Canadian literary humour. The award has attained an international reputation and is the only one of its kind for Canadian humour writing.
This year I also served on the Programming Committee of the Huronia Cultural Campus (HCC) as a volunteeer of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and, with my friends Sherry Lawson and Fred Addis, conceived and delivered a First Nations' Literary Festival called Giiwenh, which in Ojibway means "so it is said." This was part of Cuture Days 2017 and Open Doors Orillia, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Fund and Orillia's Sunshine Initiative among many sponsors. Around 300 people attended to hear some established and emerging indigenous writers and storytellers, including Joseph Boyden and David Bouchard.
All this is partly inspired by achieving my Master of Arts with Merit, in Creative Writing, at the University of Surrey in 2015.
And in the meantime, I am writing.
One of my favourite poems, Bass Lake 3, has been published in the book Mariposa Exposed ISBN 978-1-927974-10-0, which celebrates both Canada's and Orillia's sesquicentennials (150th anniversaries) in 2017. Sales have now exceeded 1000 copies. My thanks to editors Ross Greenwood and Dennis Rizzo for including me.
I acknowledge all rightsholders of any audio/video material incorporated into the work, each of which are detailed in a separate document previously submitted to the University of Surrey.
I am also writing, publishing and performing my work in prose and poetry. My poem Love has a name, was selected as a winner in the Interflora Romantic Poetry Contest 2015, and then published in Interflora's Little E-Book of Romantic Verse (see link on the left).
Another book to include my writing was published in 2016 by the University of Surrey's Students Union, under ISBN 978-1530660-71-1. Titled The Surrey Writer's Society Annual 2014 - 2015 & 2015 - 2016: Volume 1, it is for sale worldwide.
Some of my other poems and articles from the past few years have appeared in The Stag Newspaper, and Surrey Mason Magazine, while still others have been accepted for publication in various anthologies and yearbooks. I sometimes compose micropoetry for my Twitter followers @swdavids. An example appears to the left.
I am also writing a suspense/thriller story, which is my first attempt at the novel format.
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