MA Creative Writing
"There is no substitute for experience -combined with passion and focus it becomes priceless."
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I have been investing time and effort to help bring literary events to the Orillia area, also known as Lake Country. Examples include the annual Leacock Medal Gala event, the Giiwenh First Nations Literary Event, and acting as a 2017 poetry contest judge for the Leacock Museum and National Historic Site.
Going forward there is a much larger 2019 event on the horizon, which still in stealth mode. I will share more information later.
In 2015 I completed my MA thesis (pictured above right). It is a poetic treatment on the subject of gender, and follows two young trans-women on their journey to self-actualization. It was well-received by the Academy, and has been published at Theses Canada, Library and Archives Canada.
All writers are readers first, and as part of my Master of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Surrey, I was exposed to writers and genres I would never normally have read for pleasure. From ancient to modern, they are each an influence on my new work, and I greatly enjoyed being 'stretched' creatively.
One book I recommend to other aspiring writers is Stephen King's (2000) excellent treatise 'On Writing.' If the link doesn't work, get it from Amazon, your bookstore or library. For insights into my current reading, see my Twitter Feed.
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