Award-Winning Author to Teach Creative Writing Course at Algoma University

The Department of English and History at Algoma University is pleased to announce that award-winning Canadian poet, performer, essayist, editor and librettist Alexandra Oliver will be teaching a creative writing workshop-style intensive writing course. two weeks this spring. The course is scheduled to run from May 16, 2022 through May 27, 2022 and will run Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST.

This crash course is designed for aspiring writers who already have some creative writing experience. Students will have the chance to work in the genre of their choice (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction or drama) and create a short piece, modifying it to make it the best it can be.

Participants will work together to develop skills that could be useful if they choose to venture into the public domain(s) of publishing and/or performance. These skills include: reading your work aloud in front of an audience, answering questions about your writing and practice, reading and providing thoughtful commentary/comments on the work of your peers, and reflecting and articulating how your own work intersects with that of others. writers.

“Although the course is aimed at students with some creative writing experience,” explains Alexandra, “the goal of becoming a professional writer is by no means a prerequisite. I welcome all students who are seriously interested in the art of writing as a way to explore, play, enlighten, teach, and build community. Our goal is to take risks and harness our own writing practices – as well as those of our peers – for insight and joy.

To learn more about Alexandra, check out her biography here. Inquiries about the course can be directed to Michael John DiSanto, Professor, Department of English and History, via email at [email protected] and by phone at 705-949-2301, ex 4347.