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Algoma University Department of English and History Launches Creative Writing Circle

New Professor invites you to improve your writing

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON- November 15, 2022): Writing instructor and published author, Dr. Tony Robinson-Smith, joined the Department of English & History at Algoma U this fall and has launched a “Creative Writing Circle.” Fledgling and experienced creative writers meet twice a month to offer one another constructive criticism on their poems, stories, novel extracts, one-act plays, or creative non-fiction sketches. 

The workshop seeds interest in upcoming creative writing courses to be offered at Algoma U in 2023 and 2024. In an intensive six-week format next summer, Dr. Robinson-Smith will teach Creative Writing (ENGL 3516) in which writers build on their creative skills and learn about publication. Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL 2546) in the fall of 2023 will offer a chance for new creative writers to try their hands at writing poems, stories, creative non-fiction sketches, and short plays. In the winter of 2024, Robinson-Smith will offer a part academic, part creative travel writing course (ENGL 3796). In the perfect antidote to our recent years of COVID-related lockdown, students will be invited to journey into real-life adventure narratives, set in Canada and abroad, and to write their own travel sketches.

Robinson-Smith has published two memoirs chronicling his travels overseas, the first about circling the planet without using aircraft (Back in 6 Years, 2008), the second about the two years he spent living in and running across the Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayas (The Dragon Run, 2017). He writes articles regularly for an American travel magazine called Perceptive Travel. He is also interested in short fiction and has written stories for university creative writing journals. His current creative writing project is a memoir telling of his voyage by dug-out canoe down the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea.

Canadian citizens and landed immigrants over the age of 60 are reminded that they are exempt from paying the tuition portion of fees for academic courses. Details are available here. Students who have been away from secondary or post-secondary school for at least a year may qualify to apply to Algoma University as Mature Students. Details are available here. All are welcome to register for the three creative writing courses in 2023-24. These courses all feature in the new Minor in Creative and Professional Writing the Department of English and History will be launching soon

All creative writers are welcome to join the Creative Writing Circle; this is not a course and not for credit. The group meets in person on the Sault Ste. Marie campus on Wednesday afternoons from 3-5 PM. The Circle is free and open to anyone. There is no virtual option at this time. To learn more about how to participate, contact Dr. Robinson-Smith by email at [email protected]

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