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Award-Winning Author Alexandra Oliver to Instruct Creative Writing Course at Algoma University 

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, April 25, 2022): Algoma University’s department of English and History is pleased to announce that award-winning Canadian poet, performer, essayist, editor, and librettist, Alexandra Oliver will be instructing a two-week intensive writing workshop-style Creative Writing course this Spring term. The course is scheduled to run from May 16, 2022, to May 27, 2022, and will run from Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, EST. 

This intensive course is designed for aspiring writers who already have some background experience with creative writing. Students will have the chance to work in the genre of their choosing (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or drama), and create a short piece, editing it to make it the very best that it can be.

Participants will be working together to develop skills that may be of use, should they choose to venture into the public realm(s) of publication and/or performance. These skills include: reading your work aloud to an audience, responding to questions about your writing and your practice, reading and providing thoughtful commentary/ feedback on the work of your peers, and thinking about and articulating how your own work intersects with that of other writers. 

“Although the course is geared towards students with some creative writing experience,” Alexandra explains, “the aim of becoming a professional writer is by no means a prerequisite. I welcome any and all students who are seriously interested in the craft of writing as a means of exploring, playing, illuminating, teaching, and community-building. Our goal is to take risks and mine our own writing practices—as well as those of our peers—for insight and joy.”

To learn more about Alexandra, see her bio here. Inquiries about the course can be directed to Michael John DiSanto, Professor, Department of English and History, by email at michael.disanto@algomau.ca and by phone at 705-949-2301, ex 4347.

Photo Credit: Dave Walker

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