University of Calgary

Writing a success story

March 17, 2008

A celebration of creative writing success

U of C students read from recently published works

Book publication is every aspiring writer's dream, and in the past year the dream came true for 10 current and recent former students of the English department’s writing program.

The department celebrated its students' successes with a free public reading by the recently published authors on March 17 in the the Rozsa Centre.

"It is a mark of the astonishing energy of the creative writing program that in 2007 TEN books were published by students who have been a part of our program. We're absolutely delighted to celebrate this ongoing success, and to celebrate these outstanding young writers and their presence in Canada's literary world,” said Aritha van Herk, professor of Canadian literature and creative writing.

Readers were Angie Abdou, derek beaulieu, Brea Burton, ryan fitzpatrick, Diane Guichon, Jill Hartman, Cara Hedley, William Neil Scott, Natalie Zina Walschots, and Andrew Wedderburn.

The books being feted included novels and collections of poems ranging in style from realistic to experimental, and covering topics from pirates to women athletes to family life viewed through the prism of that Canadian icon, the canoe. The publishers of the new volumes are equally eclectic, located in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, British Columbia, and York, England.

“We hope that this will become an annual event, a recognition of Creative Writing's amazing ability to inspire tangible literary work," said van Herk.