Close to four dozen faculty, mentors, alumni, current students, publishing industry professionals and friends of King’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program gathered in Toronto November 20, 2016, to meet prospective MFA students.
Kim Pittaway, an accomplished publishing professional, will join the University of King’s College’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction program as Executive Director. She brings deep industry experience in writing, editing, publishing and management consulting to the graduate program in Halifax.
Spencer Osberg’s own backstory to The War Show begins in Lebanon in August 2012. The 2003 King’s Bachelor of Journalism grad — then the editor of Beirut-based Executive Magazine — met two young Syrian men at an electronic music festival. They were, he would recall, “taking a break from the revolution to smoke hash, trip on acid, and stomp barefoot in the dancing pit. We became friends and they invited me into their world.”
During the University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction winter residency in Toronto in January 2016, some of Canada’s top literary agents offered presentations to students about themselves, their agencies and their approach to publishing. Chris Bucci of the Anne McDermid Agency was one of them.
Would you like to learn more about Canada’s only Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction degree program? The MFA in Creative Nonfiction — a two-year limited-residency program offered jointly by Halifax’s Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College — allows students to combine short, intense residencies in Halifax, Toronto and New York with ongoing one-to-one mentoring with professional nonfiction writers and teachers. At the end of two years, students graduate with a degree, a polished book proposal, and a substantial portion of a finished manuscript.
‘A manuscript well underway, a book deal and a graduate degree…’ Just the beginning for King’s MFA Helena Moncrieff
To prove ideas for books can germinate anywhere anytime, the seed for Helena Moncrieff’s The Fruitful City: building communities through nature’s bounty (ECW Press, 2018) seemed to plant itself while she was picking fruit with an urban harvest organization in Toronto in 2013.