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And the winner is…

(Photo: Dave Abreu)

And the winner of the first Penguin Random House Prize for Best Nonfiction Proposal is Stacey McLeod, who will graduate this week from the University of King’s College with her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction degree.

New mentor joins MFA

The University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction program — which is welcoming its largest incoming class ever — has a new mentor. Gillian Turnbull will be joining the mentor team to work with students in the Class of 2021 cohort.

King’s names new mentor-apprentice

The University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction program is pleased to announce that Cooper Lee Bombardier will be our MFA mentor apprentice for 2019-20.

A Cure for Heartache: from potential to published

Mary Jane Grant

The minute she looked at the University of King’s College’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction program, Canadian writer Mary Jane Grant says, “I knew it was for me.”

Award-winning essayist Alicia Elliott is King’s 2019 Writer in Residence

Photo: Ayelet Tsabari

When Alicia Elliott was in Toronto in the spring of 2017 for the National Magazine Awards — she won for best essay — “the amazing writer and photographer [and now King’s MFA mentor] Ayelet Tsabari had offered to take some professional headshots for me. As we were talking between shots, she suggested to me that I write a book of essays, since I’d already written so many. My husband had suggested I write a memoir before, but the usual form of memoirs – following your life from birth to where you are now and requiring a tidy ending when your life was still happening – never appealed to me. When Ayelet suggested a book of essays, though, it all made sense.”

Reeves’ ‘first-hand journey’ into the carp crisis to be published by ECW

Photo: Courtney Walker

Andrew Reeves’ path to the University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction program began with a pitch to an old high school friend. It was 2012, and Reeves was thinking about launching a freelance writing career. He knew exactly what he wanted to write about — the invasion of the Asian carp, “one of North America’s most ferociously invasive fish species,” which had been moving inexorably northward from aquaculture farms in Arkansas and was now threatening to reach the Great Lakes. His high school friend, Lauren McKeon, was then the editor of This Magazine, and she commissioned Reeves to write a feature.

Telling the stories of those who tell us how to

“If you sit in enough badly-run meetings,” says Joan Francuz, who worked in the software industry for more than 30 years, “you do start to wonder if people have always behaved like this, so the idea of going back in time has been percolating for a number of years.”

When ‘the book thing’ became the thing

Photo by Rebecca Blissett (Class of 2018)

Perhaps surprisingly, Karen Stiller (Class of 2018) didn’t come to the University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction program with a passion to write a book.