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Stephanie Griffiths: Buddhism as a financial strategy meets self-publishing

Stephanie Griffiths shelved her 2016 MFA book project — which she describes as “an investment guide for people who feel they should know more about investing but find the topic intimidating, boring, or just too complicated” — after several traditional publishers had turned it down

Do you have a nonfiction book in you?

Do you have a nonfiction book in you? Find out how to make the leap from idea to completion at this panel, featuring Jim Gifford, Editorial Director, Non-fiction, at HarperCollins Canada; Stephen Kimber, journalist and author of What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five; Dean Jobb, journalist and author of Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated a Nation; and Helena Moncrieff, author of The Fruitful City: The Enduring Power of the Urban Food Forest. Moderated by Kim Pittaway, executive director of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of King’s College in Halifax.
This is a free event, but we do ask that you register to attend, as space is limited. 
When: Saturday, November 10 from 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: CSI Regent Park Lounge, 3rd Floor, 585 Dundas Street East
Please RSVP to Kim Pittaway at with the subject line “Toronto Nonfiction Panel.”
This event is co-sponsored by PWAC Toronto Chapter, HarperCollins Canada and the University of King’s College.

One Strong Girl one ‘gut-wrenching, honest, heartfelt book’

Lesley Buxton was a fiction writer who’d given up on fiction. “Fiction seemed frivolous compared to what was going on in our home.” Her daughter was dying. She needed to understand what was happening, and why, and how to cope. “I visited websites and blogs that dealt with grief, hoping for answers. The answers I found were often clichéd or prescriptive.”

Search for history behind his last name leads to new book for MFA grad

Tyler LeBlanc had questions. About why there’d been so little information about the expulsion of the Acadians in his high school history books. About why the lives-shattering scattering of a people in the 1750s continues to resonate more than 260 years later for many people in the Nova Scotia where he grew up. About how little he knew of that story. About even why his own last name was LeBlanc.

Suzanne Stewart’s ‘gem of a manuscript by a lover of literature’

Suzanne Stewart isn’t a scientist or a naturalist, but she has long been deeply fascinated by the rural life and natural beauty of Nova Scotia. Oh, and she also teaches 19th century Romantic Poetry at St. Francis University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Stacey McLeod wins inaugural Master of Fine Arts Scholarship

Stacey McLeod is the winner of the Master of Fine Arts Scholarship, a new prize awarded to a second-year King’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction student to support research for their book project.

Author Ryan Shaw says MFA mentors program’s ‘greatest asset’

Ryan Shaw had just been accepted into the University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction program’s Class of 2017. He knew he wanted to write a book about surfing in Nova Scotia, but he wasn’t sure how to approach it.

Toronto MFA Meet and Greet scheduled for November 12

King’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction may be still relatively new, but 19 of our graduates already have book contracts! And some of our writers have won major awards for their books!