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The psychic and her son: the scientist-writer

Dr. Christian Smith was a scientist, not a creative writer. In 2006, he’d earned his PhD in medical biophysics at the University of Toronto. His day job was research operations manager of the Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

Moira MacDonald’s ‘I was a Math Class Dropout’ finalist for book proposal prize

This is an excerpt from I Was a Math Class Dropout, by journalist Moira MacDonald, one of five finalists for the 2020 Penguin Random House MFA Prize. In the book, MacDonald sends herself back to math class at an adult high school to complete the math courses that foiled her as a teenager and explore why math is a four-letter word for so many students. The prize, established by Penguin Random House Canada in partnership with Westwood Creative Artists literary agency, recognizes the best nonfiction book proposal by a University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction student in their graduating year, or by an alumnus.

Sheima Benembarek’s ‘Unveiling’ a finalist for book proposal prize

Toronto writer Sheima Benembarek has been chosen as a finalist for the second annual Penguin Random House Canada Best Nonfiction Book Proposal MFA Prize. The prize is awarded for the best nonfiction book proposal by a University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction student in their graduating year, or by an alumnus. In this essay, Ms. Benembarek, who graduated with her MFA this spring, reflects one why she’s writing Unveiling—Intimate Stories of Muslim Women in North America, and why this book matters.

Marilyn Carr’s ‘Nowhere Like This Place:’ a finalist for book proposal prize

This is an excerpt from Nowhere Like This Place: Tales from a Nuclear Childhood by Marilyn Carr, one of five finalists for the 2020 Penguin Random House MFA Prize. The prize, established by Penguin Random House Canada in partnership with Westwood Creative Artists literary agency, recognizes the best nonfiction book proposal by a University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction student in their graduating year, or by an alumnus.

Bernard Wood’s ‘Petawawa Paradox’ a finalist for book proposal prize

This is an excerpt from Re-Discovering Canada: The Petawawa Paradox by Bernard Wood, one of five finalists for the 2020 Penguin Random House MFA Prize. The prize, established by Penguin Random House Canada in partnership with Westwood Creative Artists literary agency, recognizes the best nonfiction book proposal by a University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction student in their graduating year, or by an alumnus.

Margaret Lynch wins 2020 best book proposal prize

Margaret Lynch, who graduated this spring from the University of King’s College with her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction degree, is the winner of the 2020 Penguin Random House Best Nonfiction Book Proposal Prize.

King’s College announces shortlist for Penguin Random House Canada  MFA Prize for best nonfiction book proposal

The shortlist for the second annual Penguin Random House Canada MFA Prize provides “a compelling look at the quality and range of work our students produce,” said Kim Pittaway, executive director of the University of King’s College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction.

Jessica McDiarmid 2020 MFA Writer in Residence

The University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction program is delighted to welcome back one of our own as this year’s Writer in Residence.