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.”
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 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 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.
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.
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!
Lezlie Lowe has been writing about bathrooms — more specifically the “politics of public bathroom access” — since she wrote her first article on the subject for The Coast, Halifax’s alternative weekly, in 2005. Thirteen years later, the title of that initial feature — “No Place to Go” — has become the main title of Lowe’s first nonfiction book (Coach House Books, September 2018).