Meet Me in Victoria, Victor*
by Tricia Dower
I had just moved into my
So, here it is Year Three and, lo and behold, I'm now on the board of the non-profit VSW, and responsible for informing others about this year’s summer session. It begins the evening of July 20th and ends after a celebratory barbecue on the 25th. Tuition of $635 includes five days of workshops, readings, a one-on-one consultation with your instructor, five lunches, and the barbecue. More details and the registration form are here. There. Consider yourself informed.
For the first time ever we’re offering a graphica workshop, to be led by
For us more wordy types, six other workshops are on offer:
- “Fiction and the Truth,” with Steven Galloway who teaches creative writing at the
. Galloway is the author of three novels, the most recent The Cellist of Universityof British Columbia . Sarajevo
- “Why Memoir?” with
’s Curtis Gillespie, author of Crown Shyness and three other books. He has received The Danuta Gleed Award for fiction and three National Magazine Awards for non-fiction. Edmonton
- “Writing Deeply,” creative non-fiction with
, journalist, documentary writer, playwright, and author Rita Moir. Her books have won several awards, including BC’s Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize. Her most recent book is The Windshift Line: A Father and Daughter’s Story. Winlaw, BC
- “The Lovely Hybrid,” a workshop on short fiction with
’s Kathy Page, author of six novels, including The Story of My Face, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and Alphabet, which was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award. Page teaches part-time at Salt Spring Island . Malaspina University College
- “When the Shadows of the Heart Lift,” a poetry workshop with
’s Susan Stenson, teacher and author of three books—the most recent My Mother Agrees with the Dead. Her work rides the buses throughout Victoria as part of “Poetry in Transit.” British Columbia
- “From Idea to Proposal to Manuscript to Book,” with
’s Rosemary Neering, the author of more than forty non-fiction books for adults, teens, and children. Her book, Wild West Women: Travellers, Adventurers and Rebels, won the VanCity book prize for 2002. Victoria
Especially satisfying about the two sessions I attended was the feeling of community with writers. You spend each day on the campus of a private girls’ school – a peaceful place with lots of grass and the occasional deer. (Rumours are that those who stayed in the dorms got up to some serious partying at night.) You hear all students read from their work, not just the writers in your workshop. And spending five days with an accomplished faculty is a gift that keeps on giving: I’m still in touch with several instructors who continue to support and encourage me.
So meet me in
*Doesn’t have half the cachet of “Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis,” does it?
Photos: Faculty of the 13th