Yo, Toronto writers! Here comes Halifax . . .

OK, so you’ve heard about the two-year, low-residency MFA program in Creative Nonfiction at University of King’s College in Halifax? Here we see the classes of 2020 and 2021, together with a few mentors and faculty, saying hello from last August. These folks are passionate about writing and, yes, that’s unmistakably me in the back row, one of the mentors. 

Since launching the program six years ago, we have seen more than 30 graduates publish or sign contracts to publish nonfiction books. If you’re within hailing distance of Toronto, you can find out more at a Meet & Greet on Monday, November 11. That’s when we’ll gather — assorted faculty, mentors, alumni, and current students — at the offices of Penguin Random House Canada, 12th floor, 320 Front Street West, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

This event is fun and free, but you must RSVP to kim.pittaway@ukings.ca, using the subject line “Toronto Meet & Greet” to be placed on the guest list.

A second free event happens the day before (November 10), when three recently published MFA grads — Andrew Reeves, Stephanie Griffiths, and Nellwyn Lampert — share Tales from the Nonfiction Book Publishing Trenches from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Professional Writers Association of Canada, Toronto Chapter, and happens at CSI Regent Park, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto.

For an overview of the MFA program, click here. For an evolving list of book deals, go here. To verify my own involvement, voila. Hope to see you at Penguin Random on Nov. 11.

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