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April 28, 2008
VOL. 8, Issue 12

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April 28, 2008
Scott House Dining Hall, Traill College, 310 London Street, Peterborough, 7:00pm

The Best of Creative Writing at Trent
The Best of the Certificate in Creative Writing of the Continuing Education Program at Trent University
Peter Blow
Peter Blow has worked on close to 100 television documentaries in Canada and Britain. The NFB documentary he wrote and researched, called Harvest of Despair (1985), was Oscar nominated. Village of Widows (2000) which he wrote, directed and produced, won the Vision Humanitarian Award at Toronto's Hot Docs Documentary Festival. He has written for episodic television and worked as story editor, mentoring young screenwriters for the Ontario Film Development Corporation. He also served as outside juror on the OFDC's Annual Screenwriting Contest. Peter has just completed an original treatment for a 3D IMAX animated theatrical fantasy, The Cosmic Junkyard, with IMAX co-inventor Roman Kroitor. Peter teaches Screenwriting in Trent's Creative Writing program.

Mary J. Breen
Mary J. Breen has been a writer and editor for the last twenty years. She teaches creative non-fiction in Trent's Creative Writing Certificate Program. She has published two books about women's health, and she has also published numerous essays, articles, and short fiction. She is currently working on a book about memoir writing for seniors.

Colleen Jack
Colleen Jack is the mother of three amazing young adults, Luke, Genevieve, and Julianna, and she has lived twenty-six years on a farm in Smith Township. She was born in Toronto, and her family re-located several times during her childhood. In her twenties, she resided variously in Montréal, France and Morocco. Over the course of her life she has been profoundly influenced by nature, the arts and the mystery of God. This past year, she has felt a serious need to express herself through the written word. She finds this process both challenging and liberating. Colleen won the Trent University Literary Short Fiction Contest for her story "The Vigil."

David Loftus
David Loftus has been an avid reader all his life. He is a graduate of York University. After completing his BA, Dave spent two years teaching at a secondary school in Malawi in southern Africa. It was during his graduate work that David found Strunk and White's little book - The Elements of Style - which helped him to discover that he had it in him to write well. Dave has three grown children and lives in Peterborough with his wife, Carmen. He has just retired after 32 years with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. He writes because it is a way of telling those close to him about himself, and because it is a way of finding the sense of things. He also wants to entertain others, and to share with them those same kinds of meaningful stories and insights and teachings that he has read in the words of other authors.

Carin Makuz
Carin Makuz spends long periods of time writing short fiction. Her work has been broadcast on CBC Radio and appeared in Geist, Kiss Machine, Quiet Feather, and is forthcoming in Room Magazine. She was the 2003 winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Competition for Canada and the Caribbean, and has recently placed first in FreeFall Magazine's fiction contest. She is currently at work on a series of linked stories, and is nearing completion on the manuscript of her first children's novel.

Pauline Sandys
The American writer Annie Dillard in her book 'The Writing Life' tells of a well-known writer who was asked by a student, "Do you think I could be writer?"

"Well," the writer said, " I don't know....Do you like sentences?"

After a teaching career, in Canada and internationally, Pauline now lives locally, studies writing and still very much likes sentences.

Betsy Struthers
Betsy Struthers has published seven books of poetry - the most recent, In Her Fifties, in 2005 - and three novels. Still, published by Black Moss Press, won the 2004 Pat Lowther Memorial Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. Struthers was also a contributor to, and co-editor of, Poets in the Classroom, an anthology of essays about workshopping poetry. Her poems have been widely anthologized and have been published in over 40 literary journals in Canada and Australia; she has read her work coast to coast in Canada; and she has conducted poetry workshops for aspiring poets of all ages, from kindergarten to seniors. Betsy teaches Poetry in Trent's Creative Writing program.

Debbra Summers
Calendar age: 52. Mind age: 17. My body can't make up its mind.

Transplanted to rural Northumberland County in 1988 going from a postage stamp lot in Toronto to 199.2 acres of bliss. A Grand Prize Winner of the Bell Mobility/Spa Euphoria writing contest, December 2007. Hopes, one day, to stop commuting to Toronto. Writing mandatory, because without it, I will surely die—and I am too young for that.

Cathy Wilson
Cathy Wilson was born in Wisconsin and has lived in Manitoba, New Brunswick, and numerous places in Ontario. As a child, she enjoyed summers in Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. Formerly a corporate interior designer, Cathy began writing six years ago. She recently moved to Lakefield and has almost completed Trent University's Creative Writing Certificate Program. Works in progress are a children's novel and short stories.

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