More than 50 students, eight mentors, three faculty members, a mentor apprentice and featured guests will come together at the University of King’s College in Halifax beginning on Aug. 6 for two weeks of creative nonfiction lectures, workshops, panels, presentations and readings.
The MFA in creative nonfiction summer residency is a key element of King’s two-year limited residency program.
“We’ll be studying and celebrating creative nonfiction with an eclectic variety of writing and publishing guests,” says Kim Pittaway, executive director, King’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction.
This year’s Writer in Residence is Daemon Fairless, the author of the Penguin Random House Canada bestseller Mad Blood Stirring: The Inner Lives of Violent Men. It tackles challenging subject matter—and challenged Fairless himself.
Daemon, a King’s journalism grad and veteran science journalist with a master’s degree in neuroscience, admits the first draft of his book was “garbage.” He says, “It wasn’t until I tackled the emotional questions posed by this material—and wove in elements of memoir—that I was able to find a way through to the intellectual insights that eventually informed the book.”
Fairless will meet one-to-one with students, conduct a master class and give a public reading from his work at Halifax Central Library’s Paul O’Regan Hall on Wednesday Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
There will also be two other public readings:
It will take place in Alumni Hall at the University of King’s College, 6350 Coburg Rd., Halifax, at 6:30 p.m.
It will take place at Halifax Central Library at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s Editor in Residence will be Kate Cassaday, Senior Editor at HarperCollins Canada. Cassaday will also conduct master classes and meet one-to-one with students in the program.
“We’re going to immerse ourselves in engaging, true stories, learn from them and draw inspiration from some of the best creative nonfiction writers, editors and teachers in Canada today,” Kim says.
The residency ends Aug. 18, 2018.