One of Canada’s most accomplished publishing professionals will serve as the Penguin Random House Canada Editor-in-Residence during this summer’s University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction residency in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Diane Turbide, the publishing director of Penguin Canada, specializes in nonfiction: memoirs, biographies, politics, history, current events, social services, military history, and women’s issues. She has served as editor for some of Canada’s most successful nonfiction writers, including historian Margaret MacMillan, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, memoirist Marina Nemat, thinker John Ralston Saul, political columnists Lawrence Martin and Jeffrey Simpson, and foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed, among many others.
In 2008, she was responsible for the launch of “Extraordinary Canadians,” a series of short hardcover biographies of outstanding Canadians (including Pierre Trudeau, Nellie McClung, and Big Bear) written by outstanding Canadian writers (including Rudy Wiebe, David Adams Richards and Charlotte Gray, this year’s MFA Writer-in-Residence).
Before entering the world of book publishing in 2000, Turbide served as arts editor of the Toronto Globe and Mail and was a senior writer and editor at Maclean’s.
During the MFA residency (July 31-August 13), Turbide will conduct master classes in nonfiction editing and meet one-to-one with students in the program.
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction degree — a joint offering of the University of King’s College’s School of Journalism and Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies — is the only program of its kind in Canada.
During the two-year limited residency degree, students attend two intense summer residencies in Halifax. They also travel to Toronto and New York on alternating years for publishing-focused winter residencies, and they work one-to-one with professional writer-mentors to develop their own book proposals and projects.
The program is currently accepting applications for summer 2016. A limited number of student bursaries are available for new students. You can find more information about the program here.