Jane Hamilton Silcott

Jane Hamilton Silcott

MFA Mentor

Jane Hamilton Silcott Jane Hamilton Silcott

BA (UVic), MFA (UBC)

Jane Silcott writes personal essays (true) and stories (not true) about the things in life that confound her. She is the author of Everything Rustles, a collection of essays that was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize in the 2014 British Columbia Book Prizes. She is co-editor, with Fiona Tinwei Lam, of the 2018 anthology Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of Marriage. Her work has been published in several Canadian literary magazines and anthologies and been recognized with a CBC Literary Award, a Room Magazine Prize, a Readers Choice Award from the Creative Nonfiction Collective and as a finalist in both the National and the Western Magazine Awards. She has a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Victoria, BC, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. While at the University of Victoria, Jane experimented with a career as “Outer Islands Correspondent” for the Gulf Islands Driftwood, based on Saltspring Island, BC. She also tried other careers – as art director for a children’s publisher in Toronto, and then as public relations writer for Capilano University (then Capilano College) in Vancouver. For the past two decades she has brought those experiences and more to her teaching — first through Langara College, then the University of BC’s Writing Centre, and now as a mentor in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Program.

Selected Publications


  • Everything Rustles, Anvil Press 2013
  • Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Marriage, co-edited with Fiona Tinwei Lam, Caitlin Press 2018


  • Sustenance: Writers from BC & Beyond on the Subject of Food, edited by Rachel Rose, Anvil Press 2017
  • Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-fiction edited by Jane Cawthorne and E.D. Morin, Inanna Publications 2017
  • Slice Me Some Truth: An Anthology of Canadian Creative Nonfiction, edited by Luanne Armstrong and Zoe Landale, Wolsak & Wynn 2011
  • Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood, edited by Shannon Cowan, Fiona Tinwei Lam and Cathy Stonehouse, McGill University Press 2008
  • Body Breakdowns: Tales of Illness & Recovery, edited by Janis Harper, Anvil Press 2007


  • “Essaying Vanity” in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and SubTerrain, Spring 2019
  • “Cooking Class & Marriage Lessons” in The Tyee, Fall 2018
  • “Threshold” in Eighteen Bridges, December 2011 (finalist in both the National and Western Magazine Awards)
  • “Spaces” recorded for All Told: CBC Radio’s Digital Storytelling Series, March 2016
  • “Divine Language” in Maisonneuve, July 2013
  • “Hum for B.” in SubTerrain, Spring 2013
  • “My Daughter’s Prom Dress” in “Facts & Arguments,” Globe & Mail, April 2013
  • “The Goddess of Light and Dark” in Room, Winter 2011 (winner of the 2010 Room Literary Prize)
  • “Natty Man” in Utne, Fall 2006, and in Geist, December 2010
  • “Ducks” in Geist, Fall 2007
  • “Drafts 1 – 11 (Not Including 10)” in enRoute Magazine, April 2006 (winner of second prize in the 2006 CBC Literary Awards)


Narrative & lyric writing, humour, philosophy, science.