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Creative Writing students read their fiction, poetry, memoir and scripts

  • 11am-12:20pm, Wednesday, December 8, 2010
    Room 216, Young building, Lansdowne campus
    Everyone welcome!

The public is invited to hear the early works of tomorrow's professional writers. So We Know We Can Write brings to the stage nine students from Camosun's Creative Writing Associate of Arts Degree program to share from their personal writings.

Dean Norris-Jones, winner of the Times Colonist's So You Think You Can Write contest, will be the guest speaker at this event to describe his recent experience as a contestant in the challenging four-week competition.

Camosun creative writing instructor Laurie Elmquist was one of three judges in the popular writing competition and invited Norris-Jones to the upcoming Camosun event. "I believe he'll have some stories to tell about the contest, and what it was like to write to the specific requirements of each assignment," says Elmquist. "That pressure is something our students know only too well."

Students take the stage

Creative Writing Associate Degree program students.

From left to right: Karina Sims, Andrew Brimmell, Elise Skoglund, James Funfer, Jonah McKeen, Dan Pasmans, Jamie Goyman, Cherish Dykstra, and Nicole Fraser

Many of the students will be reading in public for the first time. At last year's event, creative writing instructor Jodi Lundgren encouraged students to take the plunge: "I know many of you are eager to publish your work, and we tend to think this means appearing in print. But the root meaning of publish is 'to make public.' Since this is a public reading, you are all publishing your work today."

Camosun's event is not a contest, but rather a celebration of all the different voices that make up a creative writing community. For the past two years, these students have been honing their skills in the art of writing. For many, this program will be a springboard to a rewarding career, working in many genres, including movie scripts, magazine articles, documentaries, journalism, novels, and poetry.

"It will be a sampling of the students' work, a tease to the longer story," says Elmquist. "And as always, I expect some surprises from our writers."

Students who will be reading include:

  • Karina Sims
  • Andrew Brimmell
  • Elise Skoglund
  • James Funfer
  • Jonah McKeen
  • Dan Pasmans
  • Jamie Goyman
  • Cherish Dykstra
  • Nicole Fraser

For more information about the Creative Writing Celebration, contact Laurie Elmquist, 250–370–3355 or

Enjoy a sneak preview

It won't compare to the personal experience of hearing the writers read their own work, but we've posted some of the students' poetry and stories online, so you can enjoy at your leisure.

Creative Writing at Camosun

Camosun offers a two-year associate of arts degree in Creative Writing. This versatile workshop-based program focuses on the four writing genres: creative fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting and poetry. Graduates are well-prepared to pursue rewarding careers in journalism or creative writing. Because the program leads to the provincially recognized associate degree credential, many graduates choose to continue their education to complete a bachelor's degree at UVic, UBC, Royal Roads University, Vancouver Island University or Thompson Rivers University. Read more…

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