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Camosun Creative Writing students recently lined-up to audition for a special end-of-term contest: Next Canadian Authors, coming up December 6, Lansdowne campus.contest applicants

When asked why she entered the contest, student Katie Penty said, “Poetry has moved out of the books and onto stages. Slam poetry is reaching a wider spectrum of people.” Asked if he would quit his day job if he won the contest, James Melville said, “With the line of work I do? Heck, I’d quit for a chance to write scripts for reality television.”

Ten finalists have now been chosen to read for five minutes in front of a panel of professional authors. They have to impress the judges with their plots, their poetics, dialogue, or their true-life experiences. Judges include authors Julie Paul (The Jealousy Bone, Emdash Publishing), Matthew Hooton (Deloume Road, Random House) and Stan Chung (Global Citizen, An Okanagan Institute Book). Winners will receive a cash prize for the best reading. top authors

The first finalist to make it through auditions, Adam Harris, wanted to thank his mom for not giving up on him. “She always told me that if I persevered I would someday, somehow, reach the finals to this prestigious event.” Algebra Young upon receiving her ticket said, “Exceptional! At this rate one day I might see my name on a book that’s not a math text!”

The Next Canadian Authors contest is Tuesday, December 6, 12noon – 1:30pm, Wilna Thomas Cultural Centre, Lansdowne. Everyone welcome; free admission.

Get creative with writing

Camosun’s Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing provides students an opportunity to write in four different genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scriptwriting. First-year and second-year fiction courses, English 154 and English 254, are available online to students who require the flexibility of studying at home.

The Associate Degree is an internationally recognized two-year credential. All courses are university transferable and the completed credential will allow students to continue into third-year studies at BC universities. Employers increasingly recognize that English, humanities and social sciences, combined with math or computing science and a lab science, prepares students for the challenge of today’s workplace.

Prepare for a career in publishing, editing, public relations and more

The Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing is a good foundation for careers and further education in the following areas: contract and freelance writing, publishing, editing, teaching, public relations, entertainment industry, and any career requiring good communication skills. Camosun graduates are in demand in all these fields.

Laurie Elmquist
Creative Writing Faculty

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Last updated: December 14, 2011 3:56 pm

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