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Release Date: September 25, 2017

Camosun alumna reads from her work ‘Teardown’ which explores the themes of interpersonal relationships and nuances of parenthood.

After high school, Clea Young worked and travelled throughout Europe before returning to Victoria to study English at Camosun. “It was a great easing back into school,” she says. “The campus was really homey and I remember some great art history and women’s anthropology classes that made a big impact on me. I loved Camosun.”

During her studies, she enjoyed author readings on campus that helped to inspire her love of reading and writing. “It was just marvellous,” she says, as she recalled attending literary events at Lansdowne campus. “I think those readings were in the same classroom that my reading will be in now. It will be a bit of a full circle experience.”

After completing university transfer classes at Camosun, she completed her Bachelor’s of English degree at the University of Victoria in 2003 and a Master’s of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia in 2005.

Her debut collection of stories—Teardown—was first published in October 2016 by Calgary’s Freehand Press. “A lot of the stories are about relationships between men and women and between friends,” says Young. “They explore the period of my life when I was writing those stories—when friends were having babies, the experience of new parenthood and how relationships are affected by that. I use elements from life as a springboard to explore what I don’t understand.”

Her work is critically acclaimed and over the past year, Young has travelled throughout B.C. and Alberta to promote her debut book, where she has met many fellow authors at writer’s festivals and literary conferences. Her advice to aspiring writers is to stop worrying if you encounter writer’s block. “It’s so important to read and to keep reading,” she says. “An equal part of the writing process is reading and learning, so if nothing’s working for me, I don’t beat myself up, I just go and pick up a book and read and that’s part of the work too.”

Often that process leads to her feeling refreshed and inspired. “And then it’s just sitting down and doing it,” she says. “Even if you feel you have nothing to say, just allow yourself to write and that’s often how you get to the good stuff.”

Young returns to Camosun’s Lansdowne campus on Friday, 29 September 2017, 11am – 12:20pm in Young building, room 216. The reading is sponsored by the School of Arts and Science in collaboration with the Victoria Festival of Authors.

A limited number of copies of Teardown will be available for purchase at the reading. The event is free and open to the public.


Ivan Watson
Communications & Marketing Strategist
Camosun College

Clea Young, Camosun alumna and author, will read from Teardown, her debut collection of stories on September 29.

Last updated: September 27, 2017 3:14 pm

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