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Program: Creative Writing - Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry


David Bezmozgis

David Bezmozgis

Program Director, Creative Writing

David Bezmozgis, a writer and filmmaker, is the Director of the Humber School for Writers. He is the author of Natasha and Other StoriesThe Free World and The Betrayers.

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Alissa York

Alissa York

Full-Time Faculty, Creative Writing

Alissa York’s internationally acclaimed novels include MercyEffigy (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), Fauna and, most recently, The Naturalist. Stories from her short fiction collection, Any Given Power, won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award.

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Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg

Jami believes in the power and importance of independent publishing and self-publication, whether online or in print.

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Joan Barfoot

Joan Barfoot

Joan Barfoot is an award-winning novelist whose work has been compared internationally with that of Anne Tyler, Carol Shields, Margaret Drabble and Margaret Atwood. 

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David Bergen

David Bergen

David Bergen has published nine novels and a collection of short stories. In 2005 he won the Giller Prize for The Time in Between

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Sandra Birdsell

Sandra Birdsell

Sandra Birdsell has published 6 novels, and 3 collections of short fiction. She has written for television, theatre and radio. 

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Giles Blunt

Giles Blunt

Giles Blunt's first "Cardinal" novel, Forty Words for Sorrow, won the British Crime Writers Silver Dagger award, and the second, The Delicate Storm, won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis award for best novel, as did the latest, Until the Night.

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Dennis Bock

Dennis Bock

Dennis' books have been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Regional Best Book).

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Danila Botha

Danila Botha

Danila Botha is a fiction writer based in Toronto. Her first book was a collection of short stories called Got No Secrets; Too Much on the Inside is her first novel.

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Wayson Choy

Wayson Choy

Wayson Choy is the author of the critically acclaimed The Jade Peony, which shared the Trillium Book Award with Margaret Atwood, won the City of Vancouver Book Award, and was chosen to compete in the 2010 Canada Reads competition.

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Trevor Cole

Trevor Cole

Trevor Cole has been called "one of the best young novelists in Canada" by The Globe and Mail, though, admittedly, "young" is getting to be a bit of a stretch. His first novel, Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life, published in 2004, garnered enormous acclaim.

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Karen Connelly

Karen Connelly

Karen Connelly is the author of nine books of best-selling nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, the most recent being Burmese Lessons, a love story, a memoir about her experiences in Burma and on the Thai-Burma border.

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Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline is a writer and editor from the Georgian Bay Metis Community in Ontario. Her latest book, The Marrow Thieves, won the 2017 Governor General’s Award and the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers.

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Elizabeth Duncan

Elizabeth Duncan

Elizabeth J. Duncan is the author of the Penny Brannigan mystery series set in North Wales.

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Marina Endicott

Marina Endicott

Marina Endicott's first novel, Open Arms, was short-listed for the Amazon First Novel award. Her second, Good to a Fault, was a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize and a CBC Canada Reads book, and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean.

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Boris Fishman

Boris Fishman

Boris Fishman is the author of A Replacement Life and Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo (HarperCollins), both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His next book, Savage Feast, a family memoir told through recipes, will be published in 2019.

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Adam Foulds

Adam Foulds

Adam Foulds is a poet and novelist from London. He has been the recipient of a number of literary awards. His 2009 novel, The Quickening Maze, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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Kim Fu

Kim Fu

Kim Fu is the author of the novel For Today I Am a Boy, which won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Hazlitt, and the Times Literary Supplement. The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, a novel, is her most recent work.

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Camilla Gibb

Camilla Gibb

Camilla Gibb is the author of four novels and has been the recipient of the Trillium Book Award, the City of Toronto Book Award and the CBC Canadian Literary Award and has been short listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

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Don Gillmor

Don Gillmor

Don Gillmor is an award-winning Canadian novelist, journalist and children's book author. His new novel Long Change examines the world of oil through the life and loves of one man; both stories are epic.

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Samantha Harvey

Samantha Harvey

Samantha Harvey is the author of three novels, The Wilderness, All Is Song and most recently Dear Thief, which was published in September 2014.

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Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill is author of ten books. His 2007 novel The Book of Negroes won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and both CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and Radio-Canada’s Combat des livres.

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Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson is the author of six novels, a short story collection, and a chapbook.

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Isabel Huggan

Isabel Huggan

Isabel Huggan is a Canadian writer of fiction, essays and poetry, who has chosen to make her home in France. A prize-winning author with an international reputation , she has been teaching writing for over 35 years.

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C.C. Humphreys

C.C. Humphreys

A playwright, fight choreographer and novelist, C. C. Humphreys has written ten adult novels including The French Executioner, runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers; The Jack Absolute TrilogyA Place Called ArmageddonShakespeare’s Rebel and the international bestseller, Vlad – The Last Confession.

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Helen Humphreys

Helen Humphreys

Helen Humphreys is the author of four books of poetry, six novels, and two works of creative non-fiction. She was born in Kingston-on-Thames, England, and now lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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Trilby Kent

Trilby Kent

Trilby Kent was born in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. Medina Hill was Trilby Kent’s first novel, she has since published Stones for my Father and Smoke Portrait. Her latest novel is Silent Noon.

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Joe Kertes

Joe Kertes

Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. He studied English at York University and the University of Toronto, where he was encouraged in his writing by Irving Layton and Marshall McLuhan.

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Ashley Little

Ashley Little

Ashley Little is the author of three novels. PRICK: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist was shortlisted for the ReLit Award and optioned for film. 

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Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Elisabeth de Mariaffi is the critically acclaimed author of three books: the Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated short story collection How to Get Along with Women (Invisible Publishing, 2012), the literary thriller The Devil You Know (Harper Collins Canada, Simon and Schuster USA, 2015), and the brand-new Hysteria (Harper Collins Canada, Titan UK, 2018), released in March, 2018.

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Colin McAdam

Colin McAdam

Colin McAdam has a PhD in English from Cambridge University. He has mentored writers at the Banff Centre and the University of Guelph-Humber.

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John Metcalf

John Metcalf

John Metcalf is a writer and editor. He directs editorially the Porcupine’s Quill Press and also edits the critical journal Canadian Notes and Queries.

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Pamela Mordecai

Pamela Mordecai

Pamela Mordecai is a poet, novelist, short story writer, scholar and anthologist.

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Kim Moritsugu

Kim Moritsugu

Kim Moritsugu is the author of the novels Looks Perfect; Old Flames; The Glenwood Treasure; The Restoration of Emily; and And Everything Nice, a mystery novelette.

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Donna Morrissey

Donna Morrissey

Donna Morrissey has written six nationally best-selling novels and has received awards in Canada, the U.S. and England. Her novel, Sylvanus Now was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize.

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Dan Needles

Dan Needles

Dan Needles is best known as the playwright behind the popular Wingfield Series which has played across Canada for many years. 

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Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien fought in Vietnam, later becoming a graduate student at Harvard. He eventually left to become a newspaper reporter and then fiction writer, after publication of his memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Send Me Home.

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Alison Pick

Alison Pick

Alison Pick is the author of the novel FAR TO GO, longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. FAR TO GO won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and was a Top 10 of 2010 Book at NOW magazine and The Toronto Star

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Michael Redhill

Michael Redhill

Michael Redhill is an American-born Canadian poet, playwright and novelist. He is also the author of four novels published under the name Inger Ash Wolfe, The Calling, The Taken, A Door in the River and The Night Bell.

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Nino Ricci

Nino Ricci

Nino Ricci is the author of Lives of the Saints, which won the Governor General’s Award and aired as a TV adaptation.

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David Adams Richards

David Adams Richards

David Adams Richards, CM, ONB (born 17 October 1950) is a Canadian novelist, essayist, screenwriter and poet.

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Robert Rotenberg

Robert Rotenberg

When Robert Rotenberg was 15, he sent a short story to the New Yorker. He kept the rejection letter, on their letterhead no less, for years.

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Richard Scarsbrook

Richard Scarsbrook

Richard Scarsbrook is a Canadian Author, Teacher, and Entertainer. His most recent book is The Indifference League.

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Diane Schoemperlen

Diane Schoemperlen

Diane Mavis Schoemperlen (born July 9, 1954) is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. She was born in Thunder BayOntario, and educated at Lakehead University.

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Richard Scrimger

Richard Scrimger

A classical version of Scrimger's biography would go something like this: "Richard Scrimger was born in the city of M--- in the province of Q---, the son of a product manager." But he is not a classical guy.

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Shyam Selvadurai

Shyam Selvadurai

Shyam Selvadurai was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1965. He came to Canada with his family at the age of nineteen. 

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Olive Senior

Olive Senior

Olive Senior was born and brought up in Jamaica and educated in Jamaica and Canada. She is a graduate of Montego Bay High School and Carleton University, Ottawa. 

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Sarah Sheard

Sarah Sheard

Sarah Sheard has published numerous works of fiction, personal essays, and three much admired novels, Almost JapaneseThe Swing Era, and The Hypnotist.

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Antanas Sileika

Antanas Sileika

Antanas Sileika was director of the Humber School for Writers for fifteen years. His latest book, the memoir The Barefoot Bingo Caller, was published by ECW Press in May 2017.

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Cordelia Strube

Cordelia Strube

Cordelia Strube is an accomplished playwright and the author of ten critically acclaimed novels.

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MG Vassanji

MG Vassanji

M G Vassanji is the author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, a travel memoir about India, and a biography of Mordecai Richler.

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Dianne Warren

Dianne Warren

Dianne Warren is the award-winning author of the novel Cool Water, which won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 2010, as well as three books of short fiction and three plays. Her most recent novel is Liberty Street.

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Tim Wynne-Jones

Tim Wynne-Jones

Tim Wynne-Jones is an English–Canadian author of thirty-three books for kids of all ages from picture books to short story collections and novels. He has also written three adult novels, radio dramas, songs for the CBC/Jim Henson production Fraggle Rock, as well as a children's musical and an opera libretto.

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Kyo Maclear

Kyo Maclear

Kyo Maclear is a novelist, essayist and children’s author. She was born in London, England and moved to Toronto at the age of four with her father (a foreign cor­re­spondent and doc­u­mentary filmmaker) and mother (a painter and art dealer).

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Noah Richler

Noah Richler

Noah Richler is an author, journalist, cultural critic, occasional broadcaster, podcaster and former political candidate.

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