In fall 2016, the UC Writing Centre is offering a special opportunity for students who wish to develop their skills as creative writers. UC's Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor for 2016-17, award-winning writer André Alexis, will be available to meet with UC and UC program students in free fifty-minute one-on-one sessions.
André Alexis will be available to meet with students who
- want to read through any piece of writing for immediate feedback
- want to discuss any aspect of the writing life
- want to discuss their own creative process and direction
André's teaching times: Wednesdays, 11 am - 1 pm, on Sep 21, Sep 28, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16, Nov 23, Nov 30. You may sign up any time.
Book your appointment using the online booking system. Select Barker Fairley Visitor on the Welcome page. Please book only one appointment to allow other students a chance to work with André. We will notify you if other appointments become available.
If you plan to show André your writing, please send up to 1000 words of your creative work to the Academic Services Assistant, Khamla Sengthavy, by 9:00 on the Tuesday morning before your appointment.
Note: Graduates of UC or a UC program who have won a past Norma Epstein Foundation Award in Creative Writing may book an appointment with the Barker Fairley Visitor. For more information, please contact the director of the UC Writing Centre.
About André Alexis:
André Alexis joins University College fresh off the success of his Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel Fifteen Dogs (2015). The book also won the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize. Alexis is also the author of Childhood (1997), which won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, co-won the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize; Ingrid and the Wolf (2005), which was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for English-language Children's Literature; and Pastoral (2014), among other titles. Born in Trinidad and raised in Ottawa, Alexis currently resides in Toronto. He is a book reviewer for The Globe and Mail and a contributing editor for This Magazine, and has hosted programs for CBC Radio.