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Writer In Residence



UBC Okanagan’s Writer-in-Residence FRED STENSON

March 1 – 15, 2009

Novelist and non-fiction writer Fred Stenson is UBC O’s second annual writer-in-residence. Sponsored by the Department of Creative Studies, this program allows 16 selected local writers to get free critiques on their work.

Fred Stenson is the author of fifteen books, eight of fiction and seven of non-fiction. His most recent work is The Great Karoo, a historical novel about Canadian involvement in the Boer War, which received a Governor General’s Award nomination for Fiction in 2008. This completes a trio of historical novels that includes The Trade (2000), which was nominated for the Giller prize, and Lightning (2003). His most recent non-fiction book is Waterton: Brush and Pen, a combination of Brent Laycock's art and Stenson's essays. His title Thing Feigned or Imagined is a guide to the craft of fiction. Stenson is currently 2nd Vice-Chair of The Writers' Union of Canada and is the director of the Wired Writing Studio at The Banff Centre. He lives in Cochrane, Alberta.

Writers in the Central Okanagan are invited to have their work critiqued and to participate in a one-on-one meeting with Stenson. Appointments are limited to 16, with 6 of the 16 spaces reserved for UBC Okanagan students.

If you would like to be considered for an appointment, send a maximum of 15 double-spaced pages of your fiction or non-fiction (plus a one-page synopsis if it is an excerpt from a longer work). Your work should be sent in an email between January 12 and January 31st to In the email give your name, student number (if applicable), phone number, and email address. Please put “Writer in Residence” in the subject line.

Besides meeting with local writers, Stenson will be giving a free public reading and conducting a workshop called The Art and Craft of Historical Fiction. The workshop will take place on Saturday, March 14 1 – 4 PM. The cost is $75 + GST. To register in the workshop, contact Elaine Crebo, Community and Continuing Studies at UBC Okanagan 250- 807-9981 or

For more information about the public reading or the writer-in-residence program, contact Nancy Holmes, Dept. of Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan, 250-807-9369 or

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