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Writer In Residence


Laisha Rosnau
Writing Workshop with Laisha Rosnau:

UBC Okanagan’s


Novelist and poet Laisha Rosnau is UBC O’s third 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.

Public reading will be Thursday, March 4, 7 PM at theDowntown Kelowna Branch of theOkanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street.

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“Laisha Rosnau, who grew up in Vernon, is back in the valley as our writer in residence and we’re delighted!” says Nancy Holmes, Head of the Department of Creative Studies. “I hope new and developing local writers take advantage of this rare opportunity to benefit from the advice someone who’s been there!"

Laisha Rosnau is an award-winning poet and novelist. Her second collection of poetry, Lousy Explorers, was released by Nightwood in April 2009, and her first, Notes on Leaving (Nightwood), won the Acorn-Plantos Poetry Award in 2005. Her novel, The Sudden Weight of Snow (McClelland &Stewart), was an honourable mention for the Amazon/Books in Canada FirstNovel Award. Laisha has an MFA from UBC where she was the Executive Editor of Prism International. Born in Montreal, Laisha moved to Vernon as a girl and is an alumnus of UBCO (then OUC). Her first writing classes took place alongside the construction of the then-brand-new Kelowna campus. Laisha has recently moved back to Vernon with her family.

Rosnau will spend two weeks on the UBC O campus from March 1 to 15, 2010. Besides meeting with local writers, she will be giving a free public reading.

Writers in the Central Okanagan are invited to have their work critiqued and to participate in a one-on-one meeting with Rosnau. 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 poetry (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.

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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