Diaspora Dialogues is Thrilled to be Partnering with Guelph CW MFA


Diaspora Dialogues is delighted to announce that we are partnering with the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA program. UofG will be coming on as a sponsor for DD.


This years TOK Toronto Symposium will have two exciting masterclasses taught by staff from the UofG.

On September 25th, the Masterclass In Fiction and Writing For Theatre development sessions will be led by Catherine Bush and Judith Thompson.

Catherine Bush is the author of five novels, including the Canada Reads long-listed Accusation (2013), the Trillium Award short-listed Claire’s Head (2004), and the national bestselling The Rules of Engagement (FSG, 2000), a New York Times Notable Book and an L.A. Times Best Book of the Year. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph and Coordinator of the Guelph Creative Writing MFA, based in Toronto.

Judith Thompson is a playwright, director, actor, artistic director (RARE Theatre Company), and professor of theatre at the University of Guelph. She is the author of 15 published plays, many of which are performed all over the world. They include The Crackwalker, Lion in the Streets, Perfect Pie, and Palace of the End. She has directed and co-created five plays with artists with exceptionalities including Body and Soul, Sick, RARE, Borne and Wildfire.

The MFA Program is located in Toronto and offers workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, drama and poetry. Defining characteristics include innovative plenary courses, a semester-long mentorship with a professional writer, and the opportunity to design and teach creative writing workshops.

The program is currently accepting applicants 2021 applications. Interested writers can review admission requirements and apply by December 7, 2020.

Diaspora Dialogues looks forward to the future of this partnership and the exciting things it will bring for everyone in our communities!


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