Writing Workshop Instructors for 2017 and 2018 retreats
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her novels include The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize; and Alias Grace, winner of the Giller Prize; Oryx and Crake, nominated for the Giller and Booker prize; and MaddAddam, which is currently being adapted for HBO. Forthcoming in 2016 are Hag-Seed, a novel revisitation of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, for the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, and a graphic novel with co-creator Johnnie Christmas Angel Catbird. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
Wayne Grady is the author of fourteen books of nonfiction, the translator of more than a dozen novels, and the editor of many literary anthologies of fiction and nonfiction. He currently teaches creative writing in the MFA program at the University of British Columbia. Brady won the 1989 Governor General's Award for translation, the John Glassco Translation Prize, and the 2008 National Outdoor Book Award. His first novel, Emancipation Day, was longlisted for the Giller Prize in 2013.
Steven Heighton is the author of twelve books, including the novels The Shadow Boxer, Every Lost Country, and Afterlands, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. He has received the Gerald Lampert Award, K.M. Hunter Award, P.K. Page Founders' Award, Petra Kenney Prize, and been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award, and the Journey Prize. He was a fellow at the Cambridge Literary Seminars, and the writer-in-residence at Concordia University, Massey College, the University of Ottawa, and McGill University. He currently lives with his family in Kingston, Ontario.
The son of Chinese immigrants, Timothy Liu was born in San Jose, California. Liu’s poetry collections include Bending the Mind Around the Dream’s Blown Fuse (2009), For Dust Thou Art (2005), Of Thee I Sing (2004), and Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award winner Vox Angelica (1992). Liu collaborated with artist Greg Drasler on Polytheogamy (2009). He is the editor of Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry (2000). Liu currently lives in New York, where he is an associate professor at William Paterson University.
Cassidy McFadzean is the author of Hacker Packer (McClelland
& Stewart 2015), winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards and shortlisted for
the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her work has appeared in magazines
in Canada and the US including Prelude, Witch Craft Magazine, The
Malahat Review, and The Fiddlehead, and has been a finalist for
the CBC Poetry Prize and the Walrus Poetry Prize. McFadzean graduated from
the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2015 and is currently at work on her second collection of poetry.
Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington DC area, Hoa Nguyen currently makes her home in Toronto. Her poetry collections include As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice, Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots from Wave Books. She teaches poetics at Ryerson University, for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, for the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a long-running, private workshop.
Paul Vasey is the author of fifteen books – novels, short fiction and non-fiction, most recently The River: A Memoir of Life in the Border Cities (Biblioasis) and A Troublesome Boy (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi). Paul spent 25 years writing for newspapers before joining the CBC, where he hosted morning shows in Windsor Ontario and Victoria BC. Paul is a graduate of The University of Windsor and spent a year at Massey College on a Southam Fellowship for Journalists.
Chuck Wendig is an American novelist, comic book writer, screenwriter, and blogger. He is
best known for his popular online blog Terribleminds, and for his novel Aftermath, which debuted at #4 on The New York Times best seller list. As of early 2016, Wendig writes Hyperion for Marvel and The Shield
for Dark Circle Comics. He was a
finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2013.
Alissa York is
the author of the short fiction collection, Any Given Power, which won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award. Her internationally
acclaimed novels include Mercy (2003), Fauna (2010), and Effigy (2007), which was short-listed for
the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her most recent book is The Naturalist (Random House 2016). York has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her
husband, artist Clive Holden.