Class of 2021 Bulletin Board

Winter Semester


January 6:
January 7: 
January 10:

Look ahead

  • Jan 5-10, 2020: Winter Residency, Toronto
  • Jan 17, 2020: Winter tuition fees due
  • April 6, 2020: Last day of winter classes
  • June 6–14, 2020: Summer Residency 2020

Publishing I Deadlines

  • Jan. 3: Assignment 1: Supporting Your Writing.
  • Jan. 21: Assignment 2: Reflection on verbal feedback in pitches due.
  • Feb. 18: Assignment 3: Legal issues assignment due.
  • March 16: Assignment 4: Marketing assignment due. 



(December 17)

There have been some questions about the pitch sessions: This is a conversational one-to-one discussion about your book project, not a "stand at the front, present to the whole group" pitch. You will have 15 minutes for each of your two one-to-one appointments. You should be prepared to talk about your project for about 5 or 6 minutes, but it is also possible that the person you are pitching will interrupt or embark on a more conversational interaction. You can bring notes if you like, but please do not read your pitch. Full details are in the Jour6102 syllabus (pp. 3-5). Please take notes: the conversational feedback you get from the people you meet with is the only feedback you will get from them. The goal of these conversations is for you to continue to hone how you frame and describe your project, to get feedback on your proposed project from someone with current industry insight, and to reflect on their feedback and use it to continue to strengthen your project. You will be asked to submit a reflection on the verbal feedback you receive. Details on this assignment are also in the syllabus (pp. 4-5).

(December 9)

Attached is an updated version of the Winter Residency schedule, with a couple of optional social events added for the evenings.
You'll note three author talks on the schedule: Linden MacIntyre, Annahid Dashtgard and George Elliott Clarke. While there is no required reading attached to these talks, you might be interested in exploring their work: 
  • Linden MacIntyre will be speaking about his new book, The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami, and will be spending some time talking about the narrative device he employed in the four "Conversations with the Dead" sections of the book. 
  • Annahid Dashtgard will be speaking about her book Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation, including challenges she faced with regards to childhood memories and choices she made about consolidating some characters into composites. She is also happy to spend some time after her main address to speak with students who are interested in discussing the particular challenges faced by authors of colour. If you have specific questions for Annahid, please send them along to me, as she's happy to take your questions into account in shaping her presentation.
  • George Elliott Clarke is an academic, poet and author. He has a deep catalogue of work you might explore. One interesting example is a long narrative poem he was commissioned to write about the history of Dalhousie University, where he combines poetry, history and memoir. You can find it here, including clips of him performing the poem:
Also, a reminder that your Assignment 1: Supporting Your Writing is due January 3. For convenience, above is a list of Publishing I deadlines. Full details on all are in the attached Publishing I syllabus

Class Bios and Projects:

We're launching a series of tip sheets for students and alumni, geared to helping create and maintain momentum on your projects. We'll be sending out information related to building your platform, establishing your authority in your subject area, connecting with editors and agents, and more.