Department of English

University of Toronto

Writer-in-Residence

 The Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence

Jack McClelland Writer-In-Residence Non-Credit Creative Writing Seminar

Garry Thomas Morse will offer a non-credit creative writing seminar on poetry, with a special focus on serial poems and sequences and/or prose poems, in the “S” term on Wednesdays, 6-8 pm, at Massey College. The course is by application and can accommodate fifteen participants. The seminar is open to everyone who is currently part of the University of Toronto community—faculty, students, and staff.

Those interested in taking this seminar please submit directly to me (nick.mount@utoronto.ca) a sample of maximum five pages of poetry in digital format (MS Word or PDF ) via a utoronto email address. No cover letter or note is necessary. Attachments should be saved under the applicant’s name (e.g., Smith_Writing_Sample_2017); the submission email should have the subject heading "Jack McClelland Writer in Residence Seminar.” 

The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 27. The screening will be done by the writer-in-residence, and results announced by the middle of December.



Each year the University of Toronto appoints a Canadian writer to work with students, faculty and staff interested in creative writing. The appointment process is internal; no external applications are considered or acknowledged.   From January to April, the Writer-in-Residence offers a seminar on creative writing and holds office hours for consultations on writing. The Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence Program is housed at Massey College and is jointly sponsored by Massey and the Department of English.

 

John Gordon "Jack" McClelland (1922 - 2004)

 John Gordon "Jack" McClelland (1922 - 2004)



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About Garry Thomas Morse
Garry Thomas Morse's six books of poetry include an homage to San Francisco Renaissance poet Jack Spicer in After Jack and an intensive exploration of Morse's ancestral First Nations history in Discovery Passages, finalist for the Governor General's Award for Poetry and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Discovery Passages was also voted one of the Top Ten Poetry Collections of 2011 by The Globe and Mail and one of the Best Ten Aboriginal Books from the past decade by CBC's 8th Fire.

Morse's four books of fiction include the collection Death in Vancouver, and the three books in The Chaos! Quincunx series: 2013 ReLit Award finalist Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus, 2014 ReLit Award finalist Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour, and Minor Expectations.

Since relocating to the Canadian prairie, Morse has written two books of poetry about this diverse landscape. These include Governor General’s Award finalist Prairie Harbour, a long poem based on his year of living in Saskatchewan, and the forthcoming Safety Sand, a celebration of prairie surrealism set in Manitoba.


Office hours: TBA


Jack McClelland Writers-in-Residence

2017-18            Garry Thomas Morse

2016-17            Sachiko Murakami
2015-16            Rawi Hage
2014-15            Shani Mootoo
2013-14            David Bezmozgis
2012-13            Joy Kogawa
2011-12            Michael Winter

2010-11            Barbara Gowdy

2009-10            Michael Redhill

2008-09            Christopher Dewdney

2007-08            David Gilmour

2006-07            Don McKay

2005-06            Camilla Gibb

2004-05            George Fetherling

2003-04            Steven Heighton

2002-03            Albert F. Moritz

2001-02            Kildare Dobbs

2000-01            Austin Clarke

1999-00            Erin Mouré

1998-99            Sarah Ellis

1997-98            Roo Borson

1996-97            Jane Urquhart

1995-96            Tom Wayman

1994-95            Susan Musgrave

1993-94            Tomson Highway

Spring 1993       Audrey Thomas

1991-92            Judith Merril

1990-91            Patrick Lane

1989-90            Lorna Crozier

1988-89            Erika Ritter

1987-88            Al Purdy

1986-87            Gwendolyn MacEwen

1985-86            Mary di Michele

1984-85            Leon Rooke

1983-84            Mavis Gallant

Spring 1983       Dorothy Livesay

Fall 1982           Brian Moore

1981-82            Irving Layton

1980-81            Marian Engel

1979-80            Timothy Findley

1978-79            Dennis Lee

1977-78            Carol Bolt

1976-77            John Newlove

1975-76            Adele Wiseman

1974-75            Fletcher Markle

1973-74            W.O. Mitchell

1972-73            Margaret Atwood

Spring 1971       Josef Škvorecký

Fall 1970           R.D.C. Finch

1969-70            Margaret Laurence

1968-69            Jack Ludwig

1965-68            Earle Birney


 


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