SCS Instructor Honoured for his Literary Achievements
U of T School of Continuing Studies’ Creative Writing instructor, Rabindranath Maharaj, is no stranger to literary acknowledgments. Author of 8 published books, the Trinidadian-born author has won several Canadian literary awards and has been shortlisted for numerous others. This summer he has received a very special recognition from his home country of Trinidad.
Maharaj has been honoured with the Sanatan Sharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) Indian Arrrival Day Award for his literary contributions, and hailed by the organization’s Secretary General as “one of the best writers of the English language coming out of Trinidad &Tobago”. The author is especially pleased that he, as a writer, is being recognized in a culture that has traditionally been centred around oral storytelling.
Maharaj is an instructor at the School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, and teaches a variety of courses including: Writing the Novel: Introduction, Creative Writing: Introduction, and Writing Short Fiction: Introduction.
In 2011, Maharaj won the 24th Trillium Award and the 2011 Toronto Book Award for his novel The Amazing Absorbing Boy, a compelling story about the Canadian immigrant experience. He has also been shortlisted for many other awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Rogers Fiction Prize and Chapters/Books in Canada award.
Maharaj is one of the many award-winning writers at the School of Continuing Studies’ Creative Writing Program. The program fosters a creative environment for both new and experienced writers to develop their own unique voice. With an offering of both online and in-class courses, students have the opportunity to connect with other writers from around the world.
16 August, 2012