SCS Celebrates Creative Writing Community at TIFA

SCS Celebrates Creative Writing Community at TIFA

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“It’s a privilege to see how, with the help of our amazing instructors, our learners’ have nurtured their talent and used it to bring to life these incredibly compelling stories.” – Lee Gowan, SCS Creative Writing Program Director

SCS recently celebrated our creative writing community with a return to our annual in-person awards ceremony at the Toronto International Festival of Authors. 

Members of the SCS writing community, along with their friends and family gathered to share their work, celebrate this year’s award winners, and connect with other writers and publishing industry professionals. 

Over $10000 in prize money was awarded to the winning writers, including: 

Bradley Alvarez, Janet Lamb, and Jessica Lapp, winner and finalists of the The Janice Colbert Poetry Award.

Sahar Golshan, Christina Strasbourg, María Fernanda Rodríguez Aguilar, and Basia Gilas, winners of the The Marina Nemat Award for top Certificate Final Project in Creative Non-Fiction, Children’s Writing, Writing in Spanish and Multi-Genre.

Alexis Patoine, Sheila Burpee Duncan, and Alison Stevenson, winner and honourable mentions of the Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction.

“Our Creative Writing Awards is one of my favourite nights of the year. It’s a privilege to see how, with the help of our amazing instructors, our learners’ have nurtured their talent and used it to bring to life these incredibly compelling stories. It’s no surprise that many of our award-winners go on to find publishing success.” said Creative Writing Program Director Lee Gowan. 

“I also love to see the connections they’ve made with their fellow writers. It’s a lot of creative energy and excitement in one room!”

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