CEGEPs may choose the writer(s) they would like to invite from a list of eligible authors. These authors are selected each year by a jury assembled by the Quebec Writers’ Federation. The jury includes writers and CEGEP teachers.
CEGEPs may host two visits from writers on the list during a given semester. Visits will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Thus, the same writer may be invited twice, or the school may choose two different writers. However, each writer will be allocated no more than two visits per semester. A writer who is a CEGEP teacher cannot give a presentation at the CEGEP where they ordinarily teach.
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Journalism, Nonfiction, Screenwriting & Playwriting
Louise Abbott is a non-fiction author, photo essayist, and documentary filmmaker with longstanding experience in rural and indigenous communities. She has given writing workshops for the Blue Metropolis Foundation and other education programs. She would like to explore one of five themes with CEGEP students: the memoir; the profile; the travel story; breathing life into history as a writer and screenwriter; and marrying text and images. In each case, she would include readings from one of her books, photo essays, or screenplays; a verbal presentation accompanied by stills or excerpts from films that she has directed; and a question-and-answer period.
Journalism, Nonfiction, Poetry
Mark Abley has wide experience as a poet, journalist, editor, and author of literary non-fiction. His most recent book is a memoir of his father, The Organist: Fugues, Fatherhood, and a Fragile Mind (2019). It won praise in such places as Literary Review of Canada, Maclean’s, CBC Radio, theMontreal Gazette, and the Toronto Star. Mark is the author of four books of poetry, including The Tongues of Earth: New and Selected Poems (2015). Other non-fiction books include Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages (2003) and Conversations with a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott (2013). A Rhodes Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow, he worked for many years as a feature writer and language columnist for theGazette. He has taught non-fiction courses for the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Maritime Writers’ Workshop, and the Quebec Writers’ Federation. In the classroom he prefers an interactive style rather than a lecture format, but he would be happy to give readings and take part in panel discussions.