Eligible Authors

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. 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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Louise Abbott

Journalism, Nonfiction, Screenwriting & Playwriting

Louise Abbott is a non-fiction author, photo essayist, and documentary filmmaker with a special interest in indigenous and rural communities. She has been active in teaching through the Blue Metropolis Foundation’s 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 lecture accompanied by stills or excerpts from videos that she has created; and a question-and-answer period.

Mark Abley

Children’s & YA lit, Nonfiction

Mark Abley has wide experience as a poet, journalist, editor, and author of literary non-fiction. A Rhodes Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow, he has taught non-fiction courses and workshops for the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Maritime Writers’ Workshop, and the Quebec Writers’ Federation, and he has given talks at Oxford, Cambridge, Ohio State, Concordia, McGill, Queen’s and other universities. His new book of creative non-fiction, Conversations With a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott, appeared in the fall of 2013 from Douglas & McIntyre. In 2015 Coteau Books will publish The Tongues of Earth: New and Selected Poems. In a classroom setting Mark is ready to use different approaches, according to a particular teacher’s needs, but in general he prefers an interactive style rather than a lecture format

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