Ali Bryan to be Laurier’s remote writer-in-residence for the winter term – The Cord


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Wilfrid Laurier University has announced that author Ali Bryan will be Edna Stabler’s writer in residence for the winter term.

The Writer-in-Residence program is managed by the Faculty of Arts and allows students to speak directly with an experienced author.

This winter will be the first time the position will be held virtually. He was left out last year due to the switch to distance learning.

Ali Bryan has written in a variety of styles, including contemporary adult fiction, creative non-fiction, and recently a dystopian young adult novel. His work often includes elements of humor and themes of humanity.

While working on the sequel to her young adult novel, she will be available to speak to any student interested in creative writing.

“The best part of the residency is reading different styles,” Bryan said.

“I look forward to the diversity of styles and genres, as well as that of the writers themselves. “

The fact that the position will be late in the next term will allow Bryan, who writes from Calgary, Alta., To share his experiences from across Canada.

“I’m in Western Canada, so outside the center of traditional Canadian publishing […] I’m very excited to get involved and share ideas about what it’s like to be a writer published in Western Canada, ”she said.

Any Laurier student, or member of the Waterloo community in general, will have the opportunity to speak with Bryan this winter term.

“It’s supposed to be a resource that anyone can participate in,” explained Tanis MacDonald, professor in the Department of English and Film Studies.

Bryan’s first public lecture as Writer-in-Residence will be held at the end of January, titled “Only Dead Fish Swim Upstream”. He will focus on risk taking and self defense in the publishing industry.

“If people wanted to write but [have] not [been] write, or write a little but get frustrated… the writer-in-residence is a good person to talk to and say, “how did you start” and “how was it for you when you started?” “, MacDonald mentioned.

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