THUNDER BAY – The Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop announced today that it has selected its e-Writer in Residence for the spring of 2013. Marilyn Dumont, a Canadian poet of Cree/Métis descent, will provide manuscript critiques and workshops to Northwestern Ontario writers between March and May, 2013.
Dumont is the second e-Writer in Residence for NOWW, following a successful program in 2011.
“Like a traditional Writer in Residence, Dumont will provide support to writers—both new and experienced—by giving them an opportunity to learn from someone who knows the ropes,” said Daniel Klein, president of NOWW. “The exciting difference is that she will be able to reach writers located all over our vast region, even in the far north.”
Dumont will provide manuscript critiques by email. She will also deliver writing workshops via videoconference, thanks to a partnership with K-Net Services, a branch of the Northern Chiefs Council. (knet.ca). Through distance workshops, Dumont will teach youth from off-road First Nations at the Keewaytinook Internet High School, as well as beginner writers located in the far north of our region. She will also be in Thunder Bay in person for a program launch event in late April, at which time she will visit with students at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School.
Marilyn Dumont’s first poetry collection, A Really Good Brown Girl, won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award; her second collection, green girl dreams mountains, won the 2001 Stephan G. Stephansson Award from the Writer’s Guild of Alberta. Dumont has taught at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen University-College in Vancouver and at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.
The Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (nowwwriters.org) is a group of Northwestern Ontario-based writers who provide inspiration and support through workshops, a newsletter, a writing contest, and the e-Writer in Residence project. NOWW recently learned that the Ontario Arts Council will fund a third e-Writer in Residence—Thunder Bay’s Michael Christie—in the fall of 2013.
NOWW thanks the Thunder Bay Community Foundation, K-Net Services, Trinity United Church, the Thunder Bay Public Library and NOWW members for their support of this project.