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MFA grad’s essay selected for Canadian anthology

December 8, 2019

Beth Hitchcock, a graduate of the University of King’s College’s MFA Program in Creative Nonfiction, is among 19 emerging writers — “a new wave of thinkers and writers from across the country” — whose work has been selected to appear in a new Canadian anthology of creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry.

Write Across Canada, which features works chosen by mentors at creative writing programs across Canada, is being published to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Toronto International Festival of Authors.

The collection’s curators, respected Canadian authors and writing teachers Joseph Kertes and Geoffrey Taylor, calls the writers “worthy heirs” to the Festival. “These writers are fresh voices on their way to becoming seasoned artists and, perhaps even some of them, household names and international stars.”

Toronto-based Hitchcock, one of the first graduates from the King’s MFA program in 2015, is a former editor-in-chief of Canadian House & Home Magazine. Her moving personal essay included in the collection is entitled “Life and Limb.” It begins with the Christmas gift of a dollhouse, “my first dream house that wasn’t our own.”

Write Across Canada can be purchased from Book*hug Press.

The King’s MFA program is currently accepting applications for the next incoming class, which begins with a Halifax residency in June 2020. You can find more information here.