Leesa Dean is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA program and a creative writing instructor at Selkirk College. She is the past interviews editor for Humber Literary Review and the co-founder of the Kootenay-based literary magazine Black Bear Review. Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous literary magazines and her first book, Waiting for the Cyclone, a collection of short stories, was nominated for the 2017 Trillium and ReLit Awards.
Leesa’s workshop is entitled: No Genre Is an Island: a “fiction” workshop. She says, “In this session, we will be exploring hybrid forms of prose and the exciting possibilities made available when we abandon genre constraints. How can the vibrant elasticity and metaphorical qualities of poetry enhance your fiction? What parts of your personal truth will infuse your fiction with evocative emotions? Participants can bring an existing piece of writing to develop or create entirely new material through in-class writing exercises.”
Registrants for Leesa’s workshop are not required to submit work prior to Convergence.