Kathy Page

Submitted by Michael Boquist on January 19, 2017 - 10:00am

Kathy Page was born in London, gained an MA in Creative writing at the University of East Anglia, England, and has taught creative writing at universities in the UK, Finland, and Estonia.  She moved with her family to Salt Spring Island in 2001, and joined the CREW team at VIU in 2004.  She is the author of seven novels, including The Story of My Face (long-listed for the Orange Prize), Alphabet (a Governor General’s Award finalist), and The Find (shortlisted for the ReLit Award). Her work ranges widely from the grittily realistic to the fantastic, gothic and surreal. She has an interest in the human body and how we experience our physicality and co-edited, with Lyne Van Luven, In the Flesh, an anthology of personal essay son that topic. Her short fiction has been widely anthologized and appears regularly in magazines journals and such as The Walrus, The New Quarterly, Numéro Cinq and The Fiddlehead; both her 2014 collection, Paradise & Elsewhere,  and the one that followed it in 2016, The Two of Us, were nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. 

Teaching Philosophy

“Imagination is a muscle that grows with use, and we learn most by actually doing, and then reflecting, as opposed to being told how to do. I take a very hands-on approach to the teaching of writing. I like to teach via writing experiments and exercises that push students to discover ways to confront and solve particular writing problems, and at the same time discover, or remember, how rich their imaginations are.  I work hard to set up my workshops so as to provide meaningful, useable feedback to the writers in class, and I’m always  eager to  hear or read what you’ve written. I love the variety and energy I find in it. My hope is that students who take my courses will emerge not only more skilled as writers, but also more aware of what writing involves and what it can do.” 

Email: Kathy.page@viu.ca

Website: www.kathypage.info/

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