A Room of One’s Own

21 Oct
Fall Colours on the Way into the University of Manitoba

Fall Colours on the Way into the University of Manitoba

As writer Virginia Woolf so aptly noted, a woman needs creative sanctuary in order to write fiction. An unexpected gift came my way this fall….

University of Manitoba Campus

University of Manitoba Campus

In September of 2013, I was delighted to be made a Research Fellow at St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba campus, at the generous invitation of Dr. Moti Shojania, Dean, and through kind acceptance by a St. Paul’s selection committee.

As a Research Fellow, I have an office space in which to work on a set of linked short stories set in Manitoba’s past, between 1936 and 1982, with references going back to the Great War. I have sixteen early drafts that I will edit over the course of this year with the expert editorial assistance of Dr. Di Brandt from Brandon University.

St. Paul's College Bell Tower

St. Paul’s College Bell Tower

As outlined in its mission statement, St. Paul’s College, as the “Catholic college in the Ignatian tradition at the University of Manitoba, serves the Church and Society by promoting learning, both secular and spiritual, through excellence in research, teaching, and service.” I feel fortunate to have the chance to focus and write in such a scholarly and creative atmosphere.

Toward St. Paul's College

Toward St. Paul’s College

A Manitoba institution since 1926, the basic buildings of St. Paul’s College on the University of Manitoba campus were completed in 1958, including offices, classrooms, a library, cafeteria and chapel. In 1972, an expanded library and theatre to seat 200 were added.

A Quiet Spot

A Quiet Spot

Such is the place in which I will write my short stories this year, at times when I’m not teaching story-writing and illustrating in the Manitoba Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools Program.

Preparing to Join the Academic Procession in the Opening Academic Exercises

Preparing to Join the Academic Procession in the Opening Academic Exercises

Dr. Moti Shojania Welcomes Students and Staff in the Christ the King Chapel
Dr. Moti Shojania Welcomes Students and Staff in the Christ the King Chapel

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