Media and Published Work

Published Writers

Many of our students go on to publish their work in journals, newspapers, magazines, and in book form. Here are some names you may recognize:

Martha Baillie (fiction, poetry, and reviews)
My Sister Esther (Turnstone Press, 1995)
Madame Balashovskaya's Apartment ( Turnstone Press, 1999)
The Shape I Gave You (Knopf Canada, 2006)
Also many short stories, poems, and reviews in journals

Cathy Marie Buchanan (fiction)
The Day the Falls Stood Still (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2009)

Alexa Clark (non-fiction)
CheapEats Toronto
CheapEats Ottawa (Plethora Press)

Lainie Cohen (memoir)
Crooked Smile: One Family’s Journey Towards Healing (E.C.W., 2003)

Laurel Croza (children’s literature)
I Know Here (Groundwood Books, 2010)
From There to Here (Groundwood Books, 2014)

Anthony De Sa (fiction)
Barnacle Love (Doubleday Canada, 2008)

Brian Francis (fiction)
Fruit (ECW Press, 2004)
Natural Order (Doubleday Canada, 2011)

JF Garrard (fiction, non-fiction, poetry)
The Undead Sorceress (Dark Helix Press, 2014)
The Literary Elephant: The Beginner’s Guide to Indie Publishing (Dark Helix Press, 2015)
Trump: Utopia or Dystopia (Dark Helix Press, 2017)
Three Microaggressions (poem) in Currents: A Ricepaper Anthology (Ricepaper Magazine/Asian Canadian Writers Workshop, 2017)

Rhoda Graser (various)
Memoir called ‘A Tale of Three Stockings Without Holes’ selected for anthology An Orange from Portugal – Christmas Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland (Goose Lane Editions, 2003)
Broadcast on CBC Radio in 2004 four short stories titled:
 – ‘The Old Neighbourhood’
 – ‘The Music of my Childhood’
 – ‘On Sundays we Dress Up.’
 – ‘What's Fair?’
All published in The New Brunswick Reader, 2000

Jessica Ruth Harris (various)
Essay called ‘Escaping Emily’ (winner in 2007 Short Grain Contest, Grain Magazine)
Story called The Art Project in anthology My Wedding Dress: True Life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle (Random House, Canada, 2007)

Gillian Kerr (non fiction)
Tiny Tomatoes – a creative non-fiction essay (Dropped Threads anthology, Vintage Canada 2006)

Elise Levine (fiction)
Driving Men Mad (Porcupine’s Quill 1995, Emblem Editions, M & S, 2003)
Requests and Dedications (M & S, 2003)

Sue Maynard (fiction)
Carving the Light (CreateSpace, 2010)
Ebon Black and the Seven Dryads (CreateSpace, 2011)

K.D. Miller (fiction)
A Litany in the Time of Plague (Porcupine’s Quill, 1994)
Give Me Your Answer (Porcupine’s Quill, 1999)
Holy Write (Porcupine’s Quill, 2001)

Genevieve Scott (fiction)
Catch My Drift (Goose Lane Editions, 2018)

Featured Media

Our students and instructors have been featured in local and national media.

Student Success – Sarah Meehan Sirk

Sarah Meehan Sirk's collection of short stories, The Dead Husband Project (Penguin Random House Canada), was reviewed by the Toronto Star on August 11, 2017: “Sarah Meehan Sirk hits short story sweet spot”. Congratulations, Sarah!

Student Success – Cameron French

Cameron French workshopped his short story Lot Nine at The Chang School with instructor Cordelia Strube. This story was longlisted for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize. Congratulations, Cameron!

Student Success – Kim Murray and Scott Mathison

Kim Murray and Scott Mathison, both students of Writing Workshops instructor Cordelia Strube, have had their stories published in the Nashwaak Review – Volume 30. Congratulations to both of you!

Instructors in the News – Cordelia Strube

Instructor Cordelia Strube was interviewed by Michael Enright for The Sunday Edition on CBC Radio One on January 13, 2013. She spoke about her career as an author and her new novel Milosz (Coach House Books). The audio clip for this interview is available on the CBC website.

Student Success – Yvonne Lindgren-Price

Yvonne Lindgren-Price worked on a travel story about the Niagara Icewine Festival in ‘Creative Travel Writing’ (CWWR 952). Her piece was published in the Toronto Star on January 7, 2011: “An ‘ice’ midwinter escape in southern Ontario”. Congratulations, Yvonne!

Instructor Success – Cordelia Strube

Fiction instructor Cordelia Strube’s novel Lemon (Coach House) was longlisted for the prestigious 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Congratulations, Cordelia!

Student Success – Laurel Croza

When Laurel Croza arrived at Ryerson’s True to Life memoir writing class, she had never attempted any creative writing. With encouragement from instructor Beth Kaplan as well as her classmates, Laurel developed an assignment into a manuscript for a children’s book. The manuscript was accepted for publication by Groundwood Books. In June 2010, her book I Know Here won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature. Her second book, From There to Here, was published by Groundwood Books in 2014. Congratulations Laurel!

Instructor Success – Cordelia Strube

Fiction instructor Cordelia Strube’s novel Lemon was shortlisted for the prestigious Trillium Book Award. Congratulations, Cordelia!

Instructors in the News – Lynda Simmons

Romance writing instructor Lynda Simmons proves equally adept at fiction with her breakout novel Getting Rid of Rosie (Berkley Trade): a comedy that asks ‘What happens when your worst rival literally comes back to haunt you?’ Getting Rid of Rosie has been getting great reviews and Lynda was also featured in an interview with the Vancouver Sun.

Student Success – Cathy Buchanan

“It was in Ryerson’s continuing education creative writing courses that I became a writer” says Cathy. Her debut novel The Day The Falls Stood Still launches in the fall in Canada and the US (as a New York Times bestseller, no less!) and will launch in the UK and Italy in early 2010. The book was acquired in the U.S. by Pamela Dorman, who has earned a reputation for the Midas touch after discovering blockbusters like Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Secret Life of Bees, and The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.