This session of Spark Your *Outlier* Story will be taught by Rowan McCandless.
Rowan McCandless lives and writes from Winnipeg, which is located on Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. She earned her B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Winnipeg, and her creative writing certificate from SFU’s Writers' Studio (2019). In 2018, Rowan’s short story, Castaways, was long-listed for the Journey Prize, and her essay, “Found Objects” won the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. Rowan’s creative nonfiction embraces social justice and celebrates hybridity as a way into story. A tangential thinker, innovative forms fit the way she catalogues and understands the world, and she is proud to be a creative outlier. In 2020 she won Gold and also an Honourable Mention with the National Magazine Awards in the "1 of a kind storytelling category. "Her essay collection, Persephone’s Children will be published in 2021 with Dundurn Press. Her fiction and creative nonfiction has been published in print and online journals such as The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, Room, The Nasiona and in the anthology, Black Writers Matter. She is a member of The Fiddlehead’s Advisory Board.
Rowan has taken Nicole’s Outliers course, Spark Your Story, as well as her Spark Your *Visual* story course. “These innovative forms have allowed me to discover new ways into story, especially about difficult subject matter. I’m excited and honoured to be joining Nicole in mentoring writers as she has mentored me.”