Sonal ChampseeI am a writer.

I update this blog randomly and capriciously with my thoughts about writing.

Currently, I write a lot of short fiction, though I also write plays, poetry, novels and creative non-fiction. I don’t like being boxed into one category.

I also study writing. Currently, I am in UBC’s Masters of Fine Arts program for Creative Writing (Optional-Residency). I have also taken writing classes at the Humber School for Writers, and have studied privately with acclaimed Canadian writers Sarah Selecky, Matthew J. Trafford, Jessica Westhead, Gail Anderson-Dargatz and Zsuzsi Gartner.

My work appears in Friend. Follow. Text. #storiesFromLivingOnline, an anthology edited by Shawn Syms, published by Enfield & Wizenty on October 1st, 2013.

My full-length play, Everything But The Paper, was professionally produced by Pratidhwani Drama Wing in September 2014. Everything But The Paper was also read as part of REPRESENT! A Multicultural Playwrights’ Festival on November 2013 in Seattle, WA, and shortlisted for Nightwood Theatre’s National Play Reading Series, as part of Groundswell 2014/2015.

My essay, How I Started the Margaret Atwood Revolution, was published by Hippocampus Magazine in November 2014. (Margaret Atwood even read it!)

My travel essay, After 1964, appears in Issue 20.1 of Ricepaper Magazine.

I am a member of  PRISM International‘s prose editorial board. I was also a first reader for PRISM’s 2012/2013 short fiction and creative non-fiction contests.

teach writing classes and mentor short fiction writers.  In addition to my own classes, I have the honour and the pleasure of being a teaching assistant for  The Story Intensive, a short fiction class developed by Sarah Selecky, and featuring master classes with Peter Levitt, Samantha Haywood, Margaret Atwood and others.

I’ve been an adult literacy tutor with the Toronto Public Library since 2006. In November 2014, I starting volunteering as a creative writing mentor as part of the PEN America Prison Writers program.

I was born, raised and still live in Toronto, Canada. I have a BMath in Computer Science and a BA in English Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo. I’ve had a few different careers before this one.

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