Christine Lyon 300The Concentration is very close-knit, so your peers quickly turn into your friends and this larger network of writers you can share ideas with. Every class is filled with familiar faces and friends who are more than willing to assist with your work. I’ve only gotten published because there’s a network of professors and friends in the Concentration prodding me in the back with a pencil, telling me to keep writing. Rick Taylor (instructor for “Creative Non-Fiction”) encouraged me to submit a creative nonfiction story to the Carleton University Writing Competition, and I came in second place and received a cash prize. Friends connected me to Bywords.ca and Carleton’s literary magazine, In/Words, both of whom published my poetry. Without the Concentration, I’d be scribbling half-finished stories on bits of paper, instead of getting some writing published and sharing my voice.