Carleton’s Creative Writing instructors bring decades of combined experience as published writers and teachers as they lead stimulating and supportive workshops for students across campus. This team of passionate, effective writer-teachers successfully mentors Carleton students as they realize their writing potential while likewise exploring a variety of writing modes and genres.

Nadia Bozak

Nadia Bozak is the author of the novels Orphan Love and El Niño, the first two parts of her Border Trilogy, published by House of Anansi. Thirteen Shells, a collection of linked short stories will be published by Anansi in 2016. Selections of these stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Walrus, Joyland, and Prairie Fire.

Nadia holds a Phd in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. Her doctoral work concentrated on the relationship between the technology and industry of cinema and the biophysical world, resulting in her book The Cinematic Footprint: Lights, Camera, Natural Resources published by Rutgers University Press.

Since 2012 Nadia has taught the introductory “Fiction Workshop” within the Department of English at Carleton. She has also taught courses in literary theory and academic writing at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, documentary film at Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario, and literary studies at the University of Toronto.

Nadia recently received a term appointment as Assistant Professor of English at Carleton where she is leading the growth of the Creative Writing Concentration. She will teach workshops in fiction (introductory and intermediate), poetry (introductory), and a special topics workshop in hybrid literary forms.

Nadia’s current literary projects include writing the third part of her Border Trilogy (a contemporary retelling of Heart of Darkness through the lens of English-as-a-Second-Language teaching), completing a collection of novellas about interracial love relationships, as well as a collection of poems for children.


David Stymeist

D.S. Stymeist’s debut collection, The Bone Weir, was published by Frontenac in 2016 and was a finalist for the Canadian Author’s Association Award for Poetry.His poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire,Dalhousie Review, and The Fiddlehead. He currently teaches creative writing and crime fiction at Carleton University in Ottawa. As he grew up as a non-indigenous member of a mixed family on O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, the author seeks ways to honour cultural hybridity in his creative work. He is the editor and founder of the micro-press, Textualis, and is the president of VERSe Ottawa, which runs VerseFest, Ottawa’s annual international poetry festival.