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Research and the Journey: Writing the First Novel

February 2, 2018 @ 10:40 am - 11:30 am

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Saskatchewan novelist Melanie Schnell will discuss how the idea for her first novel, While the Sun is Above Us, came to her, and how she tethered herself to this idea’s manifestation through long-form fiction over a period of ten years. These years included two trips to South Sudan in the midst of their civil war, an MFA degree from UBC, and the birth of her son.

For more information, email Deanna Smid at smidd@brandonu.ca.

This free presentation is sponsored by the English and Creative Writing Literary Exchange, the Dean of Arts, and the Brandon Public Library.

Melanie Schnell will also be leading a free creative writing workshop at the Brandon Public Library on February 1: https://www.brandonu.ca/english/event/melanie-schnell-creative-writing-workshop/

To ensure these events are accessible to all interested individuals, please advise of any accessibility or accommodation needs in advance. This post is also available in alternate formats upon request. Please contact arts@brandonu.ca | 204-727-9790.


February 2, 2018
10:40 am - 11:30 am


Department of English and Creative Writing Literary Exchange
Brandon Public Library


Clark Hall 306