Fonds HSW - The Humber School for Writers fonds

Photograph of faculty, Summer 2004 Brochure for Humber School for Writers, Summer 2004 Photograph of faculty with autographs Brochure for Humber School for Writers, Summer 2005 Photograph of faculty, Summer 2006 Brochure for the Humber School for Writers, Summer 2006 Photograph of faculty, Summer 2007 Brochure for Summer 2007 Humber School for Writer's Photograph of faculty, Summer 2008 Brochure for Summer 2008 Humber School for Writers
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The Humber School for Writers fonds

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  • 1994-2018 (Creation)
    The Humber School for Writers

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19.7 cm of textual records
410 digital photographs : col. ; JPEG ; 2.08 GB
16 digital photographs : col. ; TIFF ; 274 MB
13 photographs : col. ; 9 x 10 in (without frame)
78 videocassettes: MiniDVs
69 audio recordings : CDs
13 video recordings : DVDs

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Established in 1992 under the direction of its first creative director, Joseph Kertes, the Humber School for Writers is a unique program aimed at instructing writers on both technical/artistic and the business side of their chosen craft. The workshop ran in two parts, an in-person session run over a week during the summer (and briefly during the fall), and a correspondence course, where the students/participants gained feedback on a work in progress.

In 2002, Creative Director Joseph Kertes retired and Antanas Sileika replaced him in the role until 2017. The current Creative Director is David Bezmozgis.

Many prominent Canadian and International writers (Margaret Atwood, Carol Shields, Mavis Gallant, Alistair MacLeod, Miriam Toews, Wayson Choy and others) have been speakers/instructors for the program.

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Transferred by Antanas Sileika to University in Toronto between 2013 and 2017. Returned to Humber in May 2022.

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Series consists of material from The Humber School for Writers, including administrative documents (including correspondence with authors and instructors), transcripts and video recordings of classes/lectures. The series also consists of a large collection of promotional material, including photographs and brochures, much of the focus of the material is from the years Antanas Sileika was Creative Director of the program (2002-2016).

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Box and Folder numbers have been kept consistent with the Antanas Sileika fonds at University of Toronto, in order to see how the material fit into his whole collection.

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Antanas Sileika fonds at University of Toronto Archives:

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