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University of King’s College names inaugural director of writing and publishing

Gillian Turnbull has been named the inaugural director of writing and publishing at the University of King’s College in Halifax.

The position was created after a recent reorganization changed the university’s School of Journalism into the school of Journalism, Writing, and Publishing. The school also recently approved a new MFA in fiction program. Each program has its own director: Turnbull will run the school’s MFA programs in both creative nonfiction and fiction; Fred Vallance-Jones will continue to oversee the undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism.

Turnbull, an author, writer, and editor (Sonic Booms: Making Music in an Oil Town) is an alumna of the MFA in creative nonfiction at King’s, and has served as a mentor to students in the program since 2019.

“I don’t think it is an understatement to say the King’s MFA program changed my life,” Turnbull said in a release. “Until I joined as a student in 2015, I was on a standard academic trajectory; that is, I was teaching, researching, and publishing in my chosen field of music. The MFA in Creative Nonfiction not only offered me a chance to write about music for a broader audience, it also revealed a community fundamental to my growth as a writer.”

Turnbull began in her new role on January 3.

By: Cassandra Drudi

January 12th, 2023

1:27 pm

Category: Industry News, People, Personnel changes

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