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Cordelia Strube

Cordelia Strube

Cordelia Strube is an accomplished playwright and the author of eight critically acclaimed novels. Her first novel, Alex and Zee, was shortlisted for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and her third novel, Teaching Pigs to Sing, was nominated for the Governor General's Award. She is a three time nominee for the ReLit Award. Her play Mortal won the CBC Literary Competition and was nominated for the Prix Italia. She lives with her family in Toronto where she teaches at Ryerson University. Her most recent novel is Lemon, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Trillium Book Award, and longlisted for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize.



Alex & Zee. Coach House Press (re-published by HarperCollins 1998), 1994
Milton's Elements. Coach House Press (re-published by HarperCollins 1997), 1995
Teaching Pigs to Sing. HarperCollins, 1996
Dr. Kalbfleisch & The Chicken Restaurant. HarperCollins, 1997
Concrete Forest [anthology]. McClelland & Stewart, 1998
The Barking Dog. Thomas Allen, 2000
Blind Night. Thomas Allen, 2004
Planet Reese. Dundurn, 2007
Lemon. Coach House Books, 2009
Fine. Theater Passe Muraille, 1990
Mortal. CBC Radio, 1986
Shape. CBC Radio, 1987
Scar Tissue. CBC Radio, 1987
Attached. CBC Radio, 1988
Caught In The Intersection. CBC Radio, 1988
Marshmallow. CBC Radio, 1988
Mid-Air. CBC Radio, 1989
Absconder. CBC Radio, 1989
On the Beach. CBC Radio, 1989
Past Due. CBC Radio, 1989
Milosz. Coach House, 2012


Toronto Arts Foundation Protege Award for Writing for Teaching Pigs to Sing, 1996
CBC Literary Competition for Mortal, 1987
Governor-General's Award For Fiction (nominated) for Teaching Pigs to Sing, 1996
WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award (nominated) for Alex & Zee, 1995
Prix Italia (nominated) for Mortal, 1987
The ReLit Award (nominated) for The Barking Dog, 2000
The ReLit Award (nominated) for Blind Night, 2005
The ReLit Award (nominated) for Planet Reese, 2007
The ReLit Award (nominated) for Lemon, 2010
Scotiabank Giller Prize (nominated) for Lemon, 2010
Trillium Book Award (nominated) for Lemon, 2010
Nellie Award, Best Dramatic Performance by an Actor in Radio for Cordelia Strube in Attached, 1988
Nellie Award, Best Radio Drama for Attached, 1988
K. M. Hunter Artists' Award for Blind Night, 2001
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Presentation Description

20 minute reading followed by Q & A.

Presentation Length:
2 hrs.
Literary Fiction
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Intended primarily for Writers' Craft students, but a welcome reprieve for students engaged in more structured disciplines, the workshop explores self-expression through the written word as well as offering guidance to more seasoned writers who want to tighten, hone, refine and generally create much sharper narratives. I have presented the workshop (in a single 3 hour session) to all sizes of audience (5-25). Participants leave the sessions having written stories they didn't know they had in them. As one student put it: "Initially I had a hard time starting my story but what a release and relief it was to try anyway. It kind of amazed me that I was able to create a new character right there on the spot who hadn't existed fifteen minutes before."