Member Profile

Damian Tarnopolsky

Photo: Eric Schippert 2015

Damian Tarnopolsky is a writer, editor and teacher. 

His novel Goya’s Dog, the story of a dyspeptic British painter’s unhappy World War II exile in Toronto, was published in 2009 by Penguin and praised as “very funny and biting” by The Globe and Mail and “a compelling story of an artist at war” by Quill and Quire. It was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book (Canada/Caribbean) and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Lanzmann and Other Stories appeared with Exile Editions in 2006 and was nominated for the ReLit award. It was praised in the Toronto Star as “at turns surreal, serio-comic, whimsical and erotic,” and by eye weekly for its “authority, Nabokovian play and bawdiness” and “perfect, twisty sentences.” His short fiction has appeared in MaisonneuvesubTerrainExile: The Literary QuarterlyAudeamus, and elsewhere, and has been twice nominated for the Journey Prize, as well as the CBC Literary Award.

Damian Tarnopolsky studied modern literature at Oxford University and writing at the Humber School for Writers, where he was mentored by Mavis Gallant. In 2011 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where he specialized in the later modernist novel and was awarded the President's Teaching Academy award. He has since published scholarly articles on such subjects as repetition in the works of Samuel Beckett and the unusual ending of Henry Green's novel Loving. He has taught writing, communications and literature at the University of Toronto, Humber College, the Junction Writes workshop, and the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and was the 2014 Barbara Moon/Ars Medica Editorial Fellow at Massey College. 

His articles and reviews appear regularly in the national press and online, in such publications as the Literary Review of CanadaPartisan, and The Globe and Mail, and he is the proprietor of Slingsby and Dixon, an editorial communications firm in Toronto, where he lives with his family. He is also the Managing Editor of the Toronto Review of Books.

He is represented by Martha Magor Webb at the McDermid Agency.

E-mail: c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Goya's Dog. Hamish Hamilton , 2009
Lanzmann and Other Stories. Exile Editions, 2006

Awards

Finalist - Commonwealth Writers Prize, Canada and Caribbean for Goya's Dog, 2009
Finalist - Amazon.ca First Novel Award for Goya's Dog, 2009
Nomination - ReLit Award for Lanzmann and Other Stories, 2006
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Writing the short story
Writing the novel
Historical fiction (writing and research)
Writing and criticism (relation of studying literature to creating it) - reading and writing (how reading informs the writer's imagination) - editing and writing (the journey from first draft to finished text)
Becoming a writer
Writing about your life - transforming real events into dramatic, fictional ones
Writing about health and illness

 

Presentation Length:
flexible
Genre:
Fiction/Reflective writing
Grades:
7-12
Audience size:
20-100
Workshop Description:

Damian has long experience leading creative writing workshops for the University of Toronto, the Junction Writes community program, Massey College, etc. Can focus more on fictional techniques, writing from life, creativity and inspiration and the writing process, fiction and health/medicine, etc. 

Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
One session:
$$
Two sessions:
$$$
Three sessions:
$$$$
Four sessions:
$$$$$
GST:
GST not applicable