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Farzana Doctor

Photo: Vivek Shraya 2011

Farzana Doctor is a Toronto-based author. Her first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim and earned a devoted readership upon its release in 2007. Her second book, Six Metres of Pavement (Dundurn 2011, Rupa, 2012), was praised by Publishers Weekly praised as “..a paean to second chances” and was named one of Now Magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2011. It also won the Lambda Literary and Rainbow Awards (2012) and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award. Farzana was named as one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now” and was the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Grant (2011). She was the autumn 2012 Writer in Residence at the Toronto Public Library and co-curates the Brockton Writers Series.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada


Stealing Nasreen. Inanna Publications, 2007
Six Metres of Pavement. The Dundurn Group, 2011


Lambda Literary Award (Lesbian General Fiction) for Six Metres of Pavement, 2012
Rainbow Award for Six Metres of Pavement, 2011
Shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award for Six Metres of Pavement, 2012
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

I can offer 2 different kinds of presentations, depending on the host school's needs:
1) Being a writer: choosing a writing career, writing process, managing writing time, how to get published and connected in the writing world
2) Being an LGBT writer: the above issues as well as a discussion about coming out, my own life as an LGBT person and writer

Presentation Length:
1-4 hours
Literary Fictrion
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Workshop Description:

I can offer a basic creative writing workshop with some or all of the following components:
-understanding barriers to writing
-the inner critic
-using writing prompts
-finding a writing practice and routine that works
-finding a home for your writing
-writing about one's own communities

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GST not applicable