March 14, 2011

Article on SLS in Concordia Magazine – Spring 2011

An excellent article on SLS in this issue of Concordia Magazine. check it out.

Concordia Magazine – Spring 2011.

February 20, 2011

only 10 more days.

Only 10 days left until the SLS 2011 Unified Literary Contest closes. A reminder: contest winners in the categories of fiction (judged by Jayne Anne Phillips) and poetry (judged by Matthew Zapruder) will have their work prominently featured online in Canada’s premiere literary magazine, The Walrus, as well as published in print in The Black Warrior Review in the United States.

Additionally, they will have the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) any one of the SLS 2011 programs – in Montreal, Quebec (June 12 – 25); Vilnius, Lithuania (July 31 – August 13); or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya (December 7 – 21).

Second-place winners will receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice, and third-place winners will receive a 50% tuition discount.

A number of select contest participants, based on the overall strength of their work, will be offered tuition scholarships, as well, applicable to the SLS 2011 programs.

so get those stories in folks!


February 16, 2011

Hurry up to enjoy the slow life on Lamu island

And what better way to enjoy this paradise before it becomes spoiled than with a bunch of seasoned writers and travelers who know all the secret hot spots of this long undiscovered oasis.

Hurry up to enjoy the slow life on Lamu island – The Globe and Mail.

February 2, 2011

a story by past participant Dawn Promislow

A newly published story by Dawn Promislow, SLS 09 participant, set in Vilnus.


Maple Tree Literary Supplement.

January 24, 2011

Knocking on Doors

An interesting insight from SLS Montreal panelist and guest lecturer Steve Almond on his first experience of capitalism and his   work today as a writer.

August 9, 2010

More from the World of Friends of SLS

Kevin Canty’s Everything in the New Yorker

SLS Montreal reader/moderator/community liaison Ian Orti reviewed in The Globe and Mail

Chuck Klosterman catches up with Bill Simmons on the BS Report

August 4, 2010

We’re back!

We’ve been quiet for a while here on the SLS blog, after the successful and exciting SLS Montreal 2010 programs.  Here’s a bunch of SLS-related links to catch you up on the summer of SLS, and don’t forget to apply to join SLS Kenya 2010 this December:

Gary Shteyngart talks to the CBC

Shteyngart guest-blogging over at Powell’s Books

A review of Kevin Canty’s new novel, Everything (which made its international live reading debut at SLS Montreal).

SLS 2010 Unified Literary Contest winner Gina Frangello on Large Hearted Boy

2006 contest judge Margaret Atwood sings with The Sadies on CBC’s Q

The Rumpus interviews former SLS co-director Jeff Parker

Multiple SLS guest Jon Paul Fiorentino prepares to bring his unique brand of writing down under

The Believer has a new poem from former SLS faculty member Matthew Zapruder

Upstart online magazine Branch features work from SLS guests, faculty, and staff, such as Celyn Harding-Jones, Nick McArthur, and Ann Ward, among others

June 8, 2010


Big congrats to SLS Montreal special guest Gary Shteyngart, who was recently named one of the twenty best writers under forty by the New Yorker.  The New Yorker’s list was compiled in part by another SLS special guest, fiction editor Deborah Treisman; you can read her and co-editor Cressida Leyshon’s essay about choosing the top twenty here.

June 2, 2010


Former SLS faculty member and friend of the program Aimee Bender released The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake yesterday.  You can read about the book and Bender’s writing process in this interview by the Wall Street Journal.

May 26, 2010


The always reliable Pop Matters has asked nearly every music critic they could get their hands on to share their tips for aspiring journalists, reviewers, and feature writers.  Among the host of participants is SLS Montreal faculty member Chuck Klosterman, whose advice is sage, sober, and practical (“Clarity is extremely important, unless you honestly don’t care about how people interpret your ideas.”)  Check out the article here (Chuck is at the bottom of the page).