Selkirk College writing students launch new anthology

Nine participating students, from both Nelson and Castlegar campuses, have also compiled their work in a self-published anthology

Writing students at Selkirk College are celebrating the end of the semester with a public reading of their works in Nelson tonight.

The wine and cheese event will be held upstairs at the Kootenay School of Arts building (606 Victoria Street) from 7 to 10 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend.

The nine participating students, from both Nelson and Castlegar campuses, have compiled their work in a self-published anthology — called Mouths of Many — which will be handed out free to everyone attending the event and will also be for sale at Otter Books.

Roz Nay, a graduating writing student and organizer of the event, said she’s excited to be part of the first Selkirk writing class to put out an anthology of their work.

“The idea is that future students will keep the tradition going,” she explained. “It’s a nice way to wrap up the semester.”

She said her classmates also experimented with publishing their work in an online magazine, noting that one of the writing instructors, Adrian Barnes, comes from the online publishing world and inspired the students to try putting their work out on the web.

“We’re trying different ways to get our writing out to an audience,” she said, adding that both the online medium and self-publishing are shaping the future of how aspiring writers will get their work to readers. “We might as well get comfortable with it now.”

Admission to the student reading is $10.

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