LAMP LIT welcomes writers of all levels of experience who are looking for some time to devote to their work. Participating writers will learn to develop their skills and hone their craft, engage in meaningful discussions with their peers while having time to devote to their writing. Ami McKay will moderate daily workshops and will meet one-on-one with participants to discuss their work. Writers will also have the opportunity to participate in community readings. Writers attending LAMP LIT should come prepared to be inspired and challenged, reinvigorated and committed to their writing practice.
Ami McKay, novelist, journalist (born in Indiana, USA 1968). Born and raised in rural Indiana, Ami McKay began her career as a music teacher after earning an undergraduate degree in music education and a graduate degree in musicology at Indiana State University. Upon completing her degrees McKay moved to Chicago to teach music at an inner-city high school for the arts, while writing short stories in her spare time. She fully embraced the writing life upon moving to Scots Bay, Nova Scotia in 2000, and also began writing and producing documentaries for CBC Radio. Through both her documentary work and her historical fiction, McKay has established herself as a chronicler of Canadian history and a modern storyteller.
Sue Goyette has published three collections of poetry and a novel, Lures. She has won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the CBC Literary Prize for Poetry, the Earle Birney Prize, the Bliss Carman Award and has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she teaches creative writing and works part-time at the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia. Sue is well known to LAMP followers due to her participation in LAMP's 2016 Composition Academy.