Susan Olding is the author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays, winner of the Creative Nonfiction Collective’s Readers’ Choice Award for 2010. Her writing has appeared widely in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies across Canada and the United States, including TNQ, The L.A. Review of Books, The Malahat Review, Maisonneuve, and the Utne Reader, and has won a National Magazine Award and two Edna Awards, among other prizes and honours. A graduate of UBC’s MFA program, where she sat on the editorial board of Prism International, Susan has also held a Bread Loaf scholarship and a fellowship at the prestigious Banff Literary Journalism program. Currently, she’s working on a book of poems and a collection of essays called Library Haunting.
With more than two decades as a writing teacher and editor in settings ranging from secondary school classrooms to the Queen’s University’s Writing Centre, for the past six years, Susan has also served as a private instructor and manuscript consultant to many individuals and literary presses. She enjoys mentoring writers at all stages of their development, and is proud to say that several of her former students have gone on to publish and win prizes for their work. With a strong interest in experimental writing that blurs the boundaries of genre, Susan has particular expertise in memoir, the personal and lyric essay, creative nonfiction, and poetry.