Over twelve years ago, my then-still-new alma mater, Carleton University, featured me and three fellow writers in the cover story of its student and alumni magazine. (You’ll also see an article about Lynn Coady in there.)
I am quoted as saying: « If you can’t go through the day without writing, then you’re a writer. » I think I was channeling L.M. Montgomery’s Emily « of New Moon » Starr when I said that.
A.M. Matte with Lee Gowan, Head of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toronto
It may be that I’m the teeniest bit more proud of my Creative Writing Certificate (University of Toronto) than of my Bachelor of Journalism, Political Science and African Studies (Carleton University) and my Masters in Communications (University of Ottawa) – both of which I’m extremely proud. It might be something to do with having had a baby at the same time as I was completing the certificate; it might be something to do with how much fun I had getting ‘certified’ in something I enjoy so much.
Many thanks to the creative writing teachers and fellow students who helped me polish my craft; special thanks to Colleen Murphy, my playwriting mentor, who guided me in creating a better script. Next up, the stage!