Non-Fiction Writer in Residence: Eternity Martis

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SFU Library's Non-Fiction Writer in Residence program

The SFU Library Non-Fiction Writer in Residence program emphasizes the power of non-fiction writing to share knowledge beyond academia, enhancing the SFU community's capacity to tell compelling research and scholarship stories. This complements the Library's growing activities in the area of knowledge mobilization.

The Non-Fiction Writer in Residence will:

  • Deliver workshops on non-fiction writing for public audiences
  • Showcase non-fiction writing that brings scholarship to a public audience through public events
  • Offer opportunities for SFU graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff to receive feedback and support on their own public writing projects

About Eternity Martis, the 2022 Non-Fiction Writer in Residence

Eternity Martis is SFU Library's Non-Fiction Writer in Residence January - April 2022.

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Eternity Martis is an award-winning Toronto-based journalist. She was a 2017 National Magazine Awards finalist for Best New Writer and the 2018 winner of the Canadian Online Publishing Awards for Best Investigative Article. Her writing has appeared in Vice, Huffington Post, The Walrus, CBC, Hazlitt, The Fader, Salon, and on academic syllabuses around the world. Her work on race and language has influenced media style guide changes across the country. She is the course developer and instructor of Reporting On Race: The Black Community in the Media at Ryerson University, the first of its kind in Canada and the 2021 Asper Visiting Professor at UBC. She earned an honours BA and a Certificate in Writing from Western University and an MJ from Ryerson University. In 2020, she was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women's Executive Network.

Her bestselling debut memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun, was a "Best Book of the Year" pick by Globe and Mail, Apple, Audible and Chapters/Indigo. CBC called the book one of "20 moving Canadian memoirs to read right now" and PopSugar named it one of "5 Books About Race on College Campuses Every Student Should Read." The TV/film rights for the book have been sold to Temple Street Productions, a division of Boat Rocker Media. This year, They Said This Would Be Fun won the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Non-Fiction.


Eternity Martis: Meet SFU Library's 2022 Non-Fiction Writer in Residence

Celebrate Eternity Martis's residency! Watch the recording of Eternity's conversation with fellow non-fiction author and journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee. Moderated by SFU student Emily Lam. Presented by SFU Library and SFU Public Square. 
About Kamal Al-Solaylee

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Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the national bestseller Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for the CBC’s Canada Reads and the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. His second book, Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone), was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards for Nonfiction, the Trillium Book Award and won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. His most recent book is Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Came From. He was previously a theatre critic at the Globe and Mail and has written reviews and features on arts and politics for all major Canadian publications. He holds a PhD in English and is the director of the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.


Watch a recording of the event

Workshops with the Non-Fiction Writer in Residence

Eternity's workshops are now over.

Manuscript consultations with the Writer in Residence

Eternity Martis will be offering non-fiction writing consultations during Spring 2022, including opinion pieces, personal essays and memoir, features, or news articles. She is open to discussing both projects in the idea phase or manuscripts.

Consultation requests are now closed.

Spring term