Peter McFarlane

Peter has taught creative writing and worked as scriptwriter and researcher for CBC Radio's Daybreak and Radio Noon in Montreal, and has reviewed books for the Montreal Gazette (specializing in books on Latin American and native North American affairs). Peter is the present Chair of the Writers' Union of Canada, and Chair of the Canadian Writers' Summit Committee.

Peter has received numerous awards: from the Ontario Arts Council, Member of the Nonfiction Jury for the Governor General's Literary Award, Member of the Canada Council Publishers' Jury, and Member of the Writers' Guild of Alberta Literary Award Jury. He has published more than two hundred articles and reviews in Canadian, American and British magazines and newspapers and has authored two books. His third book, Ancient Land, Ancient Sky, was published by Knopf Canada (Random House) in March 1999. He is also a private pilot and a member of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). He is interested in education and is a keen student of native history.


"With Peter's advice in the first four units, I successfully contacted an editor and submitted two articles on how to raise tropical fish fry. The multi article will be published soon. The magazine is Freshwater and a nice sum of $700 is the pay."

—Jeff Wood, Student


"I guess this is my 'swan song'. Two years of enjoyment and work. I loved working with Peter and highly value his criticisms and suggestions. Thanks to you all for all your help and attention. Good luck and success to the writing school. I sold 'Benny Passport' and 'Howard and the Ant'. Not bad, eh? Thanks!"

—Bill Buchanan, Graduate


"The materials (books, tapes, files) are great and Peter has helped me tremendously from learning to 'write tight' to choosing a suitable potential market for each piece of writing. The staff at the school has always been very helpful whenever I've phoned with any questions. To sum it all up, I can't say enough about how impressed I am with this course."

—Therese Fortier, Student

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