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Wayde Compton shortlisted for National Magazine Award

May 10, 2012
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Wayde Compton.

By Amy Robertson

Wayde Compton, the director of The Writer’s Studio, a creative writing program at SFU Continuing Studies, has been shortlisted for a national writing award.

“The Instrument” is one of seven best fiction nominees for the 35th annual National Magazine Awards.

The story focuses on a young man trying to come to terms with his family’s history as he creates a documentary about his father, a failed musician.

“I love the process of watching manuscripts go from a really early form—sometimes ideas—to something that people can respond to,” Compton said.

Compton joined SFU Continuing Studies as director of the Writer’s Studio in January 2012, and holds both undergraduate and master’s degrees in English from SFU.

A co-founding member of the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, Compton’s books include After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region, Performance Bond, Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature, and 49th Parallel Psalm.

Finalists for the National Magazine Awards will be announced June 7 at a gala event in Toronto.

UPDATE: Wayde Compton won a silver medal for "The Instrument."