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Finalist back from playwrights conference in Sweden

Find out what 2012 finalist Cornelia Hoogland was up to this summer.

As a finalist for this year’s CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, Cornelia Hoogland was awarded $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts. This money proved very helpful to her writing career as it permitted Cornelia to  attend the Women International Playwrights Conference in Stockholm Sweden this summer. 

“My play Hungry Wolf was chosen from among 600 international entries, but I couldn't have attended without winning this finalist placement,” Cornelia told us when she found out what she would be winning. 

Cornelia presented one of the main workshops at the conference. “It was on using fairy tale imagery, motifs and dynamics in playwriting,” she wrote to us upon her return. And an excerpt of her play, which is based on the fairy tale Red Riding Hood, was read by three Swedish actors and directed by Eva Brise with whom Cornelia is now working. “My finalist position was great timing and a great honour!  Thanks, CBC!”  

Cornelia has also received more accolades for her work recently. Her book of poetry Woods Wolf Girl was just shortlisted for the 2012 Relit Awards.

Congratulations Cornelia! 

Photo: Cornelia Hoogland with Jordanian Lana Nasser and Argentinian playwright Ivania Cox

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