Vic Instructors

Michelle Fost

Michelle Fost is a writer of fiction, essays, and poetry. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Phoenix Literary Section, and the Painted Bride Quarterly. She received her MA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Michelle has worked at the University of Toronto for many years as a Writing Instructor and as a Learning Skills Counsellor. One area of particular interest for Michelle is helping students understand writing--including academic writing--as a creative process.

Susan K. Riggs

Susan K. Riggs has taught the craft of writing to VIC students since 2004.  Having instructed at various U of T colleges, she currently team teaches at the Pratt Library, leads writing sessions through the U of T Writing Plus initiative and tutors students at Trinity College.  Susan has taught at the senior secondary school level and particularly enjoys assisting students with that all-important transition to university.  To this end, she teaches a two-hour VIC summer session designed to provide new students with the tools of academic expression.  A writer by profession, she has published in both print and electronic media and in 2009 was appointed adjunct scholar to the James Madison Public Policy Institute in Florida.  Along with newspaper and journal articles, her background includes writing drama for CBC radio and speeches for senior representatives in the academic, government and business communities.  Susan graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts.  Her “America” series of articles has been published throughout the United States.

John Edward Stowe

Dr. John Edward Stowe has been teaching writing related courses at the university level for over 25 years. He specializes in empowering students who have English as an additional language. After graduating from Teachers College, Columbia University, he taught Writing Workshops in College English at New York University for ten years. Also, he has taught writing courses at the graduate level and has acted as academic advisor for PhD candidates. He is passionate about teaching the Chinese language, East Asian civilization as well as Chinese literature. He has published one book in English and one in Chinese. In the summer of 2010, he completed translating (from Chinese into English) a novella and a short story by two Canadian writers. In March of 2011, he was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Award from The Chang School at Ryerson University. John is very enthusiastic about Victoria College and very proud of the high quality of the VIC students.

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