KENT STETSON, C. M.
Governor General's Literary Award Laureate,
Canadian Authors Association Award Winner
Member of the Order of Canada.
I offer live, interactive on-line craft workshop/seminars for screenwriters, dramatists, and writers of prose fiction :"A rich and powerful forum for the exchange of ideas among working artists.”
learning and re-learning in excellent company while building narrative strengths.
Only 4-6 writers chosen per 18 hour, six week course, via Skype.
Apply from anywhere in the world.
The World Above the Sky
"One welcome, hard fact is that The World Above the Sky is Stetson's debut as a novelist. Stetson, a Prince Edward Islander who's no slouch in the dreaming department, may in fact remind some here of a latter-day J.R.R. Tolkien ... The World Above the Sky charts an arduous journey through Nature-gone-unnatural ... The reddened sands and foaming seas of his constructs churn into a phosphorescent cosmos of grace. Sail as far as you like... you should be so lucky as to drop anchor in The World Above the Sky." - Porter Anderson is a former critic for the Village Voice, NYC, CNN Anchor/Producer, and fellow of the National Critics Institute of the USA. Read Full Review
"Wonderfully exotic and hopeful. The book is wildly descriptive. It is magical; you start to convince yourself that a spirit world exists. I once heard it said that when you read Saul Bellow you don’t see any point of writing again. Those sentiments come to mind when I think about what I just read." More Reader's Comments
McArthur and Company Publishing Limited
The World Above the Sky is available at:
Amazon.com & Amazon.ca
and fine independant bookstores world-wide.
Notes on the book design: The ship "medallion" and the title lettering are treated with a raised spot uv - a glossy coating applied with high-heat. The overall finish for the cover is matte lamination. The oversize, trade paperback format features "french flaps". The edging is known as deckle edge: it's actually the untrimmed edges of the cut paper. The text and cover stock are both Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC). The paper is a mixture of recycled stock and stock from well-managed, ancient forest-friendly paper operations.
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Excess: a post 9/11 comedy about
Sex, Shopping, and... War!
a play in two acts for five actors
“Nothing is enough for the man for whom enough is too little.”
If America and Canada are Fire and Ice (Michael Adams),
America and Cuba are Fire and Brimstone...
Excess is fast-paced, sophisticated, contemporary social comedy.
The play's Canadian, Cuban and American characters are smart, funny, puzzled and,
way off kilter...
The world changed,
and their lives with it,
It's March, 2003.
They've finally coming to their senses.
Or so they think.
Mostly, they're still scared silly.
Read the Complete Synopsis
As of March 15, 2011, Excess, in its seventh draft, is
stage-ready and awaiting its World Premiere!
Thanks to Playwright's Workshop Montreal...
And PARC, the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre
for all their generous, expert support.
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"The supremely creative Kent StetsonOther Work
"In The Harps of God, Kent Stetson creates a new theatrical language -- authentic to its idiom and as powerful and economic as poetry. An epic tragedy in three acts, the play explores faith and meaning and pays tribute to the survival of a people and a nation. With this masterful work, Kent Stetson has raised the bar to a new level in Canadian playwrighting."
The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor.
It is the one thing that cannot be learnt from others;
and it is also a sign of genius,
since a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception
of the similarity in dissimilars.
“Though not all of the plays that have won the Governor general's Literary Award for Drama
have been magnificent...
this year's GG winner truly deserves the accolade; it is a terrific read,
and theatrically its ambitions are breathtaking.”
Gaëtan Charlebois, Hour Magazine.
Read Some Early Work Online
Playwright's Workshop Montreal
read the complete text of
Queen of the Cadillac
"An important play by an outstanding playwright..."
Ray Conlogue, The Globe and Mail.
"Through his character and kindred devices,
Stetson makes his play as thoughtful and intelligent as it is amusing.
Stetson's dialogue is sharp, his descriptive imagery is painterly in its artfulness
whether he's evoking the fiery demise of a tarpaper shack
or the sparkling ascent of partridges emerging from a snow bank."
Sean McQuaid, The BuzzPhoto's from the premiere:
Horse High, Bull Strong, Pig Tight
"Le bon fermier"
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Photo by Copthorne MacDonald
(photo suitable for publication)