Full disclosure. John Mavin is a writing instructor I’ve taken many workshops with. If you ever want to learn how to tell a story, take one of John’s workshops. Not only is he a gifted and inspirational teacher who understands the art of writing from creation to final drafts, he also is an amazing cheerleader. And a nice guy. Which is why when he published his collection of short stories entitled Rage, I was surprised.
The stories, many of them based in the the fictional small Ontario town of Dolsons, are rooted in the ordinary. From an aging couple’s final shocking hours, to a family struggling after the death of their son , John’s precise and eloquent prose navigates the vagaries of human frailty and failings and exposes the raw pain that lies beneath the surface of the human experience.
From a purely writerly point-of-view this gripping collection of stories is a must read for students of the short story. From a readers perspective…it’s a page turning collection that takes the reader into a journey of the human experience. Available here and here.
About John Mavin
A past nominee for both the Aurora Award and the Journey Prize, John Mavin is the author of Rage. He’s taught creative writing at Capilano University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, with New Shoots, and at the Learning Exchange in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.