The Charlottetown, PEI resident has had great success in this realm, working on a cycle of short stories about queer identity and representation.
“There’s a lot of literature out there about monosexuality, some lesbian literature and gay literature, but not so much for people who don’t strictly fall into one or the other,” she says.
Shaw also presented her work at the first annual Faculty of Arts Student Research Symposium held last spring.
“It was a great experience to be able to share your work with other students and faculty from across the arts,” says Shaw. “Preparing for the event has helped me focus on what matters to me in my writing and getting feedback from your peers and professors from other departments is valuable.”
Shaw, who is also the editor-in-chief for the student journal 7Mondays, presented short stories written in her creative writing class taught by English professor Deborah Wills. Shaw has been writing for most of her life with topics including queer studies and theory. She is also a strong cheerleader for contemporary Canadian literature.
“There is a lot of important literary work happening in Canada right now,” says Shaw, who has also taken classes in Canadian literature and studies at Mount Allison. “I think it's a neat connection, to read a collection of short stories where some of the authors are from nearby, writing about places and dynamics you know.”
A graduate of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Charlottetown Rural High School, Shaw has been accepted to the Optional Residency Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts program at the University of British Columbia.