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Zak Jones is being recognized for his writing, including recently winning the 2023 RBC Bronwen Wallen Award

From soldier to scribe: PhD student and WDW Alum Zak Jones explores veterans' narratives in literature

August 9, 2023

When Zak Jones was young, his mother encouraged him to carry around a notebook and write down any interesting observations. 

"I've kept that practice going throughout my adult life," Jones says.

Capturing those thoughts has paid off for the University of Toronto PhD candidate. It's led to two previous degrees at U of T, a poetry collection, a book of short stories and several writing awards - including the 2023 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for short fiction for his short story "So Much More to Say." The award celebrates emerging Canadian writers in the fields of poetry and short fiction. 

Jones left the army and moved to Toronto in 2013 with hopes of attending U of T - but he didn't get accepted on his first try. Determined to get in, he enrolled in Woodsworth College's Academic Bridging Program, where he took a lone English course. 

Click here to read Jones' story posted on U of T news.

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Woodsworth College celebrates 50 years at Hart House gala event

March 20, 2024

Faculty, staff, donors, volunteers and students gathered recently to celebrate Woodsworth College’s 50th anniversary on a sun-dappled early spring day at Hart House.