The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador encourages the recognition of the professional status of writers. As the provincial literary sector organization, WANL works to enhance and protect the rights of our writers and has identified the right to be fairly compensated for their work as a high priority for our members.
Writers must be paid for their services, including readings, manuscript evaluations, proposal writing, editing, school visits, etc (funding for some of these activities, such as school visits, may be available through sources such as the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and school boards).
Actual fees for services should be negotiated with the writer; this directory is intended only to provide information. We encourage you to consider hiring writers to address your writing and related needs.
Writers are listed alphabetically by last name.
Lethbridge, Alberta, and Corner Book, Newfoundland
E-mail: paul.butler (at) nl.rogers.com
Available for: Writing Workshop Design and Facilitation, Editing/Copy-Editing, Readings and Talks, School Visits, Manuscript Evaluation, Writing Tutorials, and Curriculum Writing.
Categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Journalism, Book Reviews, Curriculum, Educational Workbooks, Screenwriting.
Biography: Butler is the author of nine novels, the most recent of which is The Good Doctor (2014, Pennywell). His next scheduled novel, The Widow’s Fire, is an exploration of the shadow side of Jane Austen’s final novel, Persuasion. This has been accepted by Inanna Publications (York University, Toronto). Butler’s work has appeared on the judges’ lists of Canada Reads, the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards shortlists, and he was on the Relit Longlist for three consecutive years. Between 2003 and 2008 he won in the annual Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards four times and was subsequently invited to be first literary representative and then chair on the Arts and Letters committee.
Butler has written extensively for Canada’s History over the years, writing a number of features and cover stories. His book reviews frequently appeared in the Globe and Mail. As a writing workshop leader and mentor he has worked through the Division of Lifelong learning at Memorial University (St. John’s), the English Department at Memorial, Community Education (Grenfell Campus), The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (Mentorship Program), and he was invited to present on his 2006 novel NaGeira and run workshops on time-shifts and layered narratives for the Canadian Authors’ Association in Toronto. His roster of clients includes several prize-winning novelists who continue to use his services on a regular basis.
Selected Awards: Four Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards, 2008, 2006, 2004, and 2003. Longlisted for the Relit Awards three years running, 2009 with 1892, 2010 with Hero, and 2011 with Cupids.
Selected Publications: The Widow’s Fire (Inanna, upcoming 2017), The Good Doctor (2014, Flanker) Cupids (Flanker, 2011), Hero (Nimbus, 2009),1892 (St. John’s, 2008), NaGeira (St John’s: Pennywell Books, 2006), Easton’s Gold (St John’s: Brazen Books, 2005), Easton (St John’s: Flanker Press, 2004),Stoker’s Shadow (St John’s: Flanker Press, 2003).
Bridget Canning, M.Ed.
Email: bridgetcanning (at) gmail.com
Available for: Manuscript Evaluation, Short Story Feedback, Essay-Writing Assistance.
Categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction, Novels, Short Fiction, Academic Writing.
Biography: Bridget Canning resides in St. John’s where she writes and teaches. She has been an educator for thirteen years in the areas of writing, editing, and communications. She enjoys reading new work and helping writers strengthen their writing ability.
Selected Awards: Selected as one of five winners of the From Our Dark Side genre film contest, 2017, the Cox and Palmer SPARKS Creative Writing Award, 2017, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards for short fiction for 2016 and 2015, Fiction Winner for the Federation of British Columbia’s 2016 Literary Writes competition, 2016, shortlisted for The Cuffer Prize, 2015, Honorable Mention, The H. R (Bill) Percy Novel Prize for The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes (formerly titled Impulse), 2015.
Selected Publications: First novel, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes, Breakwater Books, 2017.
Short fiction published in Word Hoard, Riddle Fence, WordWorks, The Telegram, Quarter Castle Chronicles, and Galleon Magazine.
Email: ask.kristen.questions (at) gmail.com
Available For: Manuscript critiques, Partial critique (the first 10-50 pages of your manuscript), Query letters, Agent/Publisher Submission Package (query letter + 1pg synopsis + first 10 pages), Writing Workshops, School Visits (in person or via Skype), Freelance Writing
Categories: Picture books; Middle Grade novels; Young Adult novels; Adult novels in the following categories: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Women’s Fiction
Biography: Kristen Ciccarelli is an internationally bestselling author of fantasy fiction. Before writing books about deadly dragons, badass girls, and enemies who save each other, she made her living as an artisanal baker, an indie bookseller, and a ceramic artist. Her first novel, The Last Namsara, debuted on the UK’s Children & YA chart, was named one of Indigo’s Best Books for Teens in 2017, and is being translated into 11 languages. Kristen resides on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula with a blacksmith and a dog named Yonder.
Selected Awards and Publications: The Last Namsara, HarperTeen (CAN/US) and Gollancz (UK/ANZ), 2017; The Caged Queen, HarperTeen (CAN/US) and Gollancz (UK/ANZ), 2018; Untitled, HarperTeen (CAN/US) and Gollancz (UK/ANZ), 2019
Phone: (709) 758-2847
E-mail: chariscotter (at) gmail.com
Available For: School visits (province-wide), writing workshops, Newfoundland ghost stories, readings, book clubs, editing, substantive editing, stylistic editing, project management, manuscript evaluation, editorial consultation
Categories: Editing, Adult Non-Fiction, Adult Fiction, Children’s Non-Fiction, Children’s Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Biography: Charis Cotter is an award-winning children’s author who grew up beside a cemetery and has been living with ghosts ever since. She studied English in university and went to drama school in London, England. Now she lives at the end of a road by the ocean in Conception Bay North, where the landscape and a plentiful supply of ghosts inspire her work.
Her first book, Toronto Between the Wars: Life in the City 1919–1939, won the 2005 Toronto Heritage Award. Since then, Charis has written books about kings, queens, child prodigies, famous authors and ghosts. Her spooky, suspenseful novels—The Swallow: A Ghost Story, The Painting and The Ghost Road—have won awards and enthusiastic reviews. Her picture book, The Ferryland Visitor: A mysterious tale, is based on a true ghost story experienced by Newfoundland artist Gerry Squires and his family when they lived at an abandoned lighthouse in the 1970s.
Charis has worked in schools and libraries across Canada, using drama and storytelling to bring her books to life. She has taken her performances of Newfoundland ghost stories from Pouch Cove to Bonavista, and from Florida to Vancouver Island. Over the years, Charis has been encouraging Newfoundland children to collect traditional ghost stories from their communities. She has published two books of these ghost stories, written and illustrated by the students.
An editor with twenty-five years’ experience helping writers bring their books to life, Charis works as a writing coach for writers of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and young adult fiction. She is also a proficient editor who can take a manuscript from first draft to print-ready proofs, or do any stage in between.
She is available for school and library visits with readings from her books, a Newfoundland ghost story presentation, and writing workshops.
Selected Awards: Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
Ann Connor Brimer Award for Canadian Children’s Literature
Violet Downey Book Award
Silver Birch Award, Honour Book
Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, Finalist
World Storytelling Honour Award and Honour Title
Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children, Honour Award
Selected Publications: The Ghost Road (September 2018, Tundra Books)
The Painting (September 2017, Tundra Books)
The Ghosts of Southwest Arm (Baccalieu Books, 2017)
The Ferryland Visitor: A Mysterious Tale (Running the Goat Books and Broadsides, 2016)
The Ghosts of Baccalieu (Baccalieu Books, 2013)
Born to Write: The Remarkable Lives of Six Famous Authors (Annick Press, 2009)
A World Full of Ghosts. Art by Marc Mongeau. (Annick Press, 2009)
Wonder Kids: The Remarkable Lives of Nine Child Prodigies (Annick Press, 2008)
Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs (Annick Press, 2007)
Toronto Between the Wars: Life in the City 1919-1939 (Firefly Books, 2004)
Mentor: Poetic Mentoring—Senior and Youth Poets, Carbonear Public Library, 2019:
Panel member; Mentor—2018 Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers, WANL;
Facilitator—ArtsSmarts bookmaking, storytelling and writing projects in schools, 2013–2017
Jury Experience: Judge—Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Writing Competition, 2019
Judge—Island Literary Awards (PEI), Literature for Children Award, 2018
Jury Member—Canada Council Literature Jury, 2018
Evaluator—CANSCAIP Writing for Children Competition, 2016
Jury Member—Newfoundland Arts and Letters Awards for Writing, Junior Division, 2015, 2019
Judge—St. John’s Public Library Ghost Story Writing Contest, 2015
Jury Member—Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards, Bruneau Family Awards for Children’s/YA Literature, 2012
Email: eva_crocker (at) hotmail.com
Available for: Feature and profile writing, reviews, manuscript evaluation, short story feedback, workshop development and facilitation, speaking engagements, contest adjudication
Categories: Journalism, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Short Stories
Biography: Eva Crocker is a fiction writer and freelance journalist living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her debut short story collection Barrelling Forward was published by House of Anansi Press in 2017.
She has worked as a per-course instructor in Memorial University’s English Department, as the Associate Editor and Chief Staff Writer at The Overcast, and as the Communications Coordination at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. She holds a Masters in English Literature from Memorial University and is the recipient of the 2015 University Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies.
Selected Awards: NLCU Fresh Fish Award finalist; Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Authors finalist; March 2017 Loan Star Pick, Canadian Authors’ Association Emerging Writer’s Award; Alistair MacLeod Award for Short Fiction; VANL-CARFAC’s 2018 Critical Eye Award finalist; The Cuffer Prize 2012
Selected Publications: The Overcast, Riddle Fence, Atlantic Books Today, Newfoundland Quarterly (online), Canadian Art Magazine (online), Luminous Magazine, Paragon
Adjudication: Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Postcard Story Competition (2018), Kiwanis Short Story Competition (2017, 2016), Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition: Junior Division (2015)
Phone: (709) 770-6765
Email: jondobbin (at) gmail.com
Available For: manuscript evaluation, proofreading, editorial services, article and essay writing, manuscript/ Short Story Feedback, Web Content/ Social Media Writing and Curation, Freelance Writing
Categories: Novels (fiction), Short Fiction, Genre Fiction, Academic Writing
Biography: Jon Dobbin is a native of the notorious Goulds area of St. John’s, and despite relocating his family to Mt. Pearl is quite proud of his roots. He is the father of three, the husband to an amazing wife, an educator, and a tattoo and beard enthusiast.
Dobbin tied for first place in the 2017 48-Hour Writing Marathon, sponsored by THE Creative Learning, Thrive, and Engen Books. He made his publishing debut in October 2017 with two stories in Chillers from the Rock and his novel, The Starving, is slated for release May 2019.
Selected Awards: Tied for first place in the 2017 48-Hour Writing Marathon, sponsored by THE Creative Learning, Thrive, and Engen Books
Selected Publications: Short fiction published in Chillers from the Rock by Engen Books, 2017.
Email: braddunne1986 (at) gmail.com
Available For: Fiction, articles and essays, blog writing
Categories: Novels, Short Fiction, Non-Fiction
Biography: Brad Dunne’s debut novel, After Dark Vapours, is forthcoming from Engen Books (October 2018). He embarked on his writing odyssey in 2013 when he began a six-month editorial internship for The Walrus after completing an MA in philosophy. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in publications such as Maisonneuve, Herizons, The Canadian Encyclopedia, Acta Victoriana, In/Words, and the Cuffer Anthology.
E-mail: h.escott (at) hotmail.com
Available For: school visits, readings, book clubs
Categories: author, crime writer, communications strategist, media relations
Biography: Helen C. Escott is used to blazing trails. She is a retired Civilian Member of the world-renowned Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In 1998, she created the RCMP’s Media Relations/ Communications Unit in Newfoundland and Labrador where she became the first female Senior Communications Strategist and Media Relations spokesperson for the RCMP in that province.
Escott was the communications lead on high-profile events including the RCMP’s NL response on September 11th after terrorist attacked the World Trade Centre in New York City. During her service, she wrote and implemented the Atlantic Region Communication Strategies to combat organized crime and outlaw biker gangs, created the Media Relations course and guidebook used by the RCMP and was the first communications strategist asked to teach the media relations course for senior management and RCMP Members at the Canadian Police College, Ottawa. She is regularly asked to teach this course to other uniformed services. She also served as a communications strategist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Before joining the RCMP Helen C. Escott worked in the media for 13 years in various positions including reporter, on-air personality, marketing and promotions.
In her spare time, she volunteers as the Duke of Edinburgh coordinator for 508 Caribou Royal Canadian Air Cadets. In 2017 she was presented with the CLB Governor and Commandants Medallion in recognition of her achievements of excellence in volunteering and fundraising work, including creating the idea and concept for the Spirit of Newfoundland show, “Where Once They Stood,” a tribute to the CLB members who served at Beaumont Hamel. She also volunteers with St. Mark’s Anglican Church and created a successful communication strategy to bring people, especially families and the members of the LGBTQ community back to the church. In 2019 she was presented with the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
Helen C. Escott is the author of the bestselling crime thriller Operation Wormwood – a top five finalist for the 2019 Arthur Ellis Awards, Best First Crime Novel, by the Crime Writers of Canada and the widely read blog-turned-book I am Funny Like That, which has over 216,000 readers https://iamfunnylikethat.blogspot.com/ In August 2019, she will release her second crime thriller, Operation Vanished a fictional investigation into missing and murdered women in the 1950s and why the cases were never solved.
Selected Awards: Finalist Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Best New Crime Novel in Canada.
Selected Publications: I am Funny Like That – Self-published September 2016, Operation Wormwood – Published by Flanker Press in August 2018, Operation Vanished – Published by Flanker Press, August 2019
Phone: (709) 689-3888
E-mail: corrinabydesign (at) gmail.com
Available For: Editing, Copy proofing
Categories: novels and young adult novels (all genres), short fiction, picture books; middle grade novels; scripts, plays, local interest
Biography: Corrina Fahey is an emerging author born in Carbonear, NL and presently residing in St. Johns’, NL. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Bachelor of Education Degree, and a Master of Education, all from Memorial University of Newfoundland, with studies concentrated in the areas of Biology, English and Curriculum. Corrina is a high school teacher with the English School District, and is also a visual artist. Over the last 12 years, she has served as Artist Director for stage productions of musicals and plays in the St. John’s area.
Corrina is a member of the Art Association Newfoundland Labrador and Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, and her writing is concentrated in Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fiction and Children’s Literature.
Phone: (709) 895-0261
E-mail: dflint (at) nl.rogers.com
Available For: Writing and Editing Assignments, School Visits, Workshops, Historical Research.
Denise is available for travel.
Categories: Non-Fiction, Journalism (print and digital), Research, Feature Writing (with accompanying photography if desired), Corporate Work (news releases, brochures, etc.), Crosswords and Quizzes, Writing for Children.
Biography: A professional member of PWAC (Professional Writer’s Association of Canada), Denise has written hundreds of articles for magazines and newspapers, as well as for government and corporate clients. She is a stickler for getting it right and has never missed a deadline.
Selected Publications: The Globe & Mail, The National Post, St. John’s Telegram, History Magazine, Canadian Geographic.
Available For: readings, manuscript evaluation, editing
Categories: fiction, poetry
Biography: Beth Follett is the publisher and general manager of the Canadian literary publishing house, Pedlar Press.
Selected Publications: Beth Follett’s first novel, Tell It Slant (Coach House Books 2001), was followed by YesNo (Fieldnotes, 2011), an essay in chapbook form, and two poetry chapbooks, Bone Hinged (paperplates, 2010) and A Thinking Woman Sleeps With Monsters (Apt. 9, 2014). Her second novel, Instructor, has recently been submitted to Canadian publishing houses. She awaits reply. Follett lives in St. John’s, NL.
Tom Halford, PhD
Corner Brook, NL
E-mail: halford.thomas (at) gmail.com
Available For: English as an Additional Language writing help, academic writing help, copy-editing, book reviews, writing feedback, public readings, essay writing, article writing, manuscript evaluation
Biography: Tom Halford lives in Corner Brook with his wife and two kids. He has worked as a writing tutor, an ESL instructor, and a university instructor. Over the summer of 2019, Tom taught an introduction to crime fiction course at Chonnam National University in South Korea.
Selected Awards: Short-listed for the CBC Literary Prizes, Finalist in the 35th Atlantic Writing Competition for Novels, 2012.
Selected Publications: Deli Meat, a novel published in 2018 through Crooked Cat Books
Peer-reviewed essays published in Studies in Canadian Literature and Newfoundland and Labrador Studies.
Short fiction published in The Broken Social Scene Story Project: Short Works Inspired by You Forgot It In People, published by House of Anansi Press.
Ainsley Hawthorn, Ph.D.
E-mail: ainsley.hawthorn (at) gmail.com
Available For: Writing (articles, interviews, essays, op-eds, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries), academic editing, copy editing and proofreading, speaking engagements, school visits, hosting, media interviews, and grant adjudication
Categories: Adult non-fiction, History, Journalism, Research, Academic Writing
Biography: Ainsley Hawthorn is an author, cultural historian, and multidisciplinary artist based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Yale University, and her academic expertise includes the history of the senses, Mesopotamian literature and religion, word origins, and Middle Eastern dance. Hawthorn is a past fellow of Distant Worlds (Munich) and the Advanced Seminar in the Humanities (Venice), and she has been invited to lecture on her research at universities in Germany, Austria, Italy, and the United States. She is co-editor of the first volume on sensory studies in the ancient Near East, Distant Impressions, which is now available from Eisenbrauns academic press.
Hawthorn uses her academic knowledge to bring groundbreaking new ideas about the senses, history, and religion out of the ivory tower and to the general public. She is a columnist for CBC, has contributed to The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and the Newfoundland Quarterly, and is currently finishing her first non-fiction book, The Other Five Senses.
She is available for interviews, speaking engagements, and workshops. Please send an e-mail for details.
Selected Awards: Honourable Mention, 19th Annual Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, McIlquham Foundation Prize in English, James H. Stitt Prize in Poetry
Selected Publications: All the lovely Juanitas: How did a Spanish name find such popularity in Newfoundland? (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
Gender neutrality doesn’t hurt children – it’s part of our history (The Globe and Mail)
Why do we call Middle Eastern dance ‘belly dance’? (Edinburgh University Press Blog)
Chilling with Brent Beshara (Newfoundland Quarterly)
There’s value in preserving religious structures — even for the religiously unaffiliated (CBC National)
The college admissions scandal is shocking, but the rich have always bought their way into elite universities (The National Post)
E-mail: sharon.king.campbell (at) gmail.com
Available For: Ghostwriting, editing work, dramaturgyCategories: Fiction, Poetry, Script
Biography: Sharon King-Campbell is a freelance writer, storyteller and theatre artist based in St. John’s. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Memorial University and is currently now pursuing a Masters in English. Sharon’s plays, Fighting Fire with Snow and Give Me Back, have been enjoyed by audiences throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, and her latest work, Original, premiered in November 2018.
Selected Awards: Rhonda Payne Award 2017Selected Publications: Win-the-War: Suggestions and Recipes, Riddle Fence #30.
Email: alexiskoetting (at) gmail.com
Available For: Readings, School Visits, Book Groups, Feedback
Biography: Alexis has been working as a Canadian Actor on stage and screen for twenty-plus years with a BFA, Specialization in Theatre Performance and a Masters Degree in education. She is also the author of the Bella James Mysteries. Her debut novel, ENCORE was published in 2015 by Five Star Publishing/Cengage and was a finalist for both an Arthur Ellis and Bony Blithe Award. TRIPLE THREAT, the second book in her series was published in February 2018 and book 3, REVIVAL is in the works. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, she moved to St. John’s in 2015 after coming here to work and found “home” instead. She lives with a Bernedoodle puppy named Sebastian, loves scary movies and dirty gin martinis, and has a terrible weakness for potato chips.
Selected Awards: Finalist for the 2016 Arthur Ellis Award (Best First Novel), Finalist for the 2016 Bony Blithe Award
Selected Publications: Encore (Maine, Five Star Publishing/Cengage, 2015)
Phone: (709) 690-8064
Email: matthewledrew (at) engenbooks.com
Available For: Manuscript Evaluation, Partial Manuscript Evaluations (first 30,000 words), Short Story Feedback, Proofreading, Peer Assessment for Awards and Grants / Contest Adjudication, Editing Services, Workshops and Speaking Engagements (including schools, book clubs, libraries, and other public events), Web Content, Freelance Writing, Ghostwriting, Book Reviews.
Categories: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Journalistic.
Biography: Matthew LeDrew holds an Honours Degree in English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a minor in Anthropology, and studied Journalism at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He was honoured to be a jury member of the 2018 NLBA awards. Since 2007 he has traveled all over Canada promoting his work as well as teaching seminars on writing and publishing. He also helps young Newfoundland authors become published through Engen Books.
Selected Publications: He has written twenty novels for Engen Books: the ten book Coral Beach Casefiles series, The Long Road, Cinders, Sinister Intent, Faith, Family Values, Jacobi Street, Touch Your Nose, Infinity, The Tourniquet Reprisal, and Exodus of Angels the latter three of which with co-author Ellen Curtis.
Modeline Nicholas Longjohn
St. John’s, NL
E-mail: mo.longjohn (at) yahoo.co.uk, mnlongjohn (at) mun.ca
Available For: short story feedback, workshops, public readings, essays/ article writing, scriptwriting for plays and films, writing for business and marketing
Categories: novels, short stories, fiction, non-fiction, film, scientific writing
Biography: Modeline Nicholas Longjohn has been writing since she was nine years old. Over the years, she has written over two score plays and movie scripts, some of which have been used as stage plays in different capacities. She has also written and published short stories, novel and several articles for magazines and editorials. She currently writes for the Muse, a student run editorial at Memorial University and is working on a second novel in her spare time. She is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Biochemistry at Memorial University, researching on immunology and cancer.
Selected Publications: First Novel – Orange Butterfly (Authorhouse, 2012)
Standalone short story – The Lake Labyrinth (Amazon, 2016)
Short story – Dearest Jumi (African Writer, 2014)
Christine Gordon Manley
Prince Edward Island
Email: christinegordonmanley (at) gmail.com
Available for: Manuscript Evaluation, Proofreading, Structural Editing, Copyediting, Ghostwriting, Copywriting, Article and Blog Post Writing, Academic Editing (APA), Web Content, Manuscript writing, Book Coach
Categories: Children’s, YA, Fiction, Non-fiction, Memoir, Academic Writing, Business/Corporate Communications/Writing
Biography: Christine’s unique ability is reading a piece of writing through various lenses in order to connect the writer’s message to what the reader needs to hear. Christine draws on empathy and heart to guide writers from start to finish.
Christine has been helping academics, researchers, educators, small business owners, and authors share their message with the world for over fifteen years. She has a long list of clients from around the world, and she is a published author herself with Breakwater Books, based in her original home of Newfoundland. Christine is a member of Editors Canada, the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the PEI Writers’ Guild (of which she also serves as Vice-President).
Selected Publications & Awards: The Secret of Bowring Park (Breakwater Books, 2018) is her first published children’s book. Christine’s short stories have appeared in various magazines, websites, and journals, with “I’ll Always Make it Back Home” winning Honourable Mention and publication in Canada’s Tales of the Fantastic (2017). She won third place in the PEI Island Literary Awards in 2015 (children’s category) and was a Round Two Finalist for CANSCAIP children’s story national contest in 2016.
Clients Include: Independent and signed authors, non-profit organizations, small businesses, advertising/creative agencies, government departments
Email: salmonskyview (at) gmail.com
Available for: School visits with arts integration, workshops, speaking engagements, science and conservation writing, public readings, grant and prize adjudication, educational writing. Carol is available for travel.
Categories: Picture Books, Children’s Literature
Bio: Carol McDougall, B.Ed., M.A., is the award-winning author/illustrator of ‘A Salmon’s Sky View’ published by Strong Nations fall 2019 (originally self-published 2009). Carol, originally from Victoria, BC, is an international educator, writer and conservationist living in St. John’s Newfoundland. With over three decades of classroom and fine arts teaching experience she conducts workshops to engage readers in literacy and nature through the arts. Carol used “A Salmon’s Sky View” manuscript 2008 to inspire her Masters degree in leadership and specifically creativity and literacy. Carol has recently returned from teaching and living in Zambia with a rhinoceros picture book manuscript for conservation.
Selected Awards: Canadian Science Writers’ Award for Science and Society best youth book 2009
Publications: A Salmon’s Sky View 2009 (self-published) A Salmon’s Sky View 10th anniversary edition 2019 – Strong Nations Publishing
Robin McGrath, Ph.D.
Phone: (709) 896-7213
E-mail: robinmcgrath (at) gmail.com
Available For: Workshops, Readings, School Visits, Book Groups, Lectures, Conference Reports, Traditional Knowledge, Tourism Information, and Oral History Interviews. Robin is willing to travel, particularly within Newfoundland, Labrador, and the Canadian Arctic.
Categories: Non-Fiction, Business and Technical Writing, Journalism, Reviews and Oral Histories (with a particular emphasis on material related to aboriginal people).
Biography: Robin has written hundreds of articles, newspaper columns, and reviews, and authored and edited 16 books. She has work published throughout the world and is a columnist with The Telegram.
Selected Awards: Henry Fuerstenberg Poetry Award; The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage and History Award; 14 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition awards; Canada-Caribbean short list for the Commonwealth Award.
Selected Publications: Salt Fish and Schmattes: A History of the Jews of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1770 (Creative Press, 2006); Coasting Trade(Rattling Books, 2006); Covenant of Salt (Killick Press, March 2005); Donovan’s Station (Killick Press, 2002).
Phone: C/O Breakwater – (709) 722-6660, or Knopf Canada Publicity – (416) 957-1538
Available For: Readings, Lectures, School Visits and Book-Group Visits.
Biography: A charter member of the Writers’ Alliance and the Newfoundland Writers’ Guild and frequent winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador’s Arts and Letters Competition, Morgan has served on numerous boards including the editorial board of Killick Press and on the board of the Newfoundland Quarterly. Her first two novels were filmed as a four-part CBC television miniseries, Random Passage.
Selected Awards: Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction, Thomas H. Raddall Award for Fiction, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Artist of the Year.
Selected Publications: Random Passage (St. John’s: Breakwater, 1992);Waiting For Time (St. John’s: Breakwater, 1994); Topography of Love (St. John’s: Breakwater, 2000); Cloud of Bone (Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2007).
E-mail: alisha.morrissey (at) gmail.com
Available For: Writing, researching, editing, and critiquing projects for a wide variety of uses.
Categories: Technical, SEO content, journalism, proposals and RFPs, social media, resumes, etc.
Biography: Alisha Morrissey is an award-winning professional writer, making money from words for more than 15 years. She started out in journalism and has worked in public policy, public relations, corporate communications, and marketing, making her writing as diverse as the people she works with. She is currently the Copy Director at Rogue Penguin Creative, a youth art teacher with Sassy Tuna, and a professional artist working in St. John’s.
Selected Awards: – Part of an Ice Award winning team for website creation and innovative campaign with Dc Design House.
– One of the youngest winners ever of the Atlantic Journalism Gold prize
– Part of a team nominated for the Mitchener Prize – the most coveted prize for Canadian journalists
– Writing, research and editing skills highlighted in three textbooks for journalism and English students.
– Speaker at several conferences, specifically about media coverage of women’s and labour organizations’ issues.
– Certificate of participation in the 2011 Transforming and Revitalizing Downtown Summit on public policy and development.
– Certificate of participation of a Journalism, Science and Public Relations conference, designed to connect the three groups for effective coverage of science and technology.
Selected Publications: Business News Magazine; managing editor, contributor, photographer, art direct
The Navigator Magazine; contributor, photographer
Style at Home magazine; contributor, photographer
The Express; journalist, photographer
Resources Magazine; managing editor, columnist
The Nova Scotia Book of Everything; researcher, writer, editor
The Newfoundland and Labrador Book of Everything; researcher, writer
Creative Publishing; editor of fiction novels and short stories
Oceans Advance; contributor
Carolyn R. Parsons
Phone: (709) 571-3470
Email: carolynrparsons (at) gmail.com
Available For: articles, columns, blog posts, news stories, feature stories
Categories: Press releases, reviews, newspaper, online or print magazine, local interest & travel articles, resume and cover letter
Biography: Carolyn R. Parsons is a full-time writer residing in Lewisporte, NL. She has a background in freelance journalism, having penned a regular column, a bi-weekly arts feature and general news for The Pilot. Her work has also been included in The Telegram and Downhome. Her books include a poetry collection, two novels and a collection of short stories. Her 2017 novel, Charley through Canada, attained bestseller status on Amazon. She is a founding director of Literary Events NL, an organization that provides NL authors forums to share their work, debuting with the highly successful 2017 Canada 150 Literary Tour NL. She currently writes the arts and entertainment column for Saltwire called Art & Soul that is featured in The Central Voice newspaper and online at other publications in the Saltwire network.
Selected Publications: Wind Rhyme (Poetry, 2009), The Secrets of Rare Moon Tickle (Novel, 2010), Charley through Canada (Novel, 2017), I Breathe Their Names Once More (Short stories, 2017)
Freelance & Other Related Work: Saltwire: The Central Voice & other Saltwire publications: Freelance weekly arts column Art & Soul (Current)
The Pilot: Weekly Community Update Column (Past)
The Pilot: Bi-weekly Arts Feature In Conversation with Carolyn R. Parsons (Past)
The Pilot & other TC Media publications: General News and Feature Articles, Beat Journalism (Past)
Downhome Magazine: Feature articles
Email: info (at) lishai.ca
Available For: Manuscript evaluations, Copy-editing/proofreading, School Visits* (This has been my primary income for the last 8 years), Scriptwriting, Speech Writing, Grant writing
Biography: Lishai is an award-winning poet, creative consultant and community animator with roots in diasporic oral tradition. She develops and facilitates arts based programming in schools throughout Canada and is the co-founder of Ink Veins: Young Women’s Writing Collective. In 2013, she authored a graphic novel Why Birds and Wolves Don’t Trade Stones, available on Amazon. Her debut album, From Here On, in collaboration with Waleed Abdulhamid, is available on iTunes. She writes with a commitment to joy.
Artist Statement: I chose to pursue a career as a storyteller because it is an extension of who I am and because I trust that some stories need to be told, some stories heal and forgive and there are some places you can only travel to by gathering with community, sharing stories, and trusting that people will catch your words and hold them.
Awards: Ontario Arts Council – Inter Arts Project Grant (2018)
Ontario Arts Council – Literary Creation Project Grant (2018)
Canada Council for the Arts – Explore and Create Grant (2018)
Longlisted for the Puritan Poetry Prize (2017)
2nd place for Vancouver Writer’s Festival Poetry Contest (2017)
Grant for Individual Writers – Toronto Arts Council (2017)
Canada Council for the Arts – Capacity Building Initiative (2014)
Shortlisted for Room Magazine’s Creative Nonfiction Contest (2014)
ArtReach Toronto – Youth Engagement Grant (2014)
Canada Arts Council – Inter-Arts Travel Grant (2013)
Engaging Girls, Changing Communities, York University (2013)
Finalist – Toronto Arts Foundation, BMO Seed Fund Award (2013)
Finalist – #Why Youth Blogging Competition, Plan India + Asian Youth Forum (2013)
Canada Arts Council – Travel Grant To Professional Writers (2012)
Toronto Arts Council – Writer’s Grant (2012)
Ryerson University Creative Grant (2012)
Finalist – Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2011)
Ontario Arts Council – Word of Mouth (2011, 2012)
Publications: Peel, Lishai and David Brame. Why Birds and Wolves Don’t Trade Stones. Toronto: Graphic Poetics Press, 2013
Peel, Lishai, writ. Status. Société de formation à distance des commissions scolaires du Québec, 2013. Web.
Peel, Lishai. “The Risk.” Youth, Education and Marginality: Local and Global Expressions. Ed. Kate Tilliczek and Bruce H. Ferguson. Toronto: SickKids Canada, 2012. Print.
Peel, Lishai. “My Home.” Vol. 3. Living Legacies; A Collection of Writing by Contemporary Canadian Jewish Women. Ed. Liz Pearl. Toronto: PK Press, 2011.
Email: philriggs.camino (at) gmail.com
Available for: talks on anyone interested in the Camino.
Categories: non-fiction, children
Biography: Phil Riggs’ first non-fiction book is entitled Hiking the Spanish, Portuguese and French Caminos – A Soulful Journey. His second book will be published autumn 2019, entitled Teacher, Hunter, Fisher and Musician – A 101 Years in the Life of Clarence Riggs. Also available this autumn will be a children’s book entitled The Little Heartbroken Angel. I have written several articles for the Downhome, NL Sportsman and Them Days magazines.
Phone: (709) 682-5305
E-mail: debbierobbins (at) bellaliant.net
Available For: Manuscript Evaluation, Marketing for Authors, Author Mentorship
Biography: Kate Robbins is an internationally bestselling author of the award-winning Highland Chiefs series. Kate writes historical romance out of pure escapism and a love for all things Scottish. She thoroughly enjoys the research process and delving into secondary sources in order to blend authentic historical fact into her stories.
Ranging six hundred years, Kate’s novels are filled with passion, adventure, and political intrigue.
Kate is the pen name of Debbie Robbins who lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
David Reynolds, M.Phil.
St. John’s, NL
E-mail: dreynolds (at) problematicpress.com
Available For: Readings (Public or Private); Editing (Copy, Stylistic, or Structural); Tutoring (Writing Essays or Understanding Literature); Self-Publishing Consultancy; Creative Consultancy; Manuscript Evaluation; Writing/Publishing Workshops; or, Other Speaking Engagements.
Categories: Fiction (flash, short, collected, novella, or novel); Non-Fiction (articles or essays, individual or collected); University/College-Level Tutoring; Areas of Interest (sci-fi, fantasy, superheroes, English language & literature, philosophy, ethics, semiotics, rhetoric, aesthetics, humanities, myth, intertextuality, literary fiction, drama, melodrama, satire, absurdity, comic books, graphic novels, and more).
Biography: That David Reynolds is passionate about language and literature must be undeniable. His first work was published when he was only 11 years old, and he’s been engrossed in the minutiae and nuances of the English language in one way or another ever since.
He holds a B.A. with a double major in philosophy as well as English language and literature, which led to his completion of the M.Phil. in Humanites, where he was fortunate enough to study superhero narratives in a broad context, culminating in his dissertation, Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths.
Besides teaching English at Memorial University and editing at the House of Assembly, he writes, edits, performs, and publishes a broad range of literature, primarily through Problematic Press, which he founded as a side project in 2013.
Selected Awards: Once Won Tickets to Beer Fest for a Story Left on K-Rock’s Voice Mail, value: priceless, K-Rock, St. John’s, NL
Graduate Student Support Fellowship 2007-2008, $10,825 – Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL
Faculty of Arts Dean’s List 2005-2006 – Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL
E-mail: secondstage (at) hotmail.com
Available For: research, reports, promotional materials, press releases, journalistic articles, book editing and advisement on career development.
Biography: With a varied background and training in science, publishing, education and the arts, Dan is an experienced author, editor, and publisher with years of experience as a researcher, journalist, and published author.
With life experiences that include sailing, international travel, native language renewal, science research, a career in the arts, and leadership roles in community development, he is uniquely able to translate obscure and important information in a form that is clear and easy to understand for all readers. He owns and operates Second Stage Creative Arts, a full-service arts management enterprise with an office in downtown St. John’s (secondstage.ca)
His five published books and dozens of articles, both academic and journalistic, have received praise for their clarity, insight and clean flow of language. His short stories have been published, broadcast on CBC and anthologized. He has a wide range of experience as a research scientist, advisor to regional planners, editor and publisher, professional musician, teacher, and school principal.
After moving to Newfoundland, he founded his arts management company, established a heritage seed company and has been working extensively as a garden educator focused on restoring food security to our region. He has been a teacher, curriculum developer, and school principal and has helped tribal elders develop programs to renew aboriginal languages and traditions.
Along with his work in education, music and writing have been woven through his life, with periods of work as an author, full-time performer and recording artist. Dan was trained as a biologist, worked for many years in publishing and education and is now very active as a local historian, author, and researcher.
His biography of West Coast boat builders Allen and Sharie Farrell, Salt on the Wind was published in 1996 by Horsdal and Schubart and has done very well as a regional publication. In the past twenty years, his short fiction has been published, anthologized and twice broadcast on CBC radio. His poetry and short fiction has appeared in print, most recently in the magazine Island Review. His first novel, A Fire on the Sea, an adventure story set 100 years in the future, was published in 2016.
Dan is developing a screenplay/graphic novel about an alien child, who is rescued by a female starship soldier and brought back to Earth, following the destruction of his world. That work explores themes of militarism, genocide, racism and sexual identity, in a futuristic setting.
Non-fiction projects currently underway include a book about our relationship to animals, a history of the golden age of commercial flight and a blog site about the power of music.
Dan performs as half of the folk duo Tanglecove, with Newfoundland’s Dave Panting, and also is a member of the acoustic trio Atlantic Union, about to release their fourth CD of original music. His arts management company Second Stage Creative Arts has been nominated for an industry award from MusicNL and Dan has traveled as an industry representative to attend conferences in Nashville, Haliburton ON, Montreal, and Vancouver BC.
Selected Awards: 1996 – A short story, The Burn, awarded First Place for Short Fiction from the BC Arts Council; this story was published in OnSpec Magazine and broadcast on CBC radio.
His entry in the Bullwer-Lytton Competition was the runner up to the International Grand Prize winner.
2004 – Poem, Bones and Blood, awarded first place in the Mattia International Poetry Competition
2005 – His short story, The Singing, was published in Tesseracts Nine, the anthology of Canadian speculative fiction, and was later produced for broadcast on Between the Covers a national arts program on CBC radio.
2014 – Editor, publisher and lead author of the local history Pouch Cove: Our Home by the Sea (First Person Press) which won the Manning Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Historical Society
Selected Publications: 1971-73 – More than twenty articles on various subjects written for the British Columbia Access Catalogue
1974 – Articles written for Potentialities: the Journal of the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
1976-77 – Publishing, editing and writing articles and reviews for The Dill Pickle Rag, A Journal of Music and Celebration, Vancouver, BC
1981-85 – Articles and local reviews published in The Lasqueti Gumboot, Lasqueti Island, BC
1989 – From the Inside Out: Curriculum Development at the Local Level, an MA thesis nominated for Governor General’s award by the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria
1991 – Quw’ustun Syuw’entst Salish Cultural Curriculum, Cowichan Tribes, Duncan, BC
1996 – Salt on the Wind: The Sailing Life of Allen and Sharie Farrell (published by Horsdal & Schubart, Victoria BC)
1996-99 – Articles about the Farrells were published in Pacific Yachting, Classic Boat, Western Mariner and Resolution, Journal of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia
1997 – Article, Language Initiatives in Tsimshian Territory published in Raven’s Eye, Edmonton AB
1999 – Sm’algyax Language Renewal: Prospects and Options in Revitalizing Indigenous Languages (Northern Arizona University press)
2004 – Poem, Bones and Blood, awarded first place in the Mattia International Poetry Competition
2005 – A short story, The Singing, published in Tesseracts Nine, an anthology of Canadian speculative fiction, was later produced for Between the Covers a national program on CBC radio.
2007 – Article, Sounding Out St. John’s published in Songlines Magazine (London, UK)
2013 – Author, editor, and publisher of the book Tanglecove: 30 New Canadian Fiddle Tunes(published by First Person Press) Short story Flotsam published in The Island Review; poem After the Orchestra published in Issue Two of Landwash Magazine
2014 – Editor, publisher and lead author of the local history Pouch Cove: Our Home by the Sea (First Person Press) which won the Manning Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Historical Society. A series of articles on gardening has been published in Rural Delivery magazine
2016 – A Fire on the Sea, first novel (published by First Person Press, St. John’s, NL)
Phone: (709) 765-2862
E-mail: come.on.we.goes.story.series (at) gmail.com
Available For: freelance work, article writing, scriptwriting, essay writing, manuscript/short story feedback, ghostwriting, readings, workshops and info sessions, blog writing, web content/ social media writing, advertising copy, slogans and taglines, editing, style and grammar analysis, proofreading, revising and rewriting.
Categories: novels, short stories, essays, undergrad level papers, biographical work, corporate writing, television, film, radio, podcasts, press releases, grant proposals, resume/CV and cover letters, business plans, reviews, local content/local interest pieces.
Biography: Karen Silver is an emerging writer born and presently residing in St. Johns’, NL. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland where she majored in Communications and minored in Linguistics. Karen worked on the University’s Student Newspaper The Muse from 2014-2018 where she held such positions as Feature Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Online Editor, and then went on to become Editor in Chief for her final academic year, and she is presently a copywriter at Dc Design House.
Karen is a member of the Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, and has primarily centered her writing career in journalism; freelancing for other local publications, and writing book reviews and other local arts pieces before she was awarded a grant from Arts NL which helped publish her first set of children’s stories set in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Work History: 2018: The Muse Editor in Chief
2017: The Muse Lifestyle Editor
2017: Max Athletics Newsletter Head Writer
2016: The Muse Feature Editor
Freelance & Independent Work: 2018: Self-published first set of children’s stories(‘Around the What?’ and ‘The Great Foggy Day’) in series titled ‘Come On We Goes’
2018: Secret East Advertising and Marketing
2018: Journalism Workshop Coordinator (Photography, Blog Writing, Freelancing, Interviewing)
2016-2018: Freelance Editing
2016: Tony’s Tailor Shop Social Media
2016: The Newfoundland Quarterly ( Volume 108, No 4, 5, 6) Book Reviews
2014-2018: Support Local Arts, Crafts, and Food Fairs: Marketing, Social Media, Promotion, Publicity
Phone: (709) 763-1094
Available For: Substantive editing, copyediting, proofreading, manuscript evaluations, book/story reviews
Categories: Editing, fiction, non-fiction, academic, technical
Biography: Samanda is a professional editor with experience in the areas of educational, academic, and technical publishing. She also has experience editing fiction and non-fiction texts for children, as well as for teen and adult readers. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Memorial University, and has also studied Publishing at Ryerson University in Toronto. Originally from central Newfoundland, Samanda now resides in downtown St. John’s in a house filled with books and plants, along with her partner and their ill-behaved cat.
Nellie P. Strowbridge
Phone: (709) 686-5018
E-mail: nellie_strowbridge (at) yahoo.com
Available For: Workshops, Readings, School Visits, and Book-Group Visits.
Categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Journalism, Monologue.
Biography: Nellie’s children’s book, Far From Home Dr. Grenfell’s Little Orphan (Flanker imprint) sold out its 2004 and 2006 printings and was short-listed for the Newfoundland and Labrador Historic and History Award in 2006.
Selected Awards: Canada’s Stamp of Approval Award; 16 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition Awards.
Selected Publications: The Tongue of a Newfoundlander-Labradorian ( St John’s: Flanker Press, 2007); The Gift of Christmas ( St John’s: Flanker Press, 2006); Dancing on Ochre Sands ( St John’s: Jesperson Publishing, 2004).
Email: studiokingsroad (at) hotmail.com
Available for: substantive & copy manuscript edits, theatre workshops & collaborations, articles & reviews
Categories: non-fiction, playwrighting
Biography: Joan Sullivan lives and works in St. John’s, where she is editor of Newfoundland Quarterly and contributes cultural articles and obituaries to local and national publications. When she is really lucky she gets to work in theatre too. Her books include In The Field, The Long Run, and (upcoming) Game. Her theatre scripts include Rig: The Ocean Ranger and the stage adaptation of Wayne Johnston’s The Story of Bobby O’Malley, as well as her one-woman show Your Only Life which she has performed in St. John’s, Halifax, and Montreal.
Selected Awards: NL Book of the Year award (non-fiction) 2012 for In The Field.
Selected Publications: The Globe & Mail, The Telegram, CBC Radio commentary & features, Atlantic Books Today.
E-mail: sara (at) saratilley.ca
Available For: Workshops, Readings, School Visits, New Play Dramaturgy, Manuscript Evaluation, Book-Group Visits.
Categories: Fiction, Plays, Non-Fiction.
Biography: Sara Tilley’s work bridges writing, theatre, and Pochinko Clown Through Mask technique. She has published two novels: Skin Room (Pedlar Press, 2008), and DUKE, (Pedlar Press, 2015), winner of the BMO Winterset Award, shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Fiction and longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award. Sara has been Writer in Residence at Memorial University, the University of Calgary, and at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon. From 2002-2016, she ran an independent feminist theatre company, She Said Yes!, which produced many of the eleven plays which she’s written, co-written or co-created. Sara’s wide spectrum of work includes time spent as a writer, an actor, a designer of puppets, masks, props, and sometimes sets and costumes, a director, a puppeteer, a dramaturg and a clown teacher/performer. She is fascinated by the ways in which these creative practices overlap and feed each other.
Selected Awards: BMO Winterset Award, 2015; Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, 2006; Percy Janes First Novel Award, 2004; Rhonda Payne Award, 2006.
Selected Publications: Novels: Skin Room (Pedlar Press, 2008), DUKE (Pedlar Press, 2015)
Phone: (709) 726-3239
E-mail: editor (at) nf.sympatico.ca
Available For: Writing, editing (all kinds: structural editing, copyediting, proofreading), workshops (on writing and grammar), French or English lessons, manuscript evaluation.
Available to travel.
Categories: Fiction, non-fiction, business, technical writing.
Biography: Claire Wilkshire has a PhD in Canadian literature from UBC and is an experienced teacher of university-level language and literature courses. She is a current member of Editors Canada and of the (UK) Society for Editors and Proofreaders. She has been an editor and translator for more than a decade.
Selected Publications: Writers Talking (anthology edited with John Metcalf); Maxine (novel, Breakwater, 2013); short fiction in literary magazines; book reviews and academic articles in journals.
Clients have included: Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry, Commission of Inquiry into Hormone Receptor Testing, Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board, Bluedrop Performance Learning, federal and provincial government departments, professors and graduate students at Memorial University and other institutions, musicians, writers, and others.