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Writers for Hire

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.

Sharon Bala

St. John’s
Email: sharon.bala (at)

Available for: manuscript evaluations, short story feedback, prize adjudication, workshops, freelance essays, features, and articles

Categories: short fiction, novels, non-fiction

Biography: Sharon Bala is the best-selling author of The Boat People and a member of The Port Authority Writing Group. After a first career in communications, she now earns her bread with words. Sharon spends an ungodly number of hours writing stories and would be pleased to look at one of yours. Her feedback is kind but, more importantly, constructive, insightful, and thorough.

Awards: 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, 2017 Writers’ Trust/ McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, 2017 CBC Emerging Artist Award, 2015 Percy Janes First Novel Award
Finalist: 2019 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, 2019 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, Canada Reads 2018, 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award
Long-listed: 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award, 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize.

Publications: Non-fiction: Maclean’s Magazine, Globe & Mail, The Newfoundland Quarterly Online
Fiction: The Journey Prize 29, Hazlitt, Grain, PRISM international, The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, Maisonneuve, Room, and Riddle Fence

Connie Boland

Corner Brook
Phone: 709-640-0388
E-mail: cboland2 (at); cboland (at)

Available For: Articles that speak to readers and tell a story. Articles about Newfoundland and Labrador. Stories off the beaten path. Hiking tales from the trails. Photography. Freelance feature writing. Freelance news writing. Writing for print media, magazines and newspapers. Writing for radio. Ghost writing. Research. Chats about writing, and journalism. School visits. Readings and book reviews.

Categories: Human interest, fiction, non-fiction, and journalism. Web content. Research. Microfiction. Short stories. Furious fiction.

Biography: Award-winning journalist, writer, and communications professional Connie Boland was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. I liked the city so much I still live here.  I worked for 10 years as a newspaper writer and editor, then branched out into freelance writing.
I have written for Today’s Parent, Saltscapes, Atlantic Business, and Downhomer magazines, The Evening Telegram, and The Western Star.  I was twice a finalist for Atlantic Journalism Awards in the magazine and newspaper categories, and received Canadian News Awards for Outstanding Editorial Achievement.
After more than 20 years working as a communications manager with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University, Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador, and other organizations, I am happily returning to my first love – creating stories. When not writing for fun and for profit, I can be found hiking or snowshoeing (depending on the season), learning to run, or hanging out with my family – two daughters, one grandson, one dog, one cat, and one husband. I have diplomas in Journalism, and Adult Learning and Post-Secondary Education, and certificates in Business Administration, and Post-Secondary Instruction. I plan to finish an undergrad degree in 2020.

Selected Awards: Short List: Mum Life Stories, Micro Fiction, January 2020
Long List: Australian Writers Centre, Furious Fiction, December 2019
Atlantic Journalism Awards, Finalist, Magazine Category
Atlantic Journalism Awards, Finalist, Newspaper Category
Canadian News Award for Outstanding Editorial Achievement – Non-Deadline Writing
Canadian News Award for Outstanding Editorial Achievement – Design and Graphics

Selected Publications: Today’s Parent Magazine, Saltscapes Magazine, Atlantic Business Magazine, Downhomer, The Evening Telegram, The Western Star.

Paul Butler

Lethbridge, Alberta, and Corner Book, Newfoundland
Phone: 1-403-915-7685
E-mail: paul.butler (at)

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.

St. John’s
Email: bridgetcanning (at)

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.

Kristen Ciccarelli

St. Lunaire-Griquet
Email: ask.kristen.questions (at)

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

Charis Cotter

Western Bay
hone: (709) 598-2847
E-mail: chariscotter (at)

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

Eva Crocker

Email: eva_crocker (at)

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)

Jon Dobbin

Mount Pearl
Phone: (709) 770-6765
Email: jondobbin (at)

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.

Brad Dunne

St. John’s
Phone: 709-771-6720
Email: braddunne1986 (at)

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.

Helen Escott
E-mail: h.escott (at)

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.
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

Corrina Fahey

St. John’s
Phone: (709) 689-3888
E-mail: corrinabydesign (at)

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.

Susan Flanagan

St. John’s
Phone: 709-765-5459
E-mail: susan (at)

Available for: Magazine, Oil & Gas, Research & Development, Annual Reports, Newspaper and Website Writing, Editing/Copy-Editing, Readings, Inspirational Talks, School Visits, Manuscript Evaluation.
Categories: Journalism, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Book Reviews.

Biography: Susan Flanagan’s comedic novel Supermarket Baby is winner of the 2019 Percy Janes First Novel Award.
Susan has worked as a freelance journalist (BJ, King’s College, NS, 1991) in St. John’s, NL for more than 25 years. Her written works have appeared in Canadian Geographic, National Geographic (maps), Canadian Running, Newfoundland Quarterly, The Hockey News, Noia News, Doctors’ Review, Atlantic Progress, Atlantic Business, Saltscapes, Labrador Life, SOAR and Mariner Magazine, among others.
Susan contributed a bi-weekly column, 48 Degrees, to The Newfoundland Herald (2002-04) and a weekly column, The Kids are Alright, to The Telegram (2011-15).
She also contributed 40+ stories to Memorial University’s Gazette in 2017 and wrote the last two Annual Research Reports for Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering.
She has been a Contributor on CBC Radio (St. John’s), The Point, Out Front, Radio Noon and Definitely Not The Opera (DNTO) and has worked for both NTV in St. John’s and CBC TV in Halifax and St. John’s as reporter, producer and researcher.

Selected Awards: 2019 – Winner Percy Janes First Novel Award for Supermarket Baby; Most Unique Pitch, Writers’ Alliance of NL for Supermarket Baby; 2nd place, Romance Writers of NL’s 50 Ways to Love your Lover contest for Berry Picking with Layla; Honourable Mention, The Royal City Literary Arts Society’s Write on contest for What a Dragonfly Taught me; Honourable Mention, Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s 25th annual Atlantic Writing Competition for novel Forty-eight Degrees.

Selected Publications: What a Dragonfly Taught Me (HomeGrown Newfoundland and Labrador, 2013, Nelson Literacy)

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Denise Flint

St. John’s
Phone: (709) 895-0261
E-mail: dflint (at)

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.

Beth Follett

St John’s
Phone: 1-709-738-6702
E-mail:  feralgrl (at)

Available For: readings, manuscript evaluation, editing

Categories: fiction, poetry

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, Ph.D.

Corner Brook, NL
E-mail: halford.thomas (at)

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.

St. John’s

E-mail: ainsley.hawthorn (at)

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)

Sharon King-Campbell

St. John’s
E-mail: sharon.king.campbell (at)
Phone: 709-743-4130

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.

Alexis Koetting

Email: alexiskoetting (at)

Available For: Readings, School Visits, Book Groups, Feedback

Categories: Fiction

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)

Matthew LeDrew

St. John’s
Phone: (709) 690-8064
Email: matthewledrew (at)

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 travelled 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
Phone: 1-(709)-771-3629
E-mail: mo.longjohn (at), mnlongjohn (at)

Available For:
short story feedback, workshops, public readings, essays/ article writing, scriptwriting for plays and films, writing for business and marketing

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)

Geraldine Ryan-Lush

Phone: 709-368-5156 (Home)
709-685-2220 (Mobile)

E-mail: geraldine1942 (at)

Available For: Readings, Author Visits (Schools),  Workshops (Full Day or Half Day), Seminars, Speaking Engagements, Editorial Consultations, Manuscript Evaluation.

Categories: All Genres Of Writing – Picture Books, Chapter Books, Young Adult Novels, Adult Novels, Short Stories, Poetry. Non-Fiction.

Bio: Geraldine Ryan-Lush holds a B.A.(ED) from Memorial University of NL and is a former primary/elementary teacher,  and columnist for Newfoundland/Labrador newspapers including The Evening Telegram. She also wrote for national literary journals such as Books In Canada and Canadian Children’s Literature.  She is author of 16 books, all categories, published by traditional publishers nationally and internationally.  Born and raised in St. Joseph’s, St. Mary’s Bay, she resides in Mount Pearl.

Selected Awards: American Bookseller’s Pick of the Lists, School Library Journal Review Pick,  Merit Magazine Studio Award, Alcuin Society Design Award, Readers’ Favourite Award.

Selected Publications: Seashell’s Lament, The Gravel Pit Kids, Haunted Towns: Ghost Stories Of NL, Hannigan’s Hand, Hannigan’s Hand: The Ghost Woman Talks, Mrs. Clohiggledy’s Clutter, The Law-Breaking Adventures Of Teacher Tabitha, No Go Potty, Malcolm The Klutz, Once When I Wasn’t Looking, Malcolm And The Hamster Lady, Hairs On Bears, Jeremy Jeckles Hates Freckles, Goodbye Wart!, Poils Poils Et Repoils

Christine Gordon Manley

Prince Edward Island
Phone: 902-940-2763
Email: christinegordonmanley (at)

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

Carol McDougall

St. John’s
Email: salmonskyview (at)

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.

Goose Bay
Phone: (709) 896-7213
E-mail: robinmcgrath (at)

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).

Bernice Morgan

St. John’s
Phone: C/O Breakwater – (709) 722-6660, or Knopf Canada Publicity – (416) 957-1538

Available For: Readings, Lectures, School Visits and Book-Group Visits.

Categories: Fiction

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).

Alisha Morrissey

St. John’s
Phone: (709)727.4116
E-mail: alisha.morrissey (at)

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)

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

Lishai Peel

St. John’s
Email: info (at)

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.

Phil Riggs

Email: philriggs.camino (at)

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.

Theresa Powell

St. John’s, NL
Email: theresadpowell (at)
Phone: (709) 689-5099

Available for: Copywriting; SEO website content; marketing research; marketing plans; social media content; social media management; blogging; scriptwriting; Google ad campaigns; content marketing strategies; marketing plans; social media plans; marketing consulting; proofreading; editing; essay writing.

Categories: advertising; copywriting; marketing and communications; social media; commercials; research; essays; academic writing; strategic marketing.

Biography: A self-proclaimed academic-turned-advertiser, Theresa holds an M.A. and B.A. (Hons.) in English from Memorial University and has several years’ experience working as a marketing copywriter. Her professional focus is creative copywriting, SEO web writing, social media content, research, and marketing strategies. Over the years, she has worked with a wide variety of clients, from small businesses to international corporations, helping them all connect with their customers and achieve their marketing goals.
Theresa has been awarded many scholarships and awards, has been featured in international publications, and has presented her work on literature and marketing at conferences and workshops across Canada.
When she’s not writing, Theresa can be found cooking and travelling. She is currently a Copywriter in the Department of Marketing and Communications at Memorial University.

Work History: (2019-Present) Copywriter – Memorial University of Newfoundland
(2017-Present) Freelance Copywriter and Content Strategist
(2018-2019) Senior Copywriter – m5 Marketing Communications
(2018) Lead Copywriter – Dc Design House
(2017) Project Coordinator – Dc Design House
(2015-2017) Researcher/Writer – Faculty of Education at Memorial University
(2015-2016) Director of Media and Communications – Petrocultures 2016 Conference
(2016) Communications at Technology Coordinator – Newfoundland and Labrador Book History Symposium
(2014-2016) Researcher/Translator – Department of English at Memorial University

Selected awards: (2016) Memorial University School of Graduate Studies – Recognition of Excellence
(2015) SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Memorial University of Newfoundland
(2015) Faculty of Arts’ Dean’s Excellence Award – Memorial University of Newfoundland
(2014) Department of English Graduate Fellowship – Memorial University of Newfoundland

Selected publications: Powell, Theresa. Pressing Intent: Printed Pamphlets for James I’s Royal Entry into London (1604). MA Thesis. Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2018. St. John’s, NL: Centre for Newfoundland Studies.
– Burke, Anne; Powell, Theresa; Hardware, Shawnee; Butland, Laura. “A Plurality of Voices for Social Justice: Implementing Culturally Responsive Pedagogies in a Grade Six Classroom.” Challenging Stories: Canadian Literature for Social Justice in the Classroom. Ed. Ingrid Johnston, Anne Burke, and Angela Ward. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2017.
– Burke, Anne; Powell, Theresa. “New Literacies and Retelling the Amanda Todd Story in Middle School Classrooms.” Digital Culture and Education, 2016.

Debbie Robbins

St. John’s
Phone: (709) 682-5305
E-mail: debbierobbins (at)

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)

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

Dan Rubin

Avalon Peninsula
Phone: 709-335-2340
E-mail: secondstage (at)

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 (
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)

Karen Silver

St. John’s
Phone: (709) 765-2862
E-mail: come.on.we.goes.story.series (at)

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

JE Solo

Toronto-based, formerly St.John’s
E-mail: whoisliz (at)

Available For: Editing of fiction, short story, film script, theatre script; Dramaturgy for theatre scripts, performance.

Categories: Fiction, Short Story, Playwright, Screenplay, Dramaturgy

Biography: JE Solo is an award-winning writer, multi-disciplinary performance artist, and composer interested in creating universes, building worlds and merging the real with the virtual. Solo’s work explores humanity’s tenuous connection to nature and juxtaposes the evolution of modern technology against the fragility of living things. J. E. Solo is the author of the upcoming novel “Phreak.”
Twitter: @jesolophreak

Selected Awards: ECMA 2017; Media Arts Prize and Dramatic Script Prize, Arts and Letters 2011, 2013; Linda Joy Award, Atlantic Film Festival for the script “the machine”, 2013
Selected Publications: JE Solo’s work has been published by Playwrights of Canada PressRoom Magazine, Write On Journal, the Newfoundland Quarterly, Canadian Theatre Review, Switch Magazine, among others. Her first novel, Phreak, (short-listed for WANL’s 2017 Fresh Fish Award) is coming this year from Toronto publisher House of Zolo.

Samanda Stroud

St. John’s
Phone: (709) 763-1094
E-mail: samandastroud(at)

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)

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).

Joan Sullivan

St. John’s
Phone: 709.730.5620
Email: studiokingsroad (at)

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.

Sara Tilley

St. John’s
E-mail: sara (at)

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)

Melissa Wong

St. John’s
Phone: (709)-754-6003
E-mail: mew755 (at)

Available For: Writing/editing short stories, plays, articles, essays

Categories: Journalism, creative writing, poetry, copy-writing, copy-editing

Biography: Melissa Wong is a librarian, copyeditor, freelance journalist and published author who loves to write stories. Her work was recognized when she received the 2017 Atlantic Journalism Award. To become a writer, she earned a BA (Hons) from MUN and a journalism diploma from CNA.

List of published works:

Selected Awards: Atlantic Journalism Award 2017, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Visual Art 2016, Sora Kit Flash Fiction Photography Contest April and November 2019

Selected Publications: SaltWire Network publications, The Pearl, The Shoreline, Atlantic Business Magazine, Newfoundland Quarterly, CBC, Overcast, The Herald, Engen Books

Ida Linehan Young

Phone: 709-764-8130
E-mail: idalinehanyoung (at)

Available For: In-person or technically connected to/for any of the following (province-wide or nationally with travel funding); public readings or speaking engagements (including schools, book clubs, libraries, organized groups (50 plus, church, etc.), and other public events). Also available for book reviews; writing feedback; hosting, media interviews, grant adjudication; writing contest jury; or writing workshops.

Categories: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Newfoundland Fiction; Biography

Biography: I live in Conception Bay South in the majestically beautiful province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. I am fiercely proud to have been born and raised a Newfoundlander. I’ve been married for over 30 years, I am a mother of three beautiful girls, Sharon, Stacey and Shawna, and a grandmother of two extraordinary little boys, Parker and Samuel. I work in a job that I love in the information technology sector of the federal government. I also love to explore my imagination with a pen in my hand.
My choice of genre is influenced by my love of local history and the familial art of storytelling passed down by my father, Edward Linehan, and my maternal grandfather, Frank Power. I enjoy researching the history of my beloved birthplace and writing historical fiction that will keep the past alive for generations to come. I am extremely blessed to have so much wonderful support from my family, friends, and the reading audience. The encouragement from my readership is what keeps me writing.

Selected Publications: First work: No Turning Back, Surviving the Linehan Family Tragedy (Creative / Breakwater Books 2014) Autobiography
Subsequent Novels:  Being Mary Ro – A Novel (Flanker Press 2018) Historical Newfoundland Fiction, The Promise – A Novel (Flanker Press 2019) Historical Newfoundland Fiction, The Liars – A Novel (Flanker Press 2020) Historical Newfoundland Fiction