Skip to Content

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



Available for: manuscript evaluation, short story feedback, workshops, speaking engagements including key note speeches, public readings, grant and prize adjudication, and essays/ article writing

Categories: novels, short fiction, and non-fiction

Biography: Sharon spends an ungodly number of hours writing stories and would be pleased to have a look at one of yours. Her feedback is kind but, more importantly, constructive, insightful, and thorough.

Sharon Bala is a member of The Port Authority Writing Group. In 2015 they released a collection of short stories called Racket, published by Breakwater Books. Her bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, is available worldwide and being translated into French, Turkish, and Arabic, proof that even the wildest pipe dreams can come true. The book was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018 and the Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Sharon’s short fiction has won awards and been published widely. Once in a blue moon she gets an essay in print too. Somewhere in her basement are two expensive pieces of paper: an MA in History from the University of Toronto and a BA(H) in Psycholgy and History from Queen’s University.

Selected Awards: 2017 CBC Emerging Artist Award, 2017 Writers’ Trust/ McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, Three Arts & Letters Awards for short fiction (2012, 2013, 2015), Percy Janes First Novel Award (2015)

Selected Publications: The Boat People (2018). Short fiction published in: The Journey Prize 29, Racket, Hazlitt, Grain, PRISM international, Joyland, The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, Maisonneuve, The Newfoundland Quarterly Online, Room, and Riddle Fence. Non-fiction published in: The New Quarterly, The Newfoundland Quarterly Online, and a forthcoming collection called Body & Soul (Caitlin Press, 2019).

Thom Barker

St. Anthony

Phone: (306) 641-6215

Available for: Writing (articles, press releases, reports, technical manuals, scripts, ad copy), editing, copy editing.

Categories: Journalism, non-fiction, children’s literature, fiction, advertising.

Biography: Thom Barker is an award-winning journalist with nearly two decades of experience as a newspaper writer and magazine editor. In 2017 he published his first children’s book, Lady MacBeth Afraid of the Stairs, about a Newfoundland dog who confronts her fears.

Thom started his writing career as a technical writer for Nortel Networks before moving on to journalism as a freelancer, then general reporter and op-ed writer for community newspapers in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. His primary beats included crime, education and science. He currently writes for newspapers around Newfoundland and Labrador.

Selected Awards: Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper Awards (SWNA), 2016 Best News Story; Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA), 2008, Best Feature Story; and numerous other awards from CCNA, British Columbia-Yukon Newspaper Association (BCYNA) and Black Press.

Selected Publications: St. John’s Telegram, Ottawa Citizen, Globe and Mail, Regina Leader-Post, numerous other newspapers and magazines.

Paul Butler

Lethbridge, Alberta, and Corner Book, Newfoundland

Phone: (403) 915-7685

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


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


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

Phone: (709) 758-2847
Mail: P.O. Box 291, Western Bay, NL A0A 4J0

Available For: School visits (province-wide), writing workshops, storytelling, 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, Research, Corporate Writing, Advertising Copy, Website Writing

Biography: Charis Cotter is a writer and editor with 25 years experience in publishing. She is a proficient editor who can take a manuscript from first draft to print-ready proofs, or do any stage in between. She writes children’s books and conducts critically acclaimed school workshops using drama and storytelling. Her writing workshops for grades 4 to 6 have received rave reviews from teachers and kids across Canada, and children and adults from Florida to Victoria BC have been delighted by her Newfoundland ghost stories.

Selected Awards: Violet Downey Book Award. Silver Birch Award, Honour Book. Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards, Children/s/YA Literature, Finalist. Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence. Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, Finalist. Various children’s choice awards across Canada, Finalist, 2008-2018: Hackmatack (Atlantic), Silver Birch (Ontario), Diamond Willow (Saskatchewan), Rocky Mountain (Alberta), Red Cedar (British Columbia). World Storytelling Honour Award and Honour Title. Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children, Honour Award.

Selected Publications: 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); 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).

Eva Crocker


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

Mail: 71 Fairweather Ave, Mt. Pearl, NL A1N 2S5
Phone: (709) 770-6765

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.

Marjorie Doyle, M.A.

St. John’s

Mail: P.O. Box 6242, St. John’s, NL A1C 6J9

Available For: Public Readings, School Visits, Workshops, Book Club Appearances, Manuscript Evaluation, Freelance Assignments, and Peer Assessment for Awards and Grants.

Marjorie is available for travel.

Categories: Non-fiction, Essay, Travel Writing, Journalism, Columns, Op-ed Pieces.

Biography: An experienced CBC radio broadcaster and award-winning writer, Marjorie has been a columnist with The Globe and Mail and has published widely across Canada in newspapers and literary magazines. Two of her pieces have been anthologized in high school textbooks. In Winter 2009, she was Haig-Brown Writer-in-Residence on Vancouver Island. She has read widely across Canada including at Writers at Woody Point, Words on the Water (Vancouver Island), SPARKS, and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Marjorie is Chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada (2017-18).

Selected Awards: Golden Sheaf Award – nomination 2012, National Magazine Award—Silver, 2005; Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition, 2009, 2007, 2003, 2002; CBC Radio Awards for Programming Excellence, 1995, 1994.

Selected Publications: A Doyle Reader: Writings from Home and Away (2013); Reels, Rock and Rosaries: Confessions of a Newfoundland Musician (2005); Newfoundlander in Exile: The Life and Times of Philip Tocque (1814-1899) (1997); A View of Her Own 1996). Essays in Untying the Apron (2013) and Slice Me Some Truth (2011). Co-writer/director of the film Regarding Our Father (2011). The Newfoundland section of Fodor’s Travel Guide to Atlantic Canada (2010).

Brad Dunne

St. John’s

Phone: 709-771-6720

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.

Corrina Fahey

St. John’s

Phone: (709) 689-3888

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.

Denise Flint

St. John’s

Phone: (709) 895-0261

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.

Alexis Koetting


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

Categories: Fiction

Biography: Alexis has been working as a Canadian Actor on stage and screen for over twenty 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. She is seeking publication for TRIPLE THREAT, the second book in her series. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, she moved to St. John’s in 2015 after coming here to work and finding “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)

Christine Gordon Manley

Prince Edward Island

Phone: 902-940-2763

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 Gordon Manley has been making academics, non-profits, government organizations, and business owners look better (at least on paper) since 2004. With her lifelong love for playing with words, it surprised no one that Christine would study English at university. After earning her English degree at UPEI in 2002, Christine flew across the Atlantic where she took her Master of Arts in Women’s History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

After her gig as a grad student was up, Christine gained “real world” experience by working in both academic and publishing environments. She also took some communications and editing courses to round out her creds.

In addition to her work as an editor, she’s also taught professional writing and grammar to adult learners. Alongside her business partner, Jaime Lee Mann, her business, Manley Mann Media (Christine is the Manley one) offers ghostwriting and copywriting services. The Manley Mann team has written content for all sorts of audiences from corporate websites and email marketing to memoir authors and children’s storytellers. “The Manley Manns” (as their clients like to call them) enjoy working with clients from all over the world and are not limited by geography.

Christine is a member of Editors Canada, a Board member for the PEI Writers’ Guild, and a member of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her “Mann” is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, the PEI Writers’ Guild, and the Professional Writers Association of Canada.

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

Robin McGrath, Ph.D.

Goose Bay

Phone: (709) 896-7213


Mail: Box 862, Station C, Goose Bay, NL A0P 1C0

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).

Gareth Mitton

St. John’s


Phone: (709) 216-3753


Mailing address: P.O. Box 99900 CQ 357 968, RPO Topsail Road, St. John’s, NL, A1E 0B5

Available for: Freelance writing; articles and features; advertorial; ghost writing; copy writing; web content writing; social media writing and curation; blogging; proofreading and editing; interviews; writing workshops; talks and presentations.

Categories: Marketing/promotional copy writing; articles; blogging; scriptwriting (TV, radio, stage); research; editing; long and short form copy and prose.

Biography: Gareth has been writing professionally since 2002. He is an award-winning marketing copywriter and creative director. Born in Rochdale, England, Gareth completed a BA (hons) in English Language Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, England in 2001 before relocating to Atlantic Canada. He has spent one year as a reporter and content editor with a large-circulation newspaper, and well over a decade as a writer and creative director with Atlantic Canada’s largest marketing communications company, leading campaigns for clients such as New Brunswick Tourism and Parks; Crosby’s Molasses; Mary Brown’s Chicken; the City of St. John’s; Atlantic Lottery (Pro-Line); and the Federal Department of Agriculture and Agri-foods, to name a few. Gareth has penned scripts for major commercial television campaigns and live stage shows, as well as writing in-depth articles for publications ranging from Marine Technology Reporter to Home and Cabin Magazine. He has written content for multiple company websites, overseen complex branding campaigns and served as a freelance blogger for a prominent interior design company. Gareth now lives in St. John’s, NL, working as a writer and creative director, while also pursuing personal fiction and non-fiction projects.

Awards: Best Sports Betting Game Advertising Campaign, 2012 World Lottery Awards (Writer and Creative Director for How Good is your Game campaign); Honourable Mention – 2011 & 2012 EDCO Marketing Awards (Writer and Creative Director – Everything Brampton Tourism Guide). Gareth was selected to be one of eight judges nationwide for the 2012 Applied Arts Student Awards, featured in Applied Arts magazine.

Publications: Marine Technology Reporter; Home & Cabin Magazine; Old Crow Magazine; The Co-operator Magazine; The Anchor Weekly (reporter and content editor); SAM [Says] (freelance blogger for SAM Design blog).

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).

Carolyn R. Parsons


Phone: (709) 571-3470


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



Available For: Manuscript evaluations, Copy editing/proofreading, School Visits* (This has been my primary income for the last 8 years), Script writing, Speech Writng, 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.

Ontario Arts Countil – 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)

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.

Theresa Powell

St. John’s, NL


Phone: (709) 689-5099

Available for: Freelance writing; copywriting; editing; research; web content writing and SEO; social media content creation; proofreading and editing; manuscript formatting (MLA/APA); social media management; content marketing campaigns; blogging; articles; marketing and communications plans; social media plans; digital advertising campaigns; writing tutoring; writing workshops; and marketing and communications consultation.

Categories: Essays; academic writing; radio; commercials; advertising/copywriting; marketing and communications; social media; research; and long- and short-form prose.

Biography: A self-proclaimed enthusiast (point blank), Theresa earned her M.A. and B.A. (Hons.) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Throughout her career, her academic interests have included communication, book history, Renaissance studies, and postcolonial literature. She has bridged the gap between the academic and the professional by earning many years’ experience in advertising, communications, social media, and research.

Theresa has been awarded several scholarships and awards, and she has presented her work on Renaissance literature, book history, and marketing at conferences and workshops across Canada. Notably, her research in indigenous literature and culturally-responsive teaching was featured as part of the anthology, Challenging Stories: Canadian Literature for Social Justice in the Classroom (2017), published by Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Theresa is an avid cook and traveler and is currently a Senior Copywriter at m5 Marketing Communications.

Work History:
(2018-Present) Senior Copywriter – m5 Marketing Communications

(2017-2018) Lead Copywriter – Dc Design House

(2015-2017) Researcher/Writer – Faculty of Education at Memorial University

(2015-2016) Director of Media and Communications – Petrocultures 2016

(2016) Communications & Technology Coordinator – Newfoundland and Labrador Book History Symposium

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:

Pressing Intent: Printed Pamphlets for James I’s Royal Entry into London (1604). (CNS, 2018); Challenging Stories: Canadian Literature for Social Justice in the Classroom. (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2017); and “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


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.

Selected Awards and Publications: multi-published, award-winning

Karen Silver

St. John’s

Phone: (709) 765-2862


Available For: freelance work, article writing, script writing, 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, proof reading, 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

Kristopher Smith

St. John’s


E-mail: (Personal) (Any inquiries regarding The Racket)

Available For: freelance work, article writing, essay writing, manuscript/short story feedback, blog writing, web content/ social media writing, editing, style and grammar analysis, proof reading, revising and rewriting.

Categories: short stories, essays, undergrad level papers, biographical work, reviews, local content/local interest pieces.

Biography: Uncle. Nerd. Pop culture enthusiast. Near Captain Planet-level recycler. Starter of Racket.

Kristopher is a substitute teacher by day and writer during any free time. He has contributed to websites like Tint of Ink, and Secret East. He served as the Managing Editor of The Muse in the 2017-2018 school year and contributed a number of pieces throughout his time as Editor. Since leaving The Muse and graduating with a Bachelor of Special Education, he along with Tom Penney started the online magazine The Racket.

Freelance & Independent Work:
September 2018: Started The Racket
April- June 2018: Contributor, Secret East
April 2016- June 2018: Contributor & Social Media Manager, Tint of Ink
September 2017- April 2018:Contributor & Managing Editor, The Muse

JoAnne Soper-Cook

St. John’s


Phone: 709 579 1681


Available for: Manuscript Evaluation, Editorial Advice, Editing Fiction and Non-Fiction, Book Doctor

Categories: Novels, Short Fiction, Non-Fiction

Biography: JoAnne Soper-Cook was born in Old Perlican, Newfoundland and grew up in Hant’s Harbour. She published her first story at the age of 8 when her mother, impressed with the quality of a short story she’d written for a school project, sent it in to a local newspaper.

Since then she has published 27 novels, various novellas, short stories, plays, speeches, radio scripts and some really, really bad poetry. She holds a B.A. (Honors) and an M.A. in English Literature from Memorial University and a B.Ed, also from Memorial. Currently, JoAnne is a contract editor for several publishers in the United States and Canada, including Dreamspinner Press, Boroughs Publishing, and Simon & Schuster. To date she has edited in excess of 800 manuscripts.

When she isn’t writing she loves reading (pulp, mystery, and psychological thrillers are her favourite genres) walking, travel, cooking, and cleaning the house. She makes her home in St. John’s, Newfoundland, with her husband Paul and her spoiled rotten ‘dogter’ Lola.

Nellie P. Strowbridge


Phone: (709) 686-5018


Mail: Box 243, Pasadena, NL A0L 1K0

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


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



Mail: 64 Quidi Vidi Road, St. John’s, NL A1A 1C1

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)

Leslie Vryenhoek

St. John’s


Phone: (709) 579-0853


Available For: Substantive and stylistic editing, feature and profile writing (print and audio), promotional/corporate writing, strategic communications planning, website writing, issues management, feature and profile writing (print and audio), profile writing, reports, readings, workshops, book clubs

Categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Promotional, Corporate, Non-profit.

Biography: Leslie Vryenhoek is the author of three books and hundreds of essays, articles, stories, radio pieces and poems. Her fiction, poetry and memoir have been published and broadcast across Canada and internationally. For two decades, Leslie has worked as a communications specialist in advanced education, international development, emergency response, and the arts. Based in St. John’s, she is also the founding director of Piper’s Frith: Writing at Kilmory, an annual retreat.

Selected Awards: Winterset Award finalist; Impac Dublin Literary Award nominee; Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Award, senior fiction; Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem; Geist’s Fortune Cookie contest; Eden Mills Festival Literary Competition; Cahoots magazine fiction competition; Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Award, poetry; Dalton Camp Award (national essay competition); Finalist, Gerald Lampert Award for Poetry.

Selected Publications: Ledger of the Open Hand (novel, 2015, Breakwater Books); Gulf (poetry, 2011, Oolichan Books); Scrabble Lessons (short stories, 2009, Oolichan Books); “Goodbye Girl” in Telling Truths: Storying Motherhood (Sheena Wilson and Diana Davidson, eds.).

Claire Wilkshire

Owner, Claire Wilkshire Language Services

St. John’s


Phone: (709) 726-3239


Mail: 71 Freshwater Road, St. John’s, NL, A1C 2N4

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.