Writing Related Activities/CV

Formal Education:

  • BA, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario (formerly Waterloo Lutheran University) Major: English Literature; Minor: Psychology
  • Canadian University Services Overseas: CUSO teacher training and orientation program, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  (Ten additional days of study were led by a number of well-known Caribbean authors, actors and artists on the campuses of the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica and in Port of Spain, Trinidad.)

Audited Courses:

  • “Children’s Literature and Media Interests” (Dalhousie University School of Library and Information Studies, Halifax, N.S.)
  • “A History of Children’s Literature, 19th Century” (Saint Mary’s University Extension Services)

Fee-based Courses and Workshops:

  • “Writing for Children and Young Adults” (Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia; Course Instructor: Vicki Grant)
  • One-Day Workshops sponsored by the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia: Leaders have included: Kathy Lowinger, Barbara Greenwood, Deborah Ellis, Marthe Jocelyn, Frieda Wishinsky
  • Attended lectures presented over the course of a month by the late children’s and YA author Mollie Hunter while she was Writer-In-Residence at Dalhousie University’s School of Information and Library Sciences.

Awards:

  • Honourable Mention for YA Novel, All Shook Up (32nd Atlantic Writing Competition)
  • 3rd Place, Middle Grade/YA Novel, The Tale of the Tenth Planet (11th Atlantic Writing Competition)
  • Honourable Mentions for Book I of En Route to Orbus (Novel), and for The Tenth Planet.  The latter was a short story submitted to the Writing for Children Category of the AWC, which years later, I expanded into the Middle Grade/YA novel mentioned in bullet #2 above.

Other:

  • Prince Nicolai and the Empty Box storybook text long-listed in the 2018 Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) “Writing for Children Competition” (500 entrants)
  • Prince Nicolai and the Empty Box long-listed from among close to nine hundred entries submitted to The Writers’ Union of Canada sponsored 2012 Writing for Children Competition. (874 entrants)
  • Short-listed from among fifty-five applicants for the WFNS Mentorship Program in 2007 (5 positions available.)

Employment History:

  • 1980-1998; 1975-1977: Patrick Power Library, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1967-1969: Teacher of English Language and Literature in Guyana and Jamaica under the auspices of Canadian University Services Overseas (CUSO)

Memberships:

  • Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia
  • Associate Member of CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers)

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