The love of nature, culture and history inspire Judith Silverthorne’s writing and help shape many of her award-winning books. Based in Saskatchewan, she has travelled about the world doing research that explores ancient and contemporary subjects. Whether it’s investigating haunted locations, parasailing above the Pacific or riding a camel across the Sahara, Judith uses her adventures to weave her engaging stories of adventure, mystery and surprise.
Judith Silverthorne is a multiple-award winning Saskatchewan-based author of several children’s novels, including one translated into Japanese, and two non-fiction adult books. She has also written several hundred articles and columns for newspapers and magazines and worked as an editor, evaluator, researcher, curator, book reviewer, television documentary producer and scriptwriter, and arts administrator.
She has presented hundreds of readings and writing workshops at libraries, schools and other educational institutions, and at conferences. Her series of children’s novels fascinate 7 to 12 year olds, although they appeal to younger and older kids, and adults too.
Judith Silverthorne has lived most of her life in Saskatchewan, in both urban and rural settings, which is the inspiration for much of her material. As a freelance writer, she has written several hundred articles and columns for newspapers and magazines. She is the author of nine children’s novels so far and two non-fiction adult books.
She has been an art curator, television documentary producer, writer, researcher and consultant. She currently does freelance work evaluating, editing, proof-reading and critiquing manuscripts for individuals and publishers. She also writes book reviews. As well, she is a writing instructor, and teaches English to foreign students.
Presentations and Readings
Judith does numerous author presentations and readings for schools and libraries each year and speaks at special functions and conferences for teachers, writers and librarians. She also conducts numerous writing workshops, courses and classes and has been a Writer-in-Residence and several elementary schools. Her clients consist of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, the Saskatoon School Board, Saskatchewan Festival of Words and Sage Hill Writing Experience, New Media Campus, Pahkisimon Nuye?áh Library System (PNLS) (in northern Saskatchewan communities) and the Oxford Learning Centre. She has also taught Freelance Business Skills in Film and Video class for SIAST (Wascana Campus), and writing classes at the University of Regina, Centre for Continuing Education and the Lifelong Learning Centre).
Film Production Work
Judith Silverthorne was the Owner/Producer of Spiral Communications Inc from 1997-2006. Her video production company produced television documentary shows.
Judith also did the scriptwriting and various other tasks, such as director, production assistant, photographer, and was a consultant within her own company and for others.
She produced documentaries like Roger Ing’s Utopia, and Ingrained Legacy:
Splinters, a series of ten vignettes, featuring early Saskatchewan woodworkers and furniture maker
First Visions, a series of three vignettes, two to four minutes in length, featuring First Nation artists living in Saskatchewan
Selected Work on Other Projects
Scriptwriter/Researcher/Co-producer: SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL POLICE (working title), a one hour documentary on the history of the provincial police force from 1917-1928. Produced by Sure Fire Productions, fall 2006.
Script Editor/Writer: NEAR TO NATURE’S HEART, a one hour documentary on the history of women and their relationships with nature in the Waskesiu/Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan area. Produced by Live Wire Video, 2000.
Production Assistant: TROMBONE: Voice of God, a documentary on the history of the trombone. Produced by Sharper Image Film & Video Production Inc., 2000.
Assistant Writer: SUBTERRANEAN PASSAGE, Reverie Films, Regina, SK, 1999