Selected Literary CV/Résumé

FREELANCE/SELF-EMPLOYMENT

  • Freelance writer
  • Award-winning author
  • Media scriptwriter
  • Researcher
  • Writer-in-Residence
  • Executive producer/producer/production assistant of television documentaries
  • Instructor of writing & film classes
  • Conference lecturer
  • Editor, manuscript evaluator, book reviewer
  • Author readings & presentations
  • Curator of art events related to my documentaries, non-fiction research and books
  • Events manager, promoter/publicist of cultural events

PUBLICATIONS

(categorized and in reverse order of publication)

Fiction Books 

  • Ghosts in the Garden, Coteau Books, 2017. ISBN-13: 9781550509052. Juvenile Fiction.
  • Convictions, Coteau Books, 2016.  ISBN-13: 978`55056525. Young Adult Fiction.
  • Ghosts of Government House, Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-894431-63-7, Juvenile Fiction
  • Adventure of a Boy and Old Man – A Volume of Hideout (Japanese Translation of Dinosaur Hideout). WCC books, Japan, 2010. Juvenile Fiction
  • The Secret of the Stone Circle. Coteau Books, 2010. ISBN 13: 978-1-55050-431-6, Juvenile Fiction
  • Dinosaur Blackout. Coteau Books, 2008. ISBN: 13: 978-1-55050-375-3. Juvenile Fiction
  • Dinosaur Stakeout. Coteau Books, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1-55050-344-9, Juvenile Fiction
  • The Secret of the Stone House. Coteau Books, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-1-55050-325-8, Juvenile Fiction
  • Dinosaur Breakout. Coteau Books, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-1-55050-294-7, Juvenile Fiction
  • Dinosaur Hideout. Coteau Books, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-1-55050-226-8, Juvenile Fiction
  • The Secret of Sentinel Rock. Coteau Books, 1996. ISBN 13: 978-1-55050-386-9, Juvenile Fiction

 Picture Books (Non-Fiction)

  • Hommage au Bison, Les Éditions de la Nouvelle Plume. Picture Book, French with Cree translation, 2016. ISBN: 978924237144.
  • Honouring the Buffalo, A Plains Cree Legend, 2015, Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing-Picture Book, English with Cree translation. ISBN:9781927756331.

Non-Fiction Books

  • Ingrained Legacy: Saskatchewan Pioneer Woodworkers 1870-1930. Spiral Communications Inc, 2003. ISBN-10:0-9732879-0, Adult Non-Fiction
  • Made in Saskatchewan: Peter Rupchan, Ukrainian Pioneer and Potter. Prairie Lily Co-operative Ltd, 1991. Reprinted in 2003, by Spiral Communications Inc. ISBN-10: 0-921435-04-5, Adult Non-Fiction

Anthologies

  • Friends and Fences, Short Fiction, Prairie Lily Co-operative Publishing Ltd. Saskatchewan, Canada, 1994 (The Diary)
  • Saskatchewan Poetry Society Anthologies, poetry, 1972-1975

Periodical Writing – Writer, researcher, photographer for over 600 articles and columns for various periodicals, including the daily and weekly newspapers, and several magazines. 1985-present.

 Scriptwriting

  • How To… Executive Producer, Writer, Researcher, a series of eighteen professional development vignettes for beginning writers for the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, 2016.
  • First Visions, Producer, Director, Writer, Researcher, a series of three vignettes, produced by Spiral Film Productions Inc., 1997.
  • Ingrained Legacy, Producer, Writer, Co-Director, Researcher, television documentary and Splinters a series of ten vignettes, produced by Spiral Film Productions Inc., Regina, SK, 1997.
  • Near To Nature’s Heart, Script Editor/Writer, television documentary, produced by Live Wire Video, Regina, SK, 2000.
  • Roger Ing: The Utopia Years, Producer, Co-Director, Writer, Researcher, Publicist, television documentary, produced by Spiral Film Productions Inc. Regina, SK, 1998.
  • Rupchan: Spirit of a Prairie Potter, Executive Producer, Writer, Researcher, television documentary-drama, produced by Grasslands Productions Inc., 1992.
  • Smuggling, Writer, Researcher, Production Manager, two short promo videos for the R.C.M.P., produced by Sharper Image Film & Video Productions Inc., Regina, SK, 1998.

 AWARDS

Personal Awards

  • YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Arts, 2006.

 Writing Awards

  • 2017Moonbeam Children’s Award for Pre-Teen Fiction-Mystery – Winner. Ghosts in the Garden
  • 2017 – Human Relations Indie Awards – Pre-Teen – Winner. Convictions
  • 2017Moonbeam Children’s Award for Young Adult Fiction- Historical/Cultural – Gold Winner. Convictions
  • 2017 – IPPY Canada-West – Best Regional Non-Fiction – Silver Medal Winner. Honouring the Buffalo – co-authored with Elder and Storyteller, Ray Lavallee
  • 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Historical Fiction 2017 – Winner – Gold (First Place) – Convictions
  • 2017 – Forward Indie Awards -Young Adult Fiction – Nominated – Convictions
  • 2017Next Generation Indie Book Awards  – Historical Fiction category -Winner – Convictions
  • 2017 – Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature – Nominated. YA novel – Convictions
  • 2017 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publication in Education. Nominated. YA novel – Convictions
  • 2017 – High Plains Award –  Women Writers category – Nominated – Convictions
  • 2016 Gold – Moonbeam Award for the YA Fiction – Historical/Cultural for Convictions
  • 2016 – Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Children’s Picture Book (6 Years & Up) – Winner, Honouring the Buffalo
  • 2016 – High Plains Book Awards categories: Art & Photography, and Children’s Book. Nominated.  Honouring the Buffalo
  • 2016 – Saskatchewan Book Awards – Nominated for three categories: Children’s Literature, Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing (Ray Lavallee), Aboriginal Peoples’ Publishing Award (publisher). Honouring the Buffalo – co-authored with Elder and Storyteller, Ray Lavallee
  • 2015/16 – Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Our Choice List. Honouring the Buffalo
  • 2015 – Moonbeam Children’s Award for Environmental Issues. Silver Winner. Honouring the Buffalo
  • 2013 – Willow Awards (SYRCA), Diamond Willow. Nominated. Ghosts of Government House
  • 2005 – Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature. Nominated. The Secret of the Stone House
  • 2005 – Willow Awards (SYRCA), Diamond Willow, 2005, Nominated. Dinosaur Hideout.
  • 2004 – Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature. Nominated. Dinosaur Breakout
  • 2003 – Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature. Winner. Dinosaur Hideout
  • 2004 – Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Our Choice List. Dinosaur Hideout
  • 1996 – Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature. Winner. The Secret of Sentinel Rock
  • 1996 – Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education. Nominated. Winner The Secret of Sentinel Rock
  • 1996/97 – Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Our Choice List. The Secret of Sentinel Rock
  • 1996 – Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, Nominated. The Secret of Sentinel Rock

 Other Accolades for Honouring the Buffalo

  • 2015 – Best Books for Kids & Teens, Fall Edition. (Honouring the Buffalo)
  • 2015-2016 – Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools Catalogue, Selected by teacher-librarians through the Association of Canadian Book Publishers of BC. (Honouring the Buffalo)
  • 2015-2016 – Canadian History Books for Schools Catalogue, Selected by teacher-librarians through the Association of Canadian Book Publishers of BC. (Honouring the Buffalo)

Film & Video Nominations

  • Saskatchewan Film & Video Showcase Awards. Nominated for Best Documentary and for Original Music Score Roger Ing’s Utopia. 1998
  • Saskatchewan Film & Video Showcase Awards. Nominated for Best Music. Rupchan: Spirit of a Prairie Potter. 1992

CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL PRESENTATIONS

  • South Saskatchewan Reading Council Conference, 2016
  • When Words Collide, Calgary, 2015, 2016
  • Saskatchewan School Library Association Conference, 2015
  • South Saskatchewan Reading Council Conference, 2013
  • Saskatchewan School Library Association Conference, 2010
  • Saskatchewan Reading Council – Annual Conference, Saskatoon, 2009
  • Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild – Annual Conference, Regina, 2007
  • Saskatoon School BoardLiteracy for Life: A Conference for Children, Youth, and Adults. Held at the University of Saskatchewan, Instructor/Presenter, May 2007
  • Saskatchewan School Library Association – Annual Conference, Saskatoon, 2005
  • Saskatchewan Library Association – Annual Conference, Regina, 2005
  • South Saskatchewan Teachers Association – Annual Conference, Regina, 2004

SPECIAL EVENT PRESENTATIONS 

  • Bump in the Night – Government House Historical Museum, Regina, Saskatchewan, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Fan Expo-Regina, 2015, 2016
  • Writes of Spring, RPL (Regina Public Library) 2017
  • SaskBooks Publishing Tour, 2016
  • Family Literacy Day Celebrations, 2012

INSTRUCTING EXPERIENCE

  • Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, 2016-2017. (Preparation for Publishing)
  • University of Regina, Lifelong Learning Centre. Creative Writing, Winter & Spring 2016, Winter & Spring 2010
  • Sage Hill Writing Experience, Regina, SK. Session instructor for creative writing for teens, August 2004, August 2013.
  • University of Regina, Lifelong Learning Centre, (previously Senior’s Education Centre). Creative Writing Courses, Spring 2009, Fall 2012
  • Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), Wascana Campus, Regina, SK. Sessional instructor for Freelance Business Skills in Film & Video and Stress Management, 2001 to 2010
  • University of Regina, Centre for Continuing Education – Creative writing classes (fiction and non-fiction), Spring and Fall 2009, Winter 2010. Scriptwriting for Television & Film (documentary and drama), Fall 2006
  • University of Regina, Centre for Continuing Education. Creative Writing Courses, Spring, 2009, Fall 2009, Winter 2010; Scriptwriting for Television & Film (documentary and drama), Fall 2006
  • Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Regina. Creative Writing, Fall 2012
  • Carlyle Public Library/Cornerstone Literacy for Family & Youth, (Carlyle, SK). All day writing workshop, Sept, 2009
  • University of Regina, Senior’s Education Centre. Creative Writing Course, spring 2009, fall 2012
  • Sage Hill Writing Experience, Regina, SK. Session instructor for creative writing for teens, August 2004, August 2013
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology – SIAST), Wascana Campus, Regina, SK. Sessional instructor for Freelance Business Skills in Film & Video and Stress Management, 2001 to 2010
  • Pahkisimon Nuye?áh Library System (PNLS), La Ronge, SK. Teaching writing workshops/doing author readings, In far northern isolated Saskatchewan schools and libraries, May 2007 (two weeks)
  • Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild (SWG). Teaching Creative Writing Workshops in rural communities. 1998 to 2010
  • New Media Campus, Regina, SK. Sessional Instructor – Drama scriptwriting courses, January-March 2006
  • Saskatchewan Festival of Words, Moose Jaw, SK. Session instructor for creative writing for children, July 1999, 2004
  • English Teacher@World Community Club, Teaching English to Japanese students (via Skype), Sept 2008 to 2011

  WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE

  • Regina Public Library, 2018-2019.
  • Edenwold Elementary School, Edenwold, SK. Writer-in-Residence, Kindergarten to Grade 6, May-June, 2010
  • Lakeview Elementary School, Regina, SK. Writer-in-Residence, Kindergarten to Grade 8, March-April 2010. (3 weeks)
  • North Central Family Centre, Regina, SK, Writing facilitator for workshops with children to adult writers (Youth at risk, ages 10-24), Special book project with one group, June-October 200
  • Walker Elementary School, Regina, SK, Writer-in-Residence, Kindergarten to Grade 8. January, 2009 (3 weeks) (through SWG)

EDITING/PROOFING/MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION/BOOK REVIEWS

  • Spring Magazine, Volume VI, Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, 2009
  • Individual writers. Critiquing and editing (provincially and nationally) 1999-Present.
  • Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. Manuscript Evaluation Services, 1998-2010, 2017-Present
  • Centax Books. Editing and proofing, 1996-1998;
  • Coteau Books. Proofing of manuscripts for publication, 1998-2000;Individual writers/authors. Critiquing and editing – provincially and nationally, 1999-present;
  • Writing Group Instruction and Evaluations. Throughout the province of Saskatchewan (e.g. Tisdale Writers Group, Wascana Writers Group, Estevan Writers Group), 1998-present.\
  • SaskBooks (formerly Saskatchewan Publishers Group) – Book reviews -2008-2009

JURY ACTIVITIES

  • High Plains Book awards, Billings, Montana, Jury for Children’s literature, 2017, 2018.
  • Canada Council for the Arts – Literary Arts Promotion: Project Grants, 2013.
  • The Golden Taffy – sponsored by the Saskatchewan Teachers of English Language Arts, (STELA), Volume 40, Fall, November, 2004.
  • Alberta Book Awards, R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature, picture books, 2005
  • Gemini Awards, Canada’s national English-language television awards– pre-selection jury for Televised Special Events Category, 1999
  • Yorkton Short Film & Video Awards, Selection Committee – Documentary Shorts, 2000
  • SaskFilm & Video Corporation – Experimental Film funding, 1999

GRANTS

  • Creative Saskatchewan, Market and Export Development Grant, 2015
  • Access Copyright Foundation Research Grant, 2014
  • Jean Chalmers Fund for the Crafts, Canada Council for the Arts, 2004
  • Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation Grant, 2004
  • Saskatchewan History & Folklore Society Grant, 2004
  • CTV Fellowship Grant, Banff Television Festival, 1998

 PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Saskatchewan Writers Guild (SWG), 1988-present President, Board and Committee Member, and other activities, meetings, etc. (Executive Director from 2010-2017)
  • The Writers Union of Canada, 2010 – present
  • Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP), 2003-present (Treasurer, Prairie Horizons Branch, 2009-2010)
  • Saskatchewan Motion Picture Association (SMPIA), 1991-2008 (Board Member & Various Committees, Showcase Gala Coordinator, 1991- 2007)
  • Saskatchewan Association of Screenwriters (SAS), (Executive Board member, 2003)
  • Professional Writers Union of Canada (PWAC), 2007-2008
  • Saskatchewan Books (formerly Saskatchewan Publishers Group), 2003-2005
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC), 2003-2012
  • Children’s Writers Round Robin (a Saskatchewan writing group), 1991-1996, 2011-present
  • Saskatchewan Book Awards (SBA), Board member and gala coordinator, 1997-1998

MANUSCRIPT EVALUATIONS, EDITING, PROOFING & BOOK REVIEWING

  • Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. Manuscript Evaluation Services, 1998-2010
  • SWG’s Spring Magazine, Volume VI, 2009
  • Coteau Books. Proofing of manuscripts for publication, 1998-2000
  • Centax Books. Editing and proofing, 1996-1998
  • Individual writers/authors. Critiquing and editing – provincially and nationally, 1999-present
  • Writing Group Instruction and Evaluations. Throughout the province of Saskatchewan (e.g. Tisdale Writers Group, Wascana Writers Group, Estevan Writers Group), 1998-present
  • Saskatchewan Books (formerly Saskatchewan Publishers Group) – Book reviews -2008-2009

 CURATING

  • Consultant for Rupchan Exhibition, Ukrainian Museums of Canada, 2006
  • Co-Curator Saskatchewan Woodworkers, developed jointly by The Mendel Art Gallery and the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery, Nov. 1996-January, 1997, a portion of which travelled until the beginning of 1998
  • Co-Curator for the SCES Club Gallery, 1996-2000. E.g. Winter Meltdown Member Art Show, January 1998
  • Consultant for Rupchan Exhibition, Ukrainian Museums of Canada, 2006
  • Co-Curator Saskatchewan Woodworkers, developed jointly by The Mendel Art Gallery and the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery, Nov. 1996-January, 1997, a portion of which travelled until the beginning of 1998.

EDUCATION/TRAINING  (Selected)

Writing Courses

  • Sage Hill Writing Experience – Lawrence Hill symposium instructor, Lumsden, SK, 2012
  • Introduction to Internet Writing Markets, Southeast Regional College/Ed2Go, 2009. Instructor: Linda Aksomitis.
  • Memoir Writing Workshop. St. Peter’s College, Muenster, SK, 2008.  Instructor: Lorrie Neilsen Glenn.
  • Creative Fiction Writing Workshop. World Spirit.Org, Loutro, Crete, Greece. 2008.Instructor: David Swann, British novelist/poet

Editing Courses

  • Book Editing Immersion, Course, Simon Fraser University, 2015. Instructor: Joy Gugeler
  • Indigenous Editors Circle, Workshop. 2015. Instructors: Greg Younging, Gregory Scofield, Warren Cariou, Deanne Reder
  • Editing Indigenous Manuscripts: A Publishing Master Class, Workshop. 2015. Workshop Instructors: Greg Younging, Gregory Scofield, Warren Cariou, Deanne Reder

Teaching Instruction

  • Adult Basic Education Training classes (to teach adults)– University of Regina, 2005
  • Teaching Adults English (ESL-English as a Second Language) TESOL Certificate, Global TESOL College. January 2008
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) Advanced TESOL Certificate Global TESOL College. August 2007
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) Training, Waterford ESL College, Shanghai, China. March 2008.

 Related Courses

  • Special Events Coordinator Certification, Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council, Government of Saskatchewan. 1999
  • Computer Integrated Art Production Seminar, sponsored by Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Saskatchewan Municipal Government. January 1998
  • University of Regina, English and film majors, 1994-1996

 Cultural Sensitivity Training

  • Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Program, First Nations University of Canada. 2002
  • Multicultural Awareness Training, Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan. 2015

 Management Courses

  • Excelling as a Manger or Supervisor, TrainUp.com. Jan 2014
  • The Essentials of HR Law in Canada, Fred Pryor Training. November, 2013
  • Leadership Conference, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. 2004
  • Management and Supervisory Course, Skillpath Training Seminars, Regina, SK. 2002
  • Myers-Briggs Workshop, Regina, SK. 2007 and 2015 1998

TELEVISION APPEARANCES & RADIO INTERVIEWS
Toast & Coffee, CJTR (numerous times 2014-present), On Writing, Access Communications (half-hour show) 2014-2015; Art InCLINEd, SCN – Half-Hour Documentary (on myself as a writer), Feb 2007. Various television interviews and short clips throughout the years to the present Talk of the Town, Access Communications (recent years). Also numerous radio interviews over the years to the present (CTV, CJTR, CKRM etc.).