Selected Literary CV/Résumé

SELF-EMPLOYMENT

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

PUBLICATIONS

Fiction Books

  • Convictions, Coteau Books. Coming Spring 2016 – 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
  • Honouring the Buffalo, A Plains Cree Legend, Winter 2015, Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing-Picture Book, English with Cree translation.

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

  • The Willow Awards, Diamond Willow, 2013, Nominee, Ghosts of Government House
  • Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature, 2011. Nominated, The Secret of the Stone Circle, (Coteau Books)
  • Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature, 2005. Nominated, The Secret of the Stone House.
  • Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature, 2004. Nominated, Dinosaur Breakout.
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Our Choice List for 2004. Dinosaur Hideout.
  • Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature. 2003. Winner, Dinosaur Hideout.
  • The Willow Awards, Diamond Willow, 2005, Nominee, Dinosaur Hideout.
  • Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature, 1996. Winner, The Secret of Sentinel Rock.
  • Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education, 1996. Nominated, The Secret of Sentinel Rock.
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Our Choice List, 1996/97. The Secret of Sentinel Rock.
  • Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, Nominated, The Secret of Sentinel Rock.

 CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • When Words Collide, Calgary, AB. 2015, 2016 (pending)
  • Saskatchewan School Library Association Conference. 2015
  • Saskatchewan Reading Council Conference, 2013
  • Saskatchewan School Library Association Conference, 2010
  • Saskatchewan Reading Council Conference, 2009
  • Saskatchewan Writers Guild Conference, 2007
  • Saskatchewan School Library Association Conference, 2005
  • Saskatchewan Library Association Conference, 2005
  • South Saskatchewan Teachers Conference, 2004
  • Literacy for Life: A Conference for Children, Youth, and Adults, Saskatoon School Board/University of Saskatchewan, May 2004

 INSTRUCTING EXPERIENCE

  • University of Regina, Lifelong Learning Centre. Creative Writing, Winter 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

  •  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

  • Spring Magazine, Volume VI, Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, 2009
  • Individual writers. Critiquing and editing (provincially and nationally) 1999-present.

JURY ACTIVITIES

  • Canada Council for the Arts –  Literary Arts Promotion: Project Grants, 2013
  • The Golden Taffy Book – sponsored by the Saskatchewan Teachers of English Language Arts, (STELA), Vol 40, November, Fall 2004.
  • Alberta Book Awards for Children’s Literature – picture books, 2004
  • 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 jury

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. Hired as Executive Director in 2010)
  • 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

  • Canada Council for the Arts – Literary Organizations, 2013
  • The Golden Taffy – sponsored by the Saskatchewan Teachers of English Language Arts, (STELA), Volume 40, Fall, November, 2004.
  • R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature, Alberta Book Awards– 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, 199
  • 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.

SPECIALIZED COURSES/TRAINING (Selected)

  • Book Editing Immersion, Course, Simon Fraser University, 2015
  • Indigenous Editors Circle, Workshops, 2015
  • Editing Indigenous Manuscripts: A Publishing Master Class, Workshop, 2015
  • Excelling as a Manger or Supervisor, TrainUp.com, Jan 2014
  • The Essentials of HR Law in Canada, Fred Pryor Training, November, 2013
  • Sage Hill Writing Experience, Lumsden, SK, 2012, under the instruction of Lawrence Hill
  • Introduction to Internet Writing Markets, April 2009. Southeast Regional College/Online Learning.
  • Memoir Writing Workshop, Peter’s College, Muenster, SK. Instructor: Lorrie Neilsen Glenn, August, 2008.
  • Creative Fiction Writing Workshop. World Spirit.Org, Crete, Greece. Instructor: David Swann, British novelist/poet, June, 2008
  • Global TESOL College, Teaching Adults English TESOL Certificate, August, 2007, Advanced TESOL Certificate, January 2008
  • Waterford ESL College, English as a Second Language (ESL) Training, Shanghai, China, March, 2008.
  • Myers-Briggs Workshop, Regina, SK, 2007
  • Adult Basic Education Training classes – University of Regina, 2005
  • Leadership Conference, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, 2004
  • Management and Supervisory Course, Skillpath Training Seminars, Regina, SK, 2002
  • Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Program, First Nations University of Canada, 2002
  • Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council, Government of Saskatchewan, Special Events Coordinator Certification, 1999

SPECIAL WRITING COURSES

  • Sage Hill Writing Experience, Lumsden, SK, under the instruction of Lawrence Hill, 2012
  • Introduction to Internet Writing Markets, Southeast Regional College/Online Learning. April 2009.
  • Memoir Writing Workshop, St. Peter’s College, Muenster, SK. Instructor: Lorrie Neilsen Glenn, August, 2008.
  • Creative Fiction Writing Workshop. World Spirit.Org, Crete, Greece. Instructor: David Swann, British novelist/poet, June, 2008

TELEVISION APPEARANCES & RADIO INTERVIEWS
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.).