Wendy Kitts

BIOGRAPHY
Wendy is a Moncton-area writer, artist and graphic designer who believes everyone has a story and her favourite part of her job is unearthing that story ― whether by pen, by brush or by mouse.

Wendy has been a freelance writer since 2000, and has written over 200 articles for local, national, and international publications such Reader’s Digest, More and the Globe & Mail.

A former long-term member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, Wendy was a regular contributor of children’s book reviews to the Globe & Mail, Canadian Children’s Book News, Atlantic Books Today and the New Brunswick Reader (Telegraph Journal) where she wrote a weekly column for five years.

Wendy sat on the judging committee for two consecutive years choosing the best in Canadian kid’s lit for Our Choice (now Best Books for Kids & Teens), an annual publication of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Wendy is the author of Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar (Nimbus, 2011), a non-fiction children’s book for 7-12 year-olds; and co-author of Breaking the Word Barrier: Stories of Adults Learning to Read (Goose Lane, 2009), an anthology on literacy. Wendy is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and in addition to writing non-fiction, Wendy writes picture books and middle grade fiction.

Wendy has extensive corporate writing experience from her communications work with the Canadian government, writing everything from web articles, to investment brochures promoting Atlantic Canada to the world, to speeches for federal politicians. Wendy also has a diploma in digital publishing and designs creative marketing materials such as logos, business cards and brochures.

Wendy has worked (both paid and volunteer) with various literacy organizations and for three years, ran an after-school literacy program for at-risk children, K-6, for the Greater Moncton YMCA.

Wendy has been a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia since 1996, the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick since 1999, and New Brunswick’s Writers-in-the-School Program, (WISP), since 2002. She’s done hundreds of writing and art workshops for children of all ages through WISP as well as her fine arts after-school program, Art & Soul, that she ran for three years in Moncton-area schools. Wendy also facilitates writing and art workshops for adults.

Wendy’s favourite place to write is by the ocean and she divides her time between Caissie Cape, New Brunswick, and San Diego, California. Please visit her website for more information about her workshops, or to see samples of her writing and design.

 

AWARDS

Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar (Nimbus Publishing, 2011), Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award nominee, 2012


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