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Kelly S Thompson

Kelly S. Thompson is a writer and retired officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. Kelly has a Honours Bachelor degree in Professional Writing from York University, a certificate in Publishing from Ryerson University, a master’s in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and is completing a PhD in Literary and Critical Studies, Creative Writing, at the University of Gloucestershire in the UK, where she examines representations of grief and trauma in memoir.

Kelly’s work has won awards in a variety of genres. She won the House of Anansi Press Golden Anniversary Award for Fiction, the 2014 and 2017 Barbara Novak Award for Personal Essay, and was shortlisted for Room magazine’s 2013 and 2014 Creative Nonfiction awards, placing 2nd in the 2019 contest. Her essays have appeared in anthologies across Canada, including Boobs, by Caitlin Press, Embedded on the Home Front, with Heritage House and Everyday Heroes with Simon & Schuster.

Her work has appeared in literary magazines across the country and her professional writing has been printed in Chatelaine, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, and more. Her article on military sexual harassment titled “Battle Fatigue,” was runner up for Feature Article of the Year with the Professional Writers Association of Canada.

Her memoir Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes from the Forces with Penguin Random House Canada, was an instant Globe and Mail bestseller and declared one of the top 100 books of 2019 by the Globe and Mail.

Kelly also teaches writing to all levels, having run after-school writing programs for teenage  girls, creative writing classes for children, and taught Creative Writing and Communications at Trent University. She now teaches at the University of King’s Creative Non Fiction. She also developed and runs classes for Royal Roads University and Loyalist College.

Kelly’s next memoir will release with McClelland & Stewart in January, 2023.

Leo J. Deveau

Leo J Deveau is a former public librarian, now author, freelance researcher, newspaper columnist, commentator and speaker. He is a director of the Halifax Military Heritage Preservation Society, a member of the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, a member of the Creative NonFiction Collective (CFNC), the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society and the Royal United Services Institute (Nova Scotia branch).

Gwen Martin

Gwen has been a writer and editor almost since the invention of the cell phone. During her decades-long professional career she produced political speeches, grant proposals, and geoscience reports for clients across Canada. Between writing and teaching gigs she jumped freight trains, played lounge piano, and prospected for gold. She also published three history books: Once Upon a Mine, For Love of Stone, and Gesner’s Dream.

Gwen’s CNF works appear in Geist Magazine, The Antigonish Review, Mom Egg Review, Funny Pearls, Hippocampus Magazine, and elsewhere. She currently is writing a mystery series featuring a forensic geologist named Beryl Strand who lives in a saltmarsh New Brunswick village. Gwen is also a professional member with The Writers’ Union of Canada, Crime Writers of Canada (as its Atlantic Canada regional representative), and Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick.

Patrick Lacroix

A native of Cowansville, Quebec, Patrick Lacroix pursued his endless fascination with the past and earned degrees in history at Bishop’s University (Sherbrooke, Quebec) and Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario). From 2012 to 2017, he attended the University of New Hampshire. While in the United States, he began submitting his work to academic, peer-reviewed publications and established himself as a leading historian of immigration and Franco-American history. His articles have appeared in influential history journals, including Histoire sociale/Social History, the Canadian Journal of History, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française, and The Historian.


 

Patrick defended his Ph.D. dissertation, “John F. Kennedy and the Politics of Faith,” several years ago; his manuscript is now under review with an American university press. He has taught at Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, N.H.) and Bishop’s University. His courses have ranged from Classical Greece to religion in the modern United States. Amid other responsibilities, Patrick continues to share original research on a regular basis on his website and often contributes to other blogs. He also has provided historical perspective on current issues through op-eds published in the History News Network, the Montreal GazetteTime.comLe Droit, the Washington Post, and the Concord Monitor.


 

He has a special interest in writing that blends attentiveness to historical detail with lively storytelling. He lives and writes in Halifax.


Twitter: @querythepast

Website: querythepast.com


Tim Covell

Tim lived in various areas of British Columbia and Ontario before moving to Nova Scotia. A part-time student for more than thirty years, and still taking courses, he has degrees in English Literature, Film Studies, and Canadian Studies. He researches film classification systems, and has published three academic papers, including an international study of how film classification agencies accommodate children’s participation rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Other publications include poetry, personal essays, short humour, biographies, and film reviews. He published his first romance novel, Ocean’s Lure, in 2021, and is working on more romance novels. He is a member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada, The American Copy Editors Society, and the Open Heart Forgery poetry cooperative. His day job is technical writer for a software company. More at www.covell.ca

Sarah Sawler

Sarah Sawler is the award-winning author of three books: 100 Things You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia; 100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada – For Kids; and the Moonbeam Spirit Award-winning Be Prepared: The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything (with Frankie MacDonald). Both middle grade books were nominated for the 2019/2020 Hackmatack Awards. Be Prepared was also nominated for a 2018 Yellow Cedar Award (Forest of Reading).

When they’re not writing books, Sarah is working as a publicist for graphic novel publisher Conundrum Press, reviewing children’s literature, writing web content for tech companies. They live in Nova Scotia with their partner, two kids, three cats, one dog, and one bearded dragon.

Pat d’Entremont

Pat d’Entremont is a Certified Management Consultant, entrepreneur, and writer. His monthly column, Business Technology, ran continuously in the Chronicle Herald for over six years, and his articles have been recognized by the business community for their accuracy, relevance, and wit. Pat has also contributed to Halifax Chamber’s Business Voice, Computing Canada and Microsoft Momentum, among others.

Pat does much of the media relations for Nicom IT Solutions, has a blog, uses social media effectively, and is able to get broad reach for his work.

Pat has a Bachelor of Science degree from Acadia University, a CMC designation from CMC Canada, and an ISP designation from the Canadian Information Processing Society.

Pat also writes fiction, and is currently working on a mystery, as well as a coming-of-age adult literary fiction novel.

Joan McArthur-Blair

 

Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair, Co-President of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting is a writer, speaker and facilitator. After more than 25 years of institutionally based work as an educator in roles from faculty to president, she has returned to her loves of writing, speaking and facilitating, and works with groups of all kinds to make a positive difference. Joan specializes in the use of Appreciative Inquiry to foster leadership, strategic planning and innovative strategies for organizational development. She recently published with Dr. Jeanie Cockell “Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force” and is currently authoring “Working Resilience.” And, is working on her first book of poetry entitled: Love & Work. Contact: Joan@cockellmcarthur-blair.com.

 

Dina Desveaux

DINA DESVEAUX is a fiction writer, freelance editor and academic researcher/writer. Her first novel, GARDEN OF THE GODS, was nominated in the best first novel category of the Atlantic Book Awards. She is the co-founder and host of the Halifax Wired Monks, a writers’ critique group.

Dina grew up in Chéticamp, where she fell in love with trees, bear cubs and moose. She blogs under the name TartanFrog–a celebratory tip of the hat to the interweaving of her French Acadian roots with the Celtic culture of Cape Breton. You can follow her musings about writing on her website.

Megan Venner

Megan Venner is an award-winning journalist with nearly 20 years experience.  Her search for a challenge has lead her from the Maritimes to Canada’s North to the Alberta Legislature and now back to Nova Scotia where she has chosen to make her home.

Her freelance writing career has covered a wide range of issues from parenting to politics to business.  As a broadcast journalist she has reported on issues ranging from the impact of mad cow disease on Alberta farmers to oil and gas development in northern aboriginal communities.  She has worked in the press gallery of two of Canada’s provincial and territorial legislatures.

Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Kings College. She was a 2001 recipient of a New York Festival’s Silver World Medal for her work with CBC Radio North.

She currently works as a freelance writer providing material for newspapers and magazines as well as writing work for corporate clients. Samples of her work can be found at www.meganvenner.com.  She also blogs about life and loss at www.misadventuresmom.com.

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