Magali A. Fréchette

Magali A. Fréchette writes the darker side of stories. Paranormal, dark fantasy, and mystery/thriller, but always with romance – she’s an extremist and loves both dark and cute things. All her stories are either set in Canada, or in alternate worlds (makes sense since she’s Canadian, right?). She is always writing and enjoys freelancing as … Read more

Teresa-Lee Cooke

Teresa-Lee Cooke’s love of musical theater led her to “spoken word” prose and poetry. Her work has been performed in “Wine and Words” 2013 (Theater By the River), and in FemFest 2013-2016 (Sarasvàti Productions). Her poetry appears in The Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group’s journal “Voices” and has also been included in “Verses Afire” (The Ontario … Read more

Hedy Leonora Martens 

Every week or so, someone asks me, “When is your next book coming out?” By this they mean, “We’re still waiting for the sequel to Favoured among Women. When are you going to get busy and finish it? Until recently, I was puzzled each time, because the second book of this two-volume story was announced … Read more

Jenny Gates

I began my writing career at the Australian Museum in Sydney where I co-authored several scientific catalogues and was editor of international scientific publications. Here in Winnipeg, I
work as a substantive book editor, and write plays, screenplays, fiction and non-fiction books, articles, speeches, stories, blogs, and occasionally even poetry. Side interests include music,
photography, and exploring the neighbourhood. With a bit of luck, by the end of 2021, I’ll have finally renovated my website, and published my first non-fiction book.

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Summary of Publications
I am a co-author of Zoological Catalogues of Fishes (3 vols) and Echinodermata.
I have published community articles in the Canstar Metro, was ghostwriter for “Crushed Ice” by
Bud Ulrich, and have edited 24 published and four as yet unpublished fiction and non-fiction

Award Nominations
Three of my authors have been publicly honoured for their work.
“Winnie The Bear” by M. A. Appleby won the Gold Medal for Best Regional Non-Fiction at the
Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2012.
“Harley’s Bootstraps” by Lois Henderson was a finalist for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book
Award in 2021.
“Welcome to California” by Sandra L. A. Boszko was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie
Book Awards of 2021 in the categories of Social Justice and Memoirs (Personal Struggle/Health

Steven Ross Smith

Steven Ross Smith is a poet, fiction writer and art journalist, as well as a sound and performance poet. He has been publishing books since the 1970s and he was a member of the legendary sound poetry group, Owen Sound. He has published thirteen books and is published in journals, audio recordings and videos, in … Read more

Sean Perrun

Sean is the author of a debut collection of short stories called The Fine Game of Nil. This collection takes a dark and terrifying look at what might happen to human consciousness after death. Follow the final moments of his characters’ lives as they depart from this reality and enter into another plane of existence. … Read more

Lisa Cochrane

Lisa Cochrane is a novice author of mainly YA and fantasy short stories and novels. She has yet to publish any of her works, but has participated in NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo for the past four years while pursuing an education in nursing, and is currently in the process of editing the first draft of … Read more

Rachel Carlson

Rachel is an English Studies graduate from the University of Winnipeg and is studying Creative Communications at Red River College. She is an avid reader and book reviewer published with The Winnipeg Review and Herizons Magazine. Rachel is an emerging writer and 2016 apprentice in The Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program. You can find her on … Read more

Jacquie Roberts

Born and bred in the urban prairies, my family has been blessed with long windedness and simultaneous charisma when it comes to words. I’m riding on the coat tails of some phenomenal creatives in my family hoping to pace my own path. A mother of 4, and a need to carve a piece of the … Read more

Catherine Macdonald

I’ve had a strange but interesting career as an archivist and freelance historian, writing a wide variety of stuff from scrupulously documented reports for government lawyers to educational video scripts featuring sketch comedy.   During one of those lulls so familiar to those who freelance, I had an idea for a historical mystery novel set … Read more

Mark A. Burch

Mark A. Burch is a Winnipeg-based writer and introvert who has somehow offered courses, presentations, workshops and media appearances about voluntary simplicity and sustainable livelihood. He is author of nine non-fiction books, numerous articles and anthology contributions, and is currently working on a utopian fiction. Key titles include: Simplicity: Notes, Stories and Exercises for Developing … Read more

Melva McLean

Melva’s screenplays have won awards at international festivals, including Action on Film, Austin, Indie Gathering, the International Family Film Festival, Moondance, and SFU’s Praxis. Her period romance, Nylon Days, made the quarterfinals of the 2014 Nicholl Fellowships (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).   Melva was also a recipient of a 2014 National Screen … Read more