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Catherine Austen

Catherine Austen

Catherine Austen writes books for children and teens, short stories for adults, and reports for corporate clients. Her novels have won the CLA Young Adult Book Award, the Sunburst Award, the QWF Prize for Children’s Literature, and the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award. Her short stories have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and Write. You can listen to her creative writing podcast, "Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers" at https://CabinTales.ca. Catherine lives in Gatineau, Quebec. 

Email:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada
City:
Gatineau
Province:
Quebec
Genre:
children's, YA, adult
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Publications

When the Squirrels Stole my Sister. 2021, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6. 2014, Lorimer
All Good Children. 2011, Orca
26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6. 2011, Lorimer
My Cat Isis. 2011, Kids Can Press
Walking Backward. 2009, Orca

Awards

Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award for All Good Children, 2012
Sunburst Award (Young Adult Category) for All Good Children, 2012
Hackmatack Children's Choice Award )(English Fiction Category) for 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6, 2012/13
Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature for 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6, 2012
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Presentation Description

Please see my website at www.catherineausten.com/workshops/ for sample presentations. 

Presentation Length:
45-60 minutes
Genre:
children's fiction
Grades:
Different presentations for all levels from JK to Adult
Audience Size:
up to 100
Presenation:
$250 for 1; $350 for 2 in the same morning/afternoon
Workshop Description:

Please see my website at www.catherineausten.com/workshops/ for sample workshops. 

Workshop Length:
45-90 minutes each; a series of several is possible
Workshop Intended Audience:
Children -- grades 3-11
Workshop Audience Size:
25
Workshop Fee:
$250 for 1; $350 for 2 in the same morning/afternoon
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Audience Size:
Same as presentations/workshops
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes