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Heather Tucker

Heather Tucker

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Throughout an eclectic career Heather Tucker has gathered stories— from international community health projects to her experience as a teacher, bereavement counsellor, public health and psychiatric nurse.

Heather spent many years developing health and education resources until discovering that playing with words was more fun than working with them.

She is the winner of the Writers’ Union of Canada, New York Literal Latte and many other short prose competitions. Her debut novel, The Clay Girl, was the American Booksellers Association debut pick, a finalist for the Atlantic Book and Kobo Emerging Author Award and was voted into the top ten on the Canada 150 best books list.

Literary Fiction
I write professionally in the following language(s):


The Clay Girl. 2016, ECW Press
Cracked Pots. 2021, ECW Press


Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Competition, 2011
New York Literal Latte Prose Competition, 2013
American Booksellers Association Indie Debut Pick for The Clay Girl, 2016
Atlantic Book Award Finalist for The Clay Girl, 2017
Kobo Emerging Author Finalist for The Clay Girl, 2017
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


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

Tailored to audience. Presentations to book clubs, keynote, library author talks, writers' groups, literary festivals, panels, conferences...

Presentation Length:
1-2 hours
Popular Fiction
General, teens to seniors
Audience Size:
Negotiable and sensitive to group means.
Workshop Description:

Visual journaling is a colourful way to record our unique stories, reduce stress, set goals and spark creativity.

Using colour, collage, words, images and simple strokes, participants will discover how art journaling can help them: kick the stress, organize the mess, unleash creativity and express their unique self. 

Workshops are tailored to meet goals of participants

Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
Workshop Intended Audience:
Workshop Audience Size:
10-20 participants
Workshop Fee:
Negotiable and sensitive to group means.
Are you available for school visits?:
School Presentation Description:

Tailored to curriculum needs. Writer's craft, sparking creativity, gender studies...

School Presentation Length:
Tailored to school schedule
School Intended Audience:
High school senior
School Audience Size:
Single class or assembly
School Presentation Fee:
Negotiable and sensitive to group means.
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program: