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Janet Somerville

Janet Somerville

Janet Somerville taught English literature & creative writing for 25 years in Toronto. She is privileged to have ongoing access to Martha Gellhorn's restricted papers in Boston. She is currently working on a book about Morley Callaghan, Canada's first writer to make his living exclusively from his fiction as well as a novel about Barbara Stanwyck set in 1940s Hollywood.

She contributes frequently to the Toronto Star book pages.

Email:
janet.somerville26@gmail.com
City:
Toronto
Province:
Ontario
Genre:
Literary nonfiction and fiction
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Presentation Length:
60-90 minutes
Genre:
Literary nonfiction: Gellhorn & Hemingway in the 1930s/1940s; WWII women war correspondents; Martha Gellhorn's social justice writing
Grades:
Grade 6 & up
Audience Size:
Any size
Presenation:
$250 & travel expenses if applicable
Workshop Description:

Could either do a poetry writing workshop or a memoir writing workshop.

Workshop Length:
60 minutes
Workshop Intended Audience:
Grade 6 & up
Workshop Audience Size:
30 maximum
Workshop Fee:
$250 & travel expenses, if applicable
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Presentation Description:

Gellhorn & Hemingway in the 1930s/1940s; WWII women war correspondents; Martha Gellhorn's social justice writing as a war correspondent and in peace time

School Presentation Length:
60-75 minutes
School Intended Audience:
Grade 6 and up
School Audience Size:
Any size
School Presentation Fee:
$350 plus travel expenses, if applicable
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes