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Johanna Bertin

Johanna Bertin

Johanna Bertin is a freelance writer who makes her home in Smithfield, New Brunswick. She is the author of two non-fiction books focusing on unusual events in Canadian history, a narrative history of Sable Island, a children’s biography of Sir Charles Tupper, a story in an anthology of unusual Christmas Stories, and most recently a biography of Don Messer.



Johanna graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Social Work. In 2012, she retired from her career as a medical social worker in Fredericton, but continues to be actively involved with hospital and patient group support activities. She plans to do more writing on the partnership of media and social work.



Other interests include her family, biking (both motor and pedal), snowshoeing, kayaking, rug hooking, drumming, and travel. Her goal is to live long enough to accomplish everything she wants.

Publications

Don Messer: The Man behind the Music. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2009



Charles Tupper: a Bully for any Great Cause. Toronto: Jackfruit

Press, 2007



Sable Island: Tales of Tragedy and Survival from the

Graveyard of the Atlantic. Canmore: Altitude Publishing, 2006



Holiday Misadventures: Tragedy, Murder, and Mystery, co-authored with Joyce Glasner, Andrew Hind and Maria da Silva, and Richard Mole. Canmore: Altitude Publishing, 2006



Strange Events and More: Canadian Giants, Witches, Wizards and

Other Tales. Canmore: Altitude Publishing, 2005



Strange Events: Incredible Canadian Monsters, Curses, Ghosts and Other Tales. Canmore: Altitude Publishing, 2004



Articles in the Globe and Mail, Saltscapes Magazine, New Brunswick Reader, Acreage Life, Atlantic Books Today, Star and Times, the York County Connection, and the Daily Gleaner

 

 

Email:
jbertin@xplornet.com
City:
Smithfield
Province:
New Brunswick
Genre:
Biography, Non-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 Description

Taking on a biography is an assignment carrying huge responsibility: to be respectful of the subject, and of all those you interview; to present the data correctly and with respect; to research diligently, and from reliable sources; to present the subject's story, rather than yours about the subject.  

Presentation Length:
30 minutes to three hours
Genre:
biography
Grades:
elementary school students to senior's home residents
Audience Size:
worksop size 8-10
Presenation:
variable
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes