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Julie Burtinshaw

Julie Burtinshaw

A resident of Vancouver, Julie Burtinshaw is an award-winning author of seven novels for young adults.  A graduate of SFU’s Writers Studio, Julie has served as a judge for the BC Book Awards, Red Cedar Awards, Illinois Women's Press Association Communications.

Hangman: The True Story of Canada’s First Executioner (Tidewater Press, 2022) is her first non-fiction title. 

Her last novel, Saying Goodbye to London was named one of the five outstanding books for children in the 2018, BC Book Prizes.

Julie has attended writer's residencies around the world, as close to home as Saltspring Island and as far away as Switzerland.

She has helped to foster a love of reading and writing to young adults and adults everywhere. 

She is currently working on her first memoir.

Julie is available for readings and workshops across Canada.



    c/o Writers' Union of Canada
    Young Adult, Adult, Fiction, creative fiction, non-fiction, historical
    I write professionally in the following language(s):


    Hangman: the true story of Canada's first official executioner . 2022, Tidewater Press, British Columbia
    Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


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

    Presentations involve a reading, followed by discussion and questions about the process of writing a novel, and an exploration of different genres. I like to allow the audience to choose their topics of interest through the questions they ask. My presentations are much more than just standing in front of an audience and reading. 

    Presentation Length:
    One hour minimum
    Young Adult, Fiction and non-fiction
    Adults and college students Teenagers Anyone with an interest in writing
    Audience Size:
    ten people and up
    Workshop Description:

    Workshops are designed to encourage creativity through a series of engaging exercises, so that by the end of the workshop, participants leave feeling encouraged and excited about writing, and confident in sharing their work. They will also have new found knowledge about the publishing process and the craft of writing. 

    Workshop Length:
    1-2 hours
    Workshop Intended Audience:
    Tweens, teens, adults interested in writing
    Workshop Audience Size:
    Eight to Fifteen
    Workshop Fee:
    $250-$400 depending on workshop length
    Are you available for school visits?:
    School Presentation Description:

    In this presentation, I like to weave the story of my writing career using various readings from several of my novels. It's important for teens to take pauses to ask questions, so there are discussions all the way through the presentation. I want the teens to enjoy themselves, while learning something about the craft of writing, and the joy of creativity. I hope they return to their classrooms excited about picking up a book. 

    School Presentation Length:
    1 hour
    School Intended Audience:
    High school students
    School Audience Size:
    15 - 40
    School Presentation Fee:
    Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
    Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program: