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Linda Hutsell-Manning

Linda Hutsell-Manning

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Linda Hutsell-Manning's juvenile time-travel novel, Jason and the Wonderhorn (Fogbound Through Time Book 1) is now available as an e-book with Kindle and Kobo. Her juvenile narrative nonsense poem will appear in Cloud Lake Literary, April 2022. She has two poems in Balm, Raven's Quoth Press, 2021 and three pieces in Our Pandemic Times, Blue Denim Press, 2021. Her memoir, Fearless and Determined: Two Years Teaching in a One-Room School  was published by Blue Demin Press, Oct 2019. A two act comedy, A Certain Singing Teacher, premiered in 2017 and is available from Playwright's Guild Canada. Her novella, Heads I Win, was short-listed in  Quattro Books 2014 novella competition. Her debut novel,That Summer in Franklin, Second Story Press, Toronto, 2011, has been compared to the writing of Margaret Laurence and Maeve Binchy (Open Book Ontario 2013) She has read in libraries and bookstores across Canada and is popular with Book Clubs. Since Covid, she has given a number of ZOOM readings, taught a ZOOM Power Point Creative Writing Course to Toronto Seniors and will presented two virtual WITS presentations to  Cobourg, Ontario area schools in 2021. Her previous publications include plays, poetry, short fiction and TV scripts. She has worked as a free-lance journalist, taught creative writing at several community colleges, hosted author reading series and promoted her work internationally. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1940, she moved to Ontario at age nine. After Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and Toronto Teachers' College, she taught for two years in a southern Ontario one room school. She has a B.A. from the University of Guelph and began writing full time in 1981. Married with three adult children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, she has lived in many Canadian communities from Kamloops, BC to Cobourg, Ontario, where she now makes her home.

Email:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada
City:
Cobourg, ON
Province:
Ontario
Genre:
Fiction, memoir, poetry, playwriting, juvenile novels, picture books
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Awards

Shortlisted Ken Klonsky Novella Competion, Heads I Win for Quattro Books , 2014
Maxum Mazumdar New Play Competition, Juvenile Play award, Marcie Saves the Circus for N/A, 2000
"Our Choice Award" picture book Dinosaur Days for Canadian children's Book Centre , 1994
Shortlisted Stephen Leacock Poetry Award, Walking on Broken Glass for N/A, 1994
Shortlisted Short Grain Award, prose poem Dementia Days for Grain Magazine, 1991
Shortlisted Writer's Quarterly Poetry Competition, Freak Show for Writer's Quarterly Magazine, 1988
Honourable Mention, Freefall Short Fiction Competition, short story One Friday Night for Freefall Magazine, 2008
Finalist in Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest, Miss Purity Flour for N/A, 2009
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

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

An accomplished novelist, playwright and poet, the author tailors her novel, poetry, and play writing workshops to specific grade levels. She reads from her works, discusses how each was created, and involves the students in writing from their own imaginations.

Kindergarten to Grade 3 - Linda reads from her picture books, then talks to children about creating their own stories. Depending on their age, students either draw a story or print one, sharing with the class once finished.

Grades 4 to 7 - Linda, a former teacher, uses her Wonder Horn time travel series to motivate young writers. In person or virtually, using Power Point, she talks about the WW1 bugle that inspired her series, reads from her novel and then involves students in beginning their own time travel adventure. A special artifact, a portal and they're off into a new and exciting landscape. Students share stories once finished.

The first in the series, JASON AND THE WONDER HORN, set in Canada and medieval Germany, is ideal for grade four medieval studies. Teacher's Guides are available from the author's website.

Grades 7 to 12 - tailors genre to grade level and student interest using excerpts from her published works. Sets up formats that motivate students to begin their own stories, plays and poems.

Presentation Length:
1 to 2 hours depending on age range
Genre:
Fiction, memoir, poetry, playwriting, juvenile novels, picture books
Grades:
Kindergarten to Grade 3 - picture books and play creation Grade 4 to 6 or 7 - time-travel novels, play writing Grade 7 to 12 - short stories, novel, play writing Adult - Fiction, memoir, poetry, play writing, juvenile novels, picture books
Audience Size:
30-35
Presenation:
Full reading: $300 Partial reading: $150
Workshop Description:

An accomplished novelist, playwright and poet, the author tailors her novel, poetry, and play writing workshops to specific grade levels. She reads from her works, discusses how each was created, and involves the students in writing from their own imaginations.

Kindergarten to Grade 3 - Linda reads from her picture books, then talks to children about creating their own stories. Depending on their age, students either draw a story or print one, sharing with the class once finished.

Grades 4 to 7 - Linda, a former teacher, uses her Wonder Horn time travel series to motivate young writers. In person or virtually, using Power Point, she talks about the WW1 bugle that inspired her series, reads from her novel and then involves students in beginning their own time travel adventure. A special artifact, a portal and they're off into a new and exciting landscape. Students share stories once finished.

The first in the series, JASON AND THE WONDER HORN, set in Canada and medieval Germany, is ideal for grade four medieval studies. Teacher's Guides are available from the author's website.

Grades 7 to 12 - tailors genre to grade level and student interest using excerpts from her published works. Sets up formats that motivate students to begin their own stories, plays and poems.

Workshop Length:
1 to 2 hours
Workshop Intended Audience:
Kindergarten to Grade 3 - picture books and play creation Grade 4 to 6 or 7 - time-travel novels, play writing Grade 7 to 12 - short stories, novel, play writing Adult - Fiction, memoir, poetry, play writing, juvenile novels, picture books
Workshop Audience Size:
30
Workshop Fee:
$300 for a 2 hour workshop
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Presentation Description:

An accomplished novelist, playwright and poet, the author tailors her novel, poetry, and play writing workshops to specific grade levels. She reads from her works, discusses how each was created, and involves the students in writing from their own imaginations.

Kindergarten to Grade 3 - Linda reads from her picture books, then talks to children about creating their own stories. Depending on their age, students either draw a story or print one, sharing with the class once finished.

Grades 4 to 7 - Linda, a former teacher, uses her Wonder Horn time travel series to motivate young writers. In person or virtually, using Power Point, she talks about the WW1 bugle that inspired her series, reads from her novel and then involves students in beginning their own time travel adventure. A special artifact, a portal and they're off into a new and exciting landscape. Students share stories once finished.

The first in the series, JASON AND THE WONDER HORN, set in Canada and medieval Germany, is ideal for grade four medieval studies. Teacher's Guides are available from the author's website.

Grades 7 to 12 - tailors genre to grade level and student interest using excerpts from her published works. Sets up formats that motivate students to begin their own stories, plays and poems.

School Presentation Length:
1 to 2 hours
School Intended Audience:
Kindergarten to Grade 3 - picture books and play creation Grade 4 to 6 or 7 - time-travel novels, play writing Grade 7 to 12 - short stories, novel, play writing Adult - Fiction, memoir, poetry, play writing, juvenile novels, picture books
School Audience Size:
30-35
School Presentation Fee:
$300
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes