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Marie Powell

Marie Powell

Marie Powell's adventures in castle hopping across North Wales resulted in her young adult historical fantasy series, Last of the Gifted: Spirit Sight and Water Sight (Wood Dragon, 2020). She is the author of over 40 children's books published by Scholastic Canada, Amicus, Lerner, Crabtree, and others.  Her books for young readers range from Pre-K to middle grades in literacy, science, history, and media studies. Her poetry and fiction appear in literary magazines and anthologies, such as Sunlight PressRoom, and subTerrain, and her nonfiction appears in print and online markets. Born in Moose Jaw, she now lives in Treaty 4 Territory in Regina, SK, and shares her work through workshops and readings across the country. She has edited fiction/nonfiction for SWG's Spring magazine, and has twice been editor for the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild's Windscript magazine of young adult writing. Marie holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC, among other degrees. For more information see her website at 

c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Historical Fantasy; Speculative Fiction
I write professionally in the following language(s):


Last of the Gifted: Spirit Sight (Book 1). 2020, Wood Dragon Books
Last of the Gifted: Water Sight (Book 2). 2020, Wood Dragon Books
Last of the Gifted: Spirit Sight and Water Sight (omnibus edition). 2021, Wood Dragon Books


Moonbeam Bronze Medal, Young Adult Fiction eBooks for Last of the Gifted: Spirit Sight (Book 1), 2020
Purple Dragonfly, Honorable Mention, Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy for Last of the Gifted: Spirit Sight (Book 1), 2021
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


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

Channeling Your Creativity

This workshop will provide an opportunity to generate writing in multiple genres: poetry, fiction, and short creative non-fiction. Using a combination of presentation, discussion, and hands-on writing activities, we work with writing prompts and resources to inspire writing and stimulate the participant’s writing life.

Presentation Length:
30 minutes to 3 hours
Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
Adults, Young Adults, Grades 6-12
Audience Size:
5-15 people
Workshop Description:

Living History - Research for Writers

It’s a basic tool in a writer’s toolbox, to deepen a wandering point-of-view, strengthen a sagging plot, draw atmosphere into a bland setting – or just cure temporary writer’s block. What is it? Research. Castle-hopping across northern Wales, being escorted by armed guards through the Che Guevara memorial, or finding yourself trapped by an elephant at Buckingham Palace — I have the photos! — it’s all research. Join me to explore the art of mining for details through examples, discussion, and hand-on exercises that will prove useful across genres.

Workshop Length:
1 hour (50 minutes) to 3 hours
Workshop Intended Audience:
Adults, Young Adults (Grades 10-12)
Workshop Audience Size:
5-50 people
Workshop Fee:
Are you available for school visits?:
School Presentation Description:

The Life of a Writer:

With books ranging from Pre-K to young adult, I can tailor my presentation to your needs. My published books include fiction, nonfiction, and historical fiction, and my workshop topics have included historical research, the craft of writing, and the writing life. I use a combination of presentation, discussion, and hands-on writing activities to inspire creativity with fun prompts and exercises.

School Presentation Length:
50 minutes (negotiable)
School Intended Audience:
K to Adult (Grades 3-5; 8-10)
School Audience Size:
School Presentation Fee:
$100/hour (negotiable)
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program: