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Mitchell Toews

Mitchell Toews

Mitchell Toews is a writer, painter, avid windsurfer, and rower. Nearly 100 literary journals and anthologies have published his fiction since 2016. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a finalist in The Writers' Union of Canada's 2021 Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers and a pending finalist for the 2022 J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction.

Mitch is querying a collection of short stories that are thematically linked and take place on the prairies in a small Mennonite community. He is also currently at work on his debut novel as a protege to Canadian novelist, playwright, poet, and educator Armin Wiebe through a "Mentorship Microgrant" sponsored by the Writers' Union of Canada. (April 2022) 

Member — Manitoba Writers' Guild

Professional Artist — as designated by Manitoba Arts Council

New/Early Career Artist — as designated by Canada Council for the Arts

Mitch and Jan live at Jessica Lake in the Manitoba Whiteshell Provincial Park. Frequent trips — once Covid is no longer a factor — to children and grandkids in BC are an important part of life. Cross-country skiing, a lifelong love of many sports but particularly baseball and a complicated relationship with the Vancouver Canucks are other interests. 

Email:
mtoews55@gmail.com
City:
Rennie/Trearty 1 and 3 lands: In the boreal forest just north of the Fiftieth latitude in eastern Manitoba. Situated on Métis land: Anishinabe Waki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ
Province:
Manitoba
Genre:
Literary Fiction: Flash Fiction, Short Stories, Novel
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Awards

Mitchell Toews
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

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

Open to consideration of an in-person and/or Zoom event that would focus discussion on the practical elements that might be encountered by "older adult writers"* seeking a writing career. Ideally aimed at non-MFA (or similar) individuals with aspirations for publication.  

*Perhaps for those age 50 years and older. (A guideline, not a firm age limit.)

Keywords might include: older adults, periodicals, contests, prizes, submissions, Duotrope, Submittable, resources, expenses, income, taxes, WIR, libraries, universities, guilds, funding bodies, readings, associations, critiques circles, social media, age bias, ageism...

Presentation Length:
Brief
Genre:
Fiction
Grades:
Emerging writers beginning or re-commencing a writing career later in life.
Audience Size:
Small
Presenation:
Negotiable
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