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Trudee Romanek

Trudee Romanek

Photo: Laura Joy Photography

Trudee studied English and drama at the University of Toronto, but the thought of writing professionally never really crossed her mind. She trained as an editor of math, science, and language arts textbooks and was then lured into the world of children's trade publishing, becoming the book editor for Greey de Pencier/Books from OWL. After starting a family, Trudee chose to go freelance and it was during that time that she began to write educational material and articles and authored the first of more than a dozen non-fiction books.

In 2015, Trudee's first work of fiction, a young adult novel, was published by Orca Books. Although she continues to write YA fiction, for several years she has also been actively pursuing a career writing for the stage. In 2021, her dramatic writings and scripts received professional readings or stagings in Lunchbox Theatre's Festival of New Canadian Work (Calgary), Theatre by the Bay's collaboration The Ghost Watchers (Barrie), and Theatre on the Ridge's Snapshots Festival and new play workshop (Port Perry). Currently, she has a script featured in the first ever Simcoe County Theatre Festival, and she's been commissioned by Theatre by the Bay to create a new historical play for their 2023 season. Trudee lives in her hometown of Barrie, Ontario. 

Email:
trudee@trudeeromanek.com
City:
Barrie, ON
Province:
Ontario
Genre:
Non-fiction, YA Fiction, stage plays
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Awards

President's Award - Snapshots Festival for "I" on the Prize, 2021
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
No

WITS

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

Research sources used in creating my WWII play Bright Daybreak

Presentation Length:
60 minutes
Genre:
Non-fiction, research
Grades:
All
Audience Size:
50
Presenation:
$250
Workshop Description:

A primer in self-editing — explaining why our eyes slip over errors in our own writing, followed by active opportunities to practice working against those tendencies and spot the errors. Tricks and tips are included.

Workshop Length:
40-45 minutes
Workshop Intended Audience:
grades 3 to 6
Workshop Audience Size:
30
Workshop Fee:
$250
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Presentation Description:

Various presentations, focusing on self-editing, researching, creating characters, and writing for the stage.

School Presentation Length:
40 to 60 minutes
School Intended Audience:
Junior (grade 4 to 6)
School Audience Size:
30 to 50, depending on age
School Presentation Fee:
$250 for one; $500 for three in one school
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes