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Brent van Staalduinen

Photo: Helen Tansey, Sundari Photography 2019

Brent van Staalduinen is the author of the novels BOY, SAINTS, UNEXPECTED, the forthcoming NOTHING BUT LIFE, and the short story collection CUT ROAD. He is also an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in journals on both sides of the Atlantic. A recovering high school English teacher, tree planter, army medic, and overnight radio host, Brent now finds himself writing books, working at the local public library, and figuring out what it means to be a family man. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

E-mail: c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada


Boy: a novel. Dundurn Press, 2020
Nothing But Life: a novel. Dundurn Press, 2021
Saints, Unexpected: a novel. Invisible Publishing, 2016
Cut Road: Stories. Guernica Editions, 2022


The Bristol Short Story Prize, 2015
The Lush Triumphant Literary Award, 2016
The Fiddlehead Short Fiction Award, 2016
The Writer Magazine's "Our Darkest Hour" Prize, 2017
The Alvin A. Lee Award for Creative Non-Fiction, 2017
The Freda Waldon Award for Fiction, 2018
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

The Story Basic is a flexible, dynamic series of workshops and readings that can be tailored to audience and enviroment. From intimate, small-group critiques to large audience workshops and presentations, writers will learn new and exciting techniques to push their craft in new directions. 

Presentation Length:
Fiction: adult and YA
6 and up
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Workshop Description:

A high school and university writing instructor with more than 15 years of teaching experience, Brent can tailor his workshops to the specific needs of his students. Large or small group sessions can cover the following list of topics (and more! Just ask.):

Novel writing
The elements of short fiction
Plot and structure
Character development
Creative nonfiction
Travel writing
Teaching creative writing
Submitting work to literary journals and magazines
Editing and proofreading
Setting up a writing workshop
Publishing with small presses
Contests and “making a mark”
Finding and landing the right literary agent
Self-publication and the digital marketplace

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GST not applicable