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Brent van Staalduinen

Brent van Staalduinen

Photo: Helen Tansey, Sundari Photography


Brent van Staalduinen is the author of the novels NOTHING BUT LIFE, BOY, and SAINTS, UNEXPECTED, as well as 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.


Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
I write professionally in the following language(s):


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


The Kerry Schooley Book Award for Boy, 2021
Lush Triumphant Literary Award
The White Pine Award (Nomination) for Nothing But Life, 2022
The Writer Magazine's Our Darkest Hours Prize
Alvin A. Lee Award for Creative Non-Fiction
Fiddlehead Best Short Fiction Prize
Freda Waldon Fiction Award
The Bristol Short Story Prize
The Short Works Prize
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


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


I have been making presentations to groups of all sizes for decades. My range to topics is wide, but generally I explore concepts related to writing, as well as expanded discussions of the themes in my work.


Presentation Length:
Tailored to setting
Adult Grades 7-12
Audience Size:
Starting at $100, tailored to specific setting: please contact me for details.
Workshop Description:



Nothing compares to a live, real-time session (online or in person) with an expert instructor/writing coach!

I am a certified, knowledgable educator with more than a decade of teaching and classroom experience, and am available to lead single and multiple sessions in any of the below areas (and more). Or, if you prefer, I can be your writing coach, working one-on-one with you to accomplish your writing goals.

I am based in Hamilton, Canada, but am also an experienced world traveler—let me come to you, wherever you are.

(All can be expanded and/or broken down to meet programming requirements)

Novel writing
The elements of short fiction
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

...and more


Workshop Length:
Tailored to setting
Workshop Intended Audience:
Adults, Grades 7-12
Workshop Audience Size:
Workshop Fee:
Starting at $275, tailored to specific setting: please contact me for details.
Are you available for school visits?:
School Presentation Description:


My school sessions are tailored to the specific school and setting to which I'm invited. Please contact me to discuss how I can reach and inspire your students!


School Presentation Length:
Tailored to school setting
School Intended Audience:
Grades 7-12
School Audience Size:
School Presentation Fee:
Starting at $100, tailored to specific setting: please contact me for details.
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program: