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Caighlan Smith

Caighlan Smith was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and wrote her first novel when she was thirteen. It was a 550 page fantastical mess, which to this day remains buried in the depths of her old computer. Caighlan signed her first publishing contract at eighteen, and her novel, Hallow Hour, was released the following year. Since then she's had four more books published and her newest YA fantasy novel, Children of Icarus  released summer 2016 in North America and the UK  has been shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018. Caighlan's next novel, Children of Daedala, will be released April 2018.

Caighlan has a B.A. Honours degree in English Literature, a Creative Writing Diploma, and has recently finished a Fantasy MLitt program at the University of Glasgow. The "gh" in her name is silent, and she is regrettably allergic to cats.

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


Children of Daedala. Capstone, 2018
Children of Icarus. Curious Fox/Switch Press (Capstone), 2016
A Pest Most Fiendish., 2016
The Weather., 2015
Into Surreality (Surreality Book Four). Inkslaigher Books, 2015
Firefly (Surreality Book Three). Inkslaigher Books, 2015
New Year (Surreality Book Two). Boulder Publications, 2014
Hallow Hour (Surreality Book One). Boulder Publications, 2013
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Presentation Description

A reading from any of my published work, followed by an author talk and Q&A on my experience being published at nineteen, the craft of writing, my novels and current projects, the fantasy/speculative fiction world, and the publishing industry. Presentations are tailored to fit different age groups depending on the audience, and can focus more heavily on any of the previously listed topics upon request.

Presentation Length:
60 min (flexible)
Reading & Author Talk/Creative Writing Workshop
Audience size:
Small class to full auditorium for presentation/10-40 for workshop (some flexibility)
Workshop Description:
I can lead a variety of workshops, tailored to different age groups and with a focus on different genres of fiction writing and story creation. My two main workshops are:
Story Mapping - Targeted at the elementary school and junior high range, but can also fit high school participants. A step by step workshop that allows participants to create and explore character, setting, and plot, and appreciate how these three pillars naturally come together to form a story - all done through doodling (but no artistic skill required to participate!).
The Worldbuilding Workshop - Targeted at the junior high to high school range, but also available for adult writers. A step by step workshop that enables participants to engage with and explore their own creativity through worldbuilding, drawing on such genres as fantasy and science fiction, with the aim to build a cohesive world by the end of the workshop and uncover plot that has grown organically from said world.
Northern OAC WITS:
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GST not applicable