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Candas Jane Dorsey

Candas Jane Dorsey

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Edmonton-born and based, a writer from an early age, and a freelance writer since 1980, Candas Jane Dorsey writes across genre boundaries: poetry, fiction (mainstream and speculative, short and long form), non-fiction and professional writing. Founding member and past publisher of The Books Collective, professional independent trade publisher 1992-2006, including past-publisher and editor-in-chief of: (1994-2003) Tesseract Books (Canadian speculative fiction) and (1992-2006) River Books (Canadian literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry). Active educator since
1983, teaching part-time in the Professional Writing program at Grant MacEwan College, as well as writing and writing-related courses, and workshops for: University of Alberta Faculty of Extension, Metro Continuing Education, and other school, college, university and continuing education venues. Extensive travel as a teacher, writer-in-residence lecturer and keynote speaker. Founding partner of Wooden Door and Associates, professional communications company since 1991. Since 1979 a freelance writer and editor, including: journalism; magazine/newspaper writing, editing and production; book, report, course and manual editing and production; educational documents, course design and editing, and educational media scripts; technical writing (software documentation and help file architecture); public information material; and consulting on communication needs. Has done much community development in the writing, arts, and cultural communities, and has served on the executive of the Writers' Guild of Alberta and SF Canada.



Black Wine. Tor (New York), hc, 1997, trade pb., 1998
Dark Earth Dreams. Victoria,BC: Tesseract, 1994.
Leaving Marks. Edmonton, AB: River, 1992.
Machine Sex and Other Stories. Victoria, BC: Tesseract, 1988; Toronto: Women's Press, 1990.
A Paradigm of Earth. Tor (New York), hc, 2001, trade pb., 2002
Vanilla and other stories. NeWest (Edmonton), 2000
(edited, with Gerry Truscott) Tesseracts3: anthology of Canadian speculative fiction. Tesseract Books (Victoria), 1990
(edited, with John Clute) Tesseracts8: anthology of Canadian speculative fiction. Tesseract Books (Edmonton), 1999
(edited) Prairie Fire: Canadian speculative writing, WorldCon issue. Prairie Fire (Winnipeg), 1994
(edited, with Judy McCrosky) Land/Space: prairie speculative fiction. Tesseract Books (Edmonton), 2002


Aurora, Canadian science fiction and fantasy award, for best short-form work in English for "Sleeping in a Box", 1989.
City of Edmonton Arts Award, 1988.
YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Arts and Culture, 1998
IAFA Crawford Fantasy Award for Black Wine (novel), 1997
James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award for Black Wine (novel), 1998
Prix Aurora Award (Best Long Form Work in English) for Black Wine (novel), 1998
Writers Guild of Alberta Howard O'Hagen Award for Short Fiction for Vanilla and other stories (short fiction anthology), 2001
(shortlisted) Spectrum Award for A Paradigm of Earth, 2002
(shortlisted) Sunburst Award for A Paradigm of Earth, 2002
Alberta Centennial Medal( for career-to-date achievement in arts and culture), 2005
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

Can speak to large or small groups about my writing, Canadian speculative writing, "creative" writing in general or an aspect thereof, professional/freelance writing in general or an aspect thereof, the business of writing. Writer-in-residencies welcome.

Workshop Description:

Workshops available: writing fiction; introduction to creative writing;
writing poetry; writing speculative fiction; Canadian speculative
writing in English and French, an overview (given in English only);
teaching writing (how, why, whether to!); intermediate and advanced
writing workshops for groups and individuals; editing your writing;
preparing a book for submission; getting your book to market; etc.
Workshops for specific venues, age groups and needs easily added to
this list: ask and it can be given.