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Carolyn Bennett

Carolyn Bennett

Writer and comedian Carolyn Bennett cut her teeth performing at Yuk Yuks and hasn't stopped bleeding since. Selected TV credits include This Hour Has 22 Minutes, CBC COMICS, Chilly Beach and The NHL Awards. Produced radio plays include Mixed Media, and Pure Convenience. Produced stage plays and readings include The MonarchistsRuntkillerThe Short List, Canis FamiliarisSick Kids Wanna Talk To You and Double Down Helix. Bennett has also worked as a senior writer and speech writer for the Ontario Cabinet Office, and for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. In 2019, she founded the literary reading series Bright Lit, Big City at Hirut Fine Ethiopian Cuisine in Toronto. 

She moved to Brockville, Ontario in late 2021 and has now launched the River City Reading Series in her new hometown.   

Fiction, non-fiction, plays, screenplays
I write professionally in the following language(s):


Moral Support Desk -- short story. 2022, Canadian Notes and Queries
Please Stand By -- a novel. 2019, Now or Never


Toronto Arts Council Writers Program Grant , 2020
TIFF Studio 2013 Screenwriting Intensive Jury Prize for The Mac and Watson Springtime Reeferendum Show, 2013
One-Act Play Competition. Sterling Studio Toronto for Hitler's Ass, 2013
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


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


A survey of satirical writing and thinking from Swift to Mercer to Colbert and how it can influence public opinion and politics.  Participants will have the opportunity to write a short piece and present it.

Presentation Length:
45 minutes
Satire and Humour in Writing and Life
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 Finding the Funny: How to Mine Your Life for Laughs

Are you a mature adult longing to be an immature adult? Do you want to make your kids or grandkids laugh with you instead of at you?  Want to bring the yuks but don’t know where to start? How about starting with your own life?

Come join this beginner’s workshop where you’ll get the opportunity to sharpen your sense of humour while learning to be comfortable telling your stories. Through written exercises and physical movement, you’ll loosen up and quite possibly write a joke or two. You’ll come away from the workshop:

  • noticing the funny in everyday life
  • having a sense your own unique style of comedy
  • wanting to see the lighter side of life


Workshop Length:
90 minutes
Workshop Intended Audience:
Adults, Older Adults
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High and Hammered in Literature

A survey of novels that feature addicted characters as a means to generate conversation and discussion around addiction issues and recovery.

School Presentation Length:
90 minutes
School Intended Audience:
Grade 11-12
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Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program: