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Christine Ottoni

Christine Ottoni

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Christine Ottoni is a writer based in Toronto. Her short fiction has appeared in the pages of untethered, The Nashwaak Review, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Riddle Fence, Exile Literary Quarterly, and PRISM international. She was short-listed for PEN Canada's nomination to the 2016 PEN International New Voices Award. She has been featured twice at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival, in 2017 as an emerging writer and in 2019 in the University of Guelph MFA set.


Christine teaches creative writing workshops to writers of all ages and levels, but is particularly interested in working with middle school and high school aged students. Her short story collection, Cracker Jacks for Misfits was published in 2019 with Exile Editions. It was written with support from the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.


Christine is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph, where she is developing a novel.



Cracker Jacks for Misfits. Exile Editions, 2019
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Presentation Length:
1 hour
Fiction, Poetry
Audience Size:
30 for workshops
Workshop Description:

Christine offers a range of workshops in fiction and poetry and can offer teachers one off classes in areas of their choice or build out a curriculum approach over a term. She focuses on the main parts of literature that draw readers in and make us want to read more: perspective, voice, character, and plot. 

Christine strives to create an inclusive and welcoming dynamic where students can feel safe to explore and share their work. Her workshops ask students to draw on their unique way of seeing the world. She illustrates concepts with creative samples from Canadian writers, artists, and musicians.

Please note: unsubsidized session prices are negotiable and flexible based on school and classroom funding and need.