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Heather Browne

Heather Browne

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Living near a lake or river or ocean has been key to living a good life, and writing good work. The Kennebecasis, the Saint John, The Rideau and for a short spell the Burrard Inlet have been home.  I recently returned to Fredericton; have happily skated on Killarney Lake.

My favourite writers revere water whether it is Black Water Pond, or the Atlantic as perceived in “The Peninsula”.

My writing began on a wooden pew. I made words in silence and entered into its mystery. That was writing at its finest. To date I’ve added a few ideas on paper: two books of poetry, and a short story collection in 2017 A Moose in the Dark.  One story discovers a calf’s skull on a river bottom. Image starts it all.

My early mentors were here in Fredericton. Writers Federation of New Brunswick was key. I learned what being President of WFNB was about. (It was all about having a superior Executive Assistant). Later mentors popped up in creative writing classes I instructed in Kingston, Ontario and in writing groups I love attending. My novel writing is teaching me as much as I can handle about the 20s and 40s N.B.

In my future, my husband and I hope to cruise the Shannon River, and Galway Bay; another homeland calling. We’ll drive that spit of land Seamus Heaney wrote so convincingly about.

New Brunswick


A Moose in the Dark. Tightrope Books, Toronto, On., 2017 Fall
"Parched". The New Quarterly, Waterloo, On, 2014
"A Moose in the Dark". The New Quarterly, Waterloo, On., 2013 winter issue
Where Water and Gravel Meet. Owl's Head Press, New Brunswick, 1997
Knowledge in the Hands. Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton, N.B., 1994
Yet at a Distance, Father Poems from the Maritimes, editor Gary Burris. Borealis, 2008


Gerald Lampert Award Nomination for Knowledge in the Hands, 1995
David Adams Richards Award for short story, 1994
Alfred Bailey Award for Poetry for The Big Animals, 1994
Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction: Notable Short Story for TNQ, 2014
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

A 20 minute reading from A Moose in the Dark, short story collection; question and answer regarding fiction writing; and a follow-up workshop in writing practices.

Presentation Length:
2 hours
short story
Senior High
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

A timed workshop setting using various exercises to stimulate creative writing on the spot. Writing together encourages discussion and further writing ; at the end of workshop participants leave with techniques to forward their writing life.