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Heather Camlot

Photo: Marc Reppin 2016

Heather Camlot is the author of the nonfiction What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? (Owlkids Books, 2020) and the novels The Other Side and Clutch (2020, 2017, both Red Deer Press). A journalist for almost 20 years, she has written, editing and translated for various publications, including Quill & Quire, Owl, TV Guide Canada and Style at Home. 

Although she dabbled in fiction as a teenager, she went on to study communications at Concordia University and then journalism at New York University. After 15 years in journalism, she longed to get back to fiction. This need became even stronger after reading Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, a novel that showed her she could write the kind of story she wanted to – and possibly get published!

She immersed herself in the Canadian children’s literature scene, working at Mabel’s Fables Bookstore and volunteering with the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP).

Her short story, The Boys of Summer, won the 17th Annual Writing for Children Competition held by CANSCAIP and The Writers’ Union of Canada. That story turned into Clutch, which was named among Kirkus's Best Middle-Grade Historical Fiction of 2017 and is a 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award winner. 

She lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids. 

 

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Clutch. Red Deer Press, 2017
What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? . Owlkids Books, 2020
The Other Side. Red Deer Press, 2020

Awards

17th Annual Writing for Children Competition for The Boys of Summer (which would become the novel Clutch), 2004
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

In my presentations, I aims to entertain and educate, leaving the audience interested in writing fiction and nonfiction as well as looking into their own history for inspiration.

I engage students with a fun and interactive presentation. After a reading, I shares the inspiration for my books and the challenges of writing works that delve into history. I touch on the basics of fiction and/or nonfiction and how to get writing. 

Presentations are one hour with question period and suitable for Grade 3 and up. Presentations for high school students, educators and the general public can be adapted to audience and interest. 

Presentation Length:
45 minutes to 1 hour
Genre:
Middle grade, fiction, nonfiction, journalism
Grades:
3 and up
Audience size:
30 for workshops, large groups fine for presentations
Workshop Description:

Workshops are available for 16 or so participants, or a single classroom.

Topics include:

·Look no further: A simple moment may be all a writer needs to dream up a full story. Students will look to their own lives to create a work of fiction.  

·All the news: Students will learn about different types of articles and structure, and will write their own journalistic work.

·Painting peace: After learning about Picasso's Guernica, students work together to create their own anti-war mural for school. 

·Customized topic: Heather can tailor a workshop to your needs and audience, including educators and the general public. Please contact her for more details.

Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
One session:
$250
Two sessions:
$450
Three sessions:
$650
Four sessions:
$800
GST:
GST applicable