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Helen C. Escott

Photo: Kit Sora 2019

Helen C. Escott is the author of the widely read blog-turned-book “I am Funny Like That,” which has over 222,000 readers and two bestselling crime thrillers: Operation Wormwood, which was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel in 2019 and Operation Vanished. Both Operation Vanished and Operation Wormwood were in the Top 10 Local Bestsellers of 2019 from Chapters-Coles-Indigo

Helen C. Escott is used to blazing trails. She is a retired Civilian Member of the world renowned Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In 1998, she created the RCMP’s Media Relations/ Communications Unit in Newfoundland and Labrador where she became the first female Senior Communications Strategist and Media Relations spokesperson for the RCMP in that province.

Escott was the communications lead on high-profile events including the RCMP’s NL response on September 11th after terrorist attacked the World Trade Centre in New York City.  During her service, she wrote and implemented the Atlantic Region Communication Strategies to combat organized crime and outlaw biker gangs, created the Media Relations course and guidebook used by the RCMP and was the only communications strategist asked to teach the media relations course for senior management and RCMP Members at the Canadian Police College, Ottawa. She is regularly asked to teach this course to other uniformed services. She also served as a communications strategist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Before joining the RCMP Helen C. Escott worked in the media for 13 years in various positions including reporter, on-air personality, marketing and promotions.

In 2017 she was presented with the CLB Governor and Commandants Medallion in recognition of her achievements of excellence in volunteering and fundraising work, including creating the idea and concept for the Spirit of Newfoundland dinner theatre, “Where Once They Stood,” a tribute to the CLB members who served at Beaumont Hamel.

 She also volunteers with St. Mark’s Anglican Church and created a successful communication strategy to bring people, especially families and the members of the LGBTQ community back to the church.

In 2019 she was presented with the Governor General's Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

I am Funny Like That. Self Published, 2016
Operation Wormwood. Flanker Press, 2018
Operation Vanished. Flanker Press, 2019
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Write What You Know. But what do you know?

An hour-long workshop in how to write fiction that takes students through the who, what, where, when why and how of telling a story.

Students will be taught to describe that their characters see, hear, taste, smell and touch each time they change locations in the story.

This workshop will put meat on the bones of your story.

Presentation Length:
one hour
Genre:
Crime fiction, mystery
Grades:
9 - 12
Audience size:
500
Workshop Description:

Write What You Know. But what do you know?

An hour-long workshop in how to write fiction that takes students through the who, what, where, when why and how of telling a story.

 

Students will be taught to describe that their characters see, hear, taste, smell and touch each time they change locations in the story.

This workshop will put meat on the bones of your story.

Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$$250
Two sessions:
$$500
Three sessions:
$$750
Four sessions:
$$1000
One session:
$$250
Two sessions:
$$500
Three sessions:
$$750
Four sessions:
$$100
GST:
GST not applicable