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Isabel Huggan

Isabel Huggan

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Isabel Huggan was born in Kitchener, Ontario, in 1943. In the decade following her B.A. (U.W.O., 1965, English and Philosophy), she worked as a copy editor, teacher, and newspaper reporter. Besides writing short stories, essays and reviews, over the years she led creative writing workshops in Canada, Switzerland, France, Australia and the Philippines. Leaving Ottawa in 1987, she lived with her husband in Kenya and the Philippines and finally in France, where their restoration of an old stone house led to her final book BELONGING. After the death of her husband in 2011, she opened a Writer's Retreat in her stone barn for individuals looking for a quiet place to write. For 20 years was a mentor for the Humber School for Writers correspondence program, and she has continued to work privately as a manuscript consultant. In 2020 she returned to Canada, and now lives in Orillia, Ontario.



Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for her memoir for Belonging: Home Away From Home, 2004.
Joe Savago "New Voice of the Year" Award, Quality Paperback book club, 1987.
Alan Swallow Fiction Prize for Denver Quarterly, 1987.
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