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Janet Somerville

Janet Somerville taught English literature & creative writing for 25 years in Toronto. She is privileged to have ongoing access to Martha Gellhorn's restricted papers in Boston. She is currently working on a book about Morley Callaghan, Canada's first writer to make his living exclusively from his fiction.

E-mail: c/o Writers' Union of Canada
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Yours, for Probably Always: Martha Gellhorn's Letters of Love and War. Firefly Books, 2019
Calling Cards: New Poetry by Caribbean/Canadian Women. Sandberry Press, 2005
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Presentation Description

Discussion of archival research & shaping narrative based on discovery. Specific reference to work on pioneering war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, the subject of my bookYours, for Probably Always: Martha Gellhorn's Letters of Love and War 1930-1949. Includes samples from Hemingway's Personal Papers. 

Presentation Length:
1 hour
Narrative nonfiction
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Workshop Description:

I taught Writer's Craft for a dozen years, so could also run a memoir-writing or poetry workshop for any high school grade. 

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