Member Profile

Julie Burtinshaw

Photo: James Moffat 2009

Julie was born in Vancouver and has lived in many cities and towns both in and out of Canada. Julie is an award-winning author of seven books for young adults. Her novel, The Perfect Cut, is included in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Best Books for Teens 2009 list, and was nominated for the prestigious Ontario White Pine Award in 2010. She has read and facilitated writer’s workshops in high schools across Canada (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario) where her highly interactive and lively workshops have helped to foster a love of both reading and writing to young adults and adults everywhere.

She is an active blogger and has judged many celebrated writing contests, including the 2008, BC Book Awards. In 2011 she was selected as a judge for the Red Cedar Award (BC), as well as the 2011 and 2012 Mate E. Palmer Professional Communicators Contest of the Illinois Women’s Press Association (IWPA).

Julie is thrilled to announce that he new book Saying Goodbye to London (Second Story Press) is now in bookstores.

Awards/nominations:

  • Ontario Forest of Trees, White Pine Nomination (2010)
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre – Best Books for Teens (2009)
  • Stellar Book Award (2008)
  • Canadian Library Association, Book of the Year (2002)
  • Chocolate Lilly (British Columbia, 2003)
  • CanWest Global’s Raise-a-Reader Club (2003)
  • Reader’s Choice Award (2002)
  • Red Cedar (British Columbia, 2003-2004)
  • Diamond Willow (Saskatchewan, 2002)

Public Presentations

  • UBC MFA Elocution (2013) Presenter
  • John Oliver Secondary School (2013) Workshop and presentation
  • SFU Core Book Editing Course (2013) Presentation on Author/Editor Relationship
  • UBC Authorfest (2012) Speaker: Bachelor of Ed, class
  • Illinois Woman’s Press Association Communications Contest Judge (2011/2012) 
  • Kamloops Young Writer’s Festival, Workshop Leader (2012)
  • Manitoba Symposium of Writers, Panel Presentation “The Future of YA Publishing” (2012)
  • Teen Workshop Leader at the inaugural summer (August 2011) Storytelling Camp for dyslexic children
  • Panel member 2008, 2010 Vancouver Library “How to Get Published”
  • Keynote speaker, Canadian Children’s Bookcamp (2007)
  • Teen Mentor, Canadian Children’s Bookcamp 2009, 2010
  • Judge: Sheila Egoff Children’s Literature Prize
Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Saying Goodbye to London. Second Story Press, 2017
The Freedom of Jenny. Raincoast Books, 2005
Adrift. Raincoast Books, 2002
Romantic Ghost Stories. Lone Pine Publishing, 2004
Dead Reckoning. Raincoast Books, 2000
Anthology Essay: How to Achieve Heaven on Earth, “Ending Poverty One Loan at a Time. Pelican Publishing, 2010
Literacy in Action: On the Move, Excerpt; Freedom of Jenny. Pearson Educational, Grade 8 English, 2009
the darkness between the stars. Mckellar Martin Publishing Group, 2011
The Perfect Cut. Raincoast , 2009

Awards

Best Books For Teen, Canadian Children's Bookcentre for The Perfect Cut, 2009
Our Choice Award/ Canadian Children's Bookcentre for Adrift, 2003
Our Choice Award/ Canadian Children's Bookcentre for Dead Reckoning, 2001
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Julie was born in Vancouver and has lived in many cities and towns both in and out of Canada. Julie is an award-winning author of seven books for young adults. Her novel, The Perfect Cut, is included in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Best Books for Teens 2009 list, and was nominated for the prestigious Ontario White Pine Award in 2010. She has read and facilitated writer’s workshops in high schools across Canada (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario) where her highly interactive and lively workshops have helped to foster a love of both reading and writing to young adults and adults everywhere.

She is an active blogger and has judged many celebrated writing contests, including the 2008, BC Book Awards. In 2011 she was selected as a judge for the Red Cedar Award (BC), as well as the 2011 and 2012 Mate E. Palmer Professional Communicators Contest of the Illinois Women’s Press Association (IWPA).

Julie works part time as a documentary film writer for Screaming Black Dog Productions in Vancouver.

Her presentations include, but are not limited to:

- How to Write Web Content
- The Differences Between Print Media and the Internet
- How to Get Published/Build a Writing Portfolio
- How to Research Novels: Historical fiction, fiction and non-fiction
- Discover Your Creativity
- The Process of Writing
- The Importance of Social Networking for Authors

Please contact me directly to discuss your needs. My presentations are flexible and can tailored to suite different audience needs.

Presentation Length:
1-2 hours
Genre:
Young Adult/Teen Fiction
Grades:
7-college level
Audience size:
10+ no limit
Workshop Description:

 

 

 

Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$300
Two sessions:
$550
Three sessions:
$800
Four sessions:
$1000
One session:
$150
Two sessions:
$225
Three sessions:
$400
Four sessions:
$550
GST:
GST not applicable