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Kate Heartfield

Photo: John W. MacDonald 2016

Kate Heartfield writes speculative and historical fiction, as well as non-fiction.

Formerly an editor and columnist for The Ottawa Citizen, she now teaches journalism at Carleton University and creative writing online.

She was shortlisted for the National Newspaper Award in Editorial Writing in 2015. Her short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and magazines and has been longlisted for the Sunburst award for speculative fiction twice.

Kate is a former board member of the Ottawa International Writers Festival and has served on book juries for the Ottawa Book Award and the Sunburst award.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada


The Humours of Grub Street. ChiZine Publications, 2020
Alice Payne Rides. Publishing, 2019
Alice Payne Arrives. Publishing, 2018
Armed in Her Fashion. ChiZine Publications , 2018
The Course of True Love. Abaddon Books, 2016
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Presentation Description

Kate Heartfield will draw on her experience as a novelist, short-story writer, game writer and journalist to explain the basic elements that make a story resonate. She'll refer to her interactive novel based on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to discuss how and why stories continue to matter, as methods of telling them evolve. Students will learn to identify what makes a character interesting and a plot compelling. Kate will encourage them to tell their own stories and discuss the importance of diverse representation, and will leave 20 minutes for questions at the end.

Kate is an experienced teacher who currently teaches journalism at Carleton University.

Presentation Length:
60 minutes (flexible)
How Stories Matter
7 to 12
Audience size:
Northern OAC WITS:
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GST applicable