Member Profile

Kathy Stinson

Photo: Peter Carver 2006

Kathy Stinson's first book, Red Is Best, has become a true classic, read now by generations of children around the world. The success of the adult and young adult fiction she has written since is a testament to her versatility as a writer. Her more than 30 titles also include chapter books, historical fiction, short stories, and non-fiction. Among the 24 awards her book The Man with the Violin has attracted is the prestigious TD Children's Literature Award, which was shared between her and its illustrator, Dusan Petricic.

Kathy travelled to England in 1987 as part of an international exchange of Canadian and British children's authors. She has worked as Writer in Residence in various Ontario communities and as a Writer In Electronic Residence for the Writers’ Development Trust. She has enjoyed the privilege of meeting with her readers in every province and territory of Canada.

Kathy lives with her partner, Peter Carver, and their dog Georgia in Rockwood, Ontario.

E-mail: c/o Writers' Union of Canada
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Red is Best 25th anniversary edition. illus. Robin Baird Lewis. Toronto: Annick Press, 2007
101 Ways to Dance. Second Story Press, 2006
Marie-Claire Books 1-4. Penguin Canada's "Our Canadian Girl" series, 2001-04
Love Every Leaf: The Life of Landscape Architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. Tundra Books, 2008
A Pocket Can Have A Treasure In It. Annick Press, 2008
Big or Little? 25th anniversary edition. Annick Press, 2009
What Happened to Ivy. Second Story Press, 2012
Highway of Heroes. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010
The Man with the Violin. Annick Press, 2013
Harry and Walter. Annick Press, 2016


City of Scarborough Bicentennial Award of Merit, 1996.
Toronto IODE Award for Red is Best, 1982.
CLA YA Book of the Year nominee for 101 Ways to Dance, 2007
Silver Birch Award nominee for King of the Castle, 2001
Diamond Willow nominee for Marie-Claire 1: Dark Spring, 2002
Hackmatack nominee for Marie-Claire 2: A Season of Sorrow, 2004
CLA YA Book of the Year nominee for Becoming Ruby, 2004
White Pine nominee for Becoming Ruby, 2004
TD Children's Literature Award for The Man with the Violin, 2014
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Presentation Description

My aim in doing readings with kids of any age is to excite or re-excite them about reading and writing. A reading always includes a reading from a published book and/or a work-in-progress, as well as discussion of various aspects of the writing and editing process, and of my writing career. (I often start at the beginning and read the kids a story I wrote when I was in school.)

I am happy to do a general presentation - talking about getting ideas and doing revisions, as those aspects of the writing process pertain to a variety of my titles - or teachers may ask for a presentation more focused on a specific title.

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45-60 min.
Fiction, Children's, Young Adult
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A workshop involves participants in hands-on writing. Groups are small -- 25 -30 kids is okay; 12-15 is even better. An hour and a half to two hours is a good length for a workshop session. The goal for these sessions is not to have participants complete a writing project, but to explore some possible avenues for finding story ideas, to play with different aspects of writing - characterization, setting, and point of view, and to inspire confidence in one’s writing ability and enthusiasm for using it.

Workshops for adults interested in writing for children generally run longer than those for children, and may be set up as a single session (up to 4 hours long), or as a series of sessions. I’d be happy to work with interested groups to determine appropriate format and fees.

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