Member Profile

Kelly Watt

Photo: Hamilton, ON 2015

Kelly writes short stories, novels and non-fiction travel. She was born in Toronto but has lived and studied in India, France, Mexico and the United States. She won an Honourable Mention in the Hamilton Public Library's Short Works Prize (November 2017); and has been longlisted in CBC Radio's Short Fiction Contest (2015) and shortlisted for the Gloria Vanderbilt Short Fiction Contest (2012). She won first prize in the Dandelion Short Fiction Contest (1991). Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Broken Plate, DAP: The Diverse Arts Project, SOL: English Writing in Mexico and The Malahat Review. Her work has been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories and She Writes. She has published two books--the novel Mad Dog (2001) and the mini travel companion Camino Meditations (2014), and has just completed a YA novel based in India. 

She studied at the University of Southern California, Schiller College, Unviersity of Toronto Contininuing Studies Program and the Sorbonne, and is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers' program. She has studied creative writing with mentors such as: Laura Fraser, Anne Michaels, Leon Rooke and Barbara Turner-Vesselago. She began her career writing on women's health and travel and was the writer/coordinator for CBC's Front Page Challenge. She currently lives in the Ontario countryside with her husband, a miniature schnauzer and four chickens.

Kelly is represented by the Beadle Literary Agency. Contact Megan Beadle at

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Camino Meditations, non-fiction. Hamilton Stone Editions, 2014
Mad Dog, Novel. Doubleday Canada Ltd., 2001, paperback 2002


The Things My Dead Mother Says, Short Story Shortlist for Exile Editions CVC Anthology, 2012
Rodeo Ford, First Prize for Short Story for Dandelion Magazine, 1991
The Fall of the High Flyers, longlist CBC Short Story Prize, 2015
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Presentation Description

A highly inspirational presenter, Kelly loves to speak about her experience walking the El Camino de Santiago in 2008. Struggling with addiction, Kelly walked for seven weeks while practicing meditation techniques with a group of other meditators, she nicknamed her Turtle Tribe. The lessons she learned while on the Camino and the meditation techniques she used are outlined in her travel memoir: Camino Meditations. Kelly has been meditating since she was 17 years old and ended out in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal. She is a certified meditation teacher through Samagra Path of Hamilton, ON. For several years, she led free mindful walks on The Bruce Trail in Dundas, Ontario in the spring and fall. She believes children respond particularly well to meditation combined with physical activity.


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60 min.
Walking Meditation and Mindful Creative Writing
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Additionally, Kelly has been accredited to run writing circles for youth and adults through the  Writers' College of Durham Region, WCDR. Having taught short story workshops at the University of Toronto's Continuing Studies Program, Kelly loves to lead writing circles for young people, encouraging them to find their voice and write from the heart. Her sessions are fun and interactive, using visual, auditory and tactile writing prompts to help students explore story. She can also design a program for any creative writing classroom.

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