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Linda Hutsell-Manning

Photo: CEMO Associates 2020

Linda Hutsell-Manning's memoir, Fearless and Determined: Two Years Teaching in a One-Room School will be published by Blue Demin Press, Oct 2019. A two act comedy, A Certain Singing Teacher, premiered in 2017 and is  available from Playwright's Guild Canada. Her novella, Heads I Win, was short-listed in  Quattro Books 2014 novella competition. Her debut novel,That Summer in Franklin, Second Story Press, Toronto, 2011, has been compared to the writing of Margaret Laurence and Maeve Binchy (Open Book Ontario 2013) She has read in libraries and bookstores across Canada and is popular with Book Clubs.

Since Covid, she has given a number of ZOOM readings, taught a ZOOM Power Point Creative Writing Course to Toronto Senios and will present a virtual WITS presentation to a Cobourg, Ontario school in 2021.

Her previous publications include plays, poetry, short fiction and TV scripts. She has worked as a free-lance journalist, taught creative writing at several community colleges, hosted author reading series and promoted her work internationally.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1940, she moved to Ontario at age nine. After Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and Toronto Teachers' College, she taught for two years in a southern Ontario one room school. She has a B.A. from the University of Guelph and began writing full time in 1981.

Married with three adult children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, she has lived in many Canadian communities from Kamloops, BC to Cobourg, Ontario, where she now makes her home.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada


Fearless and Determined: Two years Teaching in a One-Room School. Blue Denim Press, 2019
A Certain Singing Teacher. Playwright's Guild Canada copyscript, 2017
That Summer in Franklin. Second Story Press, Toronto, 2011
Donuts in four Four Time. Playwrights online catalogue, Scripted for Schools, 2009
Finding Moufette. Commom Deer Press, 2017
Marcie Saves the Circus (juvenile play). Scripted for Schools, PGC online catalogue, 2008
What Do You do With a Dinosaur (juvenile play). Scripted for Schools, PGC online catalogue, 2008
Dinosaur Days "Read Aloud Series". McGraw-Hill, USA, 2007
Otto Discovers FM. Otikids, Denmark, 2006
Otto Hears Everything. Denmark: Otikids, 2005.
Jason and the Deadly Diamonds. Coteau Books, 2004.
Jason and the Wonder Horn. Coteau Books, 2002.
Dinosaur Days. Stoddart/F&W, 1993
Animal Hours. Oxford University Press, 1990
The Great Zanderthon Takeover. Playwrights Canada, 1984
Merch the Invisible Wizard. Playwrights Canada, 1983
Freddykid and Seagull Sam. Playwrights Canada, 1982
Wondrous Tales of Wicked Winston. Annick Press, 1981


Maxum Mazumdar New Play Comp, Alleyway Theatre, Buffalo, NY, Juvenile Play Award for Marcie Saves the Circus, 2000.
Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" Award for Dinosaur Days, 1994.
Shortlisted, Stephen Leacock Poetry Award for Walking on Broken Glass, 1994.
Shortlisted, Short Grain Award for Dementia Days, 1991.
Shortlisted, Writer's Quarterly Poetry Competition for Freak Show, 1988.
Honourable Mention for short story "One Friday Night" for Freefall Magazine, Calgary, AB, 2008
"Miss Purity Flour", Finalist for Glimmer Train Magazine Very Short Fiction Contest, 2009
Heads I Win, novella for Quattro Books Ken Klonsky 2014 Novella Competition, 2014
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

An accomplished novelist, playwright and poet, the author tailors her novel, poetry, and playwriting workshops to specific grade levels. She reads from her works, discusses how each was created, and involves the students in writing from their own imaginations.

Presentation Length:
60-75 min.
fiction, poetry, drama
Kgtn -12
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Workshop Description:

Linda, a former teacher,is currently using her Wonder Horn time travel series to motivate young writers. Using the WW1 bugle that inspired her series, she reads from her novel and then involves students in beginning their own time travel adventure. A special artifact, a portal and they're off into a new and exciting landscape. The first in the series, JASON AND THE WONDER HORN, set in Canada and medieval Germany, is ideal for grade four medieval studies. Teacher's Guides are available from the author's website.

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GST not applicable