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Maggie L. Wood

Maggie L. Wood

Maggie L. Wood was born and raised on Prince Edward Island, where she honed her imagination skills playing Medieval Barbies and writing and illustrating her own "Sword & Sorcery" comic books. As an adult, she landed a wonderful part-time job working at an independent bookstore in London, Ontario and set immediately to devouring their Middle Grade and YA sections. Soon children, teachers, and librarians were coming to her asking for her advice on what to read. She decided to try her own hand at writing and spent ten years learning the ins and outs of the craft. The "Princess Pawn," a YA fantasy, became her first book and has launched her well ino the world of YA writing.

London, ON


The Princess Pawn. Toronto: Sumach Press, 2003.
The Princess Mage. Toronto: Sumach Press, 2006.
Fallen. Coyote Wild Magazine, 2008
The Darkening. Lobster Press, 2011
Captured. Lobster Press, 2011
Auralict. Maggie L. Wood, 2015


Shortlisted, Red Maple Award, for The Princess Pawn, 2005.
Shortlisted, Stellar Award, for The Princess Pawn, 2006.
Bronze Winner, Moonbeam Award - YA Fiction for The Princess Mage, 2007.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

Are your students mesmerized by gargoyles and dragons? Do they dream of magic and far-off mystical lands? Then Maggie L. Wood is the presenter for you! She will take your students on her writing journey from comic books and Barbies to medieval history and fairy tales. She will intersperse her presentation with writing tips ­— write what you know, play the what-if game — and will use character boards and CDs to show kids how to truly “see” their characters. And (if it’s not too hot) she will even wear a gorgeous medieval queen costume while doing it all!

Presentation Length:
60 min.
YA Fantasy
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Maggie can also do four different 45-minute writing workshops that all tie in together. Workshop 1 is about getting started and teaches young writers to write what they know. Workshop 2 shows how to make your characters come alive using character boards. Workshop 3 focuses on ‘showing’ your story, not ‘telling’ it. And Workshop 4 is all about revising and rewriting your work.