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Mary W. Walters

2015

Mary W. Walters is the author of four novels, a collection of short stories, and a book of non-fiction. Her most recently published novels are The Adventures of Don Valiente and the Apache Canyon Kid, a novel co-written (word by word, on the phone) with the Santa Fe author John Aragon (Billy the Kid's Last Ride, Sunstone Press) and Rita Just Wants to Be Thin, which is available in both paperback and ebook format.

Mary's first novel, The Woman Upstairs: A Novel">The Woman Upstairs, originally published under the name Mary Walters Riskin and now rereleased through Amazon, went on to win a Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Excellence in Writing.  In 2010, Write an Effective Funding Application: A Guide for Researchers and Scholars [Paperback]">Write An Effective Funding Application: A Guide for Researchers and Scholars, was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. She has subsequently created series of audiocasts on grantwriting for writers and other artists, and one for non-profit organizations and community groups.

Mary has been a TWUC professional development leader, co-presenting with Caroline Adderson on the topic Publishing 2.0: Tips and Traps in 10 centres across Canada in 2014-15.

Mary  has worked at various times as awards facilitator at the University of Saskatchewan, executive director of the Writers Guild of Alberta, editor-in-chief at Lone Pine Publishing, and as a freelance writer and editor. Her prose has been published in Geist, The Rumpus, The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire and other literary journals, as well as in several anthologies including The Journey Prize Anthology (1999). She has lived for extended periods in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and currently resides in Toronto.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

The Woman Upstairs. NeWest Press, 1987
Bitters. NeWest Press, 1999
Cool. River Books, 2000
Write an Effective Funding Application: A Guide for Researchers and Scholars. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009
Rita Just Wants to Be Thin. Tall Poppies Media/CreateSpace, 2014
The Adventures of Don Valiente and the Apache Canyon Kid. Tall Poppies Media/CreateSpace/Kindle/Kobo, 2013

Awards

Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Excellence in Writing, Novel Category for The Woman Upstairs, 1988
Alberta Achievement Award, 1988
Alberta Culture/CBC Write For Radio Competition for "Honey Cat", 1989
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

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