Member Profile

Monica Graham

Photo: Steve MacLean 2011

Monica Graham is a Nova Scotia-based freelance journalist, columnist, and the author of six history books. The most recent,  The Historic Towns of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton and Westville (Nimbus), was be released May 2, 2012. She is in the process of writing her seventh, a true Nova Scotia ghost story. Monica recently completed the 2011-12 term as writer-in-residence at Pictou Antigonish Regional Library.

Her work has appeared regularly in the Halifax Chronicle Herald, The Nova Scotian, Rural Delivery, The Pictou Advocate, The Trident, Food Safety & Quality, Atlantic Beef, Atlantic Fisherman, and other trade journals as well as online. One of her short stories appears in the anthology Christmas in the Maritimes.

She is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, Pictou Historical Photograph Society, and the Nova Scotia Writers in the Schools program.

In her spare time, Monica co-manages a woodlot; and enjoys singing, photography, murder mysteries, and outdoor activities like swimming, skiing, hiking and kayaking.

E-mail: c/o Writers' Union of Canada
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The Great Maritime Detective: The Exploits and Adventures of the Notorious Peachie Carroll. Nimbus, 2009
Scotch Willy and other Nicknames from Pictou County. Nimbus, 2006
The Historic Town of Pictou. Nimbus, 2004
Pictou County, Nova Scotia. VanWell, 2003
Bluenose. Nimbus, 2010
Historic Towns of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton and Westville. Nimbus, 2012


Atlantic Community Newspaper Association, general interest column for The Pictou Advocate, 1995
Canadian Community Newspapers Association Nanton News Trophy for centennial history of The Pictou Advocate, 1994
Canadian Community Newspapers Association, best Christmas story. for The Pictou Advocate, 1991
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Presentation Description

Monica speaks to groups of all ages and abilities about story-telling, memoir-writing, researching and writing history, tools of the trade, defeating writer's block, journalism, and the writer's life (taxes, health, etc). She also offers one-on-one mentoring sessions. Methods and session length depend on the ages and abilities of the participants, but presentations include a short lecture, followed by discussion, questions and answers and, if time, sharing ideas and issues.

Workshop Description:

Monica prefers a "learn to do by doing" approach, using games, images, toys, and hands-on exercises to encourage writing and story-telling, and to persuade participants to clarify their ideas and opinions and then write them down. Workshops and seminars cover the five Ws, the distinction between fiction and non-fiction, and how to "cheat" by using tools like a Thesaurus and a dictionary. She encourages chat and laughter, and tries to draw out the quiet people as well as the more gregarious participants.

Northern OAC WITS:
GST applicable