Member Profile

Monique Polak

Photo: Viva Singer 2007

Monique Polak combines a busy life as a YA author, freelance journalist and CEGEP teacher. She is the author of 11 novels for young adults. Her historical novel, What World Is Left, won the Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and YA Fiction. Monique's stories appear regularly in the Montreal Gazette. She has also been published in Maclean's, the National Post, The Globe and Mail, as well as in Canwest publications across the country. She has taught English Literature, Creative Writing and Humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal since 1985.

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121 Express. Orca, 2008
All In. Lorimer, 2006
Finding Elmo. Orca, 2007
No More Pranks. Orca, 2004
On the Game. Lorimer, 2005
Scarred. Lorimer, 2007
Home Invasion. Orca, 2005
Flip Turn. Lorimer, 2004
What World Is Left. Orca, 2008
Junkyard Dog. Orca, 2009
The Middle of Everywhere. Orca, 2009


Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens for Finding Elmo; All In; Scarred, 2008
Resource Links Best of 2007 List for Scarred, 2007
Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and YA Fiction for What World Is Left, 2009
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Presentation Description

Monique is available for presentations and workshops. In her presentations, she talks about breaking into the YA (young adult) market. She also discusses how her work as a journalist feeds her fiction.

Workshop Description:

A longtime college teacher, Monique's writing workshops focus on hands-on activities. Monique is also interested in helping aspiring writers bring the fun back into the writing experience. She has a special interest in using personal memories to fuel fiction.


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