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Sylvia Gunnery

Sylvia Gunnery

Photo: James Bell

Sylvia Gunnery writes books for young adults and children, as well as professional books for teachers. She first took herself seriously as a writer in the summer of 1976 when she attended the Banff Writing Studio under the instruction of W.O. Mitchell. A recipient of a Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, much of the inspiration for her writing has come from her junior and senior high students. She has presented at conferences, libraries, and schools across Canada. Currently, Sylvia lives at Crescent Beach on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

Crescent Beach, NS
Nova Scotia


Road Signs That Say West. Pajama Press, 2017
Emily For Real. Pajama Press, 2012
The Writing Circle. Pembroke Publishers Ltd., 2007
Game Face. Lorimer, 2013
Out of Bounds. Lorimer, 2011
Personal Best. Lorimer, 2011
Crow's Busy Day. Curriculum Plus, 2004
Robin’s Impossible, Crazy Idea. Lawrencetown, NS: Pottersfield Press, 2001.
Crossing the Line. Scholastic Canada Ltd., 1998


Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, 1998.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

Finding Stories Every Day:    Find out how authors are inspired to write fiction through everyday experiences, memories, and imagination.

The Story Behind the Cover:   Learn about the real-life experiences behind Sylvia’s novels, take a sneak-peak at her revision process, and see the stages involved in cover designs.

Presentation Length:
45-60 min.
Audience Size:
60/ 20
Workshop Description:

WRITING WORKSHOPS For STUDENTS (grades 4 - 12):  Just Write! (introductory) and Focus on Fiction (advanced)

WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS (grades 4 - 12): The Writing Circle; Real Revision; Reading-Writing Connections