Photo Credit:
Photo credit
Helen Tansey, Sundari Photography
Brent van Staalduinen
BIO
Biography

 

Brent van Staalduinen is the author of the novels NOTHING BUT LIFE, BOY, and SAINTS, UNEXPECTED, as well as the short story collection CUT ROAD. He is also an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in journals on both sides of the Atlantic. A recovering high school English teacher, tree planter, army medic, and overnight radio host, Brent now finds himself writing books, working at the local public library, and figuring out what it means to be a family man. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

 

ADDRESS
City: Hamilton, Province/Territory: Ontario
EMAIL
GENRE
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
LANGUAGES
English
PUBLICATIONS
Publications
Title
Cut Road: stories
Publisher
Guernica Editions
Year
2022
Title
Nothing But Life: a novel
Publisher
Dundurn Press
Year
2021
Title
Boy: a novel
Publisher
Dundurn Press
Year
2020
Title
Saints
Title
Unexpected: a novel
Publisher
Invisible Publishing
Year
2016
AWARDS
Awards
Name
The Kerry Schooley Book Award
Publication
Boy
Year
2021
Name
The White Pine Award (Nomination)
Publication
Nothing But Life
Year
2022
Name
Lush Triumphant Literary Award
Name
The Bristol Short Story Prize
Name
The Writer Magazine's Our Darkest Hours Prize
Name
Alvin A. Lee Award for Creative Non-Fiction
Name
Fiddlehead Best Short Fiction Prize
Name
Freda Waldon Fiction Award
Name
The Short Works Prize
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
Any
Presentation Length
Tailored to setting
Presentation Description
Presentation description

 

I have been making presentations to groups of all sizes for decades. My range to topics is wide, but generally I explore concepts related to writing, as well as expanded discussions of the themes in my work.

 

Presentation Fee(s)
Starting at $100, tailored to specific setting: please contact me for details.
Workshop details
Audience Size
Any
Intended Audience
Adults, Grades 7-12
Workshop Length
Tailored to setting
Workshop Description
Workshop description

 

Description:

Nothing compares to a live, real-time session (online or in person) with an expert instructor/writing coach!

I am a certified, knowledgable educator with more than a decade of teaching and classroom experience, and am available to lead single and multiple sessions in any of the below areas (and more). Or, if you prefer, I can be your writing coach, working one-on-one with you to accomplish your writing goals.

I am based in Hamilton, Canada, but am also an experienced world traveler—let me come to you, wherever you are.

Topics
(All can be expanded and/or broken down to meet programming requirements)

Novel writing
The elements of short fiction
Creative nonfiction
Memoir
Travel writing
Teaching creative writing
Submitting work to literary journals and magazines
Editing and proofreading
Setting up a writing workshop
Publishing with small presses
Contests and “making a mark”
Finding and landing the right literary agent
Self-publication and the digital marketplace

...and more

 

Workshop Fee(s)
Starting at $275, tailored to specific setting: please contact me for details.
School presentation details
Audience Size
Any
Intended Audience
Grades 7-12
Presentation Length
Tailored to school setting
Presentation Description
Presentation description

 

My school sessions are tailored to the specific school and setting to which I'm invited. Please contact me to discuss how I can reach and inspire your students!

 

Presentation Fee(s)
Starting at $100, tailored to specific setting: please contact me for details.
Programs & Interests
Interested in participating Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
All members are eligible for the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program. Are you interested in participating in this pro
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
The Union’s Northern Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program funds in-person visits to northern Ontario schools when possible. Ar
Yes