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Linda Hutsell-Manning
BIO
Biography

 Novella, Heads I Win Tails You Lose, TBP 2024, AOS Publishing.  Juvenile time-travel novel, Jason and the Wonderhorn (Fogbound Through Time Book 1) now available as an e-book with Kindle and Kobo. Juvenile narrative nonsense poem appeared in Cloud Lake Literary, 2022. Two poems in Balm, Raven's Quoth Press, 2021 and three pieces in Our Pandemic Times, Blue Denim Press, 2021. Memoir, Fearless and Determined: Two Years Teaching in a One-Room School  was published by Blue Demin Press, 2019. Two act comedy, A Certain Singing Teacher, premiered in 2017 now available from Playwright's Guild Canada. Novella, Heads I Win, was short-listed in  Quattro Books 2014 novella competition. Novel,That Summer in Franklin, Second Story Press, Toronto, 2011, has been compared to the writing of Margaret Laurence and Maeve Binchy (Open Book Ontario 2013) She has read in libraries and bookstores across Canada and is popular with Book Clubs. Since Covid, she has given  many ZOOM readings, taught a ZOOM Power Point Creative Writing Course to Toronto Seniors and presented two virtual WITS readings to Cobourg, Ontario area schools in 2021. Her previous publications include plays, poetry, short fiction and TV scripts. She has worked as a free-lance journalist, taught creative writing at several community colleges, hosted author reading series and promoted her work internationally. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1940, she moved to Ontario at age nine. After Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and Toronto Teachers' College, she taught for two years in a southern Ontario one room school. She has a B.A. from the University of Guelph and began writing full time in 1981. Married with three adult children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, she has lived in many Canadian communities from Kamloops, BC to Cobourg, Ontario, where she now makes her home.

ADDRESS
City: Cobourg, ON, Province/Territory: Ontario
EMAIL
GENRE
Fiction, memoir, poetry, playwriting, juvenile novels, picture books
LANGUAGES
English
PUBLICATIONS
Publications
AWARDS
Awards
Name
Shortlisted Ken Klonsky Novella Competion
Name
Heads I Win
Publication
Quattro Books
Year
2014
Name
Maxum Mazumdar New Play Competition
Name
Juvenile Play award
Name
Marcie Saves the Circus
Publication
N/A
Year
2000
Name
"Our Choice Award" picture book Dinosaur Days
Publication
Canadian children's Book Centre
Year
1994
Name
Shortlisted Stephen Leacock Poetry Award
Name
Walking on Broken Glass
Publication
N/A
Year
1994
Name
Shortlisted Short Grain Award
Name
prose poem Dementia Days
Publication
Grain Magazine
Year
1991
Name
Shortlisted Writer's Quarterly Poetry Competition
Name
Freak Show
Publication
Writer's Quarterly Magazine
Year
1988
Name
Honourable Mention
Name
Freefall Short Fiction Competition
Name
short story One Friday Night
Publication
Freefall Magazine
Year
2008
Name
Finalist in Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest
Name
Miss Purity Flour
Publication
N/A
Year
2009
LINKS
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
30-35
Presentation Genre
Fiction, memoir, poetry, playwriting, juvenile novels, picture books
Presentation Length
1 to 2 hours depending on age range
Presentation Description
Presentation description

An accomplished novelist, playwright and poet, the author tailors her novel, poetry, and play writing workshops to specific grade levels. She reads from her works, discusses how each was created, and involves the students in writing from their own imaginations.

Kindergarten to Grade 3 - Linda reads from her picture books, then talks to children about creating their own stories. Depending on their age, students either draw a story or print one, sharing with the class once finished.

Grades 4 to 7 - Linda, a former teacher, uses her Wonder Horn time travel series to motivate young writers. In person or virtually, using Power Point, she talks about the WW1 bugle that inspired her series, reads from her novel and then involves students in beginning their own time travel adventure. A special artifact, a portal and they're off into a new and exciting landscape. Students share stories once finished.

The first in the series, JASON AND THE WONDER HORN, set in Canada and medieval Germany, is ideal for grade four medieval studies. Teacher's Guides are available from the author's website.

Grades 7 to 12 - tailors genre to grade level and student interest using excerpts from her published works. Sets up formats that motivate students to begin their own stories, plays and poems.

Presentation Fee(s)
Full reading: $300 Partial reading: $150
Workshop details
Audience Size
30
Intended Audience
Kindergarten to Grade 3 - picture books and play creation Grade 4 to 6 or 7 - time-travel novels, play writing Grade 7 to 12 - short stories, novel, play writing Adult - Fiction, memoir, poetry, play writing, juvenile novels, picture books
Workshop Length
1 to 2 hours
Workshop Description
Workshop description

An accomplished novelist, playwright and poet, the author tailors her novel, poetry, and play writing workshops to specific grade levels. She reads from her works, discusses how each was created, and involves the students in writing from their own imaginations.

Kindergarten to Grade 3 - Linda reads from her picture books, then talks to children about creating their own stories. Depending on their age, students either draw a story or print one, sharing with the class once finished.

Grades 4 to 7 - Linda, a former teacher, uses her Wonder Horn time travel series to motivate young writers. In person or virtually, using Power Point, she talks about the WW1 bugle that inspired her series, reads from her novel and then involves students in beginning their own time travel adventure. A special artifact, a portal and they're off into a new and exciting landscape. Students share stories once finished.

The first in the series, JASON AND THE WONDER HORN, set in Canada and medieval Germany, is ideal for grade four medieval studies. Teacher's Guides are available from the author's website.

Grades 7 to 12 - tailors genre to grade level and student interest using excerpts from her published works. Sets up formats that motivate students to begin their own stories, plays and poems.

Workshop Fee(s)
$300 for a 2 hour workshop
School presentation details
Audience Size
30-35
Intended Audience
Kindergarten to Grade 3 - picture books and play creation Grade 4 to 6 or 7 - time-travel novels, play writing Grade 7 to 12 - short stories, novel, play writing Adult - Fiction, memoir, poetry, play writing, juvenile novels, picture books
Presentation Length
1 to 2 hours
Presentation Description
Presentation description

An accomplished novelist, playwright and poet, the author tailors her novel, poetry, and play writing workshops to specific grade levels. She reads from her works, discusses how each was created, and involves the students in writing from their own imaginations.

Kindergarten to Grade 3 - Linda reads from her picture books, then talks to children about creating their own stories. Depending on their age, students either draw a story or print one, sharing with the class once finished.

Grades 4 to 7 - Linda, a former teacher, uses her Wonder Horn time travel series to motivate young writers. In person or virtually, using Power Point, she talks about the WW1 bugle that inspired her series, reads from her novel and then involves students in beginning their own time travel adventure. A special artifact, a portal and they're off into a new and exciting landscape. Students share stories once finished.

The first in the series, JASON AND THE WONDER HORN, set in Canada and medieval Germany, is ideal for grade four medieval studies. Teacher's Guides are available from the author's website.

Grades 7 to 12 - tailors genre to grade level and student interest using excerpts from her published works. Sets up formats that motivate students to begin their own stories, plays and poems.

Presentation Fee(s)
$300
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