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Marie Powell


  • Marie Powell is an experienced professional author and journalist, with published children's writing, fiction, editing, and nonfiction.

    Ms Powell has seven published children's books with Scholastic Canada and Amicus Publishing, and another eight books being published in the fall. Her award-winning poetry and fiction appear in literary magazines and anthologies. Her articles appear in national and international print magazines, broadcast and online markets. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from the University of British Columbia, among other degrees (MA, BAJC, BFA). She gives workshops in writing and creativity, and leads a popular freewriting session twice a month at the Prince of Wales branch library. As well, she provides editing, photography, and research services. More information and writing samples are available on her website at or by request.


  • Electronic Media » Blogs, Websites, Zines, Other
  • Fiction » Children's Literature—Picture Books, Children's—Middle Years, Children's Writing—Young Adult, General, Speculative—Fantasy
  • Non-Fiction » Essays, General Non-Fiction, History—Local, History—Regional, Journalism, Natural History, Travel
  • Poetry » General, Literary

Professional Services

  • Academic/Research Writing » Essays, Research Papers, Journals
  • Advertising » Advertorials, Advertising/Marketing Material
  • Business/Corporate/Government Writing » Annual Reports, Annual Reports, Brochures, Brochures, Grant Applications and Reports, Grant Applications and Reports, Summaries/Reports
  • Editing » Copyediting, Copyediting, Developmental/Project Editing, Manuscript Critiquing (Not Editing), Proofreading, Proofreading, Substantive/Structural Editing
  • Genre Writing » Children’s Writing, Creative Non-Fiction
  • Ghostwriting » Ghostwriting
  • Journalism » Editorials, Feature Writing, Interviews, Investigative Journalism, Photojournalism, Reviews, General Interest/Consumer Magazines, Trade/Special Interest Magazines, Newspapers
  • Lecturing/Public Speaking » Conferences, Special Events
  • Media/Public Relations » Media Releases, Media Releases, Public Service Announcements (PSA), Public Service Announcements (PSA)
  • Teaching/Instruction » Professional Development Workshops


  • That Cat!. Amicus Publishing, 2013
  • Grow, Crow. Amicus Publishing, 2013
  • Nab the Crab. Amicus Publishing, 2013
  • Out for Trout. Amicus Publishing, 2013
  • Dig, Pig. Amicus Publishing, 2013
  • Sleep, Sheep. Amicus Publishing, 2013
  • Defining Moments in History (contributor). Cassell Illustrated, 2008
  • Dragonflies are Amazing. Scholastic Canada, 2007


  » Newspaper, Magazine, & Trade Journal
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Workshops Offered

  • Breaking In: Taking Stock of the Marketplace
    • Group Size:
      • 5-15
      Geared for non-fiction writers, this workshop will examine the current print and online marketplace. It will include how to choose a market for your work, how to approach that market, and how to ensure success in the changing marketplace. The workshop will also include a hands-on component to help participants find markets for their work.
  • Channeling Your Creativity
    • Group Size:
      • 5-15
      This workshop will provide an opportunity to generate writing in multiple genres: poetry, fiction, and short creative non-fiction. Using a combination of presentation, discussion, and hands-on writing activities, we will examine the various print and online resources that can inspire writing and stimulate the participant's writing life.
  • Inspiring the Imagination: Writing Exercises
    • Group Size:
      • 3-15
      This workshop involves presenting and utilizing a number of writing exercises to generate ideas in poetry or fiction. Short instruction, writing exercises, and round-table sharing with short, controlled group critiques work best. The format can be designed to suit group needs. The workshop can last from one hour to a full day program, depending on needs. As well, I would be happy to host a public reading of my work and participant work if circumstances allow.
  • Script Development Workshops
    • Group Size:
      • 5-15
      As an experienced dramaturg, I lead participants in developing their own stories into scripts. Sessions involve warm-ups and improvisational techniques to guide in generating and scripting scenes. I present information and handouts on developing characters, settings, and theatre techniques. Short instruction, writing exercises, and round-table sharing with short, controlled group critiques work best. As well, I would be happy to host a public reading of participant work if desired.

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
    • Middle School (6-9)
    • Elementary School (K-5)
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