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Leona Theis
Saskatoon

leonatheis@gmail.com
www.leonatheis.com
 

Bio

  • Leona Theis writes novels, short stories and creative nonfiction. Her work has won awards and been shortlisted across Canada. She is a winner of the CBC Literary Award and two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her collection of interlocking stories, Sightlines, presents a portrait of a small town. Her most recent full-length book, The Art of Salvage, a novel set in Saskatoon, is about messing up and finding hope.

    Leona was born and raised in Saskatchewan. Every once in a while she goes off to live Elsewhere, but right now she lives in Saskatoon with her husband and son.

    Her work has been described as "funny and sad at the same time." Sort of like life. She is grateful to playwright Colleen Murphy for reminding her (as an attendee at a Writers Guild conference session) that our responsibility as writers is to delve.

    She balances her work as a writer with freelance editing work and with mentoring emerging writers.

    Leona's favourite places to write are the Broadway Roastery in Saskatoon, St. Peter's Abbey in Meunster SK and a lakeside cabin in the boreal forest.

Genres

  • Fiction » Literary
  • Non-Fiction » Memoir

Professional Services

  • Editing » Copyediting, Substantive/Structural Editing

Publications

  • The Occupations of Muriel Thompson. JackPine Press, 2008
  • The Art of Salvage. Coteau Books, 2006
  • Sightlines. Coteau Books, 2000
  • Coming Attractions 98. (with Gabriella Goliger and Darryl Whetter) Oberon Press, 1998

Periodicals

  » Literary Journal
  • Brick
  • grain
  • Malahat Review
  • McGill Street Magazine
  • Prairie Fire
  • The Fiddlehead
  » Newspaper, Magazine, & Trade Journal
  • DiversitA&S
  • enRoute

Broadcast Works

  • Between the Covers, CBC Radio national, 2007
    • Occupations of Muriel Thompson (creative nonfiction)
  • The Arts Tonight with Eleanor Wachtel, CBC Radio national, 2007
    • Interview
  • Between the Covers, CBC Radio national, 1998
    • Traces (commissioned short story for Festival of Fiction)
  • Ambience, CBC Radio SK, 1997
    • The Stuff that Makes You Lift Cars
  • Ambience, CBC Radio SK, 1993
    • Home-Made Maps (short story)

Workshops Offered

  • Delving Deep
    • Group Size:
      • 5-20
      How to get underneath the surface of your material. Participants will create new material they can later develop as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama. Suitable for high school students or adults. Terrific for writing groups.

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
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