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Shelley A. Leedahl
11322 - 93rd Street
Edmonton AB  T5G 1C2

587-521-9260 (home)


  • Shelley A. Leedahl is a prolific multi-genre writer in Edmonton, AB. Her tenth book, the short story collection Listen, Honey, was released in July 2012 by DC Books (Montreal). The poetry collection Wretched Beast -- twice shortlisted for CBC Radio's National Literary Competition and winner of a John V Hicks Manuscript Award -- was released by BuschekBooks (Ottawa) in fall 2011.

    Leedahl's work has appeared in dozens of anthologies, including (most recently) Slice Me Some Truth: An Anthology of Canadian Creative Nonfiction, (Wolsak & Wynn) and Country Roads: Memoirs from Rural Canada (Nimbus Publishing). New poetry will appear in a 2012 McGraw-Hill Ryerson anthology.

    Leedahl has been actively involved in the Canadian writing scene for over two decades. She frequently conducts author visits in schools and libraries; leads creative writing workshops (in 2012-2011 these included facilitating a weekend retreat in Chateauguay, PQ for the Quebec Writers Federation and serving as the Writer in Residence for the Writers Guild of Alberta at the Banff Centre); works as an editor and mentor; freelances for a number of magazines and newspapers; and has reviewed scores of books for Saskatchewan Publishers Group.

    Currently she also works as a radio advertising copywriter for two rock and roll stations in Edmonton.

    Aside from writing, Leedahl is a daily runner\walker, a passionate gardener, a piano and guitar player, and the mother of two adult children. She regularly travels across Canada and abroad, and has received Fellowships to attend international writing retreats in Mexico, Spain, Scotland, and the US.

    Forthcoming is The Moon Watched It All, an illustrated children's book, with Red Deer Press.


  • Listen, Honey. DC Books, 2012
  • Wretched Beast. BuschekBooks, 2011
  • The House of the Easily Amused. Oolichan Books, 2008
  • Riding Planet Earth. Thistledown Press, 2006
  • Orchestra of the Lost Steps. Thistledown Press, 2004
  • Talking Down The Northern Lights. Thistledown Press, 2001
  • Tell Me Everything. Coteau Books, 2000
  • The Bone Talker. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1999
  • Sky Kickers. Thistledown Press, 1994
  • A Few Words For January. Thistledown Press, 1990,1997

Workshops Offered

  • Reaching for the Moon
    • Group Size:
      • 10-25
      This inspiring half or full-day workshop focuses on the power of language and serves as a primer for those who are new (or relatively new) to poetry. Several individual and collaborative exercises are offered, participants are introduced to the work of other writers, and the instructor takes them through a meditation.

      It is ideal for grades 4-6 and 7-9, as well as high school and adult groups.

      Word selection and juxtaposition, originality, and detail are all features of this fun workshop.
  • The Art of Walking
    • Group Size:
      • 6-12
      A minimum 2-day workshop for adults with a concentration on "Getting the poem outdoors," walking, and meditation. The exercises and talks are beneficial to writers in any genre.

      Leedahl has facilitated 2 to 9-day variations on this theme. With longer retreats, expect Canadian film viewings and discussions, music nights (with guitar and singing), lectures, readings, and diverse springboard exercises.

      Requests for genre specific workshops (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction) al

Audience Age Groups

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