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Madelon Smid
Kyle


www.madelonasmid.com
 

Bio

  • Smid began her writing career in Saskatoon, as a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Saskatoon Romance writer's, she wrote and sold her first contemporary romance in 1991.
    A move to MB turned her writing in the direction of non fiction. In 1998 she co-authored Smart Women: Canadian Entrepreneurs talk about making money. It became an overnight Canadian Best Seller and Smid travelled Canada on a media tour, then again giving Smart Women workshops. In 2000 Smart Women Get Better was published, and Smid continued giving workshops, keynote addresses and publishing articles.
    In 2001 Smid moved to the Swift Current area and began teaching adult education classes in writing for the Cypress Hills College. As well, she started Armchair Writing, offering a variety of writing courses over the internet. At the same time she published many articles for regional and national magazines. Smid also started the Prairie Quills Writer's Group which continues to thrive and contribute to the SC area. Smid published short stories in six anthologies produced bi-annually by the Prairie Quills group, editing or co-editing all five collections.
    In 2012 Smid stopped teaching to devote her time to writing. She has authored Daring Heights a 6 book series of romantic suspense, and Sisters in Peril Trilogy.
    Smid is the mother of two and grandmother of four. She writes from her home on the river, where she lives with her husband. She is an avid kayaker, skier, x-country skier and camper. Her books reflect her love of nature and need to interact with the great outdoors. They have been described as" intelligent, suspenseful, and sensual" by her readers.

Genres

  • Fiction » Action/Adventure, Romance
  • Non-Fiction » Self-Help

Professional Services

  • Editing » Developmental/Project Editing, Manuscript Critiquing (Not Editing), Rewriting, Stylistic Editing, Substantive/Structural Editing, Web-based/Online Editing
  • Electronic/Online Media » Blogging
  • Genre Writing » Creative Non-Fiction, Literary/Creative Fiction
  • Journalism » Feature Writing, Interviews, Interviews, Investigative Journalism, General Interest/Consumer Magazines, Newspapers
  • Lecturing/Public Speaking » Conferences, Keynote Addresses
  • Teaching/Instruction » Professional Development Workshops

Publications

  • Sinister Skies. The Wild Rose Press, 2019
  • Fatal Flight. The Wild Rose Press, 2018
  • Lethal Landing. The Wild Rose Press, 2018
  • Change is not a Four-Letter Word. Prairie Quills Writers' Group, 2017
  • Sky High. The Wild Rose Press, 2017
  • Reaching High. The Wild Rose Press, 2016
  • High Risk. The Wild Rose Press, 2016
  • High Ground. The Wild Rose Press, 2015
  • High Seas. The Wild Rose Press, 2015
  • Reflections From the Creek (Anthology). The Prairie Quills Writers' Group, 2014
  • Writers celebrate city of Swift Current's 100 years. Prairie Post, 2014
  • Writers celebrate city of Swift Current's 100 years. Prairie Post, 2014
  • Writers reflect on Swift Current's history. Southwest Booster, 2014
  • Madelon Smid releases full length fiction book. Kyle Times, 2014
  • Climbing High. The Wild Rose Press, 2013
  • Forces baby baptized here. Rosetown Eagle, 2009
  • A Genuine Cowboy. The Kyle Times, 2007
  • A Genuine Cowboy. Canadian Cowboy Country, 2005
  • Couple set to toast new venture. The Western Producer, 2005
  • Restoration project remembers Sak. tree king. The Western Producer, 2005
  • A Prairie Sanctum. Canadian Trees, 2005
  • Prairie Amazons: when push comes, they shove. The Western Producer, 2004
  • Traps for the Unwary. The Canadian Writer's Guide, 2003
  • Buffalo hits the big time. The Western Producer, 2002
  • Growing in faith. Our Family, 2001
  • Please fix the world. The Report, 2001
  • Racers mow their way into fans hearts. The Western Producer, 2001
  • Hotel finds niche in middle of plains. The Western Producer, 2001
  • Please fix the world. The Report, 2001
  • The man behind the ho ho ho. The Western Producer, 2001
  • Revenge of the orphaned. The Report, 2000
  • The real motive is sadism. The Report, 2000
  • Beware of illusory freedom. The Report, 2000
  • Smart Women Canadian Entrepreneurs Who Make Money. MacMillan Canada, 2000
  • Joy to the Mothers. The Report, 1999
  • Are You Sabotaging Your Financial Success. Online AOL, 1999
  • Could You Be Your Own Boss. Chatelaine, 1999
  • Smart Women Canadian Entrepreneurs Talk About Making Money. MacMillan Canada, 1998
  • Faith Makes Us Strong. Upper Room, 1998
  • Commitment. Smarten Up, 1998
  • Body Check. Smarten Up, 1998
  • Post Winter Blahs. Smarten Up, 1998
  • Spiritully Smarter. Smarten Up, 1998
  • A Pat on the Back. Smarten Up, 1998
  • What's Up In Manitoba. Wordwrap, 1997
  • First Rupert's Land A.W.A.R.E. Conference. Anglican Journal, WPG, 1997
  • New Youth Coordinator. Anglican Journal, WPG, 1997
  • Hardware In My Blood. Western People, 1997
  • Increasing Profits Through Co0operation. The Argus, 1996
  • Festival of the Equinox. Stonewall This Month, 1995
  • Thanks Reverend. Stonewall This Month, 1995
  • Thanks Reverend. Stonewall This Month, 1995
  • Learning To Pray. Upper Room, 1994
  • A Tribute To Marriage. Our Family, 1994
  • A Lodge of His Own Making. Westernn People, 1993
  • STAY and Flourish. Anglican Journal, 1987
  • Lay Incumbent Named. Anglican Journal, 1986
  • Farewell at St. Tim's. Anglican Journal, 1985
  • Three Deacons. Anglican Journal, 1984
  • What's Up In Manitoba. Wordwrap, 1

Broadcast Works

  • A Mom's Despair, CBC Radio, 2001
    • A one time performance on First Person Singular, Morning Time CBC radio.
  • Ambivalence, CBC Radio, 2001
    • A one time performance on First Person Singular, Morning Time CBC radio.

Workshops Offered

  • 5 W's and 1 H
    • Group Size:
      • 6-20
      Can be either a 4 hour or 4 week course for beginner writers. It covers the big questions that move a story or article forward: who, where, when, what, why and how? Interactive and an excellent way to join other writers for a fun time.
  • Customized workshop
    • Group Size:
      • 1-300
      I have delivered workshop on a one-to-one basis and to rooms holding hundred's of people. I customize my workshop to suit your purposes and meet your writing goals. I am comfortable leading you through a six hour day on writing, or giving a 1/2 hour talk on writing, publishing, self publishing, creativity, journaling, writing: short stories, full length fiction, memoir, and literary non fiction. I am always pleased to meet the participant's unique needs.
  • Equinox for Youth
    • Group Size:
      • 6-12
      A workshop for youth 11-14 years of age, or 6-10 years of age. Participants learn the basics of story telling while writing individual stories, then work together combining the best elements to create a group story. The story is edited, formatted, printed up and given to each child. Often the local library agrees to host a reading night and children present their story to the community, then gift the library with a copy. Extremely successful on all levels.
  • Free Flowing
    • Group Size:
      • 6-30
      Beginner writers learn to relax and play with ideas, give and receive critiques, turn ideas into stories, and apply basic writing elements.
  • Here's a Thought
    • Group Size:
      • 6-20
      Interactive 8 week course for writers at all levels. Covers journaling, small group support, writing articles, editing, inspired by nature, marketing, plotting, café writing, large group readings. Leaves them with the ability to write and publish articles
  • I want to Publish: How to Get My work Into Print
    • Group Size:
      • 30
      Four 1 1/2 hour classroom sessions. Covers Finding a Publisher, Applying the guidelines, Pitching My Work, Protecting My Book.
  • Journaling to Truth
    • Group Size:
      • 4-50
      An interactive 5 week course for writers at all levels, which helps the writer expand the skill of journaling. Covers Finding my voice, journaling through the senses, finding peace, journaling to grow and journaling to find self.
  • Setting Your Creative Spirit Free
    • Group Size:
      • 4-20
      This 6 hour week workshop for all levels of writers helps you understand and stimulate your creativity. The course emphasizes exercises that help you find your own style and voice, and use them to share your thoughts, feelings and stories with others. You will push your creative comfort zone to a new level. It has been successfully used for high school teachers, Swift Current Dental association members and writing groups.
  • Stimulating Your Creativity
    • Group Size:
      • 4-36
      An 6 hour workshop for anyone who wants to pursue a creative project. Has been successfully used for high school teachers, Swift Current Dental association members and writing groups. Using many interactive activities they find new ways and perspective on approaching their work.
  • The Planner Plots
    • Group Size:
      • 10-30
      Covers the aspects of plots, and narrative arcs. Identifying the elements, making them work for your genre. Interactive,
  • The Planner Plots
    • Group Size:
      • 10-30
      Covers the aspects of plots, and narrative arcs. Identifying the elements, making them work for your genre. Interactive,
  • The Specificity of Writing Romance
    • Group Size:
      • 10-40
      An interactive workshop leading you from the identification of your genre, through the twisted pathways of writing a captivating romance, identifying and wooing your readers, and building a community they will embrace. Interspersed with general information are exercises, which allow the individual to focus on a particular writing goal.
  • Write Your Life
    • Group Size:
      • 6-30
      Interactive 2, 4 or 6 hours long for adults, seniors. Leads a first time writer through a story collection process, journaling, critiquing constructively and writing memories.
  • Writing: Start to Finish
    • Group Size:
      • 4-24
      An interactive 8 week course for writers at all levels, leading them through the steps of completing a written work and selling their piece.

Audience Age Groups

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