A Busy Fall Ahead

A Busy Fall

Writer Sarah Ellis once gave a talk in which she distinguished between “writing” and “being a writer.” I may be busier “being a writer” in the coming months than I’ll be busy “writing.” Fortunately, I have a new picture book that’s finished which Annick has scheduled for publication in the spring of 2017. (More on that in a future post. For now I’ll just say I’m fortunate once again to have Dusan Petricic doing the illustrations to go with my text.) 


Here’s what I’ll be up to:


On September 17, I’m happy to be participating at an event to welcome Syrian refugee families to Guelph. Thanks to Eric Walters for inviting me to take part and to Annick Press for making a generous donation of books for the kids in the families attending to take home with them.


From September 15 to December 15, I’ll be Writer-in-Residence for Wellington County Public Library. I live in Wellington County and I’ll enjoy driving to various branches around this beautiful part of Ontario — to conduct workshops and readings, give presentations on different aspects of writing, and meet one-on-one with writers looking for feedback on their projects. (I get to spend a good chunk of time at home on my own writing too.)


In October (10-15), I’m looking forward to presenting at Wordfest in Calgary and doing a school visit or two there as well.


On November 19, I’ll be conducting a Picture Book Writing Master Class at CANSCAIP’s 32nd Packaging Your Imagination conference in its new location.


Hope to see some of you at some of these events!

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson


  1. Janet Barclay on September 8, 2016 at 7:49 am

    You bring to light something important that many people overlook. Whether you're a writer of books, a blogger, or run some type of business, we all have to spend a certain amount of time on activities that take us away from what we're most passionate about, whether it's marketing, giving workshops, or something else. Ideally it's something we also enjoy, and it sounds like that's true in your case.

    • Kathy Stinson on September 8, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      You're right, Janet. I've been very lucky that way. 

  2. wendy mason on September 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    You are amazing. HARRY AND WALTER captured my heart so I feature it on my Canadian Author/Illustrator table in my Indigo/Yorkdale department.

    • Kathy Stinson on September 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      Thank you, Wendy. I think you're amazing too. 🙂

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