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Meet the 2022 — 2023 Writer in Residence, Kristine Scarrow

Kristine Scarrow is the author of four young adult novels: Throwaway Girl (2014), If This Is Home (2016), The 11th Hour (2018), and The Gamer’s Guide to Getting the Girl (2019) all published by Dundurn Press. Her short fiction has appeared in In Medias Res and the 2022 anthologies Conversations (Unleash Press) and Second Chance Romance (The Writers’ Cache). Her poetry has appeared in In Medias Res and her creative non-fiction appears in the Summer 2022 issue of Capsule Stories.

Kristine has a special interest in writing as a healing art and offers writing workshops to individuals, schools, community-based organizations, and other groups. Through her workshops, she offers a safe, gentle approach to writing and wants others to discover how writing can be a useful tool to help heal and grow. She has also taught Sage Hill Teen Writing Experience for several years and has worked with all age groups through her work as a five-year Writer-in-Residence at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon.

Her fiction has been shortlisted or won numerous awards including CanLit Top Pick for the classroom for Throwaway Girl and the In the Margins Award for Throwaway GirlThe Gamer’s Guide to Getting the Girl was shortlisted for the 2020 Edna and G. Murray Forbes Foundation Young Adult Award; If This Is Home was nominated for a 2019 Snow Willow Award. She has published dozens of articles and has worked as an editor for both book-length manuscripts and magazines; she has also served as a mentor through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

This past year, Kristine completed a short story collection Only Human through the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. She is currently working on another YA novel and an adult fiction novel.

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Kristine is proud to be from Saskatchewan, a province boasting an incredible writing community and a wealth of talented writers. In fact, working with other writers in her hometown in one of her favourite venues in the world (a library) is thrilling for her!

Check out Kristine’s work

About the Program

The Writer in Residence acts as a mentor to writers in the community, reviewing manuscripts and providing advice about publishing. The Writer offers individual consultations, group workshops and programs, author readings and participates in other special events during their residency.

The Writer in Residence offers writing workshops, conferences and special events throughout their term.