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Edward Willett
Audience Age Groups
Secondary (Grades 10-12)
Middle (Grades 6-9)
Elementary (Grades K - 5)

Edward Willett

Edward Willett is the award-winning author of more than 60 books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for children, young adults, and adults. Born in Silver City, New Mexico, he moved to Saskatchewan from Texas as a child, and grew up in Weyburn, where he began his career as a newspaper reporter/photographer, and eventually editor, of the Weyburn Review. Ed's latest novel is The Cityborn, his eighth from DAW Books in New York. Recent young adult books include fantasy Flames of Nevyana from Winnipeg's Rebelight Books and the five-book, Saskatchewan-based Shards of Excalibur YA fantasy series for Coteau Books (Song of the Sword, Twist of the Blade, Lake in the Clouds, Cave Beneath the Sea, and Door into Faerie. His previous novels for DAW Books include the fantasy trilogy The Masks of Agyrima, written as E.C. Blake, and ; the epic steampunkish fantasy Magebane, written as Lee Arthur Chane; and three adult science fiction novels, Lost in Translation, Marseguro (winner of the Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction novel in 2009) and Terra Insegura, shortlisted for the same award in 2010. For Ottawa's Bundoran Press, he's written a science fiction duology, Peregrine Rising: Right to Know and its sequel, Falcon's Egg. Ed's YA fantasy Spirit Singer, which won the Regina Book Award at the 2002 Saskatchewan Book Awards, was recently re-issued by Tyche Books. Ed's next book will be Worldshaper, start of a new series for DAW Books. Ed's nonfiction includes biographies of famous people like Andy Warhol and Johnny Cash, local history books (of Government House, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Sasaktchewan, the Saskatchewan Mining Assocation, and the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association, for example), and science and computer books. Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw (Red Deer Press) won a City of Regina Municipal Heritage Award. He's edited Windscript, the magazine of Saskatchewan teen writing, three times, as well as Grain Magazine and Spring Magazine; served as writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library; taught the Sage Hill Teen Writing Experience three times, and taught classes in writing. He's also a professional actor and singer. He lives in Regina with his wife, Margaret Anne Hodges, P.Eng, teenaged daughter, Alice, and black Siberian cat, Shadowpaw.

Workshops Offered

Writing Speculative Fiction
Group Size: 4-18
Year: 0
A workshop of flexible length introducing writers to the special challenges and rewards of writing science fiction and fantasy, with an emphasis on idea generation and technique, plus solid information on markets, publishers...and pitfalls. Can be tailored for either young writers or adults.


From the Street to the Stars (Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star Book 1)

Shadowpaw Press, 2020

The Moonlit World

DAW Books, 2020

Master of the World

DAW Books, 2019

Spirit Singer (Revised Edition)

Shadowpaw Press, 2019

Angela Merkel (World Leaders)

Focus Publications, 2018

How we saw it: Interpreting Earth from Air and Space - The First 60 Years at J.D. Mollard and Associates

J.D. Mollard and Associates, 2018

I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust

Your Nickel's Worth Publishing, 2018

Paths to the Stars: Twenty-two Fantastical Tales of Imagination

Shadowpaw Press, 2018

We Don't Do It for the Brass: 50 Years of Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Competition

Saskatchewan Mining Association, 2018


DAW Books, 2018

Fertile Ground: The First 50 Years

Saskatchewan Mining Association, 2017

Hurricane Irma (Special Reports)

Essential Library, 2017

A Career as a Mason

Rosen Publishing Group, 2016

Door into Faerie (The Shards of Excalibur Book 5)

Coteau Books, 2016

The Cityborn

DAW Books, 2016

Cave Beneath the Sea (The Shards of Excalibur Book 4)

Coteau Books, 2015

Faces: The Masks of Aygrima, Book 3 (written as E.C. Blake)

DAW Books, 2015

Falcon's Egg

Bundoran Press, 2015

Infectious Disease Specialists: Hunting Down Disease (Extreme Science Careers)

Enslow Publishers, 2015

Kiera Cass (All About the Author)

Rosen Young Adult, 2015

Lake in the Clouds (The Shards of Excalibur Book 3)

Coteau Books, 2015

What You Can Do About Ebola (Contemporary Diseases and Disorders)

Enslow Publishers, 2015

Career Building Through Using Digital Design Tools (Digital Career Building)

Rosen Publishing Group, 2014

Shadows: The Masks of Aygrima, Book 2 (written as E.C. Blake)

DAW Books, 2014

Song of the Sword (The Shards of Excalibur Book 1)

Coteau Books, 2014

Twist of the Blade (The Shards of Excalibur Book 2)

Coteau Books, 2014

What is the Milky Way? (Let's Find Out! Space)

Britannica Educational Publishing, 2014

Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky

Enslow Publishers, 2013

Masks: The Masks of Aygrima, Book 1 (written as E.C. Blake)

DAW Books, 2013

Right to Know

Bundoran Press, 2013

Andy Warhol: Everyone Will Be Famous for 15 Minutes

Enslow Publishers, 2010

Johnny Cash: The Man in Black

Enslow Publishers, 2010

Land Surveying in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association, 2010


DAW Books, 2010

Disease-Hunting Scientist

Enslow Publishers, 2009

Terra Insegura

DAW Books, 2009

The Bounty Mutiny

Enslow Publishers, 2009

A Safe and Prosperous Future

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientist of Saskatchewan, 2008

Frequently Asked Questions About Exercise Addiction

Rosen Publishing, 2008

Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw

Red Deer Press, 2008

Incredibly Disgusting Drugs: Speed

Rosen Publishing, 2008

Janis Joplin: Take Another Little Piece of My Heart

Enslow Publishers, 2008


DAW Books, 2008


Rosen Publishing, 2007

Negative Body Image

Rosen Publishing, 2007


Rosen Publishing, 2007

Fires and Wildfires: A Practical Survival Guide

Rosen Publishing, 2006

Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky

Enslow Publishers, 2006

Lost in Translation

DAW Books, 2006

Orson Scott Card: Architect of Alternate Worlds

Enslow Publishers, 2006

Genetics Demystified

McGraw-Hill, 2005

J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds

Enslow Publishers, 2004

The Basics of Quantum Physics: Understanding Line Spectra and the Photoelectric Effect

Rosen Publishing, 2004

The Iran-Iraq War

Rosen Publishing, 2004

Ayatollah Khomeini

Rosen Publishing, 2003

Ebola Virus

Enslow Publishers, 2003

Rock Sport Climbing: Techniques and Tricks

Rosen Publishing, 2003

Skateboarding: Techniques and Tricks

Rosen Publishing, 2003

Alzheimer's Disease

Enslow Publishers, 2002

Your Official America Online Guide to Internet Safety

Wiley, 2002

Careers in Outer Space

Rosen Publishers, 2001


Enslow Publishers, 2001

Spirit Singer

Awe-Struck, 2001


Enslow Publishers, 2000

Your Official America Online Guide to Creating Web Pages

Wiley, 2000

Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star

Roussan Publishers, 1999

AOL's Picture This: Fun and Easy Photo Projects

America Online, 1999

Comets, Stardust & Supernovas

Raintree/Steck Vaughan, 1999


Enslow Publishers, 1999

America Online's Creating Cool Web Pages

Hungry Minds, 1998

The Dark Unicorn

Royal Fireworks Press, 1998


Royal Fireworks Press, 1997

Using Microsoft Publisher for Windows 97

QUE, 1997

Using Microsoft Publisher for Windows 95

QUE, 1995


The Music Shoppe
Company: Regina Lyric Musical Theatre
City: Regina
Effective Year: 2019
As Time Goes By: A Love Story with Music and Ghosts
Company: Regina Lyric Musical Theatre
City: Regina
Effective Year: 2013
Circle the Crops
Company: Crocus 80 Theatre
City: Weyburn
Effective Year: 2013
The Idaho Kid
Company: Crocus 80 Theatre
City: Weyburn
Effective Year: 1988


Category: Literary Journal
Fine Lifestyles Regina
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
Fine Lifestyles Saskatoon
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
On Spec
Category: Literary Journal
Red Deer Advocate
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
Regina Leader Post
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
St. John's Evening Telegram
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
The Book of Dark Wisdom
Category: Literary Journal
Western Producer
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
Weyburn Review
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal

Broadcast Works

The Worldshapers, Podcast, 2018-2030

FIVE STARS – “Great podcast! Incredible resource for writers and readers alike. Interesting and inspiring conversations about the science fiction and fantasy genres, the writing process and creative acts. My to-read list grows with every interview. Please keep going!” – E.L. Thomas, iTunes Store

All writers, when they set pen to paper or post pixel to page, are shaping a world: their own private world, created from their own thoughts and imagination, joys and sorrows, hopes and heartbreaks, triumphs and fears. It may mimic the real world, or it may be as different from the real world as, say, the world of Middle Earth is from the world of Blade Runner, but it is still a shaped world–a sub-creation, to use J.R.R. Tolkien’s formulation. It is not a real world, it does not have the depth or complexity of a real world, it is but an illusion…and yet, these fictional worlds, these illusions, though shaped by humans, not gods, can sometimes touch our minds and expand our spirits in ways nothing else can.

It is a kind of miracle, and very writer performs it in his or her own way. In The Worldshapers, Edward Willett, himself an award-winning writer of science fiction and fantasy, delves into the creative process with science fiction and fantasy writers of every kind, seeking to better understand this magical, mystical skill…the skill of worldshaping.

Things I Found in My Mother-in-Law's House, CBC, 2008-2008
Six-week series looking at interesting artifacts found in my mother-in-law\'s house.
Radio Dell'Arte, CJTR, 2004-2006
Host of arts program on CJTR community radio., Access Communications, 1998-2007
Host of phone-in computer show on Access Communications.
Science Column, CBC, 1990-2007
Weekly science column on CBC\'s Afternoon Edition with Colin Grewar
Surfing the Web, CBC, 0-2008
Series looking at interesting sites on the Web, for CBC\'s Afternoon Edition.


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