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Jillian Bell
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Secondary (Grades 10-12)
Middle (Grades 6-9)
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Jillian Bell

Jillian is a writer and freelance editor living in the Qu'Appelle Valley in southern Saskatchewan. She works for SaskBooks on behalf of Saskatchewan book publishers. Jillian is a blogger and social media content creator. Jillian's writing has been published by the CBC, in "A Gift of the Prairie" (2014), in Prairie Dog, Planet S, and Amazing Stories Magazines, in print newspapers, and her blog content has been syndicated nationally and internationally. Jillian writes fiction, poetry, sci-fi/fantasy, horror, creative non-fiction, and silly rhymes. She is actively involved in the roleplaying games and live action games community. For eleven years, Jillian hosted "The Bookchick" programme on Regina Community Radio, wherein she reviewed books, interviewed writers and other bibliophiles, and read classic books on air. She is currently shopping a novel and a poetry manuscript. As if that isn't enough, she's a knitter, a fledgeling quilter, a cookist, a swimmer, and a musician. 

Jillian is a dynamic public speaker :  her recent presentations range from Pride/GSA workshops and topics to publishing workshops and seminars to storytelling and improv drama workshops and presentations. She has worked as an editor on poetry, fiction (novels, novellas, flash fiction); non-fiction; gaming books and modules; and scholarly material. Jillian has published a number of gaming-related materials. 

Workshops Offered

Collaborative Storytelling
Group Size: 5-30
Year: 0
A workshop focussing on the improvisational nature of group storytelling, and collaborative writing. For older audiences, hands-on writing work; for younger audiences, group story telling. Some improv used in most workshops. Also, totally fun.
How to Storytell/Games Master a Roleplaying Game
Group Size: 5-30
Year: 0
How to tell a story for roleplaying games (table top or live action). Best practices, hints and tricks, and what to do when the plot runs off with the characters and does an interpretive dance.
Publishing 101
Group Size: 5-50
Year: 0
What publishers want, how to submit your work to a publisher, the language of Publishing, the business of Publishing, first steps in self publishing.


A Rope of Sand

Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Op-Ed Blog, 2015

Editorials/Feature Articles

Prairie Dog Magazine, 2015

OpEd Article

Wadena News, 2015

A Gift of the Prairie

Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre, 2014

Feature Articles

Amazing Stories Magazine, 2013


Freelance, 2008

Feature Articles

New Waterfront Press, 2005


Year: 2018
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
Amazing Stories
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
New Waterfront Press
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
Planet S
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
Prairie Dog
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
The Outlook
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
Wadena News
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal

Broadcast Works

The Bookchick, 91.3FM CJTR, 2002-2013
Hosted a spoken-word feature programme focussing on bibliophiles - publishers, writers, editors, librarians, booksellers, readers, and more. Interviewed writers from all over the world. Also hosted morning and afternoon drive shows and feature programmes.


Electronic Media
  • Blogs
  • Other
  • Websites
  • Zines
  • Children's Writing—Young Adult
  • Erotica
  • General
  • Humour
  • Literary
  • Speculative—Fantasy
  • Speculative—Horror
  • Speculative—Science Fiction
  • Speculative—Supernatural
  • Cookbooks
  • Essays
  • General Non-Fiction
  • Memoir
  • Technical
  • General
  • Literary
  • Radio
  • Stage
  • Storytelling


Academic/Research Writing
  • Essays
  • Advertising/Marketing Material
  • Copy/Scripts
Business/Corporate/Government Writing
  • Annual Reports
  • Brochures
  • Grant Applications and Reports
  • Manuals
  • Newsletters
  • Studies
  • Summaries/Reports
  • Copyediting
  • Manuscript Critiquing (Not Editing)
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Stylistic Editing
  • Substantive/Structural Editing
  • Web-based/Online Editing
Electronic/Online Media
  • Blogging
  • Online
  • Web Site Writing
Genre Writing
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Literary/Creative Fiction
  • Memoir
  • Poetry
  • Ghostwriting
  • Editorials
  • Feature Writing
  • General Interest/Consumer Magazines
  • Interviews
  • Reviews
Lecturing/Public Speaking
  • Conferences
  • Keynote Addresses
  • Special Events
Media/Public Relations
  • Media Releases
  • Public Service Announcements (PSA)
  • Professional Development Workshops
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