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Madelon Smid
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Audience Age Groups
Secondary (Grades 10-12)
Middle (Grades 6-9)
Elementary (Grades K - 5)
Adults

Madelon Smid

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.


Workshops Offered

5 W's and 1 H
Group Size: 6-20
Ages:
Year: 0
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
Ages:
Year: 0
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
Ages:
Year: 0
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
Ages:
Year: 0
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
Ages:
Year: 0
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: 30-30
Ages:
Year: 0
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
Ages:
Year: 0
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
Ages:
Year: 0
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
Ages:
Year: 0
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
Ages:
Year: 0
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
Ages:
Year: 0
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
Ages:
Year: 0
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
Ages:
Year: 0
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
Ages:
Year: 0
An interactive 8 week course for writers at all levels, leading them through the steps of completing a written work and selling their piece.

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

High Risk

The Wild Rose Press, 2016

Reaching High

The Wild Rose Press, 2016

High Ground

The Wild Rose Press, 2015

High Seas

The Wild Rose Press, 2015

Madelon Smid releases full length fiction book

Kyle Times, 2014

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

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

A Prairie Sanctum

Canadian Trees, 2005

Couple set to toast new venture

The Western Producer, 2005

Restoration project remembers Sak. tree king

The Western Producer, 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

Hotel finds niche in middle of plains

The Western Producer, 2001

Please fix the world

The Report, 2001

Please fix the world

The Report, 2001

Racers mow their way into fans hearts

The Western Producer, 2001

The man behind the ho ho ho

The Western Producer, 2001

Beware of illusory freedom

The Report, 2000

Revenge of the orphaned

The Report, 2000

Smart Women Canadian Entrepreneurs Who Make Money

MacMillan Canada, 2000

The real motive is sadism

The Report, 2000

Are You Sabotaging Your Financial Success

Online AOL, 1999

Could You Be Your Own Boss

Chatelaine, 1999

Joy to the Mothers

The Report, 1999

A Pat on the Back

Smarten Up, 1998

Body Check

Smarten Up, 1998

Commitment

Smarten Up, 1998

Faith Makes Us Strong

Upper Room, 1998

Post Winter Blahs

Smarten Up, 1998

Smart Women Canadian Entrepreneurs Talk About Making Money

MacMillan Canada, 1998

Spiritully Smarter

Smarten Up, 1998

First Rupert's Land A.W.A.R.E. Conference

Anglican Journal, WPG, 1997

Hardware In My Blood

Western People, 1997

New Youth Coordinator

Anglican Journal, WPG, 1997

What's Up In Manitoba

Wordwrap, 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

A Tribute To Marriage

Our Family, 1994

Learning To Pray

Upper Room, 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, 2001-2001
A one time performance on First Person Singular, Morning Time CBC radio.
Ambivalence, CBC Radio, 2001-2001
A one time performance on First Person Singular, Morning Time CBC radio.

Writing Groups

  • Prairie Quills

Genres

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

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
  • General Interest/Consumer Magazines
  • Interviews
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Newspapers
Lecturing/Public Speaking
  • Conferences
  • Keynote Addresses
Teaching/Instruction
  • Professional Development Workshops
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