About Kelly

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About Kelly

Kelly S. Thompson is an award-winning writer and editor based out of the Toronto area, formerly in Vancouver, British Columbia, with a broad range of experience and education in the writing and editing field. For nearly a decade, Kelly served as a Logistics Officer in the Canadian Forces, specializing in human resources administration, working with injured and ill soldiers. In July, 2010, Kelly began writing about her military experiences in a blog with Chatelaine magazine. Sadly, Kelly was injured while in the Forces and was eventually medically released. She chronicled this journey of transition to civilian life in the Chatelaine blog, Under Fire.

Kelly’s Experience

In 2010, Kelly created her own freelance writing and editing business in order to provide stellar writing and editing services to all clients, both commercial and private. Following her release from the military, Kelly completed a nine-month internship with D&M Publishers Inc., previously the largest independent book publisher in Canada. From there, her freelance career expanded to a wide range of publishing mediums including blogs, books, newspapers and magazines including Chatelaine, the Tyee, Georgia Straight, WestCoast Families, Enterprise and more. Kelly has also worked as the Program Facilitator for Hot Ink, a creative writing program for teenage girls. It is run by the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre and is meant to help women achieve their greatest potential. In the 2012/2013 school year, Kelly instructed the program, wrote the lesson plans, coordinated guest lectures and created a magazine comprised of student writing.

Kelly’s is also a creative writer and is represented by Stephanie Sinclair at Transatlantic Agency. She won the House of Anansi Press 2017 Golden Anniversary contest with her short story, “Fluidity,” which is published as a digital short with Anansi. Kelly won the Barbara Novak Award for Personal Essay in 2017 for her essay, “Strip, Reveal and Sex Appeal,” which appeared in Caitlin Press’s Boobs: women explore what it means to have breasts, and 2013 winner of the Barbara Novak Writing Award for Excellence in Personal Essay for her essay, “We Are a (Military Family),” which was originally published in Embedded on the Home Front: Where civilian and military lives converge, a book published by Heritage House Press in Fall 2012 and winner of a CBC Bookie Award. The award is granted by the Professional Writers Association of Canada. She was also shortlisted for Room Magazine’s 2013 Creative Non Fiction contest and 2014 Creative Non Fiction Contest. Kelly also won the Regional Volunteer of the Year award for 2014 for her work as President of the Professional Writers Association of Canada Vancouver Chapter.

Kelly’s Education

Kelly has a master’s degree in Creative writing from the University of British Columbia, a degree in Professional Writing from York University and a university certificate in Publishing from Ryerson University. She also sought a certificate in Small Business Management from Vancouver Community College. Kelly obtained a substantial entrance scholarship to UBC based solely on the quality of her writing submission, which is judged by a panel of respected authors and professors.

Kelly’s Contributions

Kelly was the President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada for three years. In this role, she was responsible for organizing monthly meetings and socials, arranging for professional development days, and reaching out to others in the writing and creating community through a social media plan. Kelly wrote a communications plan for the Vancouver Chapter and frequently posted to the Chapter Twitter, Facebook and blog accounts.

Kelly is also a member of the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society, which serves to promote creative nonfiction writing across Canada.

Kelly also volunteers as Co-Preseident of the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Alumni Association.

Kelly is also a member of Canadian Women in the Literary Arts.

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