With honesty, love, and humour, in this moving memoir, Kelly S. Thompson explores her relationship with her older sister, Meghan. Tested by addiction, abuse, and illness, the sisters’ relationship crumbles, only to be rebuilt into an everlasting bond.

“Heroic and unforgettable.” Lindsay Wong, Writer’s Trust Award-Winning Memoirist

Kelly S. Thompson

Writer, Editor, Educator

Kelly S. Thompson is an award-winning writer of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She is author of national bestselling memoir, Girls Need Not Apply, which the Globe and Mail listed as one of the top 100 books of 2019. She has been long listed for the CBC nonfiction prize and is an MFA mentor at University of King’s College Creative Nonfiction program. 


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Quill & Quire

She certainly knows how to set a scene: her dialogue is authentic and she is adept at deploying telling detail. . . . The author ...
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Hamilton Arts & Letters

The point is that Thompson has chops, and shows the same care and skill with her prose that she does with her service weapon. This ...
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I can create tailored creative writing programming for various ages and grades with lessons on craft and technique. I also evaluate creative writing pieces and provide input and support for other writers.


My latest blog posts


Tyee Article in Honour of Remembrance Day

In honour of Remembrance Day, please take a moment to read my article for the Tyee about what it takes to make a soldier and ...
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Member of Creative Nonfiction Society Collective

Kelly is now a member of the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society, which strives to support Canadian creative nonfiction. Nonfiction can be a wide variety of ...
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Kelly Awarded Residence at the Leighton Artists’ Colony

I am so excited to announce that I have been awarded a two week independent residency at the Leighton Artists’ Colony at the Banff Centre ...
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Kelly named 2013 winner of the Barbara Novak Writing Award for Excellence in Personal Essay

Kelly has been named the 2013 winner of the Barbara Novak Writing Award for Excellence in Personal Essay or Humour Writing. Kelly won the award ...
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Embedded on the Home Front WINS the CBC Bookie Award

Recently, Embedded on the Home Front: Where military and civilian lives converge, was nominated for a CBC Bookie Box of Tissues Award, the book most ...
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Embedded on the Home Front- NOMINATED FOR CBC BOOKIE AWARD!

My essay “We Are a (Military) Family” appeared in Embedded on the Home Front: Where military and civilian lives converge, published by Heritage House Press ...
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