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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Professional reviews

Quill & Quire

She certainly knows how to set a scene: her dialogue is authentic and she is adept at deploying telling detail. . . . The author creates a feeling of immediacy and often uncomfortable intimacy.

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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 debut is important, timely, and indeed beautiful.

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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


Kelly hired as new Hot Ink Creative Writing Program Facilitator

Kelly Thompson has been hired as the Program Facilitator for Hot Ink, a Creative Writing program for young women in grades 8-12. The program is …

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New article on what soldiers are really like- Georgia Straight

I have a new article that came out today on Straight.com titled Soldiers are Real, Not Rambos. Straight.com is the online version of the Georgia …

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Embedded on the Home Front Book Release!

Embedded on the Home Front: Where Military and Civilian Lives Converge has been released by Heritage House Press this week. You can buy a copy, …

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Kelly now Vice President of the Vancouver Chapter of PWAC

Kelly has now taken on the position of vice president of the Vancouver chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada. Kelly hopes to help …

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Kelly named recipient of UBC Scholarship

Kelly has been awarded a prized entrance scholarship to the Creative Writing UBC masters in fine arts program, based solely on the writing used for …

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Issue 7 of Pie Magazine on stands now! Cover story by Kelly.

The next exciting issue of Pie is officially on shelves at Chapters and Indigo stores across North America. This issue features a cover story and …

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