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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My latest blog posts


Curiosity House Books Journal

I was honoured to be asked by Rina Barone, co-owner of Curiosity House Books and Gallery in Creemore, to write a post about writing life
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Judging the 3rd Annual Wind & Water Writing Contest!

I’m so excited to yet again judge the Prince Edward Arts Council Wind and Water Writing Contest. This year, the theme is unity. Send your
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Creative Non Fiction Course with the Starter

I’m so excited to be teaching again! This time, my creative non fiction course will run with the amazing folks at The Starter. The course
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Style Canada Features Girls Need Not Apply for #BorealBookClub

So excited to see my memoir, Girls Need Not Apply, features in Style Canada’s #BorealBookClub! You can read the interview and other goodies here.
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Wind and Water Writing Contest

I’m excited to yet again be one of the judges for the Prince Edward Arts Council Wind and Water Writing contest! You can win cash,
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Girls Need Not Apply makes the Globe and Mail’s list of top 100 books in 2019

If you had told me that in the course of one month, I would appear in the Globe and Mail TWICE, I would have been
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