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 offer all types of editing to meet any need for any project. I am trained and educated in the elements of editing outlined by the Editor's Association of Canada, including proofreading, developmental editing, and proofreading.

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I love helping writers tell their stories and meet their goals. Sometimes this involves monthly chats, other times, manuscript notes and suggestions, sometimes phone calls. We'll make a plan that works for you.

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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


Girls Need Not Apply on the Morning Show

The media tour for Girls Need Not Apply has been full of exciting moments! One of the highs was an appearance on The Morning Show ...
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Girls Need Not Apply Officially released and INSTANT Globe and Mail Bestseller

I’m so excited to officially have my memoir, Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes from the Forces, released with McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada. ...
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Creative Non-FictionNews

Runner-Up for Best Feature Article of the Year

I’m really pleased to announce that my essay, “Battle Fatigue,” which appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine’s winter issue this year, is runner-up to the Best Feature ...
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Creative Non-FictionTeaching

Come learn with me at Royal Roads University

I’m excited to teach two upcoming courses that I’ve designed from scratch at Royal Roads University Continuing Studies. Whether you want to write creative non ...
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Latest Articles for Local Publications

I’ve been having fun lately writing some local pieces about artists, organizations and mental health. I really enjoy the publications I work for, including County ...
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Creative Non-FictionNewsPublishing

Memoir Magazine #MeToo Contest

My essay, “Dumb Blonde” has been listed as a notable essay in Memoir Magazine’s #MeToo writing contest. The contest arose from the #MeToo movement, with ...
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