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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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.

Creative Writing

Have a project that needs a creative writer? Right up my alley! My experience in both creative and professional work means I know how to make content shine...even if the info is on the boring side.


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.

Manuscript Evaluations

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

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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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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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Recipient of Ontario Arts Council Grant for Literary Creation

I’m so pleased to announce that I’ve been awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant for literary creation for my non-fiction work, Girls Need Not Apply, ...
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BOOK DEAL: Kelly’s Memoir sold to McClelland & Stewart

What a day! I was lucky to share the news of my memoir selling to McClelland & Stewart, my dream publisher, all revealed on International ...
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Kelly in Carte Blanche with Short Story “Widow”

I’m so excited to see my short story, “Widow,” appear in the latest issue of Carte Blanche, one of my favourite literary magazines! This story ...
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