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
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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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Creative Writing

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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.

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


Kelly’s Essay to Appear in New Simon & Schuster Canada Anthology

I’m excited to announce that my new essay, “Basically Broken” will appear in a new anthology with Simon & Schuster Canada in October, 2017. The
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Waiting: An Anthology

I’m excited to announce that my new essay, “We Come and We Go,” will appear in the Waiting anthology, edited by Rona Altrows and Julie
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Buy Award-Winning “Fluidity” at House of Anansi

If you missed your mailing of a copy of “Fluidity,” my short story that won the House of Anansi Press Golden Anniversary Award, then you
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Winner of the House of Anansi Press Golden Anniversary Award

I’m so pleased to announce that I have won the House of Anansi Press Golden Anniversary Award for my short story, “Fluidity.” House of Anansi
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Representation by Transatlantic Agency

I’m thrilled to officially announced that I am now represented by Transatlantic Agency and Stephanie Sinclair. Stephanie has believed in my intended project for more
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Does Your Life Lack Meaning full

The first thing to remember about success is that it is a process – nothing more, nothing less. There is really no magic to it
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