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 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.


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Everyday Heroes one of CBC’s Top 20 Nonfiction for Fall

It’s exciting times as Everyday Heroes: Inspirational stories from men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, which releases this fall from Simon & Schuster ...
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Telling True Stories Creative Non Fiction at Royal Roads University

I’m so excited to teach my upcoming course, Telling True Stories, at Royal Roads University Continuing Education Department. The course is four weeks long, distanced ...
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Simon & Schuster “Everyday Heroes” Cover Reveal!

I’m so excited to see the latest book, “Everyday Heroes,” which will be published by Simon & Schuster Canada this fall. It is a collection ...
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Winner of the 2017 Barbara Novak Award for Personal Essay

It was a great week for writing! My essay, “Strip, Reveal and Sex Appeal,” which appeared in Ruth Daniell‘s book with Caitlin Press, “BOOBS: Women explore what it ...
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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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