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Glenda Goertzen

Author, Illustrator, Editor, Publisher, Teacher


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Glenda Goertzen was born, raised and educated in Saskatchewan, where most of her books take place. Though she spent many hours of her childhood writing stories, she initially chose a career in film and video production. She worked her way through a wide variety of multi-media positions, including producer and writer of a children’s program in Regina. Suddenly overwhelmed by a desire to be surrounded by books rather than television screens, she returned to school and studied to become a library technician. Shortly after launching into her library career, her bestselling novel, The Prairie Dogs, was published. Her signature style is a blend of humour and suspense set in environments where her love of hiking, biology and fascinating ecosystems plays a strong role. She lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where she spends her days surrounded by books in various stages of completion.
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School Visits
Glenda Goertzen offers dynamic sessions for all age groups but most often for students in grades 2-6. With younger students, she focuses on plot and characterization. With older students, she places more emphasis on the creative and publication process. With all students, she shares the joy of reading and creating. Her humorous, multi-media presentations balance short readings with discussion and a student Q&A session. She is available for single 60 minute presentations or a half-day (two presentations).
Lady Oak Abroad
Hazeldell Productions, 2015

Miracle Dogs
Hazeldell Productions, 2012

City Dogs
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007

The Prairie Dogs
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2004
2008 Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens
For: City Dogs

2007 Shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Award
Category: Children's Literature
For: City Dogs

2006 Shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award
Category: Fiction
For: The Prairie Dogs

2006 Shortlisted for the Diamond Willow Award
Category: Grades 4-6
For: The Prairie Dogs

2005 Shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Award
Category: Children's Literature
For: The Prairie Dogs
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Saskatchewan Writers' Guild

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Phone: 1-416-515-1559

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