2019 Writing Festival - Adjudicators

Loralie Clemmensen - Children's Short Stories

Loralie Clemmensen is a graphic artist (printmaker,) who graduated from the Ontario College of Arts and Design in Toronto. An avid reader, Loralie is a volunteer tutor with Next Step Literacy Council in Alliston. At Next Step, Loralie helps adults improve their reading and writing skills. She has lived near Tottenham since 1975.


Loralie Clemmensen - Printmaker

James Dewar - Poetry, Youth Short Stories

James Dewar is a publisher, writer, mentor and editor. He has performed his work live on CBC Radio, Rogers TV, several radio stations and at numerous poetry readings in Canada and abroad.

As the publisher of Piquant Press, he has edited and published over a dozen books and co-edited six poetry anthologies. Through his other small press, Stone’s Throw Publications, he has guided scores of poets in the editing, design and printing of poetry collections and chapbooks.

James also teaches poetry and fiction workshops (www.inkslingers.ca) throughout the Metropolitan Toronto area and internationally. He has been awarded the Teaching Excellence Certificate by Durham College for his Advanced Creative Writing classes. Over the last ten years he has helped judge writing and poetry contests for the League of Canadian Poets, Ontario Writers Conference, Canadian Authors Association and other writing organizations.

His poetry and short fiction have been published in several anthologies and literary journals. The Garden in the Machine, his first book of poetry, was published in 2007 by Hidden Brook Press. He is currently finishing a novel and refining a new book of poetry. His short story, Strychnine Blues, is featured in That Dammed Beaver, a 2018 collection of Canadian Humour, Laughs and Gaffs from Exile Editions. (Edited by Bruce Meyer)

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James Dewar

Mary-Lou Gilmour - Children's Short Stories

Mary-Lou Gilmour spent most of her career as a Simcoe County teacher of French as a second language. She is enjoying her retirement travelling, golfing and volunteering with Next Step Literacy Council of South Simcoe. At Next Step, Mary-Lou helps adults improve their reading and writing skills in English.

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Brian Henry - Adult Short Stories

Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, quick-brown-fox-canada.blogspot.com Canada's most popular blog for writers.
Brian teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. Brian is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published.
Brian offers regular writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond. You can find the complete list of courses and find publishing opportunities on his website.

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Brian Henry