Diane Schoemperlen is the author of fourteen books including a novella with photographs, eight collections of short fiction, three novels, one book of creative non-fiction, and a memoir. Her 1990 collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for both the Governor-General’s Award and the Trillium Book Award. Forms of Devotion, a book of stories illustrated with black-and-white line drawings and collages, won the 1998 Governor-General’s Award for English Fiction. Her 2014 publication, By the Book, a collection of stories illustrated with her own full-colour collages, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. In 2017, her book, This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications, was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize. Her work has been adapted for the stage and also translated into French, German, Spanish, Swedish, and Chinese. She received the 2007 Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada.
Diane has taught writing courses and conducted workshops in many locations across Canada, including St. Lawrence College, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, and The Woodbridge Farm Writers’ Retreat. She has been writer-in-residence at Queen’s University in Kingston and St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Since January 2015 she has been on the faculty of the Humber School of Writing Correspondence Program. She has done manuscript evaluations for The Writers’ Union of Canada and, for the past eight years, has run her own Manuscript Evaluation and Editing Service. She is proud to say that several of her clients have gone on to publish books, both self-published and with traditional publishers. She specializes in working on short fiction, novels, and memoir, and is available for mentoring, consulting, manuscript evaluation, and editing of all kinds, including substantive and line editing. She is inordinately fond of grammar and punctuation.