Amy jones

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Amy Jones is the author of the short fiction collection WHAT BOYS LIKE (Bibiloasis, 2009), which won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was shortlisted for the ReLit Award, and the novel WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER (M&S 2016), which won the Northern Lit Award, was listed as one of the Best Books of 2016 in both Quill & Quire and the Globe & Mail, and was a finalist for the 2017 Leacock Award. She is a past winner of the CBC Short Story Prize and finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award, and her short fiction has been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories 08 and 09 and The Journey Prize Stories 25 and 26.

Amy holds a BA in Theatre from Dalhousie University, an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has previously taught creative writing at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, and served as the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop’s e-Writer in Residence in 2015. She currently teaches in the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. Amy's second novel, EVERY LITTLE PIECE OF ME, is forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart in June 2019.

Amy is interested in short and long fiction of any genre. She is also open to compelling, inventive young adult fiction and humour writing. She is especially interested in reading about pop culture and technology, family dynamics, and complicated friendships. And sharks.

My goal as a mentor and editor is to help you find the truest version of your own voice. Often as writers we struggle with bridging the gap between the story we envision in our head, and the one that makes it onto the page—it’s a bit like trying to cut your own hair without being able to see the back of your head. I will hold up a mirror to those blind spots so you can see what is working and what isn’t, and help you get to the emotional heart of your story. I will ask you a lot of questions, and help you apply your answers. I will encourage you to try to make your own decisions. And above all, I will always push you to keep going.

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