Praise and endorsements for Sheree Fitch

Sheree is open to everything, as only a child can be, and, as with any child, she plays with words and wisdom and a sense that the world can work. We should listen to her; she speaks for children everywhere. — The late Peter Gzowski, former host of CBC Morningside in the Foreword to If You Could Wear My Sneakers, a book on children’s rights.

Sheree has always worked across cultures, a connector as well as a gate opener, inspiring and mentoring others. As an author and writing personality, she showed others that you could be an Atlantic Canadian, live in Nova Scotia and choose the arts as a professional choice and achieve a global audience of readers. At the forefront of creating a professional writing community in Nova Scotia, Sheree has helped put Nova Scotia on the national literary map. “Mentoring is like midwifery to me,” she says. Countless writers could tell you how she has nurtured and guided their careers. She has pioneered bringing creative writing into the community through schools, organizations and health facilities and businesses. As her students in Bhutan said: her light shines bright and far.
—Author Christy Ann Conlin

I have had the great fortune of working with Sheree Fitch as my instructor on several occasions. She is an incredibly generous teacher, offering herself and her knowledge fully to her students. Sheree’s energy and her passion for writing are contagious; under her mentorship I pushed myself far beyond what I thought myself capable, and came away from the experience with a new belief in myself as a writer. I strongly recommend Sheree as an instructor to any type of writer at any stage of their development. (Maritime Writers’ Workshop, 2001 Tatamagouche Centre, 'Write Flow', 2007)
— Binnie Brennan, writer, author of A Spider’s Tale with Nova Scotia Symphony

EDUCATION

Honorary Doctor of Arts, Saint Thomas University, 2010
Honorary Doctor of English, Acadia University, 2005
Honorary Doctor of Letters, St. Mary’s University, 1999
Masters of English, Acadia University, 1992
Bachelor of Arts, Saint Thomas University, 1987
Fredericton High School, 1974

LITERARY AWARDS & GRANTS (SELECTED)

 Arthur Ellis shortlist for Pluto’s Ghost, 2013
Canadian Booksellers Libris Award for Y/A book of the Year for Pluto’s Ghost, 2012
Recipient of the Eileen Wallace Fellowship for Research on Atlantic Canadian Poetry for Children, 2009-2010
Stephen Leacock Shortlist for Kiss the Joy as It Flies, 2009
Turning the Page 2008 Founders Award, Washington D.C., 2008
Winner of the Saskatchewan Snow Willow Award for The Gravesavers,2006
Winner, CBC Young Canada Reads for The Gravesavers, 2006
Atlantic Journalism Citation of Merit, Commentary Category 2003

Silver Birch Award (Ontario's children's choice) for If You Could Wear My Sneakers, 2000
Hackamatack Award (Atlantic children's choice) for If You could Wear My Sneakers), 2000
Queen's Medal
Vicky Metcalf Award for Inspirational Body of Work in children's literature, 2000
Nova Scotia Arts Council Grant1997
Anne Connor Brimer Award for Mabel Murple, 1996
Canadian Authors Association Mariana Dempster Award for contribution to Children's Literature, 1995
Mr. Christie's Children's Book Award for There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, Book of the Year 4-8 year olds, 1993
Atlantic Bookseller's Choice Award for Sleeping Dragons All Around, 1990
N.B. Writer's Federation President's Award, 1st prize for an unpublished collection of adult poetry, 1988
Canada Council Arts Grant 'B', 1988

* Other books have been shortlisted for numerous other awards. In recent years, If I Had a Million Onions was nominated for the Silver Birch and the Hackmatack Awards, The Gravesavers was first runner up for the Ontario Red Maple Award, and was shortlisted and honored for CLA's Book of the Year Award, Manitoba Books for Children Award, and the Rocky Mountain Award. Many more have placed on the Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice List. In 1998, three Fitch books listed on top ten list of Canadian Children's Books, Ottawa Citizen.