Marnie Woodrow is the author of two short fiction collections: Why We Close Our Eyes When We Kiss, and In The Spice House, and two novels, Spelling Mississippi, a love story set in pre-Katrina New Orleans, and Heyday, published by Tightrope Books in Fall 2015. Spelling Mississippi was short-listed for the amazon.ca First Novel Prize. Heyday has received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine and Quill and Quire, among others.
She was a participating playwright in Sudbury Theatre Centre’s 2013-2014 Playwrights’ Junction.
A popular humour columnist at XTRA for four years, she has also profiled many musicians, chefs, visual artists, writers and activists. She combines a flare for comedy along with more serious pieces on architectural preservation projects, travel and social issues. Her personal experiences lining up for 2 days for theatre tickets in Central Park, being fitted for the perfect bra, quitting smoking (both times) and other adventures have appeared in Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and Grapevine Magazine, among other publications. She has reviewed numerous books for The Globe and Mail and for a variety of women’s lifestyle publications.
For CBC Radio, she toured the Museum of Contraception, The Canadian Brain Tissue Bank, warned the public of 69 People To Avoid and described her long-ago summer job dressing up as a moose at Ontario Place in a heatwave.
Poetry, short fiction and literary essays have appeared in CV2, Literary Review of Canada, Queen Street Quarterly, The Ottawa Citizen, The Church-Wellesley Review, Write Magazine, The Algonquin Round Table Review and Lichen.
Marnie completed a Certificate in Bereavement Education at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.
She is also a busy freelance editor and well-regarded writing coach, leading workshops in person and online. She edits manuscripts as well as providing online bootcamps for writers finishing projects. In the past fifteen years she has worked with novelists, poets and screenwriters, and memoir and short story writers. She can be reached through this site about such work.
A proud recipient of an Excellence In Teaching Prize at University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, she continues to work with writers of all ages in a variety of scholastic and non-scholastic environments.
She lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario with her wife, photographer Janette Piquette.