Edward Willett

Freelance Book Writer & Article Writer

7998
Location:Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/edwardwillett
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Kudos
5.0
2 Skills
$60
Rate/Hr
Education
• B.A. in Journalism, Magna *** Laude, Harding University, Searcy, AR
Professional Experience

Reporter/News Editor, Weyburn (Saskatchewan) Review, 1980-1984
• Writing and photography, general news, features, weekly humor column
• As news editor, oversaw staff of three reporters, copy-edited all news copy
Communications officer, Saskatchewan Science Centre, Regina, 1988-1993
• Researched and wrote copy for hands-on science exhibits
• Wrote advertising copy, news releases, video & radio scripts, etc.
• Wrote, edited and designed bi-monthly newsletter, Kaleidoscope
Freelance writer, 1993-present

Selected experience:
• Weekly science column in the Regina Sun, Regina Leader Post and other newspapers for 19 years
• Regular science spot on CBC Radio One Saskatchewan’s Afternoon Edition with Colin Grewar for 17 years
• Bi-weekly column on the World Wide Web, CBC Radio One Saskatchewan’s Afternoon Edition
• Regular science guest for years on CBC TV’s national program What on Earth
• Scriptwriting (Western Outlander, a 13-part wildlife TV series; a variety of other programs), radio and TV ads; Cyberbia segment of CBC-TV series Utopia Cafe
• Research and writing for new exhibits at the Saskatchewan Science Centre
• Research and writing for First World War exhibits at Saskatchewan Legislative Building
• Research and writing for exhibits at various historical sites around Saskatchewan
• Narration for Regina Symphony Orchestra concerts
• Six months (contract), head of advertising creative writing, Regina Leader Post
• Four months (contract), public affairs officer, City of Regina
• Host (ten years) of Access Communications live phone-in show Net.talk
• Host for a couple of years of CJTR arts program
• Writer, Annual Report of the Chief Electoral Officer, 2013
• Instructor, Sage Hill Teen Writing Experience (Regina), 2005-2007
• Instructor, Writing Speculative Fiction, University of Regina Business Education Centre, 2010
• Writer in Residence, Regina Public Library, 2011-2012
• Guest Editor, Grain Magazine, Summer 2014 & Summer 2015
• Fiction Editor, Spring Magazine, January 2015 issue

Adult novels:

• Lost in Translation (hardcover from Gale Group/Five Star Speculative Fiction, mass-market paperbackfrom DAW Books)
• Marseguro (DAW Books)
• Terra Insegura (DAW Books)
• Magebane (DAW Books), written as Lee Arthur Chane
• Right to Know (Bundoran Press)
• Masks (DAW Books), written as E.C. Blake
• Shadows (DAW Books), written as E.C. Blake
• Faces (DAW Books), written as E.C. Blake
• Falcon’s Egg (Bundoran Press), coming 2015

Young adult novels:

• Soulworm (Royal Fireworks Press)
• The Dark Unicorn (Royal Fireworks Press)
• Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star (Roussan Publishers)
• Spirit Singer (Awe-Struck E-Books, reissued by Tyche Books)
• Song of the Sword (Coteau Books)
• Twist of the Blade (Coteau Books)
• Lake in the Clouds (Coteau Books)
• Cave Beneath the Sea (Coteau Books), coming October 2015
• Door into Faerie (Coteau Books), coming May 2016
• Blue Fire (Rebelight Books), coming 2015

Children’s picture books:

• The Adventures of Michael and Mia: Stewards of the Land (Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan, illustrated by Val Lawton); 35,000 copies distributed to children Canada-wide for Canadian Agricultural Literacy Week 2015

Adult non-fiction books:

• Genetics Demystified (McGraw-Hill)
• A Safe and Prosperous Future: 100 Years of Engineering and Geoscience Achievements in Saskatchewan (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan)
• Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw (Red Deer Press)
• Land Surveying in Saskatchewan: Laying the Groundwork for Property Rights and Development (Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association)
• Fertile Ground (50th anniversary history book of the Saskatchewan Mining Association)
• Numerous computer books
Children’s/Young Adult science books:
• What is the Milky Way? (Rosen Publishing)
• Disease-Hunting Scientist (Enslow Publishers)
• Neon (Rosen Publishing)
• Magnesium (Rosen Publishing)
• The Basics of Quantum Physics: Understanding The Photovoltaic Effect and Line Spectra (Rosen Publishing)
• Meningitis (Enslow Publishers)
• Arthritis (Enslow Publishers)
• Hemophilia (Enslow Publishers)
• Alzheimer’s Disease (Enslow Publishers)
• Ebola Virus (Enslow Publishers)
• Careers in Outer Space: New Business Opportunities (Rosen Publishing)
• Comets, Stardust & Supernovas: The Science of Space (Raintree/Steck Vaughan)

Children’s/Young Adult biographies:

• J. R. R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds (Enslow Publishers)
• Ayatollah Khomeini (Rosen Publishing)
• Orson Scott Card: Architect of Alternate Worlds (Enslow Publishers)
• Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky (Enslow Publishers)
• Janis Joplin: Take Another Little Piece of My Heart (Enslow Publishers)
• Andy Warhol (Enslow Publishers)
• Johnny Cash (Enslow Publishers)
• Kiera Cass (Rosen Publishing)

Children’s miscellaneous nonfiction:

• The Library of Emergency Preparedness: Fires and Wildfires (Rosen Publishing)
• Skateboarding (Rosen Publishing)
• Rock Climbing (Rosen Publishing)
• The Iran-Iraq War (Rosen Publishing)
• Career Building Using Digital Design Tools (Rosen Publishing)
• Becoming a Mason (Rosen Publishing)

Awards

• Marseguro won the 2009 Prix Aurora Award (Canada’s top award for science fiction or fantasy) for Best Long-Form Work in English
• Spirit Singer won the Regina Book Award, for best book by a Regina writer at the 2002 Saskatchewan Book Awards
• Masks shortlisted for the Regina Book Award and Young Adult Literature Award, 2014 Saskatchewan Book Awards
• Terra Insegura on final ballot for 2010 Prix Aurora Award
• Soulworm shortlisted for the 1997 Brenda MacDonald Riches First Book?Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards
• The Dark Unicorn shortlisted for 1999 Saskatchewan Book Award for children’s literature
• Magebane shortlisted for the 2012 Regina Book Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards
• Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star nominated for 2001 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award & named to Canadian Children’s Book Centres’ Our Choice list
• Short story “Je Me Souviens” (Artemis, Summer 2002) received an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
• Ebola Virus named one of 2004's Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 by The National Science Teachers Association & The Children’s Book Council
• J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds shortlisted for 2004 Saskatchewan Book Award for children’s literature and named to the VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) 10th annual nonfiction Honor List.
• City of Regina Municipal Heritage Award for Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw

Other

• Professional singer and actor (member, Canadian Actors Equity)
Skills (2) Rating
Book Writing
Article Writing