Catherine Austen


Contact Info

Email address
Resides in
Western Quebec

Social Media

Experience working with

  • Cycle 1 Elementary
  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Personal and Career Planning

I've received CHSSN Mental Health Initiative training for:

  • Children & Pre-teens

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • Yes

I have experience working with

  • MASC

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes


  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
Catherine Austen writes stories for children, teens, and adults. Her novels have won the CLA Young Adult Book Award, the QWF Prize for Children’s Literature, and the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award. Her short fiction has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and Write. She has given writing workshops and presentations from coast to coast. She is the host and creator of the creative-writing podcast, "Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers." She lives in Gatineau.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

My weekly podcast, "Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers" can replace or supplement school visits in 2020-21. Each episode has a creative-writing focus (e.g., character; setting) and offers an original story; excerpts from classics with commentary; story prompts and writing exercises; and author interview clips. Learn more at at Use the podcast on your own or contact me regarding supplementary virtual visits. The original podcast is PG-13; "Fright-free" versions are offered for younger listeners.

When it's not a pandemic, I lead creative writing workshops tailored to the age of the audience (grades 4 through CEGEP), focussed on Character, Setting, Plotting, and Revision. Multiple sessions take students from story ideas through drafting and editing. I also give 1-hour author presentations tailored to the age of the audience (grades 1 through CEGEP), with a slide show, talk, reading and Q&A. Visit for more information.

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