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Melanie Little, 2005-2006 Canadian Writer-in-Residence

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Melanie Little, 2005-2006 Canadian Writer-in-ResidenceMelanie Little's debut book, the story collection Confidence, was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and named one of the Globe and Mail's Top 100 books of 2003. Her writing has appeared in the anthologies Scribner's Best of the Fiction Workshops, Outskirts: Women Writing from Small Places, Certain Things About My Mother, and Nerves Out Loud, as well as in magazines including The Malahat Review, sub-TERRAIN, Prairie Fire, Event, The Fiddlehead, and Books in Canada. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Georgia Straight, Vancouver Sun, and National Post.

The Apprentice's Masterpiece, published in 2008, is a book of firsts: it is Little's first novel, her first book for young adults, and also her first book written in verse. It has been the recipient of the Young Adult Honour Award given by the Canadian Library Association, a 2009 Nautilus Silver Award, the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Award, and was nominated by the YALSA 2009 Best Books for Young Adults committee. 

Little is the founding editor of the nationally acclaimed literary imprint Freehand Books (named Publisher of the Year by the Book Publishers’ Association of Alberta). She received the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence for her work on Marina Endicott's Good to a Fault, a finalist for the Giller Prize and winner of the Canada-Caribbean Commonwealth Award. Little has also worked as an editor for Annick Press and House of Anansi Press. She is a past winner of the Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Competition and the Periodical Writers' Association of Canada Journalism Award. Little holds a Masters of Arts in English Literature from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of British Columbia, where she served as an editor of PRISM international.

She has lived in Timmins, Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Ottawa. A former figure skater, Little has worked as a tour guide, teacher, museum guard, bartender, dance instructor, stage manager, concierge, and tulip promoter. She has taught writing, literature, and English as a Second Language in Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa.