Alberta writer pays return visit to Winkler

By Chris Hildebrand and Natasha Hamm
Garden Valley Collegiate
Winkler, Manitoba


Anita Horrocks, an award-winning Alberta writer and a 1976 graduate of Garden Valley Collegiate, is launching her new teen novel in Winkler.

Called What They Don't Know, the book will be launched at Paperwork book store in Southland Mall on Oct. 26. This will be Horrock's second published book.

Both of the author's books have been targeted to young audiences and both have been published by Stoddart Publishing Company. Horrock's first novel, published in 1996, was titled Breath of a Ghost.

While in Winkler, Horrocks will pay a return visit to GVC and meet with two groups of students, discussing both her life as a creative writer and the opportunities available to students with skills in commercial writing.

Horrocks says that she read a lot when she was a teenager, and while in high school learned that even when you cannot write, reading will help you to become a writer.

After graduating from GVC, Horrocks attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, a community college in Edmonton, Alberta where she completed a diploma in biological sciences. She also did much technical writing and later enrolled in a print journalism program at a community college in Lethbridge.

Horrocks worked for several years as the Park Interpreter at the urban nature centre in Lethbridge, writing brochures and promotional material. She also wrote for business magazines and for different organizations in the City of Lethbridge, and went on to become a freelance writer and public relations administrator at the University of Lethbridge. Horrocks continued to take courses part-time and, over the years, has completed both a marketing certificate and, more recently, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

When her first book Breath of a Ghost was accepted by Stoddart Publishing Company, she left her job at the University of Lethbridge and has since devoted herself full-time to novel writing.


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