Kathy Friedman emigrated with her family from South Africa to Thornhill, Ontario when she was five. She studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia and the University of Guelph, and she was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Grain, Geist, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, and Canadian Notes & Queries. Her first collection of short stories, All the Shining People, will be published in 2022 with House of Anansi.

Kathy is also an accomplished freelance editor who trained at Ryerson University's publishing program, where she was nominated for the Rosemary Shipton Award for Excellence in Book Editing, and an internship at Knopf Canada. Her clients have included individuals, small businesses, non-profits, literary magazines, and publishing houses.

A passionate creative writing teacher, Kathy teaches in the University of Guelph's Open Learning program and has taught in the community at Workman Arts, The 519, Progress Place, CAMH and the Toronto Public Library. In addition, she regularly mentors writers privately on their fiction and creative nonfiction manuscripts. 

Finally, Kathy is the co-founder and artistic director of InkWell Workshops, which delivers free creative writing workshops to people with mental health and addiction issues. She is the publisher of four literary anthologies with their in-house imprint, InkWell Books, and edited the anthology Brilliance Is the Clothing I Wear, published by Dundurn Press in June 2021.

Above  - Photo Credit Zoë Gemelli

Reading at the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers Winners Ceremony - Photo Credit Katrina Afonso