is an award-winning fiction writer and poet who lives in the village of Trent River on the shores of Lake Seymour. Being able to write in such a peaceful setting possibly helped her win the 2007 Timothy Findley Creative Writing Award. Her stories, however, are richly influenced by years spent in Africa, and have placed in the Toronto Star Short Story Contest, the Canadian Authors Association contest, and the Writers Circle of Durham Region short story contest.
Gwynn is fascinated by words and enjoys sharing her love of language. Gwynn has taught for over 25 years, at community colleges, private colleges, private and government conferences, and day and evening workshops. In June 2013 she and her partner Ruth were award a REALM award for Innovation for their creative writing workshops “Creative Communicators” offerered through Learning.comm.They were invited to present a paper on teaching creative writing at the annual conference of CCWWP [Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs] in 2012. Gwynn has facilitated each year at the Ontario Writers Conference since 2010.
Gwynn was a founding editor for Lichen, Arts & Letters Preview , and works as a professional writer and editor for the provincial government. She also provides manuscript editing services through Writescape. Gwynn has been a copy editor for Georgian Publishing, has edited special sections for Metroland newspapers, and was the editor for Hill Spirits anthology in October 2013.
Gwynn is a co-author of the creative writing book Inspiration Station
Her fiction and poetry have been published in Canada and Europe in literary journals, anthologies, and magazines such as The Antigonish Review, George, Good Times, Open Window III, Artscape, Inedita, and No Love Lost III. She was also one of five poets featured in the chapbook, One Ticket Five Rides, and was longlisted for the 2008 Contemporary Verse 2 poetry contest.
Gwynn has also served as a judge for international and regional poetry and fiction competitions: Canadian Authors Association [2013, 1998-2002]; Langstaff Secondary School [2002-2004] Hidden Brook Press ; Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Contest 
Gwynn Scheltema also freelances through The Write Connection. From newspaper columnist to ghostwriter, her work has been published in magazines, newspapers, trade journals and a variety of different business publications.
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- Philippa Schmiegelow