Shaena Lambert

Shaena Lambert is an award-winning fiction writer, author of four books, most recently Petra (Random House Canada, 2020). Her other works are Oh, My Darling, Radiance and The Falling Woman. She has mentored writers and taught writing for over 15 years at some of Canada’s finest writing schools, including The Humber School for Writers and The Writers’ Studio at SFU. Her stories have been chosen 4 times for Best Canadian Stories, and she’s been a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Award, the BC Book Prize, the Danuta Gleed Award and The Frank O’Connor Award for the Short Story. Three of her books were chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Globe and Mail. Her approach to crafting stories was recently featured in The Canadian Short Story, edited by John Metcalf (Biblioasis, 2018).

Shaena’s stories have been published in The Walrus, Zoetrope: All Story, Canadian Notes & Queries, Ploughshares (selected by Colm Toibin), The Journey Prize Anthology, The North American Review, Marvels and Tales, The Toronto Life Summer Fiction issue and many other publications. Writers that Shaena has mentored have gone on to win major prizes, secure literary agents, and publish prominently in Canada and internationally.




Events with Shaena Lambert

Dark & Stormy Writing Retreat
October 17, 2021

Dark and Stormy is a 7-day retreat – free from interruption – to explore the direction of a work in progress, as well as to foster creativity through community with other writers. This unique retreat combines self-directed writing time, a one-on-one session with Betsy or Shaena and nightly fire-side conversations about craft and the writing life. Writers should be working on a project, or fully ready to dive in,  in order to maximize their use of this deep dive retreat. Please send 5 pages of fiction, non-fiction, story, or memoir, as well as a brief (3 paragraph) description of the work…