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The Canadian Guide to Creative Writing & Publishing

Dundurn Press, 2023

“At last—a definitive guide for writers who want to be published in Canada. It’s like having a mentor, warm and encouraging, and a friend who’s an industry insider, guiding you every step of the way. I wish I’d had something like this when I was starting out.”
—Shari Lapena, internationally bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and Not A Happy Family.

“From personal experience, I know that becoming overwhelmed and confused by the vast amount of information available can stop you from moving forward. Reading this book is like sitting down with the most trusted teacher. It provides a clear path for navigating the publishing process from beginning to end. Westerhof, as a published author and teacher, is the ideal person to help you navigate. This is a wonderful book!”
—Claire Cameron, bestselling author of The Bear and The Last Neanderthal

“If you’re looking for a practical guide to getting published in Canada, something that sets the bar for what makes good writing good and what makes writing publishable, then look no further than The Canadian Guide to Creative Writing and Publishing.”
—Lee Gowan, Program Director, Creative Writing, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

The Dove in Bathurst Station

Brindle & Glass, 2013

“The book is meticulously researched, and Westerhof’s love of place shines through in the wealth of detail.”
Publishers Weekly

“Westerhof has a poet’s eye for the meaning beneath the surface of things. A lyrical exploration of one woman’s overdue emotional awakening.”
—Katrina Onstad, author of Everybody Has Everything

“A curious portrait, rebellious and spiritual, of a soul’s healing: it touched me with its sense of possibility.”
—Kathleen Winter, author of Annabel

The Dove in Bathurst Station is an important book in Toronto’s voluminous archive of literature. It explores spirituality, the urban landscape, and the human ability to help others in a thoroughly satisfying manner.” —The Goose

Catch Me When I Fall

Brindle & Glass, 2011

“Westerhof treats her material with a deft touch; she has an ability to show both sides of an issue with alacrity and understanding… Patricia Westerhof’s debut is impressive.”
Prairie Fire Review of Books

“In her first collection, Catch Me When I Fall, Patricia Westerhof weaves eleven stories into a sensitively imagined, multi-layered tapestry of life in a small farming community in central Alberta.”
—Friederike Knabe, Mostly Fiction

“Westerhof writes with quiet intensity and an anthropologist’s eye. Her stories are to us a reminder that the ideological differences that threaten to divide generations have faces.”
The Christian Courier

The Writer's Craft

Nelson, 2003

Currently out of print