Mary W. Walters is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction. She has published four novels – including Rita Just Wants to Be Thin, The Woman Upstairs, and The Adventures of Don Valiente and the Apache Canyon Kid (the latter co-authored with John A. Aragon). She has also published a collection of short stories, Cool.

Mary has worked as an editor of books, academic articles, grant proposals, papers, theses, essays and blogs. She has created a series of podcasts to assist those who are preparing funding applications, and she is the author of Write an Effective Funding Application: A Guide for Researchers and Scholars (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Mary has served as a member of numerous funding and awards review panels. She was the first executive director of the Writers Guild of Alberta, and has been a member of National Council of The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Short Fiction

Mary’s fiction has been published in:

  • Malahat Review

  • Geist

  • dandelion

  • Prism International

  • Prairie Fire

  • Newest Review

  • Chatelaine

  • Herizons

among other publications, and has appeared in the following anthologies:

  • Alberta Bound

  • Alberta Rebound

  • Boundless Alberta

  • Eating Apples

  • Journey Prize Anthology

Her stories have also been broadcast on CBC nationally, and on CBC Alberta and CBC Saskatchewan.

  • Winner: Writers Guild of Alberta award for Excellence in Writing, Novel Category

  • Winner: Alberta Achievement Award

  • Finalist: Journey Prize

  • Winner: Alberta Culture/CBC Write-for-Radio Competition

  • Nominee: Edmonton YWCA Tribute to Women Award'

  • Listed: Who’s Who in Canada


Mary W. Walters was born in Wainwright, Alberta. Her family moved to Ontario when she was two, settling in London. When she was 14, she moved back to Alberta, and attended the University of Alberta. She lived in Edmonton for several decades, then moved to Saskatoon, SK for a few years. She now lives in Toronto, ON.

Mary has worked as a teacher, as executive director of a writers’ organization, as editor-in-chief of a publishing company, and as a university awards facilitator, but her primary source of income has been as a freelance writer and editor for corporate and academic clients. She has taught numerous workshops from coast to coast on grant-writing, self-publishing, and writing fiction.

Mary has been writing creatively since she was 29 years old. She has published five books of fiction, as well as numerous short stories and articles in magazines and literary journals in Canada and around the world. She has also created two hour-long radio documentaries for CBC’s Ideas.

Mary served as one of two presenters at The Writers Union of Canada’’s professional development workshop, Publishing 2.0: Tips and Traps. where she talked about the pros and cons of self-publishing from the perspective of a traditionally published author who has also embraced traditional publishing.

Mary blogs on topics related to writing, reading and publishing at The Militant Writer, and about her travels and other adventures as I’m All Write.