Dorothea Helms

Dorothea Helms
Dorothea Helms

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Bio: Dorothea Helms, a.k.a. The Writing Fairy®, is an award-winning, internationally published writer and popular writing instructor. She is the author of the successful book The Writing Fairy Guide to Calling Yourself a Writer, and she offers courses, workshops and keynote speeches that inspire adults to write and publish their work. She has been teaching creative writing for 22 years and is proud that many of her students have won writing contests, started freelance careers and become published authors.

This prolific Fairy is also owner of Write Stuff Writing Services, through which she provides professional writing and editing services to newspapers, magazines, businesses and individual clients. Over the years, she has served as contributing editor to dozens of publications, and has provided many writing colleagues with paying gigs. Her “Business of Writing” workshop has helped to launch many freelance careers, and her own freelance businesses continually bring in six-digit annual revenues.

She is known for her trade mark humour. Where Dorothea goes, fun follows!

Craft: Writer, Editor, Journalist, Commercial Writer, Short Fiction Writer, Poet, Christian/inspirational Writer

Awards: 2nd Place in Gene Perret’s “Words to Live By” one-liner contest. August 2014.
Ascent Aspirations Anthology of the Bizarre Anthology Contest, Second Place in the Flash Fiction category. $50 an one copy of the anthology. August 2014.

Whitchurch-Stouffville Grimm Fairy Tale Short Fiction Contest. First Place. $100 and 5 copies of anthology. October 2012.

Semi-finalist in the 2012 Robert Benchley Award for Humour. The only Canadian out of the 10 semi-finalists.

The 7th Annual Accenti Writing Contest – 3rd Place. Short Fiction, “Traditions.” $100 and publication in Winter 2013 Accenti magazine.

Semi-finalist in’s April/May 2011 Humor Writing Contest – “Food Foibles”

2007 Suburban Newspapers of America Advertising and Promotions Contest, Metroland Media Group, Ltd. – Dorothea Helms was contributing editor for all four of these first-place wins: Best ROP Advertising Section for Giftcard – Holiday Gift Guide 2006; Best Employment Publication for Career Choices – Spring 2006 tied with Best Employment Publication for Today’s Healthcare Careers – Spring 2006; and Best Cover Design for Live It! – Spring 2006.

LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview – shortlisted for “One Hundred and One Words” competition, Spring 2007.

The Haliburton Highlands Writers’ and Editors’ Network and The Agnes Jamieson Gallery 3rd Annual Writing Contest (2005) – tied for first place in non-fiction category with essay “Shelf Life”

Periodical Writers Association of Canada (now Professional Writers Association of Canada) – winner of the 2005 Barbara Novak Award For Excellence In Humour and/or Personal Essay Writing for “The Gift of Words,” which appeared in the January 7, 2003 Globe and Mail Facts & Arguments. Member 2002-2011

Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Contest (The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region) 3rd Place
Winner in Adult Category 2003 for the poem “Missing Heartbeats”

Nominated for a 2001 Rotman Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the “Innovative” category

Runner-up in “Favourite Freelance Writer” category in Write Magazine’s 2000 Reader Poll

Memberships: WCDR