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Ottawa born, Toronto resident, Sandra Campbell's first novel, Getting to Normal was a semi-finalist for the Chapters/Robertson Davies First Novel (Unpublished) Award and NOW Toronto magazine’s choice for best books of 2001. She brings her background in educational television to her essays on imagery, culture and learning published in anthologies and magazines in both Canada and the United States and to her teaching. From 2002-05 she co-edited Espritpublications an online publication of personal narratives that explore the connections of body, mind and soul. Her (unpublished) memoir A Due, tells how music, memory and the imagination transform loss and grief. Her novel in progress, Dreaming Georgina is a re-imagining of the life of Georgina Stirling, a 19th century lyric soprano from Twillingate, Newfoundland.

Writing and Publications

In Progress

Dreaming Georgina (novel). In progress
A Due: A Memoir of Music and Memory. 75,000 words.


Winner, Grain Magazine Writing Contest (Creative Non-Fiction)
Juror, Saskatchewan Book Awards, First Book.
Canada Council: Creative Writing Grant
Finalist: Robertson Davies/Chapters First (Unpublished) Novel
Nominee, Non-Fiction, City of Toronto Book Awards


Long Fiction Book
2001 Getting to Normal (244 pages) Stoddart, Toronto. In Dutch translation, Bzztoh Inc, Amsterdam, Holland.
Non-fiction Book
1973 The Movable Airport: A Case Study in Community Action, (229 pages) A.M. Hakkert Ltd, Toronto, Ontario. Nominee: City of Toronto Book Award, Non Fiction.
Creative Non-fiction
Winter 2009, Conspiracy, (5,040 words) Grain Magazine: Winner 2008 Long Grain of Truth.
January, 2007, What the Photographer Didn’t See (4,834 words), published in, My Wedding Dress: True-Life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle, edited by Wheelhan, S and Carter, A.L. Knopf/Vintage Canada, Toronto.
2004 And Then I Was Home, (3786 words) Grain Magazine, Winter
Fall 2007 About Teaching and Learning at New Outlook,(564 words) The Armadillo, Descant Arts and Letters Foundation. Toronto, Canada
2002-2005: Espritpublications. Online publication. Author of 9 essays. Founding board member, co-editor of nine editions comprising 54 essays.
2004 Mapping a Social Practice (3257 words), published in Learning Toward an Ecological Consciousness: Selected Transformative Practices edited by O'Sullivan, E and Taylor, M. Palgrave MacMillan, San Francisco, CA
1996 The Gift of Change, (2047 words) Why Magazine, Toronto, Fall Edition
1994 Creating Redemptive Imagery: A Challenge of Resistance and Creativity (3657 words) published in Transforming a Rape Culture, Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis Mn
1992 Creating Redemptive Imagery: The Challenge to Artists (1546 words) ACTRA-Scope, v.20,3
Short Stories
2000 Irma, (1863 words) The Citizen’s Weekly, February 27, 2000
2009 Sound Seduction, Academic Matters, Journal of Higher Education, January 19, Toronto.
2007 Writer/Story Consultant: Beyond Laughter, Producer, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, 23 minutes.
1994 Writer/Director :The Spiral Garden, An Innovation in Rehabilitation, Producer, The Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre. Toronto, Canada, 21 minutes.



Since 2003:
Writing into Balance: A workshop series to awaken spontaneity and authenticity in creative writing.
Yoga and Reflective Writing.
Since 2006:
Descant Magazine’s Commmunity Outreach program, ( Weekly class at New Outlook, an agency for youth living with mental illness.
University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, Creative Writing Program Course: Creative Writing Through Reading