About the Author:
Carolyn Wilker is a writer, editor,
Toastmaster, and creative writing teacher. Inspired by the world
and people around her, she writes stories that she often shares
in her storytelling and speaking. An avid reader, photographer
and gardener, Carolyn also enjoys music and theatre as well as
spending time with her family and friends. She lives with her
husband in Kitchener, Ontario.
Carolyn Wilker grew up in rural Oxford
County where she walked, rode her bike, or took the bus to
school. She achieved Provincial Honours through her 4-H club
participation, taught Sunday school, and babysat neighbours’
From the time she was a young child,
she wanted to be a teacher. After high school, she attended
Conestoga College where she trained as a preschool teacher. She
taught in Waterloo and Stratford then married and settled in
Kitchener. All three daughters attended co-op preschool, having
their mother nearby and occasionally as a substitute teacher.
From a craft business to custom sewing, to writing and editing,
Carolyn has gained valuable experience as an entrepreneur.
As a member of the
2003 Community Editorial Board, she wrote about environmental
concerns, writing and gardening. Publishing credits include
articles, book reviews and poetry in
Canada Lutheran; devotionals in
for Today and
the Upper Room Devotional Magazine.
Her poetry has appeared in Tickled by Thunder; Tower Poetry;
Writers Undercover, Vol. X; Voices and Visions, Vol. 6; and
Favourite Poems Contest anthology, in which her poem "The
Editor Falls Asleep" took First Honourable Mention. Her poem,
"Waiting Room," tied for third place in the Inscribe Christian
Writer’s Fall contest in 2008. Her creative non-fiction piece,
"Anticipated Visits," was published in
The Wisdom of Old
Souls, and her poem "Sails on a Quilted Sea" in
Grandmothers’ Necklace in 2010.
While writing, Carolyn took online
courses from Ryerson University’s publishing program. In 2006,
she was a member of the proofreading team for the award-winning
Africa Bible Commentary. Working as a freelancer, she has
edited and proofread book-length manuscripts, business
newsletters, website content, and the
Anticipating the need to speak or lead
workshops, Carolyn joined Toastmasters in 2004. Later, she
joined the Baden Storytelling Guild. She has led workshops for
writers and Toastmasters, taught business writing at Conestoga
College, and told stories at Open Story Night in Baden and in
other public venues.
Home and Country
magazines and publications of the Oxford County Women’s
Institute and Federated Women’s Institute, Carolyn gained a
deeper understanding of the goals and accomplishments of women
in her community and across Canada through the Women’s
Institute, and the organization’s nurturing of 4-H programs. She
hopes the Women’s Institute can continue its positive
contributions far into the future.
Carolyn and her husband live in
Kitchener, Ontario, where she writes, edits and teaches Creative
Writing. She enjoys gardening, photography, scrapbooking and
spending time with her family and friends.