About&Contact

Dorothy grew-up in Southern Ontario where she discovered a love of nature, books, and scribbling words. Transplanted to Alberta, she is a previous freelance writer of articles, cartoons, and columns and has recently shifted to writing solely poetry and fiction. Her writings regularly appear in literary journals and her first picture book, Summer North Coming was released in 2019 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. To hone her writing skills and knowledge of literature, she recently returned to university and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Her first chapbook, a middle-grade story, is forthcoming from Fitzhenry & Whiteside. She loves being outdoors, travel, pets, and sharing meals with family and friends. Recently, she became entangled in finger-crocheting and may be found under a mound of yarn and a very large blanket.

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She and her husband live in Alberta and share adventures with their three children who are almost all out of the nest. Her stories are from personal experiences and her storytelling style evolved through her interaction with children and books while home-educating for 17 years and teaching English and other subjects to small groups of children and adults. She writes in a way which keeps wiggly people interested.

Finn, a Goldendoodle, and O’Malley, a Sheltie, out for a walk on trails.

Memberships:

~Writers’ Guild of Alberta

~Canadian Children’s Book Centre

~ CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers)

Get in touch

Request a school or festival presentation.

Educational Presentations

  • Summer North Coming picture book dramatic reading. Learn about children’s lives in the north, including interesting objects from the north! Suitable for preschool to 3rd grade. 30 min.
  • Writing stories from real life. Based around new middle-grade chapbook, or picture book. Suitable for 4th grade up. 1 hour.
  • How a picture book is created. Suitable for 4th grade up. 1 hour.
  • Creating children’s literature in today’s political climate. College or University lecture with literary criticism.

Festival topics vary: from publishing options to writing compelling stories.

Presentations can be pre-recorded to allow for several small groups or classes to view at various times. Questions may be emailed ahead of time. Please contact for rates.

dorothy.bentley.ca@gmail.com