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John F. Green



John F. Green was born and raised in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, a Canadian farming community, where he went to school and worked as a disc jockey and part-time news and feature writer for local radio station CJNB.

At 18 he left Saskatchewan to attend Ryerson University where he studied broadcasting and journalism. He returned to western Canada to begin work as a writer with both CBC and CTV affiliate stations in Saskatoon, Edmonton, Alberta; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In 1971 he became Executive Producer for Educational Television at Red River Community College, Department of Colleges and University Affairs in Winnipeg. Shortly thereafter he received his Certificate in Adult Education from Red River College and Central Michigan University. His first children’s book, There Are Trolls,was published the same year followed by a screen play, The Bargain, produced by Global Television.

In 1976, he moved his family to Oshawa, Ontario to begin his second career as an English teacher on the faculty of Journalism and Public Relations at Durham College. Over the next 30 years he taught a variety of English and writing programs, several Media Law courses—following summer studies in Law at the University of Western Ontario—and a variety of Business Communication courses for the School of Business. He is also the author of two college text books: Always Write! A Workbook for Creative Writers and A Reporter’s Guide to Media Law.

In 1984, John’s second children’s book, There’s a Dragon in My Closetwas published and became a Canadian and British best seller. There followed two more children’s books: Alice and the Birthday Giant and Junk-Pile Jennifer,both of which received Canadian Children’s Book Centre Gold Seal Awards. 

In 1991, his first junior novel, The House That Max Built appeared followed by a second novel, The Curse of Jonathan Matthew, a ghost story set in rural England.

His past theatrical experience includes several plays with Oshawa Little Theatre, Whitby Courthouse Theatre, Durham Shoestring Players. And Class Act Dinner Theatre. 

 After retirement from Durham College John started KMG Corporate Learning, delivering a wide variety of business writing seminars to Canadian clients. He has since published several stories and articles in a variety of magazines and newspapers. During this time he completedThe Eight Lost Notes, a Children’s Fantasy for Narrator and Orchestra. The work saw its premiere with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra.

 He has also written a number of stage scripts. You Can’t Dance to Mozart, a romantic comedy, premiered at Class-Act Dinner Theatre in Whitby, Ontario. The play also did a three-week run at the Second Street Theatre in Grande Prairie, Alberta, The Battlefords’ Community Theatre in Saskatchewan, The Peterborough, Ontario Theatre Guild, and Theatre Burlington. A one act psychological drama, The House on Geoffrey Street, was featured in Saskatchewan’s River’s Edge Drama Festival. And a two-act comedy, What Mildred Did! was premiered at the Second Street Theatre in Grande Prairie, Alberta. The play was also featured as the gala opening production for the new Domino Theatre in Kingston, Ontario. Both Geoffrey Street and Mildred are published by Next Stage Press, a U. S. based theatre publisher.

Recently finished is The Abbey,a new comedy intended for community theatre fund raising events. Also near completion is a two-act mystery thriller, Number Seven Courtney Lane.

He lives in Courtice, Ontario where two new children’s books, Miss Mildred Meets the Bare-naked Owl and a new edition of Junk-Pile Jennifer are scheduled for release from Peanut Butter Press in September, 2018.



The House on Geoffrey Street
What Mildred Did!

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