(born 1969 in Orillia
) is a Canadian
writer and editor. She has also worked as a researcher/writer for TV and radio.
Woodrow has published two short fiction collections, Why We Close Our Eyes When We Kiss
in 1991 and In the Spice House
in 1996, and the novel Spelling Mississippi
in 2002. A recent popular writing instructor at the University of Toronto
School of Continuing Studies, she won an Excellence In Teaching Award in 2005.Spelling Mississippi
was short-listed for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award
Woodrow was additionally encouraged in her writing career by the late Timothy Findley
, when she wrote him a fan letter which developed into a close friendship and mentoring relationship.
Woodrow, has also been a columnist for Xtra!
biweekly newspaper. Her occasional journalism, essays, stories and poetry have appeared in numerous publications including The Globe and Mail
, National Post
, eye weekly
and This Magazine
A former resident of Toronto, Ontario, she now resides in Prince Edward County, Ontario.