Amanda West Lewis
Photo credit: Bonnie Joyce Photography
AMANDA WEST LEWIS is an author, theatre creator, calligrapher and teaching artist.
Amanda is the author of 9 books for young people ranging from craft books to historical novels. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Youth from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she also did a specialized Picture Book Intensive.
In her theatre career, Amanda has focused on work with young people, directing and teaching extensively. She was the founder of the Ottawa Children's Theatre, where she offered a range of drama education programs for children aged 3 - 18 She received a certificate in Theatre for Young Audiences with Complex Difficulties from Rose Bruford College, UK. She has a BFA in Theatre Performance from York University.
As a professional calligrapher and book artist, Amanda's work has been featured in The Letter Arts Review, ABC Canada and in numerous group and solo shows. She taught calligraphy at the University of Waterloo. She studied with Alf Ebson, Hermann Zapf, Mark Van Stone, Nancy Culmone, Thomas Igmire and many others.
Amanda lives with her husband, writer Tim Wynne-Jones, outside of Perth Ontario.
They have 3 grown children who are a constant source of joy and inspiration.