short stories, poems

& a new novel!

"Wonderful, heartfelt, heartbreaking—I can't recommend this novel highly enough."


—Annabel Lyon, author of The Sweet Girl


"Jennifer Spruit has such a distinct, poignant voice, and her briiliant debut novel A Handbook For Beautiful People highlights this perfectly. Through sharp characters and their complications, a driven narrative develops, enveloping us before we have a chance to judge. Jump into this novel. It will sweep you up."


—Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda

A Handbook for Beautiful People Paperback is available now!

Available through Inanna Publications


Excerpts from some of my works

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I Want To See Your Teeth

The One I Love/In Lieu of You

David Bule (A Lippogram)

Teeny Tiger and The Great Word Ocean.

Written by Jennifer Spruit and illustrated by Klrissa Wright.

In this picture book, a feline logophile sets out on a journey to collect new words. Teeny Tiger travels the biosphere visiting with different creatures. She is frustrated with her inability to understand the other animals until she reaches the great word ocean. Here she discovers the beauty of alliteration, the precision of grammar, the joy of punctuation, and the humourous nature of English spellings. When she returns home, she shares the gift of language with the other animals, and gives a special message to her parents.

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Manuscript Evaluations

Are you an aspiring fiction writer who wants to take your work to the next level? I’ve helped many writers through UBC’s writing mentorship program, Booming Ground, and I can help you too!


I’m happy to be your writing guide and offer monthly critiques on five 5000 word submissions over five months ($350 CDN). Each critique will include writing exercises, notes on character and plot development, planning tips, writing strengths, and areas to polish and practice.


Or submit your work and I will copy edit it by the page. $2.00 CDN per double spaced, 12 pt font page.


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My Publications


• “Liam Doesn’t Know About the Baby.” Existere Journal of Arts and Literature Volume 31(2) (2012): 7-16.

• “Maybe Baby.” NoD Magazine Issue 5 (2012): 14-15.

• “The Person in Charge.” Ottawa Arts Review Volume 6(1) (2012): 47-51.

• “One.” Branch Issue 1 (2010). 8 September 2010. <http://www.branchmagazine.com/archives/issue1/index.html>

• “David Bule.” The Collective Collection #2. Calgary: filling Station, December 2009: 7.

• “Wordie.” The Collective Collection #1. Calgary: filling Station, December 2008. 19-20.


• “Stalemate With Nana.” The Antigonish Review Number 173 (2013): 92-93.

• “At a Child’s Park.” Prairie Fire Magazine Volume 34(1) (2013): 93.

• “The Panther I’m Somehow Sleeping With.” NoD Magazine Issue 5 (2012): 12-13..

•  “roster.” Arc Poetry Magazine Issue 67 (2012): 14.

• “Two.” The Collective Collection #1. Calgary: filling Station, December 2008: 18.

Jennifer grew up in Lloydminster, AB/SK, alongside pump jacks, farm machinery, and its endless, sparkling winter sky.

Her affair with writing began with a Grade One story about a tractor, but she has since become engaged in writing about people. She studied Creative Writing at UBC and now lives in Courtenay, on Vancouver Island, where she enjoys playing folk and bluegrass, teaching kids, and rowing a blue canoe.

Her work has appeared in Arc, The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire Magazine, and SubTerrain Magazine, among others. A HANDBOOK FOR BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE is her debut novel. Jennifer is currently at work on a second novel.

Teeny Tiger and The Great Word Ocean.

Written by Jennifer Spruit and illustrated by Klrissa Wright.

My Publications