WINNER  2013 RED MAPLE Non-fiction Ontario Library Association
Bill Swan is a retired journalism professor and college administrator who is still actively involved in writing fiction; media, promotion and web material; and online educational material. He has experience in the lecture hall (19 years as a journalism professor at Durham College, Oshawa, ON.), the newsroom (10 years as reporter, editor and manager of a daily newspaper in Woodstock, Ont.,), and the classroom (he began his career as an elementary school teacher, and even taught in a two-room school with a wood-burning stove and a woodshed. [So beware!] Swan is a native of Bright, in Oxford County, and a former managing editor of The Daily Sentinel-Review in Woodstock, Ont. He is a former Director of Applied Arts at Durham College, where he still co-chairs the Academic Appeals Committee. He continues his involvement in the college system as a communications consultant to the Ontario College Administrative Staff Association, and teaches several courses each year on line in journalism and business report writing to an international market through OntarioLearn, a consortium of 22 Ontario Community Colleges He was a member of the 1953-54 Washington Senators, runners-up to the Ontario Minor Hockey Association Juvenile “D” championship. This team played out of the Plattsville Arena. He also attended the same high school as Bobby Hull for one year. After watching Hull skate one day following a high school noon hour skate at the Perry Street “Ice Palace” in Woodstock, Swan gave up hockey for less physical pursuits. His love of hockey can be seen in his two hockey novels, Deflection! and The Enforcer.
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