About Phil Dwyer

Colour1Phil Dwyer’s asthmatic childhood contributed to a deep love of reading, an encyclopaedic knowledge of British sixties pop (and encyclopaedias), and a healthy distrust for the curvature of normal lives. He was a journalist for 20 years in the UK, working in the magazine industry, as a reporter, news editor, editor and latterly as a publisher. He moved to Canada in 2002 to work on a research project with Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams. That work spawned Tapscott’s The Naked Corporation.

In 2007, after a life-changing heart attack, he decided to focus on his writing. He’s an alumni of the Humber School for Writers, and has workshopped short fiction with Alissa York at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing studies. His creative writing has been published in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper, and Canadian Stories, and his journalism has been published in over 15 UK publications (including The Financial Times and The London Times). In 2014 his short story Allergies Stephanie, placed first in the WCDR’s annual short story contest.

In 2013 he started working with Dr. Larry Librach on a palliative care project: which evolved into Larry’s Book (to be published by Dundurn Press in April 2016). He workshopped the first chapter of Larry’s Book with Charlotte Gill at the Banff Centre for the Arts in the fall of 2013.

He is a former board member of the Writers’ Community of the Durham Region (WCDR), and a member of the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada (PWAC) and of Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP).

Phil is represented by Trena White, a principal at Page Two, and an associate agent at the Transatlantic Agency.

He lives in Toronto with his wife and her legions of imaginary puppies.

Photo by Samantha Vessios.



6 responses to “About Phil Dwyer

  1. Dickens Pickwick Papers: 1937? 88 years ago? Editor, stat!

    • Hi Ed:

      The mystery of proof-reading. How does an obvious typo become invisible on a final read-through, and then leap off the page at you as soon as it’s published. Clearly (from the context) it was obviously meant to read 1837. As for the 88 years, I honestly don’t know what went wrong there. It almost looks as if my brain decided to halve the period (176 years) for fun. I’m still scratching my head about that one.

  2. What type of magazines did you work on Phil?

    • Quite a diverse range. I started my journalistic life with a large UK publisher of business to business magazines. I was there for around six years on and off, but I spent most of my time working on a weekly newspaper for the electronics industry. However, I’ve edited or published magazines and newsletters about corporate finance, brand management, the food industry, expert systems, and desktop publishing. In 1995 I launched the UK’s first publication dealing with the internet and its potential as a medium, sales channel and distribution platform for digital content. It was called New Media Age, and for a while there it was a pretty successful little weekly news journal.

  3. Any nearer, completion Phil? When in publisher proof form send it over and I’ll review it for the Morning Star. Hope you’re well. Paul

    • Hi Paul,

      I’m currently doing another round of revisions, before I start to submit to agents in earnest. But before that there’s an editor here in Toronto who’s asked to see it. I’ll let you know how that goes.


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