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Dixon won the Writers’ Trust’s Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for emerging writers in 2005. She published her first collection of stories, High-Water Mark, in 2012 and at Berton House during her January to March winter residency she worked on a series of stories about modern-day Cape Breton Island, where she lives.

Award History

Jury Citation

“This complex story is told by fully individuated characters who speak clearly in their own voices. The vivid sense of place arises from the events, the dialogue, and the careful selection and succinct treatment of telling details. The author's command of her craft inspires the reader's confidence: we are in good hands; we will be led to a new place, a new insight into the human condition.” — 2005 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Jury (Laurel Boone, Sabine Campbell, and Mark Anthony Jarman)

Program History

Writer in Residence

Berton House Writers’ Residency