Elizabeth Withey

Elizabeth Withey is a Canadian journalist, memoirist, children's author, and visual artist.

Her first children's book, The One with the Scraggly Beard (Orca Books) is in stores September 15th, 2020. It is a story about homelessness inspired by family experiences. The book is illustrated by Lynn Scurfield.

Elizabeth works as an associate producer with The Calgary Eyeopener at CBC Radio. Previously, she worked as a staff writer and columnist for the Edmonton Journal. She is a National Newspaper Award finalist in the arts & entertainment category. Elizabeth has won numerous other awards, including a 2019 Alberta Magazine Award (Gold, Profile), a 2019 RTDNA for a radio series on the opioid crisis/fentanyl in Calgary, the 2016 Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize at the Alberta Magazine Awards, and many Society for Feature Journalism (SFJ) prizes.


In 2012, Elizabeth published Life after Birth (HarperCollins Canada/Edmonton Journal), a collection of personal essays on first-time parenting. This ebook is available for download, and in public libraries.


Elizabeth's literary nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Eighteen Bridges, Alberta Views, Room, Geist, and Avenue Magazine, as well as most major newspapers across Canada.

Elizabeth is the creator of numerous artistic projects including Frock Around the Clock, a digital writing experiment in which she wore the same black dress every day in 2015. Frock Around the Clock garnered media attention from across Canada.

A native of rural Saskatchewan, Elizabeth has a master's degree in environmental change and management from the University of Oxford, as well as a postgraduate diploma in professional writing from the University of Victoria.