Surprised and delighted

Lynda Monahan, pictured, was the 2017 inductee into the Prince Albert Council of Women’s Hall of Fame. -- Herald file photo.

Hall of fame ceremonies are starting to become a regular occurrence for Lynda Monahan.

The local author and writing instructor was inducted into the Prince Albert Arts Hall of Fame last fall, and in March, she’ll become the latest member of the Prince Albert Council of Women’s Hall of Fame.

For Monahan, it’s been a humbling, but enjoyable experience.

“It’s an embarrassment of riches,” she chuckled during an interview on Friday.

Monahan said she was surprised and delighted to hear she was selected.

Appropriately enough, she was filling her tentative role as writer-in-the-community at the John M. Cuelenaere Library when she found out.

“I was meeting with somebody, and all of a sudden these women come in the door with a bouquet of flowers,” she said. “I was surprised and delighted of course.”

Monahan has published poems, short stories and had one of her works broadcast on CBC radio. However, she’s just as eager to teach writing as she is to put pen to paper.

During her time in Prince Albert, Monahan has set up workshops to help writers from all backgrounds tell their story. The workshops cover everything from helping create cookbooks at the Herb Bassett Home, to mentoring inmate authors at the Pine Grove Correctional Institute, to facilitating the Prince Albert Teen Writing Experience. She also spent time as a creative writing instructor at the SIAST Woodland Campus (now Saskatchewan Polytechnic).

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