Mitchell's critically acclaimed stories, both literary and visual, are noted for their unflinching visceral experience, poetic imagery, and memorable characters.



Born in New Brunswick, raised in Alberta, based in Nova Scotia, Canada. Shandi considers herself an east coast prairie girl.  Growing up, she split her time between the Armed Forces base where her family was stationed, and her aunt and uncle's farm. A graduate of Dalhousie University, she holds a degree in English and Theatre. 



Her debut novel Under This Unbroken Sky (2009) was published by Penguin Canada, Harper Collins US, and Weidenfeld & Nicholson UK, with translations in Chinese, Hebrew, Dutch, and Italian. Her next novel, The Waiting Hours, will be published by Penguin CanadaRandom House (Spring 2019).


Her shorts Baba’s House, Tell Me, and feature, The Disappeared (2012) have screened nationally and internationally earning multiple awards for script, direction, performance, art, and sound design. She has guest-directed for television series as diverse as Sex and Violence and Theodore Tugboat. View Director's Reel.

Mentoring Experience

Mitchell has served as a WFNS mentor and adjunct professor of Advanced Creative Writing-Fiction at Dalhousie University. She also teaches Screenwriting, Directing, and Intro to Advanced Fiction workshops and has been a story consultant for NFB, AFCOOP, and Equinox Europe’s International Screenwriters workshop.  

KOBZAR Literary Prize • Thomas Raddall Fiction Prize • Commonwealth Fiction Prize • WIFT KODAK Award • WIFT-CBC Script Award • Best Debut Feature • Reel Indie Spirit Award • Coeur de Mise en Scene • Long-listed Impac Dublin Literary Award, Gemini and  Canada Screen Award nominations


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