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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. 



The Waiting Hours, Penguin Canada Random House (Spring 2019).

Under This Unbroken Sky (2009) Penguin Canada, Harper Collins US, and Weidenfeld & Nicholson UK, with translations in Chinese, Hebrew, Dutch, and Italian.


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 Writing workshops and has been a story consultant for NFB, AFCOOP, and Equinox Europe’s International Screenwriters workshop. 

For Readings, Workshops, and to inquire about rates please visit the Contact page.




KOBZAR Literary Prize • Thomas Raddall Fiction Prize • Commonwealth Regional Fiction Prize • Margaret & John Savage First Book Award • Long-listed Impac Dublin Literary Award


• WIFT KODAK Award- Toronto • WIFT-CBC Script Award-Toronto Yorkton Best Short Drama • Victor Martyn-Lynch Staunton Lynch Media Arts Award •Female Eye Festival Best Debut Feature • Reel Indie Spirit Award- Canadian Film Awards • Coeur de Mise en Scene, Dieppe, France, Gemini and  Canada Screen Award nominations

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