Curriculum Development and Instruction in the following courses at Georgian College, Barrie, ON, 1999 - present:

  • Canadian Literature - Online/Blended 
  • Canadian Literature and Criticism
  • Career Success
  • College Communications
  • Communications at Work
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Exploring Literature
  • Dynamic Presentations
  • Fundamentals of Communications
  • Interpreting Literature
  • Short Writings and Genres
  • Techniques of Writing and Speaking
  • Work Environment Communication - Online
  • Workplace Communications
  • Writing Life: Creative Nonfiction



Esther is a Professor of English Literature, Creative Writing, and Communications at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. She writes poetry, fiction, and graphic forms and achieved her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Esther is the Canadian author of the bestselling textbook Business Communication: Process & Product.

Esther Griffin
Professor & Writer

Featured Reader

Editors Barrie - Barrie, ON

October 2019

The Art Bar Poetry Series - Toronto, ON

January 2015

Culture Days - Barrie, ON

September 2014

Culture Days - Orillia, ON

September 2013

Education & Professional Development

MFA ~ Creative Writing

University of British Columbia (2018)

PRISM International Literary Magazine

Poetry Editorial Board Member (2014-2016)

Summer Workshop ~ Fiction
Humber School for Writers (2012)

Post-Graduate Creative Writing Certificate
~ Fiction

Humber School for Writers (2011)

MA ~ Education
Central Michigan University (2008)

Specialized Honours BA - English
York University (1996)

Writing Awards

Winner of the K. Valerie Connor Memorial Poetry Celebration Award, 2021

Winner of the 2018 Little Bird Contest, Sarah Selecky Writing School, with judge, Michelle Winters

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) - Canada Graduate Scholarship: Master's Program, offered 2015

Honourable Mentions - The Ontario Poetry Society, Open Heart 8 Contest, 2013

Honourable Mention - Lake County
Literary Lapses 2013 Poetry Contest

Winning Sentence - Geist Magazine's
2012 Memories of Vancouver

Honourable Mention - The Ontario Poetry Society, Winsome Words Contest, 2012

Community Events

Workshop Facilitator: CALL (College Association for Language and Literacy) Conference

~ Writing to Reconnect, 2016 & 2018

Workshop Assistant for Anne Michaels: Humber School for Writers' Fall Workshop, 2015

Workshop Facilitator: Canadian Authors Association

~ Scene Analysis, 2015

Poetry Workshop Facilitator: Young Authors of Canada (YAC), 2014

Creative Writing Circle Facilitator: CanWrite! Conference, 2013 & 2014

Contest Judge: Canadian Authors Association

~ 2013 Youth Slam Poetry Competition

Contest Judge: Canadian Authors Association   ~ 2013 & 2014 Short Fiction Contest

Playing with Sound: An Interactive Poetry Workshop - Writers Community of Simcoe County, 2012

Published Works



  • Sorry I Was Such A Dick, Little Bird Stories, Volume 8, Invisible Publishing, 2018
  • Pura Vida, Renaissance Anthology, Piquant Press, 2014


  • Contemporary Verse 2 (CV2): 2-Day Poetry Contest, People's Choice contender, 2019
  • Boobs Anthology, 2016
  • Waking Dawn Anthology, 2015
  • Open Heart Anthology, 2013​
  • League of Canadian Poets' National Poetry Month, 2013
  • Winsome Words Anthology, 2012

Interviews & Reviews

  • Poetry Review: Designated Mourner, by Catherine Owen - PRISM international, 2016
  • Poetry Review: love will burst into a thousand shapes, by Jane Eaton Hamilton - PRISM international, 2015​
  • Catherine Graham Interview - PRISM international, 2015
  • Daniel Scott Tysdal Interview - PRISM international, 2014​
  • Poetry Review: Come Cold River, by Karen Connelly - PRISM international, 2014

Professional Writing

Canadian Author

  • Business Communication: Process and Product, Seventh Brief Canadian Edition, 2021
  • Business Communication: Process and Product, Sixth Brief Canadian Edition, 2018