Andrea Wrobel is a Toronto-based writer of identity-driven fiction, memoir, and screenplays.
Often speculative, her fiction work is driven by characters living with undiagnosed delusions and disorders, and is often explored through gender deconstruction, trauma, and magick. Andrea’s non-fiction work is driven by her dissection of 21st century regimentation — the expectations, policies, cultural laws, and social norms that restrict humans in response and communication, especially when it comes to race.
Andrea has been writing her entire life, penning daily in her private journals for over 20 years. While she’s always been a reader, it is in books like “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger and “Orange is Not the Only Fruit” by Jeanette Winterson that she found early authorial inspiration. Paired with brash, unfiltered work by authors like Sylvia Plath, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Virginia Woolf, Andrea learned that literature informed by personal history and observation is highly impactful.
You can find new editorial and biographical work regularly published on Andrea’s blog. Aside from these articles, Andrea has a handful of ongoing projects. She self-publishes a new zine founded on literature for mental health arts called Inside Me. She is also penning a novel, an e-book series, and freelancing as a writing and executive assistant in film and television. Some of her credits are outlined on her IMDb.
Since her graduation from her double major degree in Carleton University’s English Lit and Film Studies programs, Andrea has worked with a slew of notable Canadian film talent: Don McKellar, Kim Cattrall, Mark McKinney, Bruce McCulloch, Lynn Coady, Deepa Mehta, Joseph Boyden and Sam Dunn. Inspired by their drive, Andrea now writes and produces her own work. Andrea also owns and manages the production company A Space Films.
Andrea’s written work has been published online and in print, most notably in the Canadian Alpine Journal and Broken Pencil Magazine; the latter of which her short “Eraser” appeared in the Spring 2014 print issue. Additional work can be found in Toronto’s Static Zine, Ottawa’s Bywords Magazine and The Charlatan, Vancouver’s Mandalit, along with many smaller one-off publications and blogs like Offbeat Bride.
For her inaugural novel, she was granted 2016-2017 funding and attendance in CUE’s Story Reno Studio facilitated by Whitney French, a 6-month peer-review workshop. Participant’s work culminated in a public reading of their own work as part of ‘Come Again‘ (1) at the Margin of Eras Gallery on Queen West.
In February 2017, Andrea was accepted for a self-directed residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point where she made waves on her inaugural novel and created an experimental visual meditation short film (2).
Her short film script “Bullied” was accepted into FEM Script Lab‘s January 2017 workshop.
And in the summer of 2017, Andrea was invited to participate in Outdoor Studio where she created and composed a zine entirely in nature, If A Tree Falls (3). In March of 2018, the Outdoor Studio artists exhibited their work at Gallery 1313 in Parkdale as part of a group show (4).
With her partner Brian Cauley, Andrea has exhibited
Andrea finds inspiration in many facets of daily life — from energy, outdoors and Mother Earth, to urban cycling, handmade soaps (5), and craft coffee. She is often drawn to writers like Ray Bradbury, Octavia Butler, Marie-Claire Blais, Gwendolyn Brooks, and filmmakers like Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze, and Lynn Ramsay. In non-fiction, Andrea can’t get enough of writers like Lydia Yuknavitch, Miriam Toews, Heather Havrilesky, and Joan Didion.
On a typical Friday night, Andrea can be found lounging with her two cats alongside homemade nachos and library DVDs of an HBO show she never watched when it aired on TV.
A list of Andrea’s available/published work:
- Bullied (screenplay), FEM Script Lab, January 2017
- The Peakbaggers (web series), A Space Films, 2017
- Karolina and the Barrel (writer/director), A Space Films, 2017
- Orange Beach (writer/director), A Space Films, 2017
- Side Streets (writer/director), A Space Films, 2017
- Book in Progress (writing grant), CUE Story Reno, 2016-2017
- Camp a mountaineer makes (guest editorial),pp. 24-25 Alpine Club of Canada Gazette, Winter 2016
- Why it’s totally okay to plan a wedding your way… even when you’re told otherwise (guest blog), Offbeat Bride, September 2016
- Beat Beat (experimental video), A Space Films, July 2016
- Mermaids and Science and Me (flash fiction), Mandalit, June 2015
- #BrewHaikus (poetry project), self-published, 2015-present
- Skeleton Grl (experimental short film), A Space Films, August 2014
- Eraser (short story), Broken Pencil Magazine, Spring 2014
- Lie, and you’ll lose her (poem), Bywords.ca, June 2007