Shayne Woodsmith is a writer, director, photographer.



Shayne Woodsmith is a filmmaker, photographer, and an award-winning writer. His debut novel, Twenty-Seven, is a fast-paced, thought-provoking and, at times, utterly frantic, work of science fiction that exposes the darker side of a health-obsessed world and delivers a disarmingly honest portrayal of human frailty and strength through the lens of one tormented outcast. His second novel, My Brother Mercy, is a won the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards winner. His work has appeared in Carte Blanche and Inscribed: A Magazine for Writers.

Shayne’s film writing and directing credits include the ten minute mockumentary, Obey the Signs, Payphone, a short film featured at the 2013 Toronto Urban Film Festival, Tourist and Time Travel which were both featured at the Edmonton’s Gotta Minute Film Festival. Shayne is also the creator of Faces of Edmonton, a Humans of New York inspired photoblog and book that showcases Edmonton through the portraits and stories of the people who animate the city, the folks who stopped to talk to a camera-toting stranger.





My Brother Mercy

My Brother Mercy is a 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards winner. It is a deeply personal, heartbreaking, and at times hilarious take on the monotony of daily life, the complexities of familial relationships, and the pursuit of meaning in the seemingly endless loop of day-to-day existence. It is Shayne Woodsmith’s followup to his arresting, dystopian novel Twenty-Seven.


Twenty-Seven, Shayne Woodsmith’s arresting, dystopian debut novel, lays bare the plight of this one mere mortal and what her all-too-human condition suggests for a species that has been forever fixated on cheating death. As Sophia rapidly approaches the age of twenty-seven, she must reckon with the consuming obsession of the society around her. You may never look at the notion of a long and healthy life in the same way again

Faces of Edmonton

Faces of Edmonton is a community-building project and photoblog that showcases Edmonton through the portraits and stories of the city’s inhabitants. It is a forum where people can connect and share thoughts and feelings about the portraits and stories of strangers. It’s a community where strangers become acquaintances and dear friends dearer. Faces of Edmonton has introduced many people to the beauty and diversity of Edmonton and the dynamic people who animate it.