Tag: creative writing

Young Writers Workshop: Know your Character

To all the young writers whom I’d hoped to meet at a workshop this spring or summer (cancelled due to Covid-19)… If you’re stuck at home with a pen handy, why not start a story or ten? Don’t know how to begin? I’ll take…

Book Launch of Pot-pourri 2019

Pot-pourri 2019 cover

Dozens of young writers in Ottawa will attend their book launch next week, as the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) launches the latest volume of Pot-pourri. Pot-pourri 2019 features all the winners and honourable mentions from this year’s Awesome Authors contest…

Funding Author Visits

Interested in one of my Author Presentations or Writing Workshops? Good news! Financial assistance for author visits is available throughout Canada, thanks to the generous support of our governments working with the literary non-profit community. A couple of key funding programs have looming deadlines…

Young Writers Workshop: Setting Exercise

I’ll be giving a writing workshop tomorrow at the Carlingwood Library to help kids aged 9-12 prepare their stories for the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Contest. We’ll do two story-building exercises: one on Character, and one on Setting.

He Said/She Sighed – Part One

I dislike lists of rules for writing fiction. There are many good writers whose work I can’t stand. And many books I’ve loved that were obviously flawed. I would not advise anyone to make a paint-by-number novel. Big picture rules are good, like: A…

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