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Writing Workshops

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There’s a new source of funding for author visits to English-language Quebec schools: ArtistsInspire. The program administers federal funding for minority language education. Through ArtistsInspire, schools receive full funding to invite authors, artists, or other culture creators to engage their students in the arts.… Continue Reading “Writing Workshops”

Thieving Squirrels in Fall 2021

The Squirrels Stole my Sister is the title of my forthcoming picture book

Update: Alas, the publication of my new picture book has been postponed till 2021. Good things come to those who wait. Years ago, I wrote a story about a clever squirrel who grew tired of waiting for a daily handout, so she decided to… Continue Reading “Thieving Squirrels in Fall 2021”

Friday Fable: The Writer and the Word Limit

You may have heard the old story, The Crow and the Pitcher: A crow was nearly dead of thirst when he spied a pitcher of water on a picnic table just beside the dried-up river bed. He flew over and tried to take a sip… Continue Reading “Friday Fable: The Writer and the Word Limit”

He Said/She Sighed Part 2

I grabbed twenty books from the living room shelf, opened each to a random page, and checked out all the verbs used in dialogue. And here is what I learned: Almost all the authors used a simple “said” at least half the time. But… Continue Reading “He Said/She Sighed Part 2”

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… Continue Reading “He Said/She Sighed – Part One”

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