I’m excited to tell you that my good friend and fellow Ottawa writer Kate Heartfield and I will be launching our debut books, both from ChiZine Publications, on June 14 at Patty Boland’s in Ottawa’s Byword Market! We run from 5:30 – 8:00, but drop in anytime. Throughout the evening, we’ll have readings, raffles, prizes […]
Your novel is done, everyone says it’s great, but publishers aren’t interested? It might not be your work. It might be how you present yourself. Getting to “Yes” in Traditional Publishing shows what publishers, agents and others professionals need to see before they say “yes”.
This is my (busy) schedule for Limestone Genre Expo, a genre convention happening in Kingston, Ontario the weekend of May 26 – 27, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Waterfront right in downtown. Learn more about Limestone Genre Expo on their website or buy your passes. Saturday 10 – 11 am: World-Building: What Makes A World […]
Star Wars: A New Hope wasn’t always the near-perfect story we saw. Editors re-arranged Lucas’ story. For writers, this means you might not need to *rewrite* a broken story, just rearrange it.
When someone says “the story didn’t end, it just stopped” or “that ending took forever”, these might be symptoms of structural problems with your story. Learn how to zero-in on what’s wrong and how to fix it.
When someone says “it started slow” or “the middle drags”, these might be symptoms of structural problems with your story. Learn how to zero-in on what’s wrong and how to fix it.
I will be teaching a writing workshop on short stories along with the amazing Lydia Peever at the November 21st meeting of the Ottawa Independent Writers. The details: WHEN: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 7PM (doors at 6:30) WHERE: Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington Street, Ottawa HOW LONG: 2 hours COST: $10 payable at the event (free to members […]
Thoughts on the passing of John Dunsworth, Jim Lahey in Trailer Park Boys.
I’m teaching a workshop on how to write a page-turner at CAN-CON in Ottawa, Ontario on October 13, 2017.
I have a new story out in the anthology The Sum Of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound. “Good-bye is that Time between Now and Forever” is a brief story about a daughter travelling with her father to an appointment for doctor-assisted suicide. Except in this world, the dead rise. The theme of The Sum […]