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Great Online Workshops for Kids

Posted by on Jun 14, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Check out these great online workshops for children and young adults. Many children are very interested in writing stories, but often need help to channel their writing ability and encourage them to move forward with their projects. Professional advice about writing, editing, and revision can encourage a person’s creativity, whatever form that creativity may take. These online workshops are conducted using email assignments. After emailing me your first completed assignment, this will be returned with comments, suggestions, and...

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Cassa Playwriting this July

Posted by on Jun 11, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cassa Playwriting this summer will take place both in person and online for two groups, ages 7 to 12 in person and ages 7 to 14 and 15 to adult online. This July, in a dramatic fun filled week children write, rehearse, and perform their own unique play in just four days. Students create the plot, craft the script, write dialogue and hone their acting skills for their very own dramatic production, which will then be performed at the end of the week. Register @...

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Coaching and Consulting

Posted by on Jun 8, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A professional writing coach is someone with whom you can consult, ask questions and receive constructive feedback. A professional specializing in coaching and consulting acts as a guide as you build your career as a professional writer. A coach can help you conquer a stumbling block, regain momentum or make a start on a new project. I’m a member of the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors and have served as the Writer-in-Residence with the Canadian Authors Association. Further details, along with numerous references and...

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Cassa Playwriting this July

Posted by on Jun 5, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cassa Playwriting this summer will take place both in person and online for two groups, ages 7 to 12 in person and ages 7 to 14 and 15 to adult online. This July, in a dramatic fun filled week children write, rehearse, and perform their own unique play in just four days. Students create the plot, craft the script, write dialogue and hone their acting skills for their very own dramatic production, which will then be performed at the end of the week. Register @...

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Copywriting for Business

Posted by on Jun 2, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I offer a number of writer services for business. The way in which you communicate with your customers is a vital component of your business and well written content can be the difference between success and failure. I have extensive experience in writing for a wide range of industries and market segments and offer a variety of copywriting services including website content, blogs and newsletters, social media including Facebook and Twitter, brochures, direct mail, sales letters, press releases, newspaper and magazine advertising and...

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People plotting: Creating unique characters – Part three

Posted by on May 29, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A good exercise is to invent two characters based on pictures. Creating a facial description is relatively simple, although you also need to determine if the people are tall or short, their body type, approximate age, and so on. You then need to add as much information as possible about each person – personality, mannerisms, jobs, career path, friends and family, likes and dislikes, hopes and dreams, hobbies, pets, favourite foods and drinks, what part of the world they live in, the type of house they have or the car they drive, even...

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People plotting: Creating unique characters – Part two

Posted by on May 25, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The best writers create characters that you instantly feel that you’d recognize on the street if they came to life. So what kinds of things make us different? Everyone doesn’t like the same food and some are allergic to certain things. People are sometimes described as dog people or cat people but some might be neither or be allergic to dogs, cats, or both, affecting their choice of pets. We all have different likes and dislikes, or specific hopes and fears, things that help to determine our personality. People’s voices are often...

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People plotting: Creating unique characters – Part one

Posted by on May 20, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Let’s imagine that you’ve thought of a great premise for a story and even crafted a general plot. You then need to develop some characters to inhabit the world you’re intending to create. So where do ideas for characters come from? How do successful authors invent people for their stories, those imaginary men, women, children, and even animals that are a perfect fit for the story? Let’s be honest, ideas for characters can come from just about anywhere – on the train, street, plane, TV, movies, pictures and photographs, historical...

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What’s it all about? An excerpt from The Time Traveller’s Guide

Posted by on May 16, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“The Time Traveler’s Guide is a great resource for any writer wanting to improve their craft.”   Chapter One: What is time travel? Time travel is defined as taking place when there is movement between specific points in time. This is achieved in the same way that objects and living things move through space. In fiction, this kind of travel is made possible by the use of a time machine, device, or method. While nothing is carved in stone, I tend to think that time travel involving machinery or some kind of technology should be...

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Copywriting for Business

Posted by on May 12, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I offer a number of writer services for business. The way in which you communicate with your customers is a vital component of your business and well written content can be the difference between success and failure. I have extensive experience in writing for a wide range of industries and market segments and offer a variety of copywriting services including website content, blogs and newsletters, social media including Facebook and Twitter, brochures, direct mail, sales letters, press releases, newspaper and magazine advertising and...

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