PlayWriting Camp in Calgary in July

Cassa Playwrights will take place once again with Cassa Musical Arts this July. The 2020 PlayWriting camp will take place from July 13 to 17 at St. Vladimir’s Cultural Centre, 404 Meredith Road NE (Near Memorial Drive and Edmonton Trail), Calgary, Alberta. In a dramatic and fun-filled week of half day camps, children will learn how to write, rehearse and perform their own unique play in just five... read more

What’s it all about? An excerpt from The Children’s Writer’s Guide

  “This is by far the best book I have picked up to help me kick start my writing!” Chapter Four: Where Do Ideas Come From One of the most common questions asked of authors, whether from children during school visits or in interviews, is “Where do you get your ideas?” In so many ways, ideas are all around us – in newspapers, magazines, pictures, photographs, other books whether fiction... read more

Summer Camps in Calgary

I’m available to visit summer camps in the Calgary area each July and August. I can be a special guest or work as part of the programming. I have a number of presentations, workshops, and other programs that are suitable for summer camps, but am very flexible. I’m happy to discuss ways in which my programs can fit in with the general theme of your camp for a particular week. Contact me for fees and... read more

Perils of Poor Editing: Part Three

As a writer, you can never undertake too many checks before your work is finally released to the public. Cut out a few steps of the revision process and you could very well live to regret it. Here are some more newspaper headlines that should have been corrected prior to publication. Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over Let’s hope this isn’t in full view of the zoo’s... read more

Perils of Poor Editing: Part Two

Writers should always check their work before publishing their novel, short story or article. This is equally important for journalists, especially those composing the attention-grabbing headlines for news stories. Here’s a collection of newspaper headlines that could certainly have used a little more attention to detail prior to publication. Cannabis Smuggling by Troops. Investigation by Joint... read more

Perils of Poor Editing: Part One

For writers, it’s vital to examine your work in detail many times before you submit your work to publishers or upload the text of your ebook to an online bookstore. Even if you’ve checked the text a hundred times, you might still find errors that need to be addressed.  Good editing and revision is very important and yet many new writers often overlook these crucial steps in the creative... read more

Spectacular Story Starters – Spring Writing Camp

The Spectacular Story Starters  writing camp will take place at the Alexandra Writers Centre in Calgary from March 23 to 27. Explore where ideas come from and how to turn them into stories, basic story structure, plot development, time travel stories, creating characters, developing dialogue, inventing futuristic technology, inventing your very own superhero and more to help develop creative writing... read more

The Importance of Professional Editing

You’ve finished your first novel after years of painstaking work. You’re sure it could be a best seller and everyone you know is very enthusiastic. Yet your manuscript is returned by publishers, with a form letter providing no clues as to why they didn’t like it. Having your work independently evaluated gives you an unbiased opinion, helping you to tighten your manuscript and fix problems you may... read more

People plotting: Creating unique characters – Part three

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,... read more

People plotting: Creating unique characters – Part two

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... read more

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