Expo 15 SR 5

People plotting: Creating unique characters – Part one

Posted by on Nov 21, 2020 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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Learn How to Write Effective and Compelling Historical Fiction

Posted by on Nov 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Historical fiction combines the events of the past with characters and stories from the writer’s imagination. This course examines the art of writing historical fiction and the need to fully immerse yourself in a particular time period to make your storytelling more believable. Learn how to write effective, authentic and appealing historical fiction and how to turn your ideas into compelling stories. Understand what defines historical fiction and different historical time periods, create believable settings and plausible characters and learn...

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Learn How to Write Great Stories for Children and Young Adults 

Posted by on Oct 28, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Writing for Children and Young Adults course focuses on writing for children aged 8 to 14 years. However some of the material also covers older and younger age groups. Learn how to write effective, authentic, and appealing fiction for children and young adults and how to turn your ideas into compelling stories. The course explores the writing process from initial concept to finished work including story structure, developing plausible characters and dialogue, the creation of outlines and the importance of research, editing and...

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

Posted by on Oct 20, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  “The internet can be a powerful promotional tool and, following Simon’s suggestions and guidelines, a professional copywriter can certainly improve his/her skills. A good resource.”   Chapter One: People don’t read web copy These days, any organization that wants to either do business, or stay in business, has to have an online presence. A website is crucial if a company’s going to connect with both existing and potential customers and they need to make sure that their web pages tell their clients everything they...

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Coaching and Consulting

Posted by on Oct 16, 2020 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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“The Emerald Curse is a very well written and appealing adventure book. Highly recommended.”

Posted by on Sep 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Emerald Curse Charles Kelly was the world’s greatest comic book artist, until he disappeared without a trace. Two years later, his grandson Sam discovers a mysterious pen in Kelly’s attic studio. Sam is soon propelled into a bizarre dimension, where super villains are all powerful and disturbingly real, and finds himself in a deadly confrontation with an evil entity, imprisoned inside a mystical gemstone since the dawn of time. The Emerald Curse received great reviews when it was first published and remains a favourite with young...

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

Posted by on Sep 12, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“A great resource for beginning and established writers.”   Introduction Misconceptions are common regarding published authors. People think either that all authors earn millions or that it’s impossible to make a living as a writer. While some writers are financially successful with their e-books, success stories are rare, at least for now, and only a handful of authors make serious money from e-books. Misconceptions also abound regarding authors who write for children. Books for younger readers are often mistakenly considered...

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The Princes in the Tower 1483

Posted by on Aug 30, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Princes In The Tower 1483 is a movie based on the events surrounding the disappearance of the young king, Edward V, and his younger brother, Richard, Duke of York, from the Tower of London in 1483.  Their uncle seized the crown for himself as Richard III and is widely suspected as being responsible for the murder of the princes. Richard III was himself killed only two years later at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and was succeeded as king by Henry VII, who founded the Tudor dynasty.  After the death of Richard III, there were...

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The Brutal Death of Richard III

Posted by on Aug 25, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Richard III of course appears in The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, based on the well-known mystery of the Princes in the Tower. A forensic study on the bones of the monarch reveals that he died a brutal death at the hands of his enemies. Everyone knows that medieval warfare was a very violent and vicious business, but the report is still very enlightening. It also fits in with contemporary stories of the king’s death. To some degree it also fits with Shakespeare’s play. Although the playwright’s  account of the king and his...

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“The Doomsday Mask is a thrilling page-gripper of a mystery.”

Posted by on Aug 22, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Doomsday Mask The legendary crystal ceremonial mask of Kulkaan, high priest of Atlantis, was believed to have been endowed with incredible powers. In the ancient civilization’s destruction, the mask was thought to have been shattered and irretrievably lost, eventually being forgotten. Long considered to be a mere myth, the mask’s crystal fragments have now been found and the mask of Kulkaan reassembled, with deadly consequences for all mankind. In a desperate race against time, Josh and Erica must prevent the mask from falling intact...

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