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When Words Collide Blue Pencil Cafe

Today, I’ll be appearing at the When Words Collide in Calgary literary festival at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary. When Words Collide brings together the literary community, both readers and writers, for a sharing of information, for learning, and to build a sense of community. Blue Pencil Cafe Children’s and Middle Grade – August 11 at 3 pm In this session aspiring writers are... read more

Time Travel: Not Just a Thing of The Past at When Words Collide

Today, I’ll be appearing at the When Words Collide in Calgary literary festival at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary. Historical Fiction for Middle Grade and Youth – August 10 at noon This panel explores how to educate and entertain through historical fiction for youth Time Travel: Not Just a Thing of the Past – August 10 at 3 pm My young adult novels The Alchemist’s Portrait, The... read more

Writing for Children and Young Adults and Writing Historical Fiction at When Words Collide

Today, I’ll be appearing at the When Words Collide in Calgary literary festival at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary, for two presentation and the Writers and Editors Speed Mingle Writing for Children and Young Adults – August 9 at 1 pm This session explores the art of writing for children and young adults. Explore research, planning, pacing your story, developing characters, connecting with the... read more

When Words Collide – August 9, 10, and 11

This weekend, I’ll be appearing at When Words Collide in Calgary. This exciting annual  literary festival embraces literature of all forms, including genre, and is held at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary. When Words Collide exists to provide an opportunity for the literary community, from readers to writers to publishers, to gather and share information and inspiration. With the belief that... read more

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

“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,... read more

What’s it all about? Sources of inspiration for the Shadowzone series

The Shadowzone series involves the discovery of a grim dystopian version of Earth that’s ruled by a totalitarian dictatorship called the Ministry, the threat of a deadly virus, and a race against time to save the lives of millions. Here’s a synopsis for each of the novels. Shadowzone  While watching intense flashes of lightning during a violent storm, Ben experiences mysterious and disturbing visions... read more

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

  “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... read more

What’s it all about? An excerpt from Where Do Ideas Come From?

  “The idea of creating a learning guide for young people’s books is truly inspired.”   Introduction Many of my novels can be used as the basis for workshops and projects in the classroom. The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, and The Heretic’s Tomb are all time travel stories and can be used as the basis for workshops in which students create time machines and... read more

Book Signing at Indigo Signal Hill, July 13

This Saturday, I’ll be at Indigo at Signal Hill in Calgary from 11.30 am to 5 pm. I’ll be signing copies of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, Twisted Fate, Parallel Destiny, and Future Imperfect. Indigo is located at 5570 Signal... read more

Trico’s Got Talent – July 8 to 12

This week I’ll be working as an instructor at the Trico’s Got Talent performing arts camp in Calgary, where children will experience their very own theatre production. In a dramatic and fun-filled week , children will learn how to write, rehearse and perform their own unique play in just five days. Children will create the plot, craft the script, write dialogue and hone their acting skills... read more

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