Story Masters Toronto Workshop – Chris Vogler

Origins are very important – that’s where we come from, where we get our inspiration, the beginnings of our path. He’s known as a ‘structure guy’ – he can look at a story and see through to the bovines – almost like a chiropractor who can see what’s out of alignment....

Back in Business

It's been a long few months since I decided to do an author's website refresh. But here I am with a new look and new energy. I've been to the wilderness and have returned, energized! My thanks to Carly Ottaway, freelance writer and brand specialist....

Time to renew…

Kaboom! I can't believe how many years I've been using the same layout for my website. It's time for a change, so I'm getting out the safety equipment and firing up the jackhammer so that I can rebuild. I want a clean, fresh look. I'm going to post more of my own...

The Wisdom of Alan Watts

... an interesting take on a philosopher mentioned by Jane Friedman in her recent Toronto Romance Writers' workshop. The gaspy speaker with the selfie stick is not Alan Watts (1915-1973), but his energetic replay of Watts' words is powerful enough. Watts was a British...

A Blog Worth Reading – Diana Cranstoun

Diana is one of my favourite people and a member of our electronic women's writing group, Ladies of Letters. We met again this summer at Calgary's When Words Collide Reader/Writer conference and shared an afternoon coffee, a long walk and longer talk on a bench in the...

2016 WWC – Sensuality

The members of this full-house panel of authors included: Lori Whyte, Nola Sarina, Jessica L. Jackson, Brandy Ackerly. Their advice was witty and on point. There have to be connections between emotional and sexual elements – how do you get from one type of connection...

Notes from 2016 WWC – Heroines

Panel Members: Lori Whyte, Jessica L. Jackson, Victoria Curran, Melanie Stanford In contemporary novels, there is no Snidely Whiplash and Dudley Do-Right saving little Nell. Today’s characters (male and female) have evolved from the past to become more independent and...

When Words Collide 2016 – Branding: Steena Holmes

Who are you? That's not an existential question but an essential one when you're an author trying to be heard amidst the 'noise' that is the Internet. When you're fighting for a foothold in the overcrowded publishing universe. Pick me, pick me! Steena's presentation...

2016 When Words Collide

Oh, boy, I've been waiting all year for this. When Words Collide, a mega celebration of all things writing and readerly, starts on Friday morning with Master Classes. I cannot wait until the gong sounds. Here's a link to the agenda. The price is so damned reasonable -...