Discussion Guide

For those of you who find yourself in a book club talking about Rage, here are a few questions I'm presumptuous enough to suggest for you to discuss...

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Story Origins

"A master class for short-story enthusiasts." - Sarah Murdoch, The Toronto Star

I once had this awesome t-shirt with the words I make shit up stark across the chest. While that shirt is sadly long gone, I do prefer to write fiction and generally dismiss the "based on a true story" tagline as rhetorically dishonest. That being said, I will freely admit I don't create in a vacuum and many of my stories began with a kernel of truth--events which inspired me, shocked me, disgusted me, scared me, or pissed me off so much I found myself turning them into fiction. Below you'll find the origins of the stories appearing in Rage (well, as much as I can share in a spoiler-free context).


Axel and the Terrorflieger And Apparently, Cigarettes Deposition Relevance Mercy Manor Dal Segno al Fine Waiting for the Defibrillator to Charge Rage The Edmore Snyders A Flock of Crows is Called a Murder The High Alpinist's Survival Guide

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Upcoming Events

Reading: Friday Night Group Reading

Brenda Carre, Jo-Ann Carson, Dwayne Clayden, Chloe Cocking, Michele Fogal, Manny Frishberg, Tyner Gillies, Chadwick Ginther, C.C. Humphreys, Jim Jackson, JM Landels, Tod McCoy, John Mavin, Sylvia Taylor, KT Wagner, Krista Wallace, Brie Wells, and S.G Wong
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Presentation: How to Build a Story

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Panel: Best Advice I Ever Received

Adam Dreece, Brenda Carre, C.C. Humphreys, John Mavin, and Jonas Saul
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Panel: Great Dialogue Breathes Life into a Story

Brie Wells, Linda DeMeulemeester, Tyner Gillies, T. G. Shepherd, and John Mavin
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Workshop: Writing Effective Dialogue

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SFU Vancouver - Harbour Centre