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2020 Reading List

According to my notes, I read 26 published books this year. Which, considering what kind of year 2020 was, I'm counting as a win. According to the math, I read a book every two weeks, but I will admit there was a three month stretch (March, April, and May) where I read absolutely nothing. I just couldn't get into it and I suspect I'm not alone in that regard. Of the books I did read, two stood out as exemplary for me at the time: Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody and Gateway by Frederik Pohl.

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody  Gateway by Frederik Pohl 

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My Twisted Writer Brain...

I met writer, author, columnist, and friend, Faye E. Arcand at the Creative Ink Festival in Burnaby a few years ago. An agented author, Faye also writes two blogs (Auntie Says and My Twisted Writer Brain...). Recently, she asked if I'd be willing to share about writing and being a writer, and of course, I said yes (I love talking about writing). Published in two parts, here's our interview (links below). Part One covers such topics as my experiences learning how to write, imposter syndrome, and my tricks for keeping motivated. Part Two focuses on my top five writing tips.

  • Part One (about my experiences and writing in general)
  • Part Two (my top 5 writing tips)

Q&A with Joshua Gillingham

I was lucky to meet author Joshua Gillingham at White Dwarf Books for a joint reading put on by Sebastien de Castell and Chris Humphreys. Sebastien was awesome, Chris was fantastic, and Joshua and I clicked. He's since released his first book, The Gatewatch (Book 1 of The Saga of Torin Ten-Trees), and is currently working on both the sequels to Torin's story as well as the phrasebook Old Norse for Modern Times (which, if you asked me, sounds pretty cool). So, when he asked to interview me for his blog, I said yes. We got into subjects ranging from what teaching creative writing brings to my practice as a writer to what drew me to speculative fiction and ended up with (perhaps most contentiously of all) my favourite book store. If you'd like to read what we had to say, I encourage you to check out Joshua's blog.

New Story: Resraint

Speculative North

I'm rather excited to announce I've got a new story in the current issue of Speculative North, a Canadian magazine dedicated to the celebration, promotion, and enjoyment of speculative literature in its various forms. Appearing alongside some exceptionally cool work from Franco Amati, Maureen Bowden, Victoria Feistner, M.X. Kelly, Erin Kirsh, Jeremiah Kleckner, Avra Margariti, and Brian Rappatta, "Restraint" is the story of a werewolf desperately trying to keep her shit together. If you read it--and I really hope you do--I feel it's only fair to warn you this story should be flagged with an ADULT CONTENT WARNING.

Online Workshop: How to Build a Story

On Saturday, September 19, I invite you to join me for the Royal City Literary Arts Society online workshop How to Build A Story, which runs from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Zoom. If you'd like to participate (and I do mean participate--this won't be a passive lecture), you'll have to register with the RCLAS at secretary@rclas.com (suggested donation is $5 for RCLAS members, $10 for non-members). I hope to see you there.

Royal City Literary Arts Society: How to Build a Story

TWS Community Workshop **** CANCELLED ****

UPDATE: I'm sure no one will be surprised to hear we've cancelled this workshop for the foreseeable future. When it's appropriate, we'll try to reschedule later. Take care, everyone.

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On Sunday, March 22, 2020, I'll be presenting Writing the Short Story as part of the SFU Continuing Studies TWS Community Workshops series. We'll be at SFU Vancouver - Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., and I'm told registration is $30 (plus fees and taxes). I've also been told seats are filling fast, so if you'd like to join us (being a member of The Writers' Studio is not required), I strongly encourage you not to wait until the last minute. To register, check out SFU's Eventbrite listing.

TWS Community Workshops: Writing the Short Story

If you'd like to know a little bit about the workshop before you sign up (something else I strongly encourage), here's the description:

Writing the Short Story
Desire, conflict, and choice are critical to good story telling--without them you may have fiction, but you most certainly will not have a story. Through a combination of lecture, in-class exercises, and discussion, this three-hour interactive workshop will show you how to weave these elements into your short stories as we explore the structural elements shared by all stories, uncover the differences between plot and structure, see how character drives story, and give you the tools you'll need to build emotionally satisfying stories again and again.