News | 2021

2021 Reading List

I only completed reading 15 published books this year (with several I abandonned and chose not to finish). Not good. Not good at all. I'm in the longest reading slump I've every been in and hardly anything is holding my attention these days. However, of these 15, the book I enjoyed the most was Stephanie Galay's Evergreen. In fact, I liked Galay's story so much, it prompted me to write my very first Goodreads review.

Evergreen by Stephanie Galay

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How to Build a Story

On Saturday, September 25 (from 9:00 - 9:50 a.m., PST), I'll be presenting How to Build a Story at this year's online Wine Country Writers' Festival. My session (and in fact, all the Saturday workshops) is free to attend, but you must register as space is limited. If you'd like to learn how to build emotionally satisfying stories, I invite you to join us.

How to Build a Story

And if you'd like to know what you'll be getting into, here's the workshop description:

Good stories don't just happen, they're built, and as architects use blueprints, writers need sound structures to create effective emotional journeys for their readers. In this session, we'll explore the elements shared by all stories (from linear to unconventional), uncover the differences between plot and structure, and give you the tools to build emotionally satisfying stories again and again.

Mandy Eve-Barnett's Blog for Readers & Writers

A short while ago, I was interviewed by author, presenter, and blog-owner Mandy Eve-Barnett, where we discussed creativity, process, and inspiration (and a few other topics as well). Mandy is a prolific author who writes in a multitude of genres for both adults and children and I invite you to check out her work.

Radio Creative

Radio Creative

Jim Jackson has a new podcast called Radio Creative where he looks at ways to expand your natural creativity and tap into it when you want to in your life, work and art. Jim likes to think of this as a lunch break podcast--you've got enough time to get your food and listen, and be back doing what you need to be doing in under 30 minutes. If you'd like to check out our conversation (we talked about cutting out distractions to creativity, getting done what you need to get done, and giving yourself permission to be creative), I invite you to give it a listen (as well as all the other interviews he's posted--there's some really good stuff there from a bunch of cool and very creative people).

Just Joshing Episode 496

Joshua Pantalleresco was kind enough to invite me back to his Aurora-winning podcast Just Joshing (this time on video). If you'd like to check out our conversation (we talked about writing, creating video games, languages in storytelling, the importance of recess and much, much more), but would rather just have the audio, Josh has also posted it to Podomatic.

Just Joshing Podcast

Writing the Short Story (Times Two)

In February, I'll be presenting Writing the Short Story twice as part of the SFU Continuing Studies TWS Community Workshops series online via Zoom. If you'd like to participate in either session (from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on either February 21 or February 28--don't do both, the sessions will have the same content), I'm told registration is $25 (plus fees and taxes). I've also been told the remaining spots are almost gone, so if you'd like to join in (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 for the session which works best for you:

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 storytelling--without them you may have fiction, but you most certainly will not have a story. Through a combination of lecture, exercise, and discussion, this 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, and give you the tools to build emotionally satisfying stories again and again.