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Ten Tips to Help Aspiring Writers Stretch Their Fiction

Originally posted on Chris Bohjalian's Idyll Banter:
I’m asked on occasion what advice I might offer aspiring writers. Here are ten random suggesstions — the last a reference to the fact I was told by a creative writing professor when I was in college that I should become a banker. 1) Don’t merely write…

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A Town Legacy

In the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve, I give you a ghost story. About a decade ago, this tale won a ghost story competition at Trent University and was published in the Peterborough newspaper. Inspired by a tour of Owens-Thomas House, an antebellum mansion in Savannah, Georgia, the story refers to “Haint Blue” which is a blue… Continue reading A Town Legacy

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Farley Mowat: A Glimpse

Back in the early 70s, I worked at McClelland & Stewart Limited. It was a glorious time at M & S. Jack McClelland was at the helm. He could boast a list of iconic authors: Alice Munro. Margaret Laurence. Robertson Davies. W. O. Mitchell. Pierre Berton. Mordecai Richler. Margaret Atwood. And many, many other great… Continue reading Farley Mowat: A Glimpse

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More than Money: The value of conferences, workshops and networking

When I ask colleague writers if they plan to attend an upcoming writers’ workshop or conference, I’m sometimes surprised by the answers. “I don’t have time.” “I don’t have the money.” “I don’t read the kind of stuff those guys write.” Disclaimer here: I teach writing workshops and organize writing retreats through Writescape. I will… Continue reading More than Money: The value of conferences, workshops and networking

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On Visiting Book Clubs

I recently read a Facebook post by an author I quite like about being told at a book club that her main character was “stupid.” She also noted that it is probably a good reason for not writing autobiographical fiction. There were a lot of supportive comments posted in response and some general good cheer… Continue reading On Visiting Book Clubs