WGA’s Origin Conference begins Tomorrow!
WGA 2023 Conference ~ Origins: A Return to Networking, Publishing, Genre, and Craft
June 2 – 4, 2023
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Mavis’s Last Day
I was delighted to contribute to Chickadee Magazine (who didn’t read this magazine as a kid!?). Click here to listen to the audio version of “Mavis’s Last Day” (read by me!) 🥳🙌🏾
Listen to my story for Chickadee Magazine
I was delighted to contribute a story for Chickadee Magazine! Click here for the audio version (read by me!) 😊🙌🏾
Writing from Our Childhood Experiences
The little talked about key to writerly success
People have an idea (perhaps born of Hollywood movies?) that the key to a writer’s success is writing a great book. From there, life takes off.
While that’s a building block, I don’t think a writer’s network gets enough credit. Critique groups help us hone our writer’s voice and story. They help us learn how to take feedback and to parse which feedback works and which doesn’t.
But there’s also the writer’s social network – our friends and family who jump in to support and lift us up. Earlier this year, I had an opportunity to be a Writer in Residence for four international schools in Hanoi, Vietnam. This opportunity wouldn’t have been possible if not for family members who stepped in to help with the at-home duties.
So, today, I’d just like to give a shout out to our critique partners, family, friends, and all the people who help us to foster and grow our creative selves. Thank you!
📣Mentorship Alert! 📣
Vocal Prerogative – May 16 & 17 – Spoken Word Youth & Adult Choirs
To buy tickets or for more information, please visit here.
Great News for Tuna
Each year, the Toronto Public library releases “The List” their top 100 YA books for the year (reviewed and chosen by teen volunteer reviewers). I’m delighted that Tuna is a selection for 2023! For the full list, please head here.
Three-Week Masterclass with The Writers’ Community of Durham Region
To register of this class or for more information, please visit the WCDR page.
Registration is open
1717 – Writing for Children: Introduction
Course runs May 9th – June 27th, 4:30-7:00 PM (MDT). Classes run online. Please visit here to register and for more information.
About this Course
This course is the first step in the children’s writing stream of the Certificate in Creative Writing. You’ll explore the vibrant world of children’s literature, absorb basic literary technique and emerge with a draft of a picture book, story or opening chapter. You’ll meet a community of writers working in your genre and pick up advanced tips on writing picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels and young adult fiction. There will also be a primer on how to get published.
What You’ll Learn.
- Understand the structure and techniques of telling stories for children.
- Know trends and innovations in Canadian children’s literature.
- Understand the publishing process.
- Complete a draft of a picture book or early reader, or the opening chapter of a middle grade or young adult novel.