Surrounded by more than one hundred like-minded individuals, captured by the air of excitement, I attended the 11th Word on the Lake Writers Festival. The line-up of presenters was impressive, the workshops, and panel discussions informative.
Writing is a solitary endeavor. When I feel stuck or low on energy, my solution is to take pen and […]
Writing in any genre is never just cerebral. We draw deeply from experience and emotion. But, I have to say that writing a memoir really scrapes to the bone. This isn’t a bad thing. If anything, the process is intriguing.
Like time travel, you meet yourself at different stages, getting into your […]
This Friday kicks off WORD ON THE LAKE, A Festival for Readers and Writers. It’s a weekend of writing workshops, readings and presentations, in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. In its tenth year, the festival has been well received.
Word on the Lake celebrates the scope of the written and spoken word, and the spoken word […]
Consider using photographs or paintings to write a scene. Choose something that evokes a specific feeling for you, and write a few paragraphs. I chose this painting of the flicker at dusk. For me, I feel a sense of peace, settling in, thoughtfulness. What do you hear? What does the air smell like?
Looking through […]
The Enderby Arts Council has asked me to do a presentation about The Solstice Conspiracy. I’ve been giving thought about to how to proceed. If you find yourself giving a presentation, launching your new book, or speaking on a specific subject, these suggestions might be helpful.
Please note that I’m making this up as I […]
“Night Owl” is a 5×7 entry for “Gems of the Shuswap” at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery beginning on August 4th. Painting so small has been an interesting challenge. It has inspired a whole new direction of creativity using various mediums.
I think it’s valuable in any creative endeavor, writing, painting, music etc to challenge […]