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 [...]
I’ve been asked to give a workshop about the first step to publishing. In order to publish a quality book, editing is key. After your own edits and re-writes, it’s important for a professional to edit your book. By doing the initial edits and read- throughs yourself, you’ll save your editor time and yourself a [...]
Writing a short story can be highly engrossing. Your creative processes are engaged. The end result is positively speedy compared to writing a novel. If you are writing a novel, shifting your focus to a short story can be energizing. You’ll find yourself feeling fresh when you return to the novel, as if returning from [...]
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 [...]
I’m a bit of an odd duck, or maybe just sensitive. When I read a book or watch a film, I’m always looking for something uplifting. Stories are at the core of our development as humans. And story telling is the most ancient form of learning.
It’s in our nature to want our protagonist to [...]
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 [...]