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Extraordinary People

On Saturday, March 30, I'll be presenting Extraordinary People: The Essential Qualities of Good Characters at this year's Creative Ink Festival. If you find yourself in the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre around 11:00 a.m., I'll be in the Firenze room and I invite you to join me. More specifically, I'll be talking about how most readers look for stories about interesting (and preferably unique) people doing fascinating things in the most surprising of ways they'll always remember (as opposed to stories about ordinary people doing ordinary things in the most ordinary ways they'll soon forget). This session examines the essential qualities of all good characters, giving you the tools to populate your fiction with compelling and memorable people both heroic and villainous (and everything in between). Hope to see you there.

Extraordinary People: The Essential Qualities of Good Characters

Camp NaNoWriMo

On March 26 at the North Vancouver District Public Library (from 6 - 7 p.m.), author Rae Knightly and I will be sharing writing prompts and advice for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo--a more laid-back, less intimidating version of many writers' Novembers. Pick any kind of writing goal you want and come for the motivation and encouragement. Adults, teens and tweens are welcome.

Camp NaNoWriMo

Drop in or call 604-987-4471 (ext. 8175) for more information.

Authors Among Us

Authors Among Us

On Thursday, March 14, I'll be in participating in a panel at the Ocean Park Library in Surrey along with Michelle Kim and Marta Styk. The panel, which will be moderated by Jennifer Wilson, is called Authors Among Us, and is an opportunity for people to meet some local authors, ask us questions, hear us read from our work, and maybe even pick up a signed copy of our books. The event is free, registration is now open, and, oh yeah--I'm told there'll be refreshments. Just click on the poster for details.

Lobby Night: Writing Effective Dialogue

Golden Ears Writers

Tuesday, February 19--I'll be at the ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge, British Columbia and I invite you to join me with Golden Ears Writers as we talk about the words your characters say. We'll also discuss how dialogue differs from real speech as well as share tips on how to use dialogue to effectively establish your characters and advance your plots.

For more details, check out the Facebook event.

This is an adult event, but mature teenagers with an interest in writing are welcome. No young children, please. No charge to attend.

All Hallows Story Night

All Hallows Story Night

On Tuesday, October 23, I'll be in Port Coquitlam at Western Sky Books for their All Hallows Story Night. If you're nearby (or within driving distance), I invite you to come out and listen to some adult-orientated spooky stories from Gisela Woldenga, Rob Tozer, KT Wagner, WL Hawkin, Madeline Ewanyshyn, Debra Purdy Kong, and Anton Von Stefan. Oh yeah, and me, too--but be warned, I won't be reading literary fiction, I've got a new grimdark story I'll be debuting that night.

Story Origins

On Monday, October 15, I'll be giving a presentation on Story Origins to the North Shore Writer's Association, and if you're in North Vancouver, I invite you to join us. Along with reading from my story collection, Rage, I'll also be talking about how to take that initial, surface inspiration and develop it into a deeper, more complex story that will capture and hold your reader’s attention.

Story Origins

All NSWA monthly meetings are held from 7 – 8:45 pm in the 3rd Floor Program Room of the North Vancouver City Library, 120 14th Street West, North Vancouver.

NSWA Members: free. Non-members by donation.