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Book Signing at Chapters Crowfoot, September 9

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This Saturday, I’ll be at Chapters Crowfoot in Calgary from 11.30 to 5 pm. I’ll be signing copies of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, Future Imperfect, and Twisted Fate. Chapters is located at 66 Crowfoot Terrace NW in Calgary. Hope to see you...

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Writing for Children and Young Adults – Classes at Mount Royal University in October

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Writing for Children and Young Adults Evening classes at Mount Royal University in Calgary from October 4 to 25, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Explore the process of writing books for children and young adults aged 8 to 12. Focus on structure, character development and research, and their importance in your stories. Examine how to turn a creative story idea into a marketable, finished manuscript. Registration is available here at the Mount Royal University...

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An interview with Suzanne de Montigny

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

My guest today is author Suzanne de Montigny. Do you like historical romance? Crying and laughing? Then you’ll enjoy Suzanne’s latest novel, Fields of Gold Beneath Prairie Skies, based on a true story. Suzanne is also offering free downloads of one of her earlier novels at the end of the interview. Welcome Suzanne, so what’s your latest book about? Well, Simon, my blurb says it better than anything else. French-Canadian soldier, Napoleon, proposes to Lea during WWI, promising golden fields of wheat as far as the eye can see. After...

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People plotting: Creating unique characters – Part three

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A good exercise is to invent two characters based on pictures. Creating a facial description is relatively simple, although you also need to determine if the people are tall or short, their body type, approximate age, and so on. You then need to add as much information as possible about each person – personality, mannerisms, jobs, career path, friends and family, likes and dislikes, hopes and dreams, hobbies, pets, favourite foods and drinks, what part of the world they live in, the type of house they have or the car they drive, even...

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Writing for Publication – Saturday, October 21 at Mount Royal University

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Writing for Publication class takes place at Mount Royal University on Saturday, March 12, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Have you ever read a novel, short story or nonfiction article and thought, “I could have written that”? This workshop shows you where to find ideas and turn them into a marketable venture. Half the class is spent exploring novels, short stories and non-fiction projects from concept to draft, the other half discussing how the various markets operate. This class is ideal for novice writers wishing to write material for...

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Life Writing – Classes with Chinook Learning Services in October

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your life may not have changed the course of history, but it is important because it happened. If you don’t tell your story, who will? Learn a step-by-step approach to writing your memoirs. Receive tips beginning from how to start your story and find a focus to options for getting it printed. No previous writing experience needed. Adults of all ages welcome. The Life Writing course takes place from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm on October 10, 17, and 24. The class will be held at Central Memorial High School, 5111 – 21 Street SW. Register at...

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Writing for Children and Young Adults – Classes at Mount Royal University in October

Posted by on Sep 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Writing for Children and Young Adults Evening classes at Mount Royal University in Calgary from October 4 to 25, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm.  Explore the process of writing books for children and young adults aged 8 to 12. Focus on structure, character development and research, and their importance in your stories. Examine how to turn a creative story idea into a marketable, finished manuscript. Registration is available here at the Mount Royal University...

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People plotting: Creating unique characters – Part two

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The best writers create characters that you instantly feel that you’d recognize on the street if they came to life. So what kinds of things make us different? Everyone doesn’t like the same food and some are allergic to certain things. People are sometimes described as dog people or cat people but some might be neither or be allergic to dogs, cats, or both, affecting their choice of pets. We all have different likes and dislikes, or specific hopes and fears, things that help to determine our personality. People’s voices are often...

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People plotting: Creating unique characters – Part one

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Let’s imagine that you’ve thought of a great premise for a story and even crafted a general plot. You then need to develop some characters to inhabit the world you’re intending to create. So where do ideas for characters come from? How do successful authors invent people for their stories, those imaginary men, women, children, and even animals that are a perfect fit for the story? Let’s be honest, ideas for characters can come from just about anywhere – on the train, street, plane, TV, movies, pictures and photographs, historical...

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Book Signing at Indigo Signal Hill, August 26

Posted by on Aug 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This Saturday, I’ll be at Indigo at Signal Hill in Calgary from 11.30 am to 5 pm. I’ll be signing copies of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, Future Imperfect, and Twisted Fate. Indigo is located at 5570 Signal Hill Centre SW in Calgary. Hope to see you...

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