I write today from my light-drenched office on the second floor of the Strathcona County Library, a beautiful facility in the heart of Sherwood Park, Alberta. Am I lucky, or what?
I’ve already received a number of manuscripts, and I’m busily reading and thinking about words, words, words.
This Saturday at SCL, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, I’ll be happy to personally welcome any potential scribes who wish to share their writing with me. I look forward to having a cuppa with y’all! Please don’t be shy about saying hello.
Just a few words about manuscript submissions. Being a writer is very much about following submission guidelines closely. Here are mine:
- submit a maximum fifteen pages of prose in a separate Word Doc – double spaced
- submit a maximum six pages of poetry – double spaced
- use margins as you would for a letter
- use a readable font size of 12 (e.g. Times or Helvetica)
- include page numbers
- include your name and the title of the piece on a cover page or running header
My hours are Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. You’re welcome to drop by, but it’s best to set up an appointment with me at email@example.com, as I may be busy working with other writers.
I’m also happy to just have a conversation with you about writing and all related topics. You don’t have to submit a manuscript to meet up with me.
And now for what I hope will be a regular feature:
Writing Quote: “Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” – Gene Fowler, American journalist and biographer (1890-1960)
Writing Tip: Don’t wait for the illusory muse of inspiration to arrive with a Hallelujah chorus. Sit yourself down. Open the book or the page and put your hand(s) to pen or keyboard and begin.
Writing Prompt: “They were identified by displaying a wisp of straw in their shoes.”
Have fun! There are no rules here. Treat this as an exercise or a beginning or a departure.