Delighted…to say the least!


Writer-in-ResidenceI 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, 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.

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