Don’t Miss the Chance to Meet 8 of Edmonton’s 11 WIRs!

For those of you who may not know it, Edmonton (and area) has an embarrassment of riches in the form of ELEVEN writers in residence.  And so to celebrate and collaborate and to share our words in convivial fashion, Fred Stenson and I invite you to this event featuring eight of the WIRs (presented by YouthWrite®):

writers-in-residence-webAn Evening with Edmonton’s Writers in Residence!                                         Monday, November 30th from 7 pm – 10 pm                                               Yellowhead Brewery – 10229 105 Street  

Visit to RSVP to this invitation.                                                                       

Join Fred Stenson (U of A Writer in Residence) and Gail Sidonie Sobat (Metro Edmonton Federation of LIbraries Writer in Residence) as they host an evening of readings from Edmonton’s incredible array of writers in residence! Listen to and learn from Fred and Gail and these other fine experts:
Elizabeth Withey – EPL Writer in Residence
Steven Ross Smith – CAA Writer in Residence
Kimmy Beach – forthcoming CAA Coach in Residence
Suzanne Harris – CAA Coach in Residence
Nicole Moeller – Workshop West’s Playwright in Residence
Theodore Fox – Latitude 53 Gallery Writer in Residence

Cash Bar – featuring Yellowhead’s fantastic brews ($6.25 pints, $6.25 hi balls, $7.25 red/white wine, $2 pop/juice)

$2 From every beer goes to YouthWrite!


This week’s great un-/ undersung CanLit title worth checking out:

AfterallLee Kvern  At a dinner party, Beth—36, single, and working overtime—impulsively announces that she’s going to spend a night on Vancouver’s mean streets in commiseration of the homeless. Unexpectedly, her hosts’ son Mason whispers in his mother’s ear that he wants to go with her. Mason’s parents, good limousine liberals that they are, reluctantly allow him to go. Disaster, of course, ensues. “Lee Kvern’s spirited, funny and poignant first novella Afterall takes us for one night into the plush world of Vancouver’s Kitsilano in a kind of literary equivalent of Martin Scorsese’s Soho nightmare film, After Hours.” – VueWeekly

Writing Quote: ““The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
Philip Roth, American novelist (b. 1933)

Writing Tips:  “Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”—Virginia Woolf

Writing Prompt: “I remember my own childhood vividly…I knew terrible things.  But I knew I mustn’t let adults know I knew them.  It would scare them.” – Maurice Sendak   Consider this statement and Virginia Woolf’s writing tip (above), and respond.

Local comic book creativity a novel idea

By Trent Wilkie, Sherwood Park News
Monday, June 17, 2013

One of the perks of being a community journalist is that you get to meet people who, like yourself, are doing things because they love to.

It isn’t like people doing things they love is a rarity, but every once in a while an opportunity to work with like-minded people rears its head.

Such an occasion has happened recently with the Strathcona County Library, its writer in residence and a local comic book illustrator whose business attire is “cowboy casual.”

Sally Neal, the communications assistant at the library, and writer in residence Natasha Dean have constructed an idea where a local writer, namely me, and a local artist, namely Daniel Schneider of Smashed Head, combine our wiles in creating a comic book that is relevant to the community.

Read the full article here.

Let the Fun Begin!!

Friday was the first official meeting to launch the comic book project with Strathcona Library! I’m so excited to be working with Sally (librarian), Trent Wilkie (Journalist Extraordinaire), & Dan Schneider (Amazing Illustrator) as we develop our comic book, A Cowgirl Named Boy.

Stay tuned for updates & keep Halloween open for our grand launch!

SCL Comic Book

L to R: Trent, Dan, Sally, and Natasha

RWiR Project Check-In

© Cossac | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

© Cossac | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

We’re officially into the second quarter of the RWiR term & I thought it would be a great time to do a check in regarding my project: the ’70s mystery.

The goal is to have the book done by the end of the year and to make it easier for myself, I’ve broken the story into steps. In the past three months this is what I’ve done:

1) Figured out the story question.

That was easy enough: someone is killing Santa Clause.

2) Who will answer the question?

Jillian Jackson, reporter at an Edmonton newspaper (still debating the name of the paper).

3) What are her strengths?

She’s a go-getter, resourceful, stubborn…of course, these are also her weaknesses and will surely get her in trouble.

4) Who is her foil/antagonists?

I actually have three: Lucius Fontane, the detective in charge of the investigation, Don Ken a rival reporter, and of course, the murderer.

In her personal life, her antagonists are her family, who don’t understand the emphasis she puts on her job.

5) Who is her support?

Lucius (of course), Carole the receptionist, Roy her co-reporter, Vince the sports guy, Marge the arts & crafts lady, & Jean the food critic.

6) What is the plot?

I have the big points figured out…the investigation, how she embeds herself in it, the highs & lows, and the big showdown…I think some will be subject to change, though, as I get to know her better.

So, the big things are done, now: story question, plot, characters…now comes the fun part: writing.

I’m about 19,000 words in (and aiming for 50,000–though I suspect it might be a bit longer).