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When Words Collide

I spent this past weekend at Calgary’s When Words Collide Writing Conference. As always, it was inspiring, informative, exhausting and fun. Already, plans are underway for next year’s event. I’ve registered already. Three days of full programing for $45 is a price that can’t be beat.

WWC Contest panel

At When Words Collide next weekend I’ll be on a panel of judges for the conference’s annual short story contest. We’ll discuss the ten stories that made the finals and announce the winners. The panel takes place at the Carriage House Inn, Calgary, at 11:00 AM. Judging a writing contest was quite an experience. I [...]

Boomer Lit Panel

On Sunday, August 10, 3:00 PM I’ll be on a panel at When Words Collide writing conference titled Boomer Lit – An Overlooked Market – Romance, Mystery, and More. Boomers created the YA market when they swept through their teens. Today there are over 83 million baby boomers in North America. Here comes Boomer Lit. [...]

Boomer Lit

On Sunday, August 10, I’ll be sitting on a panel about Baby Boomer Literature at Calgary’s When Words Collide Writing Conference. In anticipation of the event, the panel moderator, Mahrie Glab Reid, invited me to write a guest blog post for her website. Mahrie gave my piece the catchy title: What if Trixie Beldon Turned [...]

A wedding, baseball and kindred spirit

I’m back from a terrific trip to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario. The highlight was my son’s wedding on June 13 in Toronto. The day was wonderful from start to finish and filled with memorable moments for a loving mom. After the wedding and associated festivities, Will and I spent time visiting friends in [...]

Pam’s book launch

On Saturday, I had the honour and joy of introducing my friend, Pamela McDowell, at the launch of her first fiction book, Ospreys in Danger, a picture book for children in grades 2-3. The story, based on a real event, features two plucky girls who save ospreys in Waterton National Park. Pam’s launch, approppriately, was [...]

Creative Non-Fiction conference

Here are a couple more photos taken at last weekend’s Creative Non-fiction Conference. I attended the pre- and post-conference events that were open to the public. Below, I am fiddling with my camera while author and educator Aretha Van Herk speaks at the statues of the Famous Five.

Calgary Crime Writers Meeting

Join us at the following event: Crime & Coffee with Crime Writers of Canada Thursday, May 15, 2014    7-9 PM Good Earth at Glenmore Landing 90th Ave and 14th St. SW Everyone welcome. If the weather’s good, look for us on the patio.

Literary Walk

A little drizzle didn’t diminish my enjoyment of Sunday’s Literary Walk of old Calgary hosted by the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society to wrap up their 10th anniversary conference weekend. Here’s writer Shaun Hunter talking about Calgary’s near-forgotten painter and author, William S. Bates, and his connection to the Grain Exchange Building (1909), now the home [...]

Arthur Ellis Short-List Announcement

Lots of fun, companionship and laughs at our Arthur Ellis Short-list announcement event at Owl’s Nest Bookstore on April 24th. A bonus was having one of our readers – Axel Howerton – make the short list for Best First Novel.

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