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January 24, 2015

 

 

I'm very excited to be teaching a 3-hour workshop at the University of Guelph Library on Thursday, February 19, 2015 called Finding Your Voice: A Fiction Workshop:

 

As readers, many of us have had the experience of being seduced by the voice of an electrifying writer. But what do we mean when we talk about “voice”? And how can emerging writers find theirs? In this interactive workshop, we will consider how writers adapt their voices to the needs of their story and its characters. Through close readings of selected texts, discussion, and hands-on writing exercises, we will examine the techniques wri...

January 17, 2015

I’m an impatient person, so the days when writing feels like holding a ketchup bottle upside down are especially difficult. I nap; I snack. It’s excruciating. People will tell you it’s important to write every day; equally important, I think, is knowing when to take a break.

 

With  that in mind, I sublet my apartment and went to Mexico for a month this winter, intending to do a little editing, a lot of relaxing, and absolutely no research or writing. I camped on white-sand beaches and in the middle of the jungle, hitched lifts in cars and in the back of pick-up trucks, watched the sun rise over the C...

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