You’re always coming up with great ideas for stories. Your favourite things to buy are pens and journals and notebooks (forget clothes and groceries!). You know, deep inside, that you’re an author, and you have a story (or several) to tell. Sound familiar?
If so, you’re in luck! 15 Days of Fiction is a chance to learn more about the fundamentals of fiction (with an emphasis on FUN). For three weeks, you’ll receive an email from me every weekday that includes a lesson, a tip, and a unique creative writing prompt.
Inspiration and good ideas are definitely essential, but when you want to write good, compelling fiction, there is also craft involved – a lot of craft. Here’s just a taste of what we’ll cover:
- Moving from idea to story
- Deciding point of view
- Developing strong characters
- Bringing scenes to life
- Crafting believable dialogue
- Creating compelling conflict
We’ll also explore what draws you to writing, how to make time to write, and why your ideas matter. AND we’ll tackle the (often thorny) topic of commitment.
Have trouble making time for writing and following through on your good ideas? You’re not alone, and that’s why I’ve created a private community right on my website for you to connect with other writers taking this program, share your writing (if you choose!), and support each other.
During your 15 days of writing, you will:
- Learn and practise new skills
- Explore your writer’s voice and ideas
- Make new writing friends (what a bonus!)
- Gain confidence and expand your notion of what is possible
- Receive recommendations for resources to help light the path forward
What Do I Know?!
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and have been a professional writer for the last 15 years. As a writing mentor, I’ve worked with hundreds of writers, helping to fine-tune their craft while helping to inspire and motivate them to stay true to their ideas and dreams.
I’m a graduate of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program and the Humber School of Writers. My teachers have included Lynn Coady, Isabel Huggan, Sharon Butala, Shaena Lambert, Alistair MacLeod, Richard Cumyn, and Carol Bruneau. My short fiction has been published in The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, and The Fiddlehead, among others, and has placed or been shortlisted in regional and national writing contests.
I love writing fiction and I love teaching what I know.
What They're Saying
“Having completed Renée’s 9-Day Writing Challenge, I dove into the 15 Days of Fiction. What an incredible experience. The daily practice and challenging exercises, stretched me beyond my comfort zone. The sense of achievement is wonderful. Her courses are beautifully laid out and executed. The feedback from her and the participating writers is invaluable. Highly recommended.”
—Jane Gutman, retired Music School Director, Haifa, Israel
“I knew I wanted to write every day but for some reason, for a million little reasons, I didn’t. Thanks to Renée’s fiction course, I wrote every day for 15 days. Renée’s writings prompts are prefaced by thoughtful, inspiring reflections on the nature of creativity and of being human. Rich, inspiring reading that sparked creative energy that then propelled me onto the blank page. In the end, I have new work, and most important of all, I feel proud of myself. Also, grateful, surprised, and relieved because I know now I have the discipline to become the writer I want to be.”
—Jessica Marsh, Massage Therapist and Writer, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
“Renée is an absolute delight to work with. Her obvious enthusiasm and love for what she does shine through in every interaction. Her prompts got me writing in ways I hadn’t considered before, showing me that I was capable of more than I ever knew. Her genuine belief in my writing has helped me to build the confidence to keep moving forward on my path as a writer.”
—Erin Whiteley, Writer, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“Taking part in Renee’s 15-day fiction writing course is like having a
knowledgeable and encouraging friend show up every weekday morning to bring
you to your desk and guide you in another part of fiction writing. The writing
reflections and exercises are useful and presented in a friendly hands-on way. I recommend this course to anyone wanting to write fiction and needing a great jump start on the process.”