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 create a private Facebook group for you to connect with other writers taking this program to share your writing 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.