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Pitching Your Work in Person

We tend to focus a lot on the query letter side of pitching, but tonight Crystal and I are teaching a workshop for SCBWI West on pitching your work to an editor or agent in person. We thought it was especially appropriate since many writers we know are gearing up for the Surrey International Writers’ […]

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Robert McKee

I attended Robert McKee’s┬áStory┬áseminar quite a few years ago and wrote the following article based on my impressions a few days later. I stumbled across the article in my files recently after not reading it since first typing it out. It’s a little unrefined, but I still like the premise. Robert McKee may be the […]

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McKee Article

I’ve added a new section to the site called Articles. My intent is to post a combination of random pieces I’ve written over the years as well as any reader-contributed pieces that are too long to serve as blog posts. The first piece is about Robert McKee’s Story seminar. I’m very curious to see what […]

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As anyone who has taken my workshops will tell you, I’m a fiend for outlining. I think it’s a combination of my personality and the fact that Robert McKee is one of the strongest influences on me as a writer and editor. Whatever the reason, the fact is that I seldom start any kind of […]

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What Not to Write

A solid percentage of the people I meet at conferences and workshops seem to working in the speculative fiction genre (aka fantasy or sci-fi). While the genre does offer some great storytelling opportunities, it is also pretty easy to fall into cliche. I stumbled onto a list of Stories We’ve Seen Too Often on the […]

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Standard Manuscript Formatting

One of the questions that came up a few times at the Calgary Conference was exactly how to format a manuscript you intend to submit to a publisher. My short answer was “as little as possible” but you can find a more detailed description here. Some of the suggestions are a little bit old-school, but […]

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Calgary was Great!

Just got back from a quick trip to Calgary where Crystal and I taught a two-day conference on the craft of writing and getting published for SCBWI. Apparently that was the first conference held by the Society in Calgary and it was an honour to be part of it. We met lots of fun, enthusiastic […]

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Going Strong

Still struggling with the regular blog posts, but life is otherwise pretty smooth. My novel is coming along at the rate of a few pages a day. I’m balancing my writing time between getting words on the page and continuing to revise the outline. My friend Dave attended the Screenwriter’s Summit and we’ve had a […]

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