Category: authors

Awesome Authors 2019

It’s time for all the young writers in Ottawa to get their awesome on! The Ottawa Public Library wants you¬†to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write a poem, short story, or comic (or all three!) to enter into the OPL’s…

Writing Spaces

My tiny home office was featured in this week’s “Writing Spaces,” a regular blog post from The New Quarterly. This is a fabulous weekly feature from TNQ that offers a peek into the working spaces of each issue’s writers, along with inspiring anecdotes and…

The Art of Story: SCBWI Canada East Conference

I always look forward to my regional SCBWI conference. This year it’s especially exciting because I’ll be giving a workshop myself. My topic: revision. I used to dread revisions. I loved drafting; I loved polishing; but I loathed the grunt work in between the…

The Squirrels are Coming!

Wonderful news: When the Squirrels Stole my Sister, my upcoming picture book with Fitzhenry & Whiteside, is going to be illustrated by Patricia Storms. ūüôā Patricia is an accomplished author/illustrator well-known in the Canadian kidlit scene. Her illustrations range from super-adorable to just-a-little-creepy (intentionally…

My Latest Story (Not for Children)

My latest short story, “Mr. Boots,” has just come out in the Summer 2017 issue of The Fiddlehead. (Yes, that’s me peeking inside the magazine at left, and yes, I could use some eye drops and a mascara wand. What can I say? I’ve…

A Celebration of Reading

My home town, Gatineau, is one of this year’s hosts of Canada’s largest festival of reading. We’re an official “Reading Town” this month, with events and presentations¬†that come to a close tomorrow. It’s all part of the National Reading Campaign’s mission to make reading…

Oh my Goodreads!

The Goodreads folk are awfully good at keeping in touch. They send me monthly updates, alert me when a favourite author publishes a new book,¬†advise me on¬†how¬†to generate reader interest in my own books, and notify me whenever someone likes one of my reviews….

SCBWI Spring Conference in Ottawa

There are still a few spaces left for¬†Ottawa’s¬†SCBWI Art of Story Conference¬†scheduled for the end of the month. For¬†two days,¬†guest¬†speakers will¬†offer¬†workshops and presentations to everyone¬†interested in writing or illustrating children’s books, from aspiring picture book illustrators to established YA novelists. There’s something for every…

Ottawa’s Awesome Authors Contest

‘Tis¬†the season for the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Author Contest! Local¬†writers aged 9-17 have a couple of months to shine up¬†their best poems and stories for¬†the 2016 competition. If your work is already shiny, you can enter it right now. If you want some…

Thank you, BookFest!

It was a pleasure to be part of the 29th annual Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival this year. I¬†met hundreds of young readers at schools and libraries in the Nanaimo area¬†during a week-long author tour that culminated in¬†BookFest on May 2nd: a day-long celebration…

Wonderful Workshops

Thank you to the 150 students from grades 4-8 who participated in¬†my writing workshops this week at the MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference in Ottawa. What a blast! I was so inspired by your¬†stories, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to share. Even the…

MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference

Next week I’ll be¬†a¬†guest author at the¬†annual MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference, which runs from April 21-23 in Ottawa, Ontario. Students in¬†grades 4-8 from eastern Ontario and western Quebec will be bussed and driven to the Canadian Aviation Museum to attend the Conference…

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