A dynamic and accomplished speaker, I am considered to be an expert on writing for boys. I offer presentations and writing workshops for adults and for children on the following topics:
- Creating characters for young male readers
- Details and exploding the moment
- Types of conflict
- Cultivating story ideas
- How to write a series
- Location, location: why setting matters
- Writing habits, time management and you
My availability for tailored presentations and workshops can be discussed by contacting me.
I have presented across Canada and in the United States, including the International Readers’ Association conference, the annual conference for the Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators and Performers, and the annual conference for the Association of Teachers of English of Nova Scotia. I have taught writing workshops in partnership with the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and for the MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference (Ottawa). In addition, I have served as a judge for many national and Atlantic Canadian writing competitions.
I am a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre; CANSCAIP, the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia,.and am an alumnus of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. For more information, read my really short bio.