Literary festivals and presentations

A dynamic and accomplished speaker, I support new writers by delivering presentations at literary conferences, teachers’ in-service day and creative writing events. Topics have included

  • Creating characters for young and very young readers
  • Cultivating story ideas
  • Details and exploding the moment
  • How to write a series
  • Understanding types of conflict
  • Engaging reluctant readers and writers
  • Writing habits, time management and you
  • Creating your literary archive

Selected engagements

  • Association of Teachers of English of Nova Scotia Conference (Nova Scotia)
  • Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators and Performers Annual Conference (Ontario)
  • Frye Festival, New Brunswick
  • Grande Prairie Children’s Literature Roundtable (Alberta)
  • International Reading Association Annual Conference (Ontario)
  • Lethbridge Children’s Literature Roundtable (Alberta)
  • MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference (Ontario)
  • Mount Saint Vincent University (Nova Scotia)
  • Nocturne: Art at Night,  Halifax (Nova Scotia)
  • Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Nova Scotia)
  • Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia)
  • Word on the Street, Halifax (Nova Scotia)


I am a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre; CANSCAIP, the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and am an alumnus of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.