The manuscript of Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North will soon be with my editor at Dundurn, and between revisions and planning fabulous launch parties across Canada, I’ll be happily teaching a few courses at the U of A Faculty of Extension in early 2014. If you’re in the Edmonton area and interested, please register and c’mon out!
Writing for Magazines (Wednesdays from 5:30-8:30pm, Jan 22-Mar 5).
Learn how to write compelling nonfiction for hungry magazine markets. Topics we’ll address include: types of nonfiction; finding and developing ideas; form, organization, and first drafts; revision strategies and style. We’ll also discuss market research techniques, submission protocols, and ways to make editors take notice. Blogging and social media will be included as a brand-building tool as will best practices of good magazine/newspaper article-writing.
In-class writing exercises and some at-home reading will be required. Throughout the course, you will also be offered feedback towards the development of a publishable magazine story of your own.
*Very excited to be co-teaching this course with my friend and colleague, Caitlin Crawshaw!
Writer Promotion in the Digital Age (Sat. Feb 22 9:30am-4:30pm)
Gone are the days a writer can afford to work in isolation. Now, each author – whether with a traditional publisher or going “Indie” – faces pressure to be their own promoter, online and in real life. Learn to make the best use of precious time and money. Come away knowing: the difference between marketing and promotion; how to identify your promotional personality strengths and challenges; the most important online tools, and one “sin” to avoid for each. You’ll select an online and “analog” tool to immediately integrate into your promotional strategies.
I’m delighted to be “animating” Part II of tomorrow’s Edmonton Curiosities Bus Tour. Operated by the Edmonton Heritage Council, this new series brings folks around some cool sites and makes history come to life.
My bus time: Closing the Doors at Blatchford
After 85 years as an aviation hub for the Edmonton area, the Blatchford/City Centre Airport is brimming with stories about Edmonton’s place in wartime and Arctic aviation. On its closing day, aviation historian and author Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail will tell us the story of adventurous Arctic pilots and the airport’s connection with the Charles Camsell Hospital.
Should be lots of fun, and fulfil a dream of mine to be a tour guide!
I was so pleased when two of my poems were accepted for this anthology, and now it’s out “in the flesh’! Please come out and join us for a FREE evening of readings by Mill Woods contributors, and special musical stylings by Enochian. Other talented poets, writers, and raconteurs will also be performing during the open mic sets. And there will be the Koffee Kafe’s signature thai soup, curries, and wine specials on offer to warm your spirit and bring holiday cheer.
This event I’m coordinating is less than a week away!
It promises to be a great place to connect with other Edmontonians about the business, culture, and issues surrounding our city and its heritage. Hope you’ll join the conversation!
Here are just some of the folks who are panelists and presenters – don’t they look interesting??
For full speaker bios, panel descriptions and registration details, visit www.edmontonheritage.ca.
Remember to register by October 29th!
Ken Brown (above) & Don Hill (below)
Nicole Beart (above) & Marliss Weber (below)
This Thursday come to the Koffee Kafe in Mill Woods for a special edition of the Glass Door Coffee House I’m hosting.
Co-organized by the Mill Woods Artists Collective, LitFest, and the Creative Nonfiction Collective, this FREE event will be spectacular!
There will be door prizes, drink and food specials, and an open mic – so bring your dark and stormy night best!
- Singer/songwriter Rebecca Lappa
- Writer and artist Caitlin Crawshaw
- Myrl Coulter, author of The House with the Broken Two
- Globe and Mail feature writer and author of Working the Deadbeat, Sandra Martin