Spring/Summer Classes and Summer Camps

I just wrapped up a three-session online interactive workshop called Creating, Joining and Elevating Writing Groups for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. I’m so glad I got to work with this group of 12 writers from the province! There were novice writers up to multi-published ones, and we’d all had varied levels of experienceContinue reading “Spring/Summer Classes and Summer Camps”

Freddie the Flyer – Cover Reveal!

I’m so excited to share the cover of Freddie! It’s been really hard to wait to share this incredible marriage of Audrea Loreen-Wulf’s artistic rendering of the Western Arctic in winter – full of dreamy blues and Fred’s own childhood dreams of flying. And we get to do it on Fred’s 88th birthday! (Happy birthday,Continue reading “Freddie the Flyer – Cover Reveal!”

PD Series: Creating, Running, and Elevating Writing Groups

Excited to offer this virtually through the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia! Only 12 spots so we can be up close and interactive! Writing groups can encourage you, promote you, and really improve your craft—if they’re done well. Join this intimate, interactive, and inclusive three-session professional development series to learn best practices around creating orContinue reading “PD Series: Creating, Running, and Elevating Writing Groups”

Upcoming Building Community Zoom Session

This winter’s Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia Taking Care of Business is a super-sized crash course in the creative writing world, offering 6 professional development sessions for a single low price! Whether you attend just one session or all six, you’ll get tips for literary success from industry insiders and benefit from behind-the-scenes demystification ofContinue reading “Upcoming Building Community Zoom Session”

Alis the Aviator now available through Storytime Trail

I’m really excited that One World Schoolhouse Foundation selected Alis the Aviator as one of its STEM titles to feature in its new batch of Storytime Trails. Take your literacy lesson and students for a walk! Our interactive outdoor book walk program features 24 English and 3 French diverse stories by Canadian authors on essential issues. Support your CRRPContinue reading “Alis the Aviator now available through Storytime Trail”

Happy 100th Birthday, Warren Smith!

It was an absolute honour to work with Warren and his family in 2015-16 on what would become The Inventive Life of Warren Smith. We spent many beautiful afternoons pouring over photo albums, and eating the muffins I would bring for us to snack on. We recorded his experiences growing up in Edmonton, his strugglesContinue reading “Happy 100th Birthday, Warren Smith!”

My first picture book launches in 2019!

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Alis the Aviator: An ABC Aviation Adventure is coming out with Tundra Books in July 2019 (and is now available for pre-order)! I first drafted the main text in the summer of 2014 after a friend gave me an ABC airplane book for my (then) two-year-old son. ItContinue reading “My first picture book launches in 2019!”

Review: Mamaskatch

Mamaskatch was an utterly mesmerizing book told in a series of linked vignettes, like the stories the author grew up hearing from his mother. McLeod is honest about the incredibly complex life experiences he had growing up Cree in Alberta in small towns and big cities. He does not shy away from the difficulties heContinue reading “Review: Mamaskatch”