Pacing your novel


September 27, 2015 – I’m gearing up for teaching a Writers Studio at the Kingston WritersFest, a workshop on “pace.” How important is forward movement in a character-driven novel, and how do we avoid a sense of stasis in novels that value language, emotion, and psychological truth more than external action?  Still a few spots open for this workshop. You can register here.

Hello Sunshine Coast

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9 September 2015 — 8 PM in the Doris Crowston Gallery, Sechelt BC. 

I’m so looking forward to talking about The Opening Sky at a reading in the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in early fall. What a treat to have a chance to visit that beautiful part of the world again, and to re-connect with the  wonderful people I met at the Sunshine Coast Festival in 2010.

Jane Urquhart in Winnipeg

22 May 2015 – The Winnipeg International Writers Festival and McNally Robinson– and all Manitoba readers — are delighted to welcome Jane Urquhart to Winnipeg next week, where she will be reading from The Night Stages. I’m looking forward to hosting the event, and to having an on-stage conversation with Jane about this wonderful new novel. All are welcome. You can find further details here.

Incite, Vancouver

20 May 2015 — I’ll be sharing the stage at the Central Library in Vancouver with two of my literary heroes, Guy Vanderhaeghe and Mark Anthony Jarman. This is the last event of the season for Incite, a wonderful series exploring books and ideas and hosted by the Vancouver Writers Fest and the Vancouver Public Libraries. Check here for details.