June 16, 2013

Write! Canada ImageWhat a great experience!

Many thanks to the faculty and staff for making it such a profitable and encouraging time! A special thanks to Denise Rumble, the managing director, and Jayne Self and Lois Rooney-Giurin, who head up the conference.

The theme this year was Live and Breathe the Written Word. Being a conference for Christian writers, this theme had a dual meaning. We are to “breathe in” the Scriptures and, in turn, live them out. As writers, we are to breathe in inspiration for our writing and breathe out words that encourage and build up our readers.

I attended Bev Boissery’s continuing class, “Create, Populate, and Plotulate.” Participants learned much about setting, character and plot development. I’ll never look at the nursery rhyme “Jack and Jill” the same again . . . and I just may have the beginnings of a children’s book. Thanks, Bev!

Karen Ball . . . what a great lady and fantastic instructor! Who would have thought I could learn so much about romance writing in two hours?

Jane Friedman and Dennis Hassell were the two keynote speakers I had the privilege of hearing. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend Carolyn Weber’s address. Her book Surprised by Oxford sold out quickly, even before she spoke.

It was wonderful to reconnect with “old” friends, make some new ones, and network with others in the writing industry.

I also want to say a special thank you to Lisa Hall-Wilson, Facebook guru, skilled writer, and great friend. I learned a lot about creating a Facebook page from your workshop . . . and I promise to read the stack of lessons from your online course before our writers’ group next week.

ROW LogoAnd now for my ROW80 check-in . . .

Since finishing my temporary position as church administrator, I’ve had to make myself get busy. There were no deadlines hanging overhead and sometimes I do better if there are.

This week . . . well, let’s just say that isn’t a problem.


The night before I left for the conference, I was approached about another step-by-step job, helping a budding author get her book from idea to print-ready. We will be talking tonight.

I was also asked to take on a proofreading job that needs to be completed in the next two weeks. This is one of those assignments when I must slow right down – to catch even the smallest mistake – but do it in a hurry. I’m actually looking forward to the challenge.

I was also asked to write a monthly guest post for Kimberley Payne. Thanks, my friend. I am honoured.


I co-wrote a book with Paralympian Deb Willows. It is due out later this year or early next. I discussed details with the publisher at the conference. I will be re-reading – and perhaps, tweaking – it over the next month to make sure it’s the best it can be. (Is it OK to be giddy about seeing it in print? I s’pose so, huh?)

I should be finished transcribing and editing Mike’s newsletters by the end of the month. I will then do a re-read and make sure his manuscript is ready for printing.

After the conference, Pirkko and I had dinner and discussed her second chapter. She learned a lot from the instructors at Write! Canada and is looking forward to putting it into practice.

I would like to submit more of my writing. The two new market guides I picked up should help in that area. (I bought a total of eight books and ordered three others . . . ‘cuz you can never have enough books. To use the dreaded cliche . . . that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

Of course, I have goals in other areas, but that will do for now.

Besides, I should soon be getting ready for the post-conference leadership meeting. I do so little compared to the others on the team, but I am honoured to be included. The Word Guild is made up of a great group of people. Trust me. I know these things.

Happy Writing and Happy Monday (or whichever day you happen to be reading this)

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