Since the early days of the inception of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS), I’ve placed in four of six annual Atlantic Writing Competitions to which I had made submissions. In addition, while acquiring new skills and honing old ones over the years, I’ve participated in workshops presented by Kathy Lowinger, Deborah Ellis, Marthe Jocelyn, Frieda Wishinsky, Barbara Greenwood and the late Mollie Hunter. I’ve also attended a ten-week course–Writing for Children and Young Adults–led by Vicki Grant, an award-winning author of fiction for middle grade readers and young adults. In 2018, judges of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP)-sponsored Writing for Children Competition long-listed my story–Prince Nicolai and the Empty Box–from over 500 entries. It had previously been long-listed by judges of the Writing for Children Competition in 2012 (from among 900 entries), which at that time, had been organized by The Writer’s Union of Canada (TWUC.) Participating in these activities, I believe, has contributed to my continuing improvement as a writer.
If interested, follow the links to my topical pages: Emerging Writer CV, Biography, and On Writing. As well, my Manuscript Portfolio page provides links to excerpts from several titles. I hope you’ll enjoy the few writing samples provided, as well as Jennifer DesRoche’s whimsical illustrations accompanying Prince Nicolai and the Empty Box. Click here to contact me if you would like my current password for protected sites. (If you are an agent or editor, it may be found at the end of my query or cover letter, following my e-mail address and phone number.) Thanks for visiting!