I’m a member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) and a “friend” of The Canadian Society for Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP). Since the inception of WFNS, I’ve placed in four of six annual Atlantic Writing Competitions to which I’ve made submissions. While acquiring new skills and honing old ones, I’ve participated in workshops presented by Kathy Lowinger, Deborah Ellis, Marthe Jocelyn, Frieda Wishinsky, Barbara Greenwood and the late Mollie Hunter. I also attended a ten week course—Writing for Children and Young Adults—taught by Vicki Grant, an award winning author of fiction for middle grade readers and young adults. One fall when I applied to be mentored by a WFNS professional, I was encouraged in my writing by making the short-list from among fifty-five applicants. And in 2012, one of my stories for children was long-listed from among eight-hundred and seventy entries by judges of the Writing for Children Competition of The Writer’s Union of Canada–a national association of professional writers. All of these activities, I believe, have contributed to my continuing improvement as a writer.
To get a sense of my personal background and writing interests, I’ve created subheadings where you may find what I call my “Emerging Writer CV”, my Bio, Writing Portfolio, Manuscripts Excerpts, and On Writing, my personal musings. Contact Information. (I often joke about the number of years I’ve spent “emerging”!) I hope you’ll enjoy the few writing samples I’ve included, as well as Jennifer DesRoche’s whimsical illustrations accompanying Prince Nicolai and the Empty Box. Contact me to request my current password for protected pages. Or if you are an agent or editor, I will have provided it in my query or cover letter. Thanks for visiting!