I’m a member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS), and an associate member 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 taught by Vicki Grant, an award-winning author of fiction for middle grade readers and young adults. The only time I applied for the mentorship program of the WFNS, I was happy to be short-listed from among fifty-five applicants. And in 2012, judges of the Writing for Children Competition of The Writer’s Union of Canada (a national association of professional writers) long-listed one of my stories for children from among eight-hundred and seventy entries. 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 topical pages that might interest you: Emerging Writer CV, A Short Biography, and On Writing. (I often joke about the number of years I’ve spent “emerging”!) I’ve created sub-headings for individual titles for which I’ve provided brief manuscript excerpts. I hope you’ll enjoy the few writing samples I’ve included there, 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!