Today's short and sweet writing tip comes to us from 2010 presenter Joanna Bourne (thanks, Jo!), who offers a quotation:
Plot will get you through times with no prose better than prose will get you through times with no plot. James Macdonald
Share your thoughts about prose versus plot in the comments thread below.
Terrific SiWC board meeting last night. A little SiWC tidbit for you: Did you know that SiWC is run mostly by volunteers? They're an amazing bunch and give a huge amount of time and energy to make SiWC what it is.
On the way home in the car after the meeting, I was switching radio stations, looking for something I felt like listening to, and I happened across an interview with one of the actors from a brand new movie that's connected to one of our presenters this year. So instead of reaching in my hat for a name to bring you today, I decided to take my cue from that interview and introduce you to Luke Ryan.
Luke Ryan is the Senior Vice President of Production at MGM.
He arrived in Hollywood in 2000 and has had a diverse career,...
A quick post here, just to let those in the Vancouver area into a great opportunity. Long-time friend of SiWC [presenter, contest judge] James McCann is offering a workshop for adults who are interested in writing for kids and teens. You can read my blog post about it HERE or go straight to the source at James's blog HERE and find out more. The date is April 18th and class space is limited, so sign up soon!
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Happy Tuesday to you.
To celebrate the beautiful sunshine coming in my windows right this minute (quickly, before it turns to pouring rain again!), I'm bringing you another of our 2010 presenters.
Agent Sally Harding will be returning to SiWC this October. We're so pleased to have her.
Sally Harding moved to Canada in 2001 after eight years in sales and marketing, editing, and bookselling in New Zealand and Australia. She began her career as a literary agent shortly after her arrival in Vancouver, and in 2005 started her own agency, The Harding Agency. The fledgling agency’s rapid growth led to the merger with Toronto-based The Cooke Agency in 2007.
She has always read widely, and that is reflected in the range of genres...
I reached into my hat again this morning and pulled out another name to share with you. (This is so exciting. I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am!)
This time, I'm going to introduce you to one of our brand new author presenters.
I first met this particular author online several years ago, and have continued to be impressed by her practical, well-thought-out, clear writing advice. She's terrific.
Meet Joanna Bourne.
Joanna Bourne is the author of four Historical Romances based on Napoleonic War-era espionage. Forbidden Rose, her most recent work, will be available in June 2010 from Berkley/Penguin. Spymaster's Lady was an American Library Association RUSA genre top choice and My Lord and Spymaster...
At SiWC, we never charge you for pitch appointments. They're included in our registration fees. You can line up for extra appointments at the conference itself, but when you register, you get to sign up for one (and one Blue Pencil, of course!) right then. No line-ups, no waiting, just a solid appointment with whatever agent you'd like to meet who has appointments available.
A little insider tip: if today's presenter is on your agent wish list, register early. His appointment slots fill up fast!
Meet Donald Maass.
A literary agent in New York, Donald Maass’s agency sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas. He is the author of The Career Novelist (1996), Writing the Breakout Novel (...
Always fun to see who won...and WAY more fun when a past winner of our contest makes the grade.
HUGE congratulations to Elissa van Struth for placing with her English-language short story DOWN TO THE ROOTS.[Elissa was the winner of our 2008 Storyteller's Award with her unforgettable story MALL GIRL].
Full list of winners is HERE .
In other CanLit news, you might care to check out my blog post today on the status of s/f writer Peter Watts's conviction. A fascinating and frightening story. Post is HERE.
Time to introduce you to another brand new presenter, this time a Canadian who's part of the growing group of writers I know who avoid the dreaded effects of working at a desk all day by NOT working at a desk all day. Or at least not sitting at one. How do you write a book without sitting? I'll come back to that.
But first, meet ARTHUR SLADE.
Arthur Slade was raised in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchewan and began writing at an early age. He received an English Honours degree from the University of Saskatchewan, spent several years writing advertising and now writes fiction full time. He is the author of the Canadian Chills series of books, Dust (which won the Governor General's award), Jolted...
Welcome to the first installment of our BRAND NEW blog feature.
From time to time, we'll be bringing you writing tidbits, suggestions, advice, and ideas from past and present presenters and other friends of the conference.
We'd love to hear your thoughts as we go along. Add your comments, and feel free to start writing-related conversations with other commenters right here in the blog comments.
Our first tip comes from Michael Slade:
SLADE'S RULE: LIVE YOUR FICTION. With a handheld recorder and a notebook, get out in the real world and act out your story. You'll gather many more details than your imagination will conceive, and your story will "suspend disbelief" because it's grounded in reality. For RED SNOW, Slade acted out the plot at...
Today's presenter is brand new to our SiWC family, and we're very pleased to have him with us.
Say hello to Jay Lake.
Jay lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works on numerous writing and editing projects. His 2010 books are Pinion from Tor Books, The Baby Killers from PS Publishing, and The Sky That Wraps from Subterranean Press. His short fiction appears regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. Jay is a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and a multiple nominee for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.
Jay maintains a regular blog on his website at www.jlake.com.