The first class of my new novel course, Novel Writing I: How to Start Writing Your Novel, was held last night at George Brown College.
Novel Writing I is a change for me. I usually teach Novel Writing II, a more advanced level, but I’m filling in for instructor Rob Brunet this semester. Every Tuesday evening until the end of March, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at George Brown’s St. James Campus, 200 King Street East, Toronto.
The current class is a small one, which will give us plenty of opportunity to critique writers’ works-in-progress over the next 11 weeks. Students should be well into their novels by the end of the course, and ready to hit the ground running in Novel II.
The first class has come and gone, but it’s not too late to register. You can sign up online here. You’ll see that Rob Brunet is listed as the instructor, but pay that no mind. I’ll be manning the ship through March 26.
And check out Novel Writing II, which runs Tuesdays April 9 through June 25.
“I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, ‘Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!'”
— Clement Clarke Moore
Interviewed by Donna Carrick of Carrick Publishing on Dead to Writes today!
And Donna reads from my story “Antonia” in World Enough and Crime.
Thank you, Donna!
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SAFE HARBOR, the first book of my Pat Tierney mystery series WITH A BRAND NEW COVER, is only 99¢ — and that’s Canadian — on Amazon today.
Check it out here!
The Mesdames of Mayhem are holding their second short story contest for unpublished Canadian crime fiction writers. The winning story will be published in the Mesdames’ fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen, in 2019. This is a terrific opportunity to become a published fiction writer!
Entries must be about a crime — a murder or a significant theft or a scam.
Music is the theme of all the stories in the anthology — hence the title, In the Key of Thirteen. Contest entries must be based on a work or works or music, or the words of a song. Music from any time period is permitted. But please note that song lyrics are under copyright and cannot be quoted in a story unless permission has been received from the songwriter. And this can be expensive.
Stories should run between 2,000 and 5,000 words.
Stories will be judged blind, so no personal identifiers are permitted anywhere in the header, footer or body of the story. Include the story title and page number in the document header on each page. Story file in .rtf format, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point and one-inch margins.
Maximum of two submissions per writer. All submissions must be electronic. Deadline is March 1, 2019, so you have five full months to write a story.
Send submissions to email@example.com.
The winning author must sign a contract with Carrick Publishing. Royalties will be shared equally between all contributors to the anthology after the publisher’s expenses are recovered.
Thrilled to have “Dining Out” included in the Malice Domestic 2019 story collection! Stories will appear in Mystery Most Edible, published by Wildside Press and released in time for the Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, Maryland, in May 2019.