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After the revisions and the edits, the query letters and the follow-ups, Eleanor Sam (The Wisdom of Rain) and Ariel Goldblatt (This World Will Break Your Heart) shared their debut novels with the world this year.

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I invite writers to ask me anything. In this mailbag: truth, teens, first person perspective and dashes.

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Start Writing workshops are geared to adult writers 17+ but there are other options around town. Here is a list of programs and activities in Toronto for younger, emerging writers.

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I’ve led creative writing workshops for 10 years, worked as a freelance writer for 20, edited novels, published journals, and self-identified as a writer since I was eight.

To the stumped, the stuck and the just plain curious: ask me anything. Read more…

The Start Writing Annual 2018, now available as a free ebook. Read more…