Category Archives: Writing Life

A Great Review

What one student had to say…

In school, we are told to suppress our creativity. We have to write generic essays, follow one formula for math and learn certain words in French class. Last spring, I got the wonderful opportunity to go to a writers conference. Each student at the conference got to go to two workshops, one of them being James McCann’s. The workshop was filled with excitement, because all of that suppressed creativity was being released. His workshop helped thirty potential writers find another way to write.

After the workshop I sent him my story that I had been working on for quite some time, Alone in the Dark. The next day, he sent me a list of suggestions that I could use to make my story better, as well as a list of places to get my story published. Long story short, my story got published in Wet Ink and Potluck Magazine. Without James’ help my story would have not been published, let alone I would not have known where to go to get it published.

-Sarah, a student from

the Surrey Young Author’s

Conference 2006

Nearly Forgot About Book Expo & SBH

For those of you attending Book Expo in Toronto this weekend, or the Spring Book Hatching here in Vancouver, this is a poster that you can pick up.
The poster was designed by Andrea Armstrong, a very talented graphic designer. The character was drawn by Jen Moore, who has done artwork for TV (such as the Masters of Horror TV show where the book RANCOUR appeared as a prop!).

New Blog

You may ask yourself, “Why the new blog?” That’s probably the most logical question right after, “How did I wind up on this guy’s blog?”

Myspace has had its time in the sun for me. I’ve had some comments from people who would like to post responses to my musings, but are unable to as they don’t wish to have an account on Myspace. (Personally, I’ve just grown tired of the spam I get from Myspace…)

So here I am, in my new home, in the wide-world of Blogger. A part of me feels that this is right: this seems to be a time when I’m reinventing who I am. At first I was scared by it, but now I’m excited of what the next few months hold. (What the cryptic-heck am I talking about?)

Do stay tuned as events unfold that shape and transform my life. The last time I had one of these moments, I moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver and completely reinvented who I am. (That wasn’t so much an active choice as it was a natural progression of crazy – yet cool – events.) This summer season has that same promise!