Edward Willett

Archives

When Words Collide 2017: Canada’s best writing conference

Last weekend my wife and daughter and I made our annual pilgrimage to When Words Collide in Calgary, which has become, not only my favorite writing conference, but, I think, the best writing conference in Canada. (Admittedly, I haven’t been to all of them, but I don’t see how any of them can be appreciably better!) There are panels on every aspect of writing, and even though many of them are aimed at writers who are just starting out, there are plenty of others of interest to more experienced writers. This year, I particularly enjoyed Tawny Stokes’s panel on pitching books to TV/movie production companies—something I ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:34, August 20th, 2017 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

When Words Collide 2013

Just got home yesterday from a weekend at Calgary attending this year's edition of When Words Collide, which describes itself (accurately) as "a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, children's books, and poetry," and wanted to post about it while it's still fresh, in the hopes that you--yes, you--will attend it next year, if you have an interest in writing. Or, for that matter, reading. This was my second year to attend When Words Collide, which is only in its third year. It took place at the Carriage House Inn, a Calgary hotel which I was pleased to revisit, since it was ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:41, August 14th, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 4 Comments »

Book review: Defining Diana by Hayden Trenholm

Defining Diana by Ottawa author Hayden Trenholm, published by Bundoran Press, is a near-future police procedural, a combination of mystery and science fiction that I personally find irresistible if it's done well--and Defining Diana is definitely done well. I'll let the back cover copy handle the set-up: Found naked and alone in a locked room, the beautiful woman was in perfect health--except she was dead... It's 2043 and much has changed: nuclear war, biotechnology and all-powerful corporations have transformed the world... Now science is taking DNA manipulation to new, unrestricted levels. Superintendent Frank Steele is an old-fashioned cop. He commands a small, elite police unit that is handed all the biazarre and ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:16, June 15th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

World Fantasy Convention, Day 3

A good day for me, but not much to blog about. I only attended one panel, on YA Fantasy, and I didn't stay to the end because I thought I should drop in on the SF Canada meeting going on next door.Sharyn November, editor of Firebird Books, made a...forceful...moderator (that's her in the centre of the photo). Also on the panel were (left to right) Garth Nix, Linda DeMeulemeester, Anne Hoppe, editor at Harper Children's, and Kathryn Sullivan. If I were to sum up the panel in one sentence (which, indeed, I am about ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 6:08, November 2nd, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

World Fantasy Convention, Day 2

I had a pretty slow day today since I didn't go to any panels (because the ones I was interested in coincided with other things). First thing I did this morning was take the obligatory Photo From My Hotel Room Window.Once I'd been out and had coffee and all that stuff (I had a nice chat with artist James Beveridge while I drank my second cup) I took a few turns through the dealer's room (and took a photo). It's quite different from the one at the World Science Fiction Convention: smaller, of course, since there are ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 6:06, November 1st, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

World Fantasy Convention, Day 1

I arrived in Calgary about 1 p.m. today for the World Fantasy Convention, registered, and picked up the book bag. Holy library, Batman! Look at this thing.And yes, that is a copy of my very own novel Marseguro on top: DAW graciously provided 300 of them for giveaway at this con. Which I hope means someone will at least stop by for an autograph at tomorrow's mass autograph session.I had some lunch, met up with all kinds of people I know from here and there, checked out the dealer's room (where I put my books ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 5:39, October 31st, 2008 under Blog | 1 Comment »

This looks…interesting

It's The Shatner Show at Uppercase Gallery in Calgary:Get ready for the summer of Shatner! An exhibition and publication of artwork depicting William Shatner, featuring the work of over seventy artists of diverse illustrative styles from Canada and the US. The caliber of participating artists is outstanding.Ohhhhhkay...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:26, June 1st, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

"Maybe you do," said the girl behind Richard, and pushed him forward.Current word count: 64,740New words this session: 776Percentage of novel completed: 64.7A short session today (and none yesterday). We spent yesterday on the road to Calgary, and today we went on to Banff for the International Wine and Food Festival at the Banff Springs Hotel, but I did manage to squeeze in a bit of writing this morning while my wife and daughter enjoyed the waterslide at our Calgary hotel.Probably won't manage a photo today, either, but tomorrow look for a picture or two from Banff!

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:27, October 27th, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »