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Post-signing post

Well, that went pretty well. McNally-Robinson did indeed have Lost in Translation (already signed, though, since I signed their entire stock on my last trip up here), A Safe and Prosperous Future and Genetics Demystified on hand. I signed two or three books and talked to several school librarians, so it was all good. And I had a nice chat with my table-mate, Glenda Goertzen, whose first book, The Prairie Dogs, came out recently from Fitzhenry-Whiteside, and whose sequel, City Dogs, will be out soon.As promised, I have pictures! First of all, I'm at the Saskatoon Inn, a place one does not go to in order to admire the surrounding scenery:...

Posted by Edward Willett at 2:38, May 1st, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

Mentors and mentees mingle at McNally Robinson

Some time ago I was selected to be one of the mentors for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild's first Online Youth Mentorship Program. I enjoyed it very much.I worked with three young writers, Danita Stallard of Estevan, James Waldner of Biggar, and Arnav Jatukaran of Regina. I had at least one face-to-face meeting with all of them, but most of our work was carried out online: they'd send me stuff, I'd critique it and point them to online (and other) resources, I'd answer any questions they might have, etc.Not surprisingly, I guess, two of my mentees were focused on the SF and fantasy field: Danita is particularly interested in fantasy, while James is focused on military space opera. ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:42, May 16th, 2007 under Blog | 1 Comment »

Saskatchewan author up for major science fiction award

Alas, it isn't me.Nevertheless, congratulations to Barbara Sapergia, whose novel Dry (Coteau Books) is one of the finalists for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of 2006.(I suspect Barbara doesn't self-identify as a science fiction writer, based on her biography on the Coteau site, so this may come as a bit of a shock to her...but I could be wrong; I don't know as we've ever met in person. It may come as a shock to Coteau, too, which never uses the term "science fiction," preferring instead to call the book a "powerful literary thriller." On the other hand, somebody must have nominated the book...)UPDATE: Barbara ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:07, May 31st, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

We came, we saw, we chapbooked

Today was the final day of the 2008 Saskatchewan Writers' Guild's Online Youth Mentorship Program, and a fine day it was. The twelve teens who have been taking part in the program and the four mentors (of whom I was one) met this morning at St. James's Anglican Church in Saskatoon and, with the guidance of the fine folks from Jack Pine Press, preceded to construct chapbooks containing pieces created by all of the young writers.That went well--I really enjoy the process, myself, possibly because its focus on scissors, paper and glue takes me back to halcyon ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:06, May 1st, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

The aforementioned chapbook

Further to yesterday's post about the workshop and reading that wrapped up the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild's Online Youth Mentorship program last night, here's what the chapbook looked like (well, here's what one chapbook looked like, one of the ones I assembled: every one was a bit different, depending on who made it). The image on the cover is a rather creepy photo I took a couple of years ago, and the title, Shadowscapes, was suggested by my wife, Margaret Anne.

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:49, May 1st, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

Yes, I’m still alive…

...I just haven't been blogging. Busy, busy busy busy, is why. And what have I primarily been busy with? Well, I'm currently the writer-in-residence at Michael A. Riffel High School here in Regina.This is a program sponsored by the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and it's been an interesting experience. I've primarily been doing classroom presentations--more than a dozen, each an hour long--where I talk about myself and my writing, answer questions, and occasionally read.Oh, and sing: more often than not I've finished off my presentation with "Me," Gaston's song from the stage version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. This seems appropriate since it comes at the end of an hour when I've talked of ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:35, June 8th, 2008 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 »

High-school writers’ magazine I edited now online

windScript, the magazine of writing by Saskatchewan high school writers that I edited for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild this year, is now online in PDF format.Check out the whole thing, but here's what I wrote as the introduction:Writing is an act of courage. It takes courage to try to turn your thoughts and feelings, passions and fears, idle notions and deeply held beliefs into words. It takes courage to commit those words to paper or pixels. There they lie, naked, exposed to any reader who happens by. What if they laugh—when you weren’t trying to be funny? (What if they don’t laugh, when you were?) What if they just don’t ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:40, January 22nd, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

Mother Northwind's smile faded. Words today: 1,072 Total thus far: 21,062 I only had about thirty-five minutes of actual writing time today, although I did a lot more typing than that: at 2 p.m. I went to the Book & Brier Patch, our local independent bookstore, for Robert J. Sawyer's reading from his new novel Wake (a copy of which I bought, of course), and then after that I interviewed Rob at the request of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, which plans to run the interview in the next issue of its news magazine Freelance. (I'll be sure to post that interview online as well, of course.) Rob, of course, is someone I've known for years now, and as I've ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:20, June 20th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

...is from Blue Fire: The wagons rolled on through the day. Words today: 2,121 Total thus far: 19,676 You can add to that another 480 words (actually more like 980 to start with, but then I had to cut it by half) previewing the Regina Fringe Festival for Thursday's LeaderPost, and another 1,400 words (which represented a 1,000-word cut from the first draft) of an interview with Robert J. Sawyer for the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild magazine FreeLance. A productive day. I still need to write a science column and try to do some work on Magebane, but it's getting late, so...no promises.

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:41, June 30th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »