Tag: writing exercises

The Cat of Enlightenment: A Seven-Sentence Short Story

Another When Words Collide, another Seven-Sentence Short Story workshop, as I once again led a group of writers through this plotting exercise devised by noted science fiction short-story writer James Van Pelt. As always, I created a story myself. I usually call this a plotting exercise, but since I was also on a panel called …

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Saturday Special That’s Not Actually from the Vaults: The Seven-Sentence Story

I’m conducting a workshop this afternoon on writing science fiction and fantasy, in my role as writer-in-residence (for just one more month!) at the Regina Public Library. Now, it’s easy to just talk for an hour and a half about writing, but I want people to actually do some writing: and to that end, I’m …

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Saturday Special from the Vaults: Sins of the Father

OK, this is an interesting one. As I have often recounted, Marseguro, which won the 2009 Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction novel in English, began with a single opening line penned as a morning exercise in the Writing With Style program at the Banff Centre, in a science fiction-writing class taught by Robert …

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