Revisiting the classics is always fun. Remember the first picture book you read? The first novel? A book can truly capture your soul as a young child and spark your imagination. I love returning to the classics for inspiration and feel-good stories that never go out of style. My top picks: Charlotte’s Web and Black … Continue reading Book Talk March
A little while ago, one of the members of the North York Writers invited me to blog on this site. I wondered what I could possibly contribute – I’m not a writer after all but an amateur musician and a librarian! I understand that you begin a sentence with a capital letter and end it … Continue reading Keeping it Fresh
Books-to-film: there seems to be a veritable explosion of books being made into movies these days. In fact, many films that recently received Oscar nominations were based on books, including War Horse, Hugo and Tinker Tanker Soldier Spy (the latter for best actor, Gary Oldman). My book-to-film pick is We Need to Talk About Kevin … Continue reading Book Talk February
Dust off your writing cap! This month’s creative writing exercise asks you to write a key scene from two characters’ points-of-view: how do their narratives differ (i.e. language, tone, imagery)? What do these differences reveal about your characters and your work as a whole? Benedetta Continue reading Word Play: Point of View Exercise
Dust off your writing cap! This month’s creative writing exercise asks you to begin with the words: “The grasshopper chirped, then jumped out the window…” Benedetta Continue reading Word Play: Creative writing exercise #1
This month’s recommended read is Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People by Douglas Coupland. Very Coupland. A fun, tongue-in-cheek read. And terrifc illustrations by Graham Roumieu. What are YOU reading? Benedetta Continue reading Book Talk January
Happy 2012 & A Big Welcome to our new website! I think this will be a very exciting year for our group, and I hope that the site can contribute to our success and fun throughout the year. Be sure to follow our website by signing up via email and you’ll receive updates directly to … Continue reading Hello writers!