Hi Guys Ryerson’s having a 50+ Festival of some sort, comprised of documentaries, talks and plays. One of those plays was written by Richard, “The New 80”, as some of you had the pleasure of reading and hearing and commenting on. For those who are unfamiliar or don’t remember, “The New 80” is a spicy … Continue reading Ryerson’s 50+ Festival starring Richard Ellen!
When it comes to writing, there are some things would-be writers know right away—these are obvious things: storyline, plot, characters and maybe location/setting. Then there are those things writers have to think about, but may miss in the story. These things I refer to as the “Intangibles of Writing” (IoW). Here’s an example: “The paramedics … Continue reading The Intangibles of Writing
BookTalk: dogrun Author: arthur nersesian Genre: New York Lit Publisher: Simon & Schuster I detest New York. Their subways are shit, their street signs were named by an accountant whose passion is pen protectors, and the New York attitude seems to be the centre of the universe. But jealous pandering aside I also detest it … Continue reading Book Talk: dogrun
What’s in a name? Well, if you want to create a memorable character, then a name is the first thing you want to consider. Names often are the first basis of character development. There are many types of names–ethnic names (not stereotypical names), unique/heroic names (Luke Skywalker, Jon Snow or Tyrion Lannister). The key to naming characters … Continue reading Conventions of Proper Character Naming
Author: Joy Peterson Genre: Fantasy/Spiritual Publisher: Joy Peterson Novels The Gatekeeper begins with the three Jefferson-Johnson siblings (15-yr-old Patience and her 12-year-old twin siblings, Marcus and Theo) trying to escape the family plantation from their abusive uncle, Trevor. While hiding, the children chase after a colorful band of insects and end up in a magical … Continue reading Book Talk: The Gatekeeper
Google always likes to honour the birthdays of dead people whose achievements are mostly unsung. My recent favourite is March 5th’s Momofuku Ando, inventory of Instant noodles, whose Google page caused quite a stir. However I will heartily congratulate the man who should be considered the grandfather of university cuisine. So I heartily salute you, Momofuku Ando for … Continue reading How to Write Instant Poetry
I recently attended my first North York Writers (NYW) meeting. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, as I am quite wary of writer groups. I arrived early and met one of the members, a retired professor of dentistry. He warmly welcomed me and two other newcomers to the group, explaining the history of the … Continue reading An Evening with the North York Writers