Writer Sarah Ellis once gave a talk in which she distinguished between “writing” and “being a writer.” I may be busier “being a writer” in the coming months than I’ll be busy “writing.” Fortunately, I have a new picture book that’s finished which Annick has scheduled for publication in the spring of 2017. (More on that in a future post. For now I’ll just say I’m fortunate once again to have Dusan Petricic doing the illustrations to go with my text.)
Here’s what I’ll be up to:
On September 17, I’m happy to be participating at an event to welcome Syrian refugee families to Guelph. Thanks to Eric Walters for inviting me to take part and to Annick Press for making a generous donation of books for the kids in the families attending to take home with them.
From September 15 to December 15, I’ll be Writer-in-Residence for Wellington County Public Library. I live in Wellington County and I’ll enjoy driving to various branches around this beautiful part of Ontario — to conduct workshops and readings, give presentations on different aspects of writing, and meet one-on-one with writers looking for feedback on their projects. (I get to spend a good chunk of time at home on my own writing too.)
In October (10-15), I’m looking forward to presenting at Wordfest in Calgary and doing a school visit or two there as well.
On November 19, I’ll be conducting a Picture Book Writing Master Class at CANSCAIP’s 32nd Packaging Your Imagination conference in its new location.
Hope to see some of you at some of these events!