Coffee Shop Author
Could I write a book in a coffee shop? I’ve always thought of myself as a writer who needs a quiet room, free of distraction. I have trouble resisting the sound of human voices. So how could I possibly write anything more challenging than a shopping list in a coffee shop? Why would I even consider it?
Because a new literary contest has been announced, challenging authors to “write the bulk of a novel, short story collection, poetry collection or a work of creative non?fiction at a coffee shop between November 2009 and April 2010.” I like the sound of the prizes being offered. And maybe shaking up how I normally write would help break me out of the writing funk I’ve been in lately. (No big deal, it happens.) I wonder, does it matter that I don’t drink coffee?
Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.