Monthly Archives: May 2013

New First Page Critique

Jodie Renner offers up another first page critique. This one is a thriller, which we all know needs to have action pretty well right away. Check it out here:

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Bayfield Writers Festival

BAYFIELD – To miss out on the annual Bayfield Writers’ Festival next month would be nothing short of criminal. With a half-dozen authors from Crime Writers of Canada all gathered for a weekend in Bayfield, plus Sunday brunch and reading … Continue reading

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Act First, Explain Later

Act First, Explain Later by Jodie Renner, freelance editor, craft-of-fiction writer, and writing coach/speaker Gone are the days when fiction readers were willing to read pages of description and lead-up before being introduced to the characters and the plot. Readers, … Continue reading

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Open for Submissions

Accepts: Neo-noir, fantasy, science fiction, horror, literary, magical realism, transgressive, crime, surrealism, and the grotesque. Everything we like has an elevated perspective, a literary voice, so whatever the genre, avoid the expected, the formulaic, the same old stories and voices. … Continue reading

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Member Book Signing

Michelle Proulx will be at the North Chapters this Saturday from noon till 4pm to sign her book, Imminent Danger!  High school junior Eris Miller thinks she’s having a bad day when her roommate’s boyfriend catches her stepping out of the shower wearing nothing but a towel. … Continue reading

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      Amber Quill Press and its imprints, Amber Heat and Amber Allure, currently welcome new submissions from the talented pool of authors in our industry. Please send your manuscripts to submissions@amberquill.com. Also indicate in your email to which imprint … Continue reading

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Critique of First Page – Western

Jodie Renner presented a workshop at the last London Writer’s Society meeting where she talked about the importance of the first page. She’s offered to do first page critiques on her blog for anyone who wishes to send her something. … Continue reading

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Literary Retreat in Muskoka

The NorthWords Muskoka Literary Festival is pleased to announce a partnership with the University Of Toronto School Of Continuing Studies to present a five day intensive writing workshop in Muskoka. For details go here:

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Writer Univ.com classes for 2013

      Classes Each workshop appears on yahoogroups, so you can read the class emails online or in your mailbox whenever you have time. Classes are interactive, with the instructor offering lectures and frequently comments on (optional) homework assignments. Lurking is … Continue reading

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London Writer’s Society meeting

On Thursday, May 16th, we will have a special guest  offering a workshop on first pages. Jodie Renner, a highly in-demand freelance editor, specializing in thrillers and other fast-paced fiction, as well as historical fiction and YA, will be presenting the “12 … Continue reading

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Call for Submissions

      Looking for a variety of genres and lengths. Check them out here:  

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