Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Crime Writers of Canada conference by Leanne Dyck

We arrive at the Hotel Grand Pacific--site of the Bloody Words writers' conference. Bloody Words is the largest gathering of crime writers--and related genre--in Canada.


I attended this conference with my friend Amber Harvey. She has an informative post regarding the conference on her blog.

Conference organizer Lou Allin prepares to introduce William Deverell

Canadian author William Deverell is interviewed by Adrain Chamberlain

Some of what I learned...

-write what you know

-don't be afriad to junk great chapters if they don't fit

-to be a successful author you have to want it really badly

-read a lot

-learn the craft

-William Deverell begins each day by re-writting

-don't wait for your muse

-avoid overwriting

-use an outline to guide you

-get to know your characters

Grant McKenzie interviewed the international guest of honour Tess Gerritsen

'medicial suspense queen' -publisher weekly

Some of what I learned...

-readers want to know secrets

-to write well you need to read a lot

-find an emotional charge to ignite your story

-half-way through writing your story you'll want to walk away--don't

Remember: you can fix a bad page, but not a blank page

-successful authors need to write a book a year (at least)

-there's no one right way to write--what works for you works for you

Michael Slade's Shock Theatre

a recreation of 1940s radio play