Services for Writers
I can help you with any of the following services. If you’re interested in talking to me, drop me a line and we can discuss what you need. I’ll then assess and give you an estimate in advance of the work.
I read and assess your manuscript, giving you feedback in the form of a 2-page report. I will cover all areas, including characterization, plot, pacing, style, structure. I’ll give suggestions for improvement, and big picture advice on next steps. This is not copy editing, but an overview on your story. This is good for writers of any stage in their career who are looking to improve their manuscript, get fresh eyes on it, or receive an objective opinion.
SHORT STORY REVIEW
I read and assess your story, and give you feedback annotated directly on the text. I will cover all areas, including the opener, the ending, characterization, style, structure and other thoughts depending on the genre. If you are writing for a particular publication or contest in mind, we can work with that too.
BOOK COVER COPY
I will read your manuscript and write the copy to go on the back cover of your book. As well as being a novelist, I have a background in advertising copywriting, and can write a mean sell.
Writers are generally modest and terrible at showing off. Send me details of your career so far, and anything else that you might want to include, and I will write your biography so that you don’t have to.
QUERIES AND SYNOPSES
These are the hardest things to write objectively for your own work. As we all know. Send me your story outline and I will either write the query or synopsis for you, or edit the one you’ve written. A successful synopsis isn’t just a dry list of events, but a story in itself. Let’s write one.
TEACHING, TALKS, AND WORKSHOPS
The Storybox was born when I was awarded North Vancouver Recreation and Culture’s first Artist in Residence 2019. For 9 weeks, adults were invited to free writing and open mic workshops for writers, storytellers, and story fans. It was a safe space to get comfortable reading existing work out loud, talk about the craft of writing, and meet like minds in the community.
CHILLS AND BELLYACHES: WRITING THRILLERS, MYSTERIES AND CRIME
In 2016 I kicked off the ‘Writing with Writers’ series held at North Vancouver City Library, in conjunction with the North Shore Writers Association. Entitled ‘Chills & Bellyaches: Writing Thrillers, Mysteries and Crime’, the workshop was a fun and interactive session for beginners and intermediate writers interested in honing their craft. If you are interested in hosting a talk or event, please contact me with the details.
THE WRITERS EXCHANGE
In 2015, I began to volunteer with the Writers’ Exchange, mentoring in Vancouver-based schools. The program gets inner city kids excited about reading and writing, promoting literacy, and creating cool projects.
PECHA KUCHA TALK
More recently, I have delivered a talk called ‘The Story of the Storyteller’, first seen at Pecha Kucha in West Vancouver 2019. 20 slides x 20 second each. Stressful! But happy to do it again.