Expansive Writing Workshop

Expansive Writing with Joëlle Anthony Sat, May 11th – 10-3pm Arts & Heritage Centre, Gabriola Island, BC We’ll start small using writing prompts and timed writing exercises. Over the course of the day, we’ll learn how to expand what you do quickly into something longer…maybe even a start on a novel! You never can tell. This is a fiction workshop, although, if you write memoir or essay, you can probably tweak it a bit and…

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Festival of Trees Schedule

Here’s my schedule for the Festival of Trees in Toronto May 15-16. Don’t forget, I will be listed under my pen name J. M. Kelly for all events! Hope to see some of you there! May 15th – 10-11am – The White Pine Award Ceremony, Concert Stage 12:30-1pm – Workshop (Get Unstuck – get those ideas moving!), Main Loft 1:10-2pm – Signing, Tent C1/D 3:30-5pm – Reception (this is not a public event, but I’ll…

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Suze Loves Mondays in February!

Lots of good news already this month for Suze and A MONTH OF MONDAYS. I’m so thrilled to announce: The book is an Ontario Library Association Best Bet 2018 Read. And today it won a VOYA Award. And I was interviewed here by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre for their newsletter. There are three more Mondays this month, who knows what will happen?   For those of you who have stopped by to get the…

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The Write Potential – Professional Mentoring

THE WRITE POTENTIAL I’m very excited to announce the launch of The Write Potential  This is something I’ve been planning with the fabulous writer and story editor, Eileen Cook, for a while now and we’re thrilled to put our plan into action. If you’re a writer looking for professional mentorship, we’ve got several options to choose from. We also offer query letter edits and manuscript editing. Pop on over to the new site and see…

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2017 Books

Time for my favorite books of 2017 post. I read about 87 books during the year, some I didn’t finish, but that’s a fairly accurate number. Some I read aloud to Victor, which was fun. Sometimes I do a long list of favourites, in 2016 I simply picked one book (A Gentleman in Moscow). This year, I’m going to just list a few of the greats I read by category. Favourite Nonfiction for Kids Lizards…

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PNBA Shortlist

I’m extremely honoured to share that Speed of Life has been included on the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association 2018 Shortlist. Out of 420 nominated books, they chose 12 and only one Young Adult novel! To find out more about it, visit their site. Here is a list of the nominated books:   You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me A Memoir Sherman Alexie American War A Novel Omar El Akkad This Is How It…

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Ontario Tour Dates

I will be touring in Ontario twice in 2018 (Jan & May), which means reduced travel fees for those of you in Ontario. Also, there’s some assistance available through the Writers Union of Canada. Info about workshops, offerings, fees, and travel are under the Have Me Visit tab along the top. My tour dates are now available here. 

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2018 White Pine Nomination for Speed of Life

I’m very honoured to be included on the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award Nominee list for 2018. Speed of Life is one of ten books, and I can’t wait to read the other nine! Congratulations to everyone on the list. I’m particularly excited about being on this list because it’s a Reader’s Choice Award. Those are pretty awesome. And in May, I’ll be going to Toronto for the Festival of Trees to meet readers!…

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a WRITE WITH JOY workshop!

 Writing & Whiskey A fun evening of writing—unleash your creativity the way thousands of writers before you have—with whiskey! No writing experience necessary. Snacks will be provided to help absorb the alcohol, but please make sure you have a safe way home!* 13 October, 7pm – 9pm, Arts & Heritage Centre Space is limited, pre-registration REQUIRED $40 *Don’t imbibe or are the Designated Driver, but you want to participate? The DD rate is $35 and…

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Send Down the Elevator

I once heard an interview with a comic who was talking about when you reach the top, you shouldn’t forget to send the elevator down to all your friends and colleagues who you like/admire in order to help them succeed. Two writers have really gone out of their way for me in this respect. Both Eileen Cook (her latest,With Malice is out in paperback today!), and Joelle Charbonneau have been great about mentioning my books,…

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How to Help an Author

I would also like to add: Request your library buy the book (if they don’t have it already). My book budget doesn’t stretch to everything I want, so I often do this. It actually helps the author even more than you buying it, because libraries often buy multiple copies!

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Freelance Editing Services

Did you know I’m also a freelance editor? You can hire me to give you editorial feedback on your manuscript. I prefer to stick to the genres I’m most familiar with and enjoy reading, so if you have a manuscript that falls into any of the categories below, and are interested in getting more information about my services, please email me through the contact page. I’m about to finish up a new book of my…

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Richard Wagamese on Baseball

Canada has lost a great writer this month, and while I have always enjoyed interviews with him, I will admit I haven’t worked up the guts to read his writing because in his own words, “it will tear your heart out” and I like my heart firmly in place. I know I’m missing one of the greats, and someday the time will be right for me to read him. In the meantime, in honour of…

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Month of Mondays book launch

A fun time was had by all! And if you want to win a signed copy of A Month of Mondays, my good friend the writer Alexa Barry is giving one away (Canada, US, UK) on her instagram page. Also, if you’re in the US and you’ve tried to order it and seen the 1-2 month delivery time, I’ve been told that they’re still waiting for delivery at the distribution centres, but it shouldn’t really…

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