GOAL! MOTIVATION AND CONFLICT: THE FOUNDATION OF COMMERCIAL FICTION
Next meeting, February 11th, 2014, Ottawa City Hall, Honeywell Room.
Madeline McBride will present this workshop. Writers , are your characters’ goals and conflict strong enough to carry the story? This interactive craft workshop will help you describe what your characters want, the stakes, and what’s stopping them from reaching their goals.
In an exercise using a simple template, you’ll identify your hero/heroine’s internal and external goals, motivations, consequences/stakes and conflict (GMCC). Those willing to share will have the opportunity to get feedback on their work-in-progress GMCC’s. The resulting comprehensive GMCC sentences, one for each character can be key elements of pitches
This workshop is based on Debra Dixon’s GMC: Goal, Motivation & Conflict, arguably an essential craft resource for writers of commercial fiction genres such as mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, romance etc.
Madeline McBride (Presenter) is currently President of Ottawa Romance Writers Association, writes as Madelle Morgan. She’s completed six books, although three were for practice as she honed her craft! She won or placed in several writing contests.
Erika Chase (pen name of Linda Wiken) has been nominated for an Agatha Award
for Best First Novel, for A Killer Read, the first in the Ashton Corners
Book Club Mysteries, from Berkley Prime Crime. The awards will be given out
at Malice Domestic in Bethesda, MD, May 4th.
A Mysterious Celebration!
To announce the nominees for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Awards for the best in Canadian Crime Writing
The shortlist for the Audrey Jessup short story contest.
Join Ottawa’s top crime writers for an entertaining evening of celebration of Canadian crime writing.
o Hard-Boiled or Laughs: What makes a great mystery?
o No-holds-barred debate
The announcements take place at 8:45 pm
Thursday April 18. 7:00 PM
Auditorium, Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch.
120 Metcalfe St.
Books for sale from Books on Beechwood
The 2013 Capital Crime Writers Short Story Contest
1st Prize: $200.00 2nd Prize: $150.00 3rd Prize: $75.00
Entries must be postmarked by April 2, 2013. Contest is open to all residents of the National Capital Region. Aged 18 + and to all members of Capital Crime Writers
Stories must be: Original unpublished fiction| featuring crime | no more than 3500 words | in English | typed double-spaced | on white paper
(Submissions that identify the author in the pages of the story will be rejected.)
Identifying information must only be found on a separate cover page, which must include:
Your name | mailing address | email address telephone number | Story title | an accurate word count
There is a limit of one submission per author.
You must mail or deliver 3 hard copies of your story submission to:
Capital Crime Writers Short Story Contest
393C Richmond Road
Please include a cheque payable to: “Capital Crime Writers”
$10.00 entry fee ONLY or $25.00 if you wish to also receive a written critique of your work. To take advantage of the critiquing service, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope so that we are able to return your manuscript.
A short list of 5 stories will be announced on April 18, 2013. Prizes will be awarded at a Capital Crime Writers event in June, 2013 with winners asked to read from their stories. Those who have submitted a story will be notified of the time and place of each event by e-mail; notices will also be posted at: www.CapitalCrimeWriters.com.
Judging will be blind & conducted by a panel of 3 knowledgeable volunteers.
For more information: E-mail: email@example.com
Be sure to reserve a place at this year’s annual Christmas Dinner with special guest Tim Wynne-Jones.
Where: KS on the Keys, 1029 Daze Street (South Keys)
When: Wednesday, December 12th
Time: Mingling begins at 5:30 p.m.
**To register, click here.
We are extremely pleased to announce this year’s December guest speaker – Tim Wynne-Jones is a two-time Governor General’s Award-winning author, Order of Canada recipient and nominee for the 2012 international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international honour for children’s authors and illustrators. Tim’s 2011 novel Blink and Caution won the Arthur Ellis Award for best children/YA crime novel and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for 2011. He won his first Arthur Ellis for the Boy in the Burning House, which also won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 2002, for best young adult mystery.
Tim’s eclectic, pre-author years included stints as: band member in several rock groups (Boogie Dick and Alabaster, to name two), fine arts student, book designer and owner of a graphic design firm. He wrote his first novel Odd’s End in 1978 while in the Masters Fine Arts program at York University – it won the Seal First Novel award along with the $50,000 prize, making him believe that ‘this writing thing might be fun’.
Tim lives in a house that he designed in Perth, Ontario on 76 acres of ‘rough and tumble land’ that has figured prominently in his writing over the last twenty years. He spent most of last year ‘playing hooky’ overseas with his wife Amanda Lewis but is now back at his computer, working on a new manuscript. For more information about Tim, his travels and his writing, please visit his website.
Books will be available for purchase.
This was a great launch. Music, food, booze, and a lot of Capital Crime Writers out. A great book as well. If you haven’t read it, you really, really should. Visit virtual Chris online @: CBForrest
Baico Publishing and Mike Martin are pleased to announce the release of “The Walker on theCape”. This is the first in a series of stories featuring RCMP Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Cree from Northern Alberta who finds himself stationed in Grand Bank,Newfoundland.
Except from the back cover of “The Walker on theCape”
A man’s body is found on the Cape overlooking Grand Bank,Newfoundland. At first everyone thinks it’s a heart attack or stroke. But then it is discovered that he was poisoned. Who would do this and why? Finding that out falls to Sergeant Winston Windflower of the RCMP along with his trusted side-kick Eddie Tizzard. Along the way they discover that there are many more secrets hidden in this small community and powerful people who want to keep it that way.
Windflower also discovers two more things; a love of living in a smallNewfoundlandcommunity that is completely different from his up-bringing in a Northern Alberta reserve and maybe the love of his life. He gets a taste of Newfoundland food and hospitality as well as a sense of how crime and corruption can linger beneath the surface or hide in the thick blanket of fog that sometimes creeps in from the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
Mike Martin was born in St. John’s,Newfoundland and now lives and writes in Ottawa. This is his first fiction book. He is a long time freelance writer and the author of “Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People.”
For more information or to obtain a review copy please contact Mike Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or visitwww.walkeronthecape.com
The 2012 Scene of the Crime short story contest winners have been announced and the top three spots have all gone to Ottawa writers.
Congratulations to Kelly Quinn, Wynn Quon, and Denis St. Jean.
Join us on June 13th between 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Collected Works bookstore (Wellington at Holland) for a Wine and Cheese get together before the summer break. We will announce the winners of the Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest, and all winners will read from their work. You are also invited to bring along a sample of a current writing project to share with the gang.
Plan to come out for a glass of wine and stuff on crackers – catering is by our good friend Margaret Dunlop. We need to know how many are coming so please RSVP by sending an email to: email@example.com by June 10th.
Adrian de Hoog has written three novels in this genre and in broad strokes will trace the development of the genre from the first modern diplomatic-spy thriller, The Riddle of the Sands (1903) by Erskine Childers, to the present.
He will also talk about his three works: The Berlin Assignment (2006), Borderless Deceit (2007) and Natalia’s Peace (2011).
The first two were published by Breakwater Books, Newfoundland. The last one he published himself. If there is an interest in this he will be pleased to discuss that also.
Adrian de Hoog was educated in the universities of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Oxford. He joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1974. During his thirty year career, he had postings in countries as varied as Kenya and Germany and at various stages of his career contributed to Canada’s international interest by working on numerous international issues and participating in a variety of international negotiations. He draws on the many experiences as background for his novels. He lives in Ottawa. Join us at our usual meeting time 7:00 pm at the Library and Archives building on Wellington St. Guests welcome!