Dear HB Creativity clients and friends,

In this holiday edition of INK STAINS please find:

  • a reminder regarding the December 2 (postmark) deadline for the second annual Instant Hook Literary Contest
  • an update on the availability of the Online Novel Writing Workshop Series for January 2015
  • some upcoming signings for The Good Doctor
  • two pieces of exciting alumni news
  • a Q & A with Arts East about the challenges inherent in fictionalizing historical figures.

Instant Hook Literary Contest – Update

Entries have been rolling in from three continents for the Instant Hook Literary Contest (postmark deadline December 2). The contest is fun, free to enter and has a first prize of $300.00 Canadian.  All entry details are in the previous post dated November 3.

Online Novel Writing Workshop Series

There has been a lively sign-up for the online novel writing workshop series which opens for new participants in January 2015 with presently two spaces remaining for that time period. Please see Creative Writing Courses and Endorsements for details.

The Good Doctor – Signings 

I will be signing and personalizing copies of The Good Doctor on November 29 in Corner Brook, NL, in the Plaza Mall:

  • Coles between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm and
  • Island Treasures between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

Contact Flanker Press 709.739.4477 (or toll free 1 866 739 4420) for details.

Alumni News

Congratulations to Kate Robbins whose historical romance novel, Enemy of the Highlander, third in the highly popular Highland Chief Series has just been released!

Congratulations to Gerard Doran whose exciting novel A Stroke in Time, about the legendary 1901 Outer Cove Regatta winning team, will be published by Flanker Press in 2015!

Congratulations to Tara Nanayakkara whose poignant follow up to the moving Priya’s World — Dawn of a New Garden — will be published by Inanna Publications in 2016!

Arts East Q & A on The Good Doctor — How to Fictionalize a Historical Character

See the Q & A on The Good Doctor on Arts East Online which explores the issues around fictionalizing the life of a renowned historical character, in this case Sir Wilfred Grenfell.

Book Clubs Welcome!

As The Good Doctor will be the focus of several book club discussions over the next few months, I am open to answer questions about the novel by email (or other modes of communication as practicalities dictate). Please see Contact page if you would like to send questions.


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