Serendipity, Polish and the Question of Talent:
(...or Lessons About Writing that I Learned the Hard Way)
Join novelist and poet Janet Turpin Myers for a discussion of practical tips on the impractical mysteries of writing. Janet will share her eclectic ‘greatest-hits’ list of essentials for writing fiction, all hard-won lessons ranging from what-to-look-for when polishing a paragraph to ways of developing your connection with the inscrutable realm of inspiration.
Janet Turpin Myers has been writing all her life, despite being advised as a teenager to pursue office work instead. Her poetry has appeared in Hammered Out and Tower Poetry. Her debut novel Nightswimming was published in 2013 by Seraphim Editions, and recently her short story, Crashing, won third place in Hamilton's gritLIT Short Fiction competition. Her second published novel, The Last Year of Confusion, will be released in spring of 2015. She is currently two-thirds of the way through her next novel, UnPredator, which is a genre-bending, dystopian/utopian speculative fiction tale about the end of the world, vegetarians, and Genesis. She is a graduate of McMaster University and a long-time resident of the ravines and forests of north Burlington's beautiful escarpment lands.