Keith Liggett, Workshop Director for the St. Eugene Writers Conference, has invited me to lead a multi-genre workshop Feb. 22 to 24 at the St. Eugene Resort just north of Cranbrook, BC. I’m calling the workshop “Literary Building Supplies,” based on the idea that although the workshop is open to writers of either prose (fiction or nonfiction) or poetry, certain elements are common to constructing all good stories, and these elements are what we’ll focus on besides participants’ own work. Among the aspects of narrative we’ll consider that are necessary to craft effective stories are plot, setting, character creation, and employment of all five senses.

More information on the Writers Conference, which includes workshops on finding your voice and on writing for young adults, as well as a Conference dinner featuring a keynote by Cranbrook mystery writer Dave Butler, can be found at

To register for my or the other workshops, contact Keith Liggett at t.keith.liggett{at}

Tuition for the three-day workshops, which includes the Conference dinner, is $295.

I’m asking participants in the Literary Building Supplies workshop to submit, after registering, 10 pages of their writing to me at appledor{at} by Feb. 11. I’ll be making a selection of writing by each of the workshop registrants and circulating these samples of work to registrants before the workshop begins.

While I’m at the St. Eugene Resort, I’ll be giving a reading on the Friday night, Feb. 22, at 7:30 pm as part of the Resort’s Friday Literature Series. Admission to the reading is free and open to the public, although an “intimate dinner” with the author before the reading is available by reserving through the Resort—a three-course dinner for a mere $49 (includes tip).