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Kevin Craig - Writer - Novelist, Playwright, Poet (wanna be photog).

Walter Mitty and the Technocolor Daydream

Walter Mitty and the Technocolor Daydream

When James Thurber’s short story The Secret Life of Walter Mittyfirst appeared in The New Yorker on March 18th, 1939, I wonder if anybody knew how beautiful the remake of the original movie based on the short story would be. Considering that was just over 75 years ago, I’m guessing the answer is no. When I saw it in the theatre this past winter, though, I seriously thought they should have called…

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Birthdays and Balloons!

Today is my good friend’s birthday! Okay, so he’s more an acquaintance than a friend, really. Okay, so he’s more a mentor than a friend, really. Okay, so I never actually met him…but I feel as though I know him intimately.

Happy 450th Birthday, Sir William Shakespeare!

I love Shakespeare. I finally dipped into this love for one of my forthcoming YA novels. My main character, Francis Fripp, loves…

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A Writer’s To-Do List of Non-Writing Stuff That Will Help With Writing

A Writer’s To-Do List of Non-Writing Stuff That Will Help With Writing http://wp.me/sAK2B-todo

All writers have time before and after (and in-between) writing time. How should we use that time? Better yet, how could we use that time in a way that may be useful to the B.I.C. (Bum In Chair) time we are afforded for our writing?

How about we make a short list?

  • READ MORE– This is the easiest thing a writer can do to assist their own writing skills. What you put in to reading, you get back…

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Ryan Hill’s The Book of Bart - Cover Reveal!

Ryan Hill’s The Book of Bart – Cover Reveal!

Behold! The cover for Ryan Hill’s debut YA Paranormal novel THE BOOK OF BART, coming May 22 from CURIOSITY QUILLS!

Only one thing is so powerful, so dangerous that Heaven and Hell must work together to find it: the Shard of Gabriel.

With a mysterious Black Cloud of Death hot on the shard’s trail, a desperate Heaven enlists the help of Bart, a demon who knows more about the shard than almost…

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The 9th Annual InspiraTO Ten-Minute Play Festival!

The 9th Annual InspiraTO Ten-Minute Play Festival!

It’s almost that time of the year again. The Alumnae Theatre is about to come to life, thanks to Dominik Loncar and his 9th Annual InspiraTO Festival!

Last year, I was fortunate enough to get one of the Playwright Mentoring spots with the festival. Dominik coached and mentored six recipients of this mentoring fellowship, and we each had a play in the festival. When the call went out for plays to…

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Soak up the Creativity at Poetry Sanctuary Days!

Soak up the Creativity at Poetry Sanctuary Days!

This past Sunday, I had a rebirth of sorts. Of the poetic kind. My relationship with poetry has always been dismissive, at best. I kind of use poetry, actually. I’ve always seen it as a sort of calisthenic exercise to lube up the writing mind. The result of my poet-ing has never been the driving factor. It was always about the process, just the playing with words to limber up for the realwriting.…

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2014 Ontario Writers’ Conference, IF YOU DARE!

2014 Ontario Writers’ Conference, IF YOU DARE!

The Ontario Writers’ Conference have done it again! This week they announced the addition of Canada’s Horror King, Andrew Pyper, to their list of speakers! (click on the image below to go to the OWC website’s bio of Andrew Pyper)

Andrew-PyperPyper is no stranger to the Ontario Writers’ Conference stage. He spoke a couple years back. He’s charming and extremely funny, the perfect addition to what looks like…

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April WCDR Roundtable Meeting Registration!

April WCDR Roundtable Meeting Registration!

It’s almost time for the monthly WCDR Roundtable Meeting again. For those who don’t know about it, this is a networking meeting for writers. Perhaps the greatest monthly networking meeting for writers in Ontario, if not Canada, if not the world. I don’t think I’m exaggerating.

In case you’re a writer living in Toronto and you’ve never experienced a WCDR meeting, this blog post is for you. I just…

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What Can YOU Do for Other Writers?

What Can YOU Do for Other Writers? http://wp.me/sAK2B-share

All writers, no matter where they are on their path, can use a little help. There’s so much you can do for your fellow writer friends.


  • Beta read their manuscript for them. It always helps to get feedback on your story, to know what’s working and what can be tweaked to work better.
  • Go out for a coffee with them to for some 3D mind-mapping. They can bounce their ideas off of you. Sometimes just…

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Life is Good! Another Kick at the Can! Muskoka Novel Marathon…

Life is Good! Another Kick at the Can! Muskoka Novel Marathon…

I am becoming a glass-is-half-full kind of person. I know…I can’t even believe it myself. I’m realizing how much I have to be thankful for. I have AMAZING kids. I mean, they rock. I’m having amazing luck with my mid-life writing career. Two books releasing in the same year! I mean, that’s golden. Such a huge blessing. I can’t look that gift horse in the mouth. I just can’t!

I’m also about to set…

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