A look back at Talking Fresh 2017

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One of my goals for this year is to take advantage of more of the writing-related events in my area. I’ve been a member of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild for a couple of years now, and while I’ve attended a few of their events, there have been plenty of others that I should have made more of an effort to take in. I’m going to do my best to make sure that doesn’t happen this year.

The first event to catch my attention was Talking Fresh, a series of writing discussions held annually at the University of Regina. The event features a panel discussion on the Friday afternoon, followed on Saturday by individual talks led by each of the panelists. This year’s theme was Risk Band, focusing largely on the risks writers must take in their work.

I couldn’t make it to Friday’s panel discussion, but I was able to take in all of Saturday’s talks. Today, I want to give you an overview of what I learned.

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Wednesday links: relationships and sensitivity readers

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I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Cover reveal: Illusionary by Desiree Williams

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I know people say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but let’s face facts: we all do it. For good reason, too. I don’t know about you, but I’m generally not looking for something specific when I go into a book store. I’m there to browse, to wander through the shelves until the cost of the books I’ve chosen exceed my budget.

When I’m wandering the shelves like that, my first instinct really is to judge a book by its cover. Or by the spines, at the very least. Everything from the colours to the font to the pictures affect whether or not I pick a book up to read the summary on the back.

The cover of Illusionary, by Desiree Williams, would definitely catch my attention enough to make me pick it up. Today, I’m quite happy to be helping reveal it to the world. Click on through to check it out, then read on to the end of the post for your chance to win a copy.

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Wednesday links: WriteDis

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I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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