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Less angsty this week, as promised, but there’s still some serious. Germany finally apologizes for its other genocide—more than a century later. Lynsey Chutel for Quartz. Physician groups representing 426,000 doctors demand a stop to gun violence.…
Less angsty this week, as promised, but there’s still some serious. Germany finally apologizes for its other genocide—more than a century later. Lynsey Chutel for Quartz. Physician groups represent…
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I am pleased to present your informal writerly learnings for the week. K.M. Weiland: four ways to verify if your story concept is strong enough. Helping writers become authors. Also: four places to find the best story conflict. You know what your novel…
I am pleased to present your informal writerly learnings for the week. K.M. Weiland: four ways to verify if your story concept is strong enough. Helping writers become authors. Also: four places to…
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Disclaimer: I am not perfect and neither are my notes. If you notice anything that needs correction or clarification, please email me at melanie (dot) marttila (at) gmail (dot) com Panellists: Suzanne Alyssa Andrew, Carrie Snyder, Maria Meindl, Heidi…
Disclaimer: I am not perfect and neither are my notes. If you notice anything that needs correction or clarification, please email me at melanie (dot) marttila (at) gmail (dot) com Panellists: Suza…
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Many a cool story concept has turned into a wasted story. But that's not going to be you! Vet your your story ideas with this simple 4-question process.

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/story-concept-2/
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Got some goodies for you this week :) Roz Morris shares three steps to a smoother writing style. Nail your novel. If you just keep writing, will you get better? Barbara Baig guest posts on Jane Friedman’s blog. Later in the week, Elizabeth Sims guests…
Got some goodies for you this week :) Roz Morris shares three steps to a smoother writing style. Nail your novel. If you just keep writing, will you get better? Barbara Baig guest posts on Jane Fri…
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What cargo is on tonight’s SpaceX launch? DNA sequencer, heart cell experiment and more! Take a look:
http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/147496754784/whats-on-board-the-next-spacex-cargo-launch
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Advanced Techniques
Dialogue is one of those areas that can transform a story into a delight. How does yours measure up?
It's time for dialogue that blows your readers' minds.
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As writers, are we helping or hurting the world we live in? Are we wasting our time? I say no. Here are the 5 reasons I believe writing is important. http://ow.ly/mLSH302xwI2
As writers, are we helping or hurting the world we live in? Are we wasting our time? I say no. Here are the 5 reasons I believe writing is important.
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Story conflict is about much more than the battle between protagonist and antagonist. Learn to create rich and deep conflict between all your characters.

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/4-places-find-storys-best-story-conflict/
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There’s a lot of terrible things happening in the world today. Don’t worry I’m not all about the doom and gloom . . . just mostly. A black police chief speaks out about the Dallas attacks. Juleyka Lantigua-Williams for The Atlantic. Mother Jones shares…
There’s a lot of terrible things happening in the world today. Don’t worry I’m not all about the doom and gloom . . . just mostly. A black police chief speaks out about the Dallas attacks. Juleyka …
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Many a cool story concept has turned into a wasted story. But that's not going to be you! Vet your your story ideas with this simple 4-question process.

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/story-concept-2/
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Disclaimer: I am not perfect and neither are my notes. If you notice anything that needs correction or clarification, please email me at melanie (dot) marttila (at) gmail (dot) com Panellists: Dominik Parisien, Linda Poitevin, Nina Munteanu With this…
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Education
  • University of Windsor
    English Literature and Creative Writing, 1996 - 1999
  • Laurentian University
    English, Rhetoric Stream, 1993 - 1995
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Story
Tagline
Epic fantasy writer in progress, L&D professional, learning mutt
Introduction
At the age of seven, I submitted my first story to CBC’s “Pencil Box.”  Since then I have become a published poet and an award-winning short story writer.  I am a member of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild, an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets, and a professional member of the Canadian Authors Association.  In 1999, I received my MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor.  I am currently, and concurrently, working as a learning and development professional, writing my first novel, and developing my platform.
Bragging rights
My poetry has been published in NEOVerse (Your Scrivener Press,1998), Battle Chant (Battle Chant Ink, 1999), and various other anthologies. My short stories have won several prizes and "For a Change" appeared in the flagship issue of Parsec Magazine. More recently, my science fiction short story, "The Broken Places," was in the June 2014 issue of Bastion Science Fiction Magazine, and "Downtime" was published in the Fall 2014 issue of On Spec.
Work
Occupation
Author/corporate trainer/course designer/training coordinator
Skills
I can write just about anything. Certified trainer. Grammar Nazi.
Employment
  • SF&F author
    author, 1977 - present
    Published poet, award-winning short story writer, working on first novel.
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Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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