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You’re invited to Traci Skuce’s Write Your First (or Next!) Book Masterclass Series

Have you ever had this experience? Struck by inspiration—that amazing book idea! You write and write and write… and then things get, well, hard. And then stuck. And then your energy for that project dwindles and fizzles out. 

Well, you know the story. A computer-drive full of false starts and half-scenes, character portfolios and memoir fragments. Why did you even think you could write a book?

Here’s the good news. My author-friend, Traci Skuce, has brought together 20+ writers, creatives, and influencers for this free 12-day training series, Write Your First (or Next!) Masterclass series on ways to prioritize your writing, organize and manage your projects, bring fresh energy to old ideas, and carry them to completion.

This series will gather writers who’ve had to rethink time management and creative blocks, catapult out of negative self-talk and beliefs, and understand the value of craft and form and starting small.

I’ll be speaking in this summit, along with these dynamic people you’ll get to hear from:

  • Wild writing guru Laurie Wagner
  • Secret library podcaster Caroline Donahue
  • Memoir master Marion Roach Smith
  • Corporeal writing co-founder Domi Shoemaker
  • Traci Skuce
  • And more!

Whether you’re starting out, revising your tenth draft, or struggling with writer’s block, this summit has something for you.

To claim your spot here and for more information, visit:

Giveaway Alert

As a special New Year treat, I wanted to thank you all for all your support this year and give away one lucky newsletter subscriber a free ebook version of Lost Lagoon!

To enter:

  1. Make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter and I’ll randomly be choosing one winner. 

** Giveaway open worldwide; entries accepted until January 18, 2021 at midnight. The winners will be announced and contacted shortly after. For now, my publisher is only able to distribute to Kindle, Apple Books and Kobo. Good luck!

CNFC Member Book Launch

Join us December 5, 2020 — 4:00pm EST for a celebration featuring Creative Non Fiction Collective (CNFC) members’ newly-released books.

Please note that this is a members-only event. I encourage writers to become members of this excellent Canadian organization at

Betsy will read an excerpt from her new book, “Lost Lagoon” and will be joined by CNFC members Joan Boxall, Kate Braid, Beth Kaplan, and Janet Love Morrison reading excerpts from their books.

More details and to register:

Two-second exchange

Betsy and Shaena Lambert exchanging their new books in a two seconds shot during a six feet apart walk.

BC-Yukon Flash 2020

The 4th annual Flash Fiction contest sponsored by the Federation of BC Writers is now underway!

No theme.

Maximum 500 words, including the title.

First prize is $350 and a year’s FBCW membership.

Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2020.

For more information and to enter, visit

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