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Book your blue pencil intensive any time


Not your average blue pencil session, this consultation with Gail is a full one-on-one workshop.

Use your blue pencil intensive to sample Gail's fiction mentorship or get feedback on a short story or chapter, your novel outline, a project proposal, pitch package or CW program application. Or ask those pressing questions about the business aspects of the publishing industry.

Gail's blue pencil sessions make a great gift!

Do you have a complete draft ready? Check out Gail's developmental edits. Or sign up now for a summer mentorship or fiction intensive.

Providence Bay Writers' Camp on Manitoulin Island, ON

Put your name on the interest list for this unique writing retreat on Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron. The camp runs July 15-20, 2018 in Providence Bay.

Bring your fiction up to the next level in morning workshops with Gail Anderson-Dargatz and enjoy everything the island has to offer later in the day.

For details, please see Providence Bay Writers' Camp.

To reserve your spot at the camp, click on shop to buy or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Spawning Grounds nominated for OLA Evergreen Award, Sunburst Award and CAA Fiction Award


The Spawning Grounds is on the longlist for the Sunburst Award, recognizing Canadian literature of the fantastic. Click here for more from the Quill and Quire.

The novel has also been nominated for the Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award. Click here for details.

And the book was also short-listed for the Canadian Author's Association literary award for fiction. Click here for more.

Click on shop for signed copies of Gail's books.

The Spawning Grounds -- Fall Writers' Retreat in Shuswap, BC

SpawningGroundspbBJoin Gail for this writing retreat in the Shuswap region of South Central British Columbia, the landscape that has inspired so much of her writing.

The fall retreat runs September 30 to October 5, 2018 and is timed to coincide with the sockeye run on the Adams River, a natural wonder.

For details, please see the fall retreat web pages. 

To put our name on the interest list, email Gail's office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

From Scratch

From ScratchGail's latest adult literacy learner novel, From Scratch, is now on the shelves.  

Cookie is about to lose her job at the local bakery. She dreams of owning her own bakery but doesn't think she has the skills or money to do it. Most of all, she doesn't have the self-confidence. When she takes a course at the local college, she finds she has much more going for her than she imagined. With the help of her community, she figures out how to make sure no one has to go without her famous doily cookies for long!

Booklist—June 12, 2017
"Cookie's perseverance through hardship is certainly inspiring, and her bonds with the local community heartwarming. For readers who need a little encouragement, this is just the ticket."

Reading Level: 4.8
For more, check out Orca's Rapid Reads books.

What is a literacy learner novel? Click here for Gail's blog on the topic.



Watch for regular updates for events in your area.

Upcoming events 2017 & 2018:

September 15, Edmonton

BPAA conference

September 16, Edmonton

Writers' Guild of Alberta

September 26, bookstores

Release of From Scratch

An Orca Rapid Reads book

September 23, Kamloops

Workshop for writers

October 9-13, Sorrento Centre

The Spawning Grounds Writers' Retreat

November 18, online

Writers' Guild of Alberta webinar

January 1, 2018,  online 

Gail's spring fiction session starts

April 13-14, New Westminster

Spring Writes Festival

May 1, online

Gail's summer fiction session starts

July 15-20, Manitoulin Island, ON

Providence Bay Writer's Camp

Sept. 30-Oct. 5, Sorrento Centre, BC

The Spawning Grounds Writers' Retreat