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Gail creates a new distributed learning CW course for high school students

Journal and PenTeachers, Gail's new creative writing course for high school distributed learning programs will be available through kumuni September 2019. Check out the kumuni site for details and to view a demo unit. Here's a little about the course:

Writing a novel or even a short story can seem like a daunting task. But once you learn to identify elements of craft and how the pieces fit together, the process of writing fiction is just plain fun. The focus of this course is on just that – process — from finding your big idea, to developing your characters and conflicts, to structuring your project and revising. We’ll also explore the publishing world and how you might get your work out there. Along the way, you’ll get a real-world view of what it means to be a writer, from bestselling author Gail Anderson-Dargatz and others.
With the mentor option, you’ll also receive critique and comments on your final project from either Gail or another published fiction writer. Watch for a version of this course designed for mature students on Gail's website soon.

The Spawning Grounds Fall 2019 Writers' Retreat in Shuswap, BC

SpawningGroundspbBRegister now for this writing retreat in the Shuswap region of South Central British Columbia, the landscape that has inspired so much of Gail's writing.

The fall retreat runs the first week in October, 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 register, click on shop and then fall retreat.

Book your blue pencil intensive any time


While Gail's spring 2019 mentorship session is full, you can still book a blue pencil session 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!

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.


2019 is a writing year for Gail, but check back here for regular updates for events in your area.

Gail also has several books coming out in 2019 and 2020 so check back for exciting news on those.

Gail's upcoming events in 2019:


Release of Tiny House, Big Fix

March 9:

Blue pencil sessions at South Shuswap library branch

April 7-9:

Demo CW course at the 2019 Digital Learning Symposium

See kumuni for details

May to Aug:

Gail's summer fiction mentorship session

Aug 9-11:

Writing getaway at St. Peter's College, SK


Gail's fall fiction mentorshp session


Event for writers at UBCO

September 29 to October 4:

Gail hosts a fall writing retreat in Shuswap, BC