Ted Staunton's Seven Tips!

Thursday, December 11, 2014 3:25 PM | Lena Coakley

A special thanks to Anne Laurel Carter for taking these minutes of Wednesday's Toronto meeting!

President Bill Swan took the blame for starting our festive meeting twelve minutes late, welcomed all, and shared his happy news that he is now a grandfather.


1. CANSCAIP and Access copyright will be holding a webinar for a©eCreator, a cloud-based service developed to help you during and after your content creation process by providing an easy way to send, track, monitor, locate, and backup your work. And the best part: a©eCreator is a complimentary service and one of the many benefits to being an Access Copyright affiliate.  Information will be available soon on our website, so check back or contact the office or Bill Swan for information. 

2. We are looking for volunteers to be Officers on the Board of Directors, or general volunteers for CANSCAIP.  Board terms begin in April. Contact the office or Karen Krossing for more information. 


1. THE OLD WAYS by Susan Margaret Chapman, illustrated by John Mantha, Fifth House.

The book was inspired by a survival story Susan read in the Globe & Mail. 

2. DO NOT OPEN UNTIL CHRISTMAS by Jean Little, Red Deer Press.

This book includes twelve Christmas stories. Rush out and get it! says Jean.

Her book launch is Saturday Dec 13th at Lillian H Smith Library 2 - 4 pm. All welcome.

3. Eric Walters had 4 new creations! 

SKYE ABOVE illustrated by David Parkins in Orca's Echoes. Set in Costa Rica.

SLEEPER, a sequel in The Seven series with Orca.

HOPE SPRINGS illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, Tundra. This picture book concerns a water project at the orphanage Eric supports in Kenya. 

WALKING HOME, Doubleday.  Eric walked across Kenya in order to journal this non-fiction book. Some of the proceeds support the orphanage.

4. EMILY ROSE’S DAY AT THE FARM by Simone Da Costa, illustrated by Anindiat Modale, Tate Publishing. 

The story concerns a curious girl who feeds rambunctious animals onher grandmother’s farm. 


Temperatures may have plummeted outside but members and friends warmed to Ted Staunton as he shared his thoughts about the writing craft. When he’s not writing or speaking, Ted teaches at George Brown College, and also performs in a jug band. 

Ted amazed and amused us by playing guitar and singing several songs to illustrate seven points about performing and writing.

1. Performance and writing seem to be in direct opposition to each other. Performance is all about immediate gratification. Writing is about delayed gratification (lots of waiting before the book is finished and finds a publisher). However - the best way to start both is to get to the point. You have two paragraphs or one song to grab the reader or audience.

2. Structure is very important to both. Stories have a structure and flow, so does a musical performance.  A beginning has to grab listener or reader. Add complexity. Build to a climactic note. End on a grace note. 

3. What you leave out can sometimes be more important than what you put in. 

4. Pacing. If you get off to a fast start you can stretch out in the middle.

5. Sometimes in a performance the best stuff is the result of the unexpected. The same has been true for Ted writing novels. His first novels he plotted out which were a useful safety net. Writing the last few novels, he knew the start and finish but wasn’t quite sure how to get there. He likes being open to new ideas coming into the story. 

6. You’re not in it alone. Even though a musician is alone on the stage and the writer faces the blank screen alone, there are people who can give feedback on our work-in-progress and in a concert you’re always with an audience. 

7. Every audience wants you to succeed. Every reader wants to love your book.

Have a lovely holiday, everyone!

(Photo: Ted (top) with (L-R) Rob Morphy, Nancy Hartry, Jo Ellen Bogart, Jean Little, Sylvia McNicoll)


  • Thursday, December 11, 2014 8:38 PM | Deleted user
    Congratulations to all our fine, talented writers! Quite the fabulous group we are at CANSCAIP!
    Kaarina Brooks
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