David A. Wimsett's works include newspaper and magazine articles, blogs, corporate writing, short stories and novels that range from historical fiction to fantasy and science fiction. He is also a film maker, photographer and composer.
The stories he writes follow characters as they grow and have the opportunity to examine themselves and their place in the world on a deep level. His works include characters of diverse genders, gender identities, colours, ethnicities and backgrounds in leading roles who face realistic challenges in their lives with the opportunity to grow or diminish.
He has appeared on radio, television, and on stage in musicals, comedies and dramas. He uses this experience to engage audiences when he makes appearances.
Mr. Wimsett became a single parent in his twenties and both raised and guided his son into adulthood.
He attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop for four consecutive years. Beyond the Shallow Bank, his women’s historical fiction novel with elements of Celtic mythology, won a gold medal for Magic, Legend & Lore and bronze for Historical fiction at The BookFest Awards in Los Angeles. Dragons Unremembered, the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy, won a silver medal for Literary Science Fiction & Fantasy and bronze medals for both Fantasy Action & Adventure and Dragons & Mythical Creatures. The third book in the trilogy, Covenant With the Dragons, won a bronze medal for Literary Sci-Fi & Fantasy and Honorable Mention for Epic Fantasy.
Mr. Wimsett is also a founding member of the Canadian Freelance Guild and a member of The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia where he sits on the Writers’ Council.
He lives in a rural Nova Scotia town near the sea.
This presentation discusses the use of sentimentality and emotion in creating fiction and how writing with emotion is far more impactful. It covers selecting specific words, phrasing and details in narration and dialogue with examples to demonstrate their use. Attendees will learn how to write fiction that is immediate and memorable with scenes and characters that will stay with readers.
This workshop covers elements of craft that are shared with all types of writing and the special aspects of fantasy, science fiction and mythology. It discusses topics to include:
- World building
- Describing objects and creatures
- Character development
- Presenting details
- Writing adventure
- Writing epics
- Exploring themes
- Writing with emotion instead of sentimentality
- Choosing the right tense
- Writing in single and multiple viewpoints
- Series and stand alone stories
Attendees will learn how to start, structure and wrap up speculative fiction tales that are satisfying for readers.
This presentations covers writing fiction in short stories and novels. Students will learn the importance of craft and commitment. The presentation will cover subjects such as:
- Getting started with an idea
- Creating situations
- Developing characters
- Using tension and drama
- Writing humour
- Writing about adventures
- Presenting themes and ideas
- Learning the trade
- Submitting work
- Life as a writer
- Dealing with rejection
Students will receive an overview of writing fiction for submission to journals, magazines, literary agents and publishers.