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David A. Wimsett
David Wimsett
BIO
Biography

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 and photographer.

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 and television talk shows and as a stage actor 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 first-place for Magic, Legend & Lore and third place for Historical fiction at The BookFest Awards in Los Angeles. His epic fantasy novel Covenant With the Dragons, the final book of a series, won third place 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.

ADDRESS
City: Kentville, Province/Territory: Nova Scotia
EMAIL
GENRE
Womans Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction
LANGUAGES
English
PUBLICATIONS
Publications
Title
Beyond the Shallow Bank: A woman searches for herself amidst rumors of the selkies
Publisher
Cape Split Press
Year
2017
Title
Something on My Mind
Publisher
Cape Split Press
Year
2018
Title
Dragons Unremembered: Volume I of the Carandir Saga
Publisher
Cape Spit Press
Year
2019
Title
Half Awakened Dreams: Volume II of the Carandir Saga
Publisher
Cape Split Press
Year
2020
Title
Beyond the Shallow Bank: Illustrated Edition
Publisher
Cape Split Press
Year
2021
Title
Covenant With the Dragons: Volume III of The Carandir Saga
Publisher
Cape Split Press
Year
2022
AWARDS
Awards
Name
Mangelsdorf Award for Writing Excellence
Publication
Writing for Money Magazine
Year
2009
Name
Askance Short Story Competition
Publication
Askance Publishing
Year
2021
Name
Postcard Poetry Competition
Publication
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia
Year
2021
Name
The BookFest Award: First place for magic
Name
legend and lore
Publication
Beyond the Shallow Bank: Ilustrated Edition
Year
2022
Name
The BookFest Award: Third place for women's historical fiction
Publication
Beyond the Shallow Bank: Ilustrated Edition
Year
2022
Name
The BookFesdt Award: Third place for Literary Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Publication
Covenant With the Dragons
Year
2022
Name
The BookFest Awards: Honorable Mention for Epic Fantasy
Publication
Covenant With the Dragons
Year
2022
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
Up to 20
Presentation Genre
All
Presentation Length
One hour
Presentation Description
Presentation description

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.

Presentation Fee(s)
$20 per attendee
Workshop details
Audience Size
10 to 20
Intended Audience
Teen to adult - beginning to experienced
Workshop Length
Five hours with lunch break
Workshop Description
Workshop description

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.

Workshop Fee(s)
$200 for in person seminars - $30 for video presentations
School presentation details
Audience Size
Up to 20 students
Intended Audience
Junior High to High School
Presentation Length
Two Hours with additional time after the presentation for questions
Presentation Description
Presentation description

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
  • Motivation

Students will receive an overview of writing fiction for submission to journals, magazines, literary agents and publishers.

 

Presentation Fee(s)
A Per Diem of $400 plus expenses for travel , and if required, lodgings
Programs & Interests
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Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
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