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Rod MacIntyre

Rod MacIntyre

Photo: Gareth Cook

R.P. MacIntyre works primarily as a fiction writer and editor although he has also written for radio, television and the stage. He was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1947 and makes his home in Christina Lake, B.C. and La Peñita de Jaltemba, Nayarit, MX with Sharyn. He has ridden his motorcycle from sea to sea to sea to sea, (to sea) playing golf and blues harp/harmonica along the way.

Christina Lake


Revved. Thistledown Press, 2002.
The Crying Jesus. Thistledown, 1997.
Takes (Editor). Thistledown Press, 1996.
The Blue Camaro. Thistledown Press, 1994.
Yuletide Blues. Thistledown Press, 1991.
Feeding At Nine. Thistledown Press, 2006
Apart (with Wendy MacIntyre). Groundwood, 2007
Up All Night (Editor). Thistledown Press, 2001
Mahihkan Lake. Thistledown Press, 2015


Vicky Metcalf Short Story Award for "The Rink", 1993.
Saskatchewan Writers Guild Literary (Long Manuscript) Award for The Sins of St. Dave (Blue Zone: a play), 1996.
Saskatchewan Book Award's Saskatoon Book of the Year for The Crying Jesus, 1998.
Children's Literature, Saskatchewan Book Awards for Feeding At Nine, 2007
Saskatchewan Book Award for Best Educational Book for Takes, 1996
Canadian Librarian Association Book of the Year for Takes, 1996
Saskatchewan Book Awards Fiction Award Short List for Mahihkan Lake, 2016
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

How Did This Happen?

Rod begins by attempting to answer how a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, whose parents barely completed grade school, and who was way more interested in hockey and making money, ended up being a writer. (A mystery.) He then introduces some of his early work (what parts really happened, and what parts did I just ‘make up’?), includes a Q&A, and then reads from some more recent work—provided there’s time. Presentations usually run from 45 – 50 minutes and can be adapted for groups ranging in age from 10 to 100. Size in not an issue. Needs a place to set books, and a glass/bottle of water.

Workshop Description:

Title: Sweating the Big Stuff

Course Description: This workshop focuses on what an editor looks for when reviewing a fiction manuscript and offers a perspective on the kinds of tools available to evaluate a work-in-progress.

In my professional writing career, I do much more than sit in front of the computer staring at a blank screen, trying to figure out what key to hit next, I also work as a fiction editor, a job that can be tedious, terrifying and fun—sometimes all in one M/S. I have edited more than thirty books over a ten-year period and read dozens of manuscripts for potential publication. If there’s one major difference between an experienced writer and an emerging writer, it’s that the experienced writer knows how to “sweat the big stuff.” Not that “the little stuff” isn’t important—it is, but spelling, punctuation, syntax and style are merely cladding for the structure beneath. That’s where the story is. Somebody once said that “voice is everything,” but really, you can have all kinds of voice and still not have a story. Structure is everything.

Level of Writer: Beginning and developing.

 Although the workshop is primarily focused on the structure of short fiction, it is applicable to any kind of story making, and while writing implements are necessary for the workshop, it is not a writing exercise. It is an interactive discussion on Structure and The Essential Parts of Story and is intended to delineate a process for evaluating/editing the writer's own work. Participant work samples required a week in advance of workshop date.

Workshop Length: Full day.

Maximum Registrants: 12.

Travel: Yes.

Billet: No.

Fee: $650.00