Word Up Online, May 2021

Pacing and Writing Action Scenes Panel

Pacing affects the mood of your story, helps develop ideas and themes, and allows your readers to connect to the characters and the events that surround them. How does a writer determine the speed the story needs, or how quickly to distribute the information needed to move your story along? Join our panelists with your questions to gain their insights and methodologies.

Katie Zdybel

Equipoise is Katie Zdybel‘s first collection of stories, and was produced with the assistance of a Canada Council for the Arts grant. The Critics and Honey Maiden (from this collection) will appear in both Exile’s CVC9 Anthology and EXILE Quarterly, and other stories have been published in The Antigonish Review, Prairie Journal, and (forthcoming) The Malahat Review.

She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and is also a graduate of the Humber College Creative Writing by Correspondence program. Katie resides in the Blue Mountains region of Ontario.


Anna Dowdall

Anna Dowdall‘s first and second mysteries, After the Winter and The Au Pair, have received praise for their evocative Canadian settings and unsettling denouements. Her work has made the long list for the Crime Writers of Canada new novel and US Katherine Paterson prizes.  She reads obscure fiction in English and French and thinks Quebec is an under recognized mise en scène for domestic suspense.  In April on Paris Street (Guernica, October 2021) murder meets carnivalesque play, against the background of Montreal’s mean streets and the Carnaval de Paris.

Anna was born in Montreal, but has lived all over North America, including the far North. She has worked as a nurse’s aide, translator of pulp fiction, journalist, university teacher, urban shepherd, and the list goes on. 

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