Interview with Canadian screenwriter Mark Parks

Ottawa-based screenwriter and director Mark Parks talks with THGM about writing, critics and film making.

Lauralee, my younger daughter, made her screen debut last month at Ottawa’s venerable Mayfair Theatre in Dead Air, a horror short that was part of the annual Monster Pool anthology. Running 4:40, Dead Air is one of seven invited films, joined by another 12 at the “community screening”.

The director and screenwriter was Mark Parks, who had previously helped produce feature films Biff Wellington and The Stars Look Tired. He also co-produced a Bell Fibe TV1 series called The Underdog. Mark sat down to chat with us about Dead Air and the path that lead him to create it. [Read more…]

What do you think Canadian bloggers write?

It’s one of the most popular memes out there: what people think writers really do. Let’s give it a Canadian spin.

You’ve seen the meme many times. It revolves around a profession, and it shows:

  • What my friends think I do.
  • What my husband/wife thinks I do.
  • What society thinks I do.
  • What somebody else thinks I do.
  • What I think I do.
  • What I really do.

They almost always travel in packs of six. Often, there’s an editor in there, because this meme is often about writers. [Read more…]

Canadian writing resources

Want to write better Canadian English? These tools will help.

Canadian English and Canadian customs are not the same as those of the USA or the UK. Canada has its own version of English. So it goes to reason that Canada has its own resources for writers.

Here are a few of those resources that can help you write for a Canadian audience. [Read more…]

10 really cool things about the Canada.ca style guide

If you are writing online, the Canada.ca style guide will make your writing better, no matter what country you are in.

People are used to working with journalistic style guides, such as those of the Canadian Press (CP) or the Associated Press (AP). These are great resources for journalists, especially to ensure accuracy and objectivity in the words we use.

People “read” differently online

But if you are writing for an online audience, you might need a style guide that accounts for how people read differently online. In fact, people don’t read online. At least, they don’t read until they reach details that they feel they need to carefully digest.

Until that point, they scan.

Fortunately, there is a style guide that was made just for online readers…er…scanners: the Canada.ca Content Style Guide. [Read more…]