This past weekend, a group of us got together for three days of editing novels, researching book material, and writing short stories. Virtually, of course. As much as we all miss writing together in person, going somewhere for this year’s retreat just wasn’t an option.
Ben’s posted before about how AWP has been adapting to online events this past year. Going virtual for a weekend of writing was another way we had to adapt. Even though it wasn’t the same as being at the same table in the same room, it was still a productive and fun experience.
For the duration of the retreat, we scheduled two writing times per day. There was no pressure to write at those times, just whoever was free. At the start of each scheduled writing session, the group of us met up for a video call to talk about our projects and other unrelated things, ’cause talking to people is something else we miss. It was a great motivator, talking shop with other writers and focusing on the work before diving in for a few hours. Having the group to hold us accountable and cheer us on helped us all to spend some time on our works in progress.
At the end of the retreat, we agreed that having another virtual weekend, even just a Saturday sometime, to do some writing together would be a good idea. Something to keep us motivated and connected to our writing community.
We’re looking forward to the day when we can safely meet up in person and attend in-person events, but until then, we’ll keep adapting.
Have you tried writing online with a couple of friends? What are some ways you’re staying connected with your writing and your writing community? Anything you’ve learned about virtual writing sessions?
Earlier in the year, we at AWP had the pleasure of publishing Brittni Brinn’s fantastic post-apocalyptic novel, A Place That Used to Be. And now, we are twice blessed because we are just days away from the release of the companion novel The Patch Project.
After a mysterious disaster erases most of the world, five survivors find themselves in the middle of a post-apocalyptic wasteland. A married couple are trapped in their domestic setting. Two punks wander the wasteland, pushed further west by fears of retribution. A video game designer, used to living the high life in the city, is stranded at a highway gas station
“Elegant, clever, and compassionate. Navigating a post-apocalyptic landscape becomes a journey of self-discovery in this unforgettable novel.” – Elly Blake, New York Times bestselling author of the Frostblood saga
Due to the current limitations being put on events, the launch for The Patch Project will be held digitally on Facebook. If you would like to participate, please follow the link.
Due to the world being on fire, we have missed three significant events here at AWP. Namely, the launch of Ben Van Dongen’s newest novella (in the Synthetic Albatross series), Broadcast Wasteland. The launch of Brittni Brinn’s new novel, The Place That Used To Be. And the re-release of Christian Laforet’s short story collection, The Space Between Houses.
We had intended to host a big hoopla in the fall to celebrate all three books, but due to the obvious issues, that seems unlikely to happen. Not to be deterred though, we have made the decision to bring the launch of these new releases to your digital doorstep.
This Friday, Aug 21st, all three authors will be dropping readings, behind the scenes and more on the AWP Facebook page, as well as across their own social media. It all kicks off at 10am.
A couple of months ago we announced that AWP would be releasing author Brittni Brinn’s newest novel, A Place That Used to Be. We are big fans of this book (and of Brittni herself!), and are very excited to see it released into the wild.
Due to the pandemic, some of our launch plans for A Place That Used to Be have been altered. There will still be a traditional launch and reading, however it is postponed until the world opens up enough for such gatherings. In the meantime, there will be a digital launch for the book, so stay tuned for info on that in the near future.
Alright, without further ado, we present the cover reveal for A Place That Used to Be by Brittni Brinn! Continue reading →
We are thrilled to announce that Adventure Worlds Press will be releasing Brittni Brinn’s new novel, A Place That Used to Be!
The sequel to her debut, The Patch Project, A Place That Used to Be is a post-apocalyptic vision of a world gone to pieces. The book will be available this summer.
And, in case you missed out on Brittni’s first novel, the above mentioned The Patch Project, fear not, AWP will be re-releasing it as well later this year.
We will have more on both titles, including final release dates and events surrounding their launch, in the near future, so stay tuned.
Author photo by Sarah Kivell
Brittni Brinn (she/her) is a Windsor-based author who writes (mostly) post-apocalyptic fiction. She is interested in all things creative, and enjoyed her time as the artistic director for Paper-Knife Theatre and as co-host of Hardcover: A Literary Podcast. You can read more about her work at brittnibrinn.com
We’re already into March of 2020 and we here at AWP are starting to build up some steam. With the retreat behind us, we look forward to upcoming events, but even more excitingly, to the new books we have to share.
That being said, we’re pretty excited to be going to Oshawa on the 14th for their local Comic Con. We have only been north of Toronto a couple of times and this will be our first time in Oshawa. We have personal mandate to get to some new places this year and to pick up the number of events we attend. This should be a great start and we’re eager to sell some books.
Hopefully the weather will be nice enough for the trip, but not so nice that people won’t want to spend a day inside a convention cenre looking at cool things (like our books). Continue reading →
Writing is hard. This is a fact. It takes a lot of time and energy to complete a fully realized story. When you couple this undeniable truth with the added reality that most writers also have day jobs; the feat of a finished book can become a monumental task.
Because of this we at AWP like to schedule a yearly writing retreat. Nothing overly grand, just a few days away from all the things that distract from our writing.
The first AWP writing retreat was held in the summer of 2014. Of course, AWP was nothing more than a twinkle in the eye back then, but the formula established that first time has remained. Continue reading →
As the leaves change colour, the days get cooler and the nights come earlier, two of AWP’s authors (Ben Van Dongen and Christian Laforet) gear up for a trio of events.
Starting next week, on Devil’s Night (or, as the nearby city of Detroit tried to rename it some years back, Angel’s Night) Ben and Christian will be accompanying author David Nickle for an evening of scary readings at Biblioasis bookstore. The event, suitably called Who’s Afraid of the Dark? will be held at 7pm on October 30th
Back in January, Ben and Christian were asked to host a workshop for Gertrude’s Writing Room. The evening focused on Science Fiction and Horror writing and was a blast. It was so fun, in fact, that they’ve been asked to do it again. This time as part of a month-long series of workshops called the Genre Mash-Up!
The series begins with the boys returning to dish out a second helping of the spooky, weird and futuristic, and then continues each week with workshops on: Poetry, Fiction and Screen Writing. From fine literary talents as: Vanessa Shields, Casey Plett and Nick Shields. Continue reading →