Vanessa Westermann

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Vanessa Westermann is a Canadian mystery writer. As an avid reader of the genre, she is a former Arthur Ellis Awards judge, and has spoken on the evolution of women’s crime writing, at the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Her blog, "Vanessa's Picks", features literary reviews and author interviews.

Vanessa holds an M.A. in English Literature and has taught creative writing.

She is currently plotting her next (fictitious) murder.

Visit Vanessa’s blog at www.vanessa-westermann.info. Follow her on Twitter @VanessasPicks or connect on Facebook!
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An Excuse For Murder

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The Writer's Toolkit - Notebook Edition

I love brainstorming on paper. There’s nothing like a blank sheet (no lines) and the speed of a fountain pen to free the imagination. Scribbling ideas down any which way feels like play, not work. No rules, no expectations. Just the scratch of ink, leaving marks on the page. And who cares if they make sense?

That’s the beauty of it. Sometimes my notes read like a Q&A as I try to puzzle out a proble

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Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer
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Absolutely beautiful book on creative writing with illustrations that spark the imagination. Knowledgeable, fun and quirky, this is a highly enjoyable read for writers of any genre, not just fantasy and science fiction.
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Dearly by Margaret Atwood is a poignant reflection on the passage of time. Her poem "If There Were No Emptiness" speaks to the writer's soul - "an emptiness a void a silence, containing an unheard story ready for me to unlock." Her words fill the sil ...more
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