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Shawn Gale writes on Canada’s West Coast. He is a graduate of the Fraser Valley Writers School, where he earned a Master’s diploma. He graduated from Humber Colleges School for Writers with a Letter of Distinction. He has a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Creative Writing from Bircham International University. He was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Creative Writing department from 2014-2017, where he earned two certificates. His stories have been published in anthologies and periodicals in the US and Canada. He is the author of the acclaimed, award-nominated story collection The Stories That Make Us. He is the author of the young adult sci-fi series World of Dawn.





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This is a simple guide to creative writing. With that said, anyone who reads it with an open mind, whether a beginner or advanced writer, will come away with something. All the basics you need to start writing today are shared in the following pages, from plot to settings to character development and then some.

I have used both historical and contemporary examples to illustrate many of the lessons, while at the same time providing my own thoughts and insights. And who am I, you may ask. I am someone who has been reading, writing, and publishing for years, while pluming the human condition.

My life experiences, the good, the bad, and the ugly have afforded me a unique perspective. You can check out my author bio at the back and also visit my website for further details. I encourage you to study this text, practice the lessons, and be inspired for that is the true spark of all creative works. If you work hard, you will improve. And if you work really hard and persevere, you might see your words in print someday. Like anything in life, the more you put into a pursuit, the more you will get out of it. I hope you enjoy! There is so much to do.


The Stories That Make Us

There is something for everyone in this debut collection of nine compelling short stories. With a myriad of universal themes, Shawn Gale demonstrates that he knows a thing or two—or maybe three or four—about the art of storytelling.

Offering a lineup of varied, colourful characters, The Stories That Make Us spans from World War II to the present, from love to hate, and from joy to anguish—and everything in between. In this rare gem of a collection, you feel as if you’re living in the skin of its characters. And when the epiphanies come—for better or for worse—they ring like hammer blows upon the forge of life.

Gutsy, nuanced, and thought-provoking writing by an author who’s been to those dark places from which few seldom return. The Stories That Make is literary writing at its finest. It’s a contemporary collection sure to become a classic.

There is so very much…

“Shawn’s writing brings the reader into his world substantially and sensually, through his use of lingo, emotions, tangible textures and imagery.”
-Whistler Independent Book Awards 92/100