Canada Council-sponsored reading, TBA
October 28, 2022
Wordshop, Louisiana Book Festival
9 a.m. to Noon
All writing involves fear: from the frightening blank page to critical reception, and, most important, the motivations and outcomes for our characters, who must overcome their fears in order to act with courage.
As Neil Gaiman says, “There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.” At the essence of humanity lies fear. Good writing depicts the most ordinary of people in their perilous moments—and they’re all perilous moments, for even the brightest of days can change so quickly. Our fears bring uncertainty, often suspense, and provide the basis of dreams, promises, disappointments, and nightmares, sometimes even victories—the stuff of great writing. Writers know what there is to fear (everything), where it’s lurking (everywhere), and how to deal with it.
In this workshop, where we will discuss great works of fear—from The Grapes of Wrath to The Handmaid’s Tale, from Dracula to The Vampire Lestat, from Pride and Prejudice to Normal People—we’ll explore the usefulness of anxiety and how to make those fears an integral part of our writing, regardless.
October 29, 2022
Featured author at Louisiana Book Festival. Talk and reading followed by signing.
September 29- October 17, 2022
Writing retreat in Ireland
September 11-22, 2022
Writing retreat in Scotland
August 27, 2022
“The Art of Storytelling” workshop
Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre, Saint Andrews, NB
Need a refresher on the art of storytelling? Seize the remaining hours of summer and join award-winning author and professor Dr. Gerard Collins for this condensed version of his storytelling masterclass, which he recently taught at the invitation of the Frye Festival.
In this half-day workshop, we’ll talk about story structure, how to show instead of tell, how to develop characters, enhance narrative tension, infuse your prose with subtext, and write dialogue that gets people talking. Bring your questions and conundrums—we’re putting it all on the table.
July 12, 2022
Online Workshop Broadcast live from Lily Dale Assembly, New York – July 12, 9:30-12:30 Eastern time (10:30-1:30 Atlantic Time)
Gerard is pleased to have been invited back to Lily Dale Assembly to offer another writing workshop. For those who are unable to attend in person, the workshop will also be broadcast live from Lily Dale in New York.
The workshop is a combination of instruction, writing prompts, and opportunities for questions from the in-person and online audience. It takes place Tuesday, July 12, from 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Eastern time (10:30 – 1:30 Atlantic time).
July 8-10, 2022
Ochre Fest Literary Festival
December 5, 2021
A Sunday afternoon reading and conversation with Beth Powning at AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex, as part of the AX Reading Series
October 30, 2021
Book signing at Westminster Books in Fredericton. Signing copies of The Hush Sisters and backlist, including Finton Moon and Moonlight Sketches.
October 26, 2021
Dr. Gerard Collins, Dr. Margaret Anne Smith, Dr. Sandra Bell
Panel discussion at UNB Saint John: Literature in a Post-Pandemic World
October 16, 2021
Book signing at Chapters in Fredericton. Signing copies of The Hush Sisters and backlist, including Finton Moon and Moonlight Sketches.
September 5, 2021
Book signing at Chapters in Moncton. Signing copies of The Hush Sisters and backlist, including Finton Moon and Moonlight Sketches.
August 29, 2021
Book signing at Saint John Indigo (East Point). Signing copies of The Hush Sisters and backlist, including Finton Moon and Moonlight Sketches.
June 24, 2021
The Hush Sisters wins an international literary award!
The Hush Sisters wins a Next Generation Indie Book Award in the suspense category. It also was a finalist in the paranormal category.
April 30 – May 7, and May 9-16, 2021
Go and Write! Kingsbrae writing retreats.
January 30 and February 6, 2021
Master Class in Creative Fiction, “Deliver on your Promises,” the Northrup Frye Festival.
January 20, 2021
The Lorenzo Society Reading Series – Virtual Book Club. Reading and Q&A.
December 6, 2020 – POSTPONED until 2021
Book signing at Westminster Books in Fredericton.
November 12, 2020
Tune in to hear Gerard’s with CBC’s Information Morning host, Julia Wright, about The Hush Sisters.
November 18, 2020
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. AST
Gerard talks with author Susan White about her new book, When the Hill Came Down.
November 21, 2020 – POSTPONED to December 6, 2020
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. AST
Book signing at Westminster Books in Fredericton, NB.
November 22, 2020
2:00 – 3:30 AST
Online Workshop: Healing Through Creative Writing with Dr. Gerard Collins
Join Dr. Gerard Collins for a class that will take you through writing exercises designed to inspire and promote self-healing through creative expression. Presented by the Lily Dale Assembly.
Cost $20 USD
October 5, 2020
Release of The Hush Sisters, Gerard’s third book of fiction, published by Breakwater Books Ltd.