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The Four F's of Fine Fiction

This 1.5 hour workshop will help beginning writers discover how to make their fiction shine by strengthening four elements that will create Focused, Finely tuned, Fast paced fiction that is Full of emotion. Running for an hour and a half, the zoom workshop will allow for questions and some interactive time.

About Marcia Lee Laycock

Marcia was raised on an island off the north shore of Lake Huron, ran away to Alaska and then the Yukon, had a “road to Mayo” conversion in 1982 (read about that here), leaped by faith into Briercrest Bible College with my husband in 1985, and landed in the “promised land” of central Alberta in 1988.

She has also had the privilege of living a few miles south of the Arctic Circle (Dawson City Yukon) and a couple of degrees south of the equator (Papua New Guinea). Her writing is steeped in the imagery of winter with the odd palm tree thrown in.


For the past thirty-some years, Marcia has been a pastor’s wife, mother of three girls, caretaker of two dogs, two cats and sundry fish, and oh, yes, a novelist and freelance writer.

Squirreled away in the attic of her parents’ house, Marcia began writing short stories for my dolls when she was very young. They didn’t complain so she kept writing. Then she went off to school, where some wonderful teachers encouraged her. She published her first piece of writing in grade ten under the watchful eye of a rather unorthodox nun.

But in her last year of high school another teacher managed to stop her from writing for a while when she said:

“If you have nothing of significance to say, don’t you dare write!”


Would that have stopped you from writing? It stopped Marcia, so she decided to go out and find some significant things.

That led her to travel and to experience life’s ups and downs across this broad and beautiful country of Canada. She has explored almost every province, including the territories, and lived in four of them. She's been to Europe and Israel a couple of times, but, though she now lives in central Alberta, she says her heart is split between the wilderness of the Yukon and the jungles of Papua New Guinea.

Marcia is captivated by the lure of large bodies of water and mountain vistas. Her heart pounds with the rhythm of a galloping horse, flies with the frenzy of a hummingbird, whirs with the mystery of a dragonfly.

Currently, Marcia has two contemporary novels for adults and four fantasy novels for middle-grade readers, as well as a few devotional books, all available on Amazon. Have a look:


Marcia write to reveal the glory of God in this world and in her life. Marcia feels that God has abundantly blessed, challenged, rebuked, healed, and restored her through the process of writing and being involved with other writers.

Marcia has served on the executive of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship, been a long-time member of The Word Guild and American Christian Fiction Writers, and been privileged to teach for some of these groups. Marcia is also a sought-after speaker for women’s retreats and one-day events. She has spoken widely for RSVP Ministries (Stonecroft). 

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