About Stefras’ Bridge

Hi. My name is Shawn Urban. I am a writer and an active member of the Write Group, a group of friends and writers scribbling through the landscape of Alberta, Canada.

Picture the purls penned on our paper.

I proposed its slogan: Picture the purls penned on our paper. It is alliterative synesthesia; so, it is to be experienced to capture its full meaning. Purls is not spelled incorrectly, and the suggestion of its homophone is intentional.

I have been writing since I was eleven years old, shortly after my Grade 5 teacher read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to my class, but I have been telling stories for as long as I can remember.

In addition to the Write Group, I belonged to several writer’s circles and worked in workshops hosted by such writers as Reg Silvester and Candas Jane Dorsey. Writing is a big and engaging part of my life.

I created this blog to explore and play with my writing. I intend it to be a medium for me to continue to develop my writing skills and style. Included in it are snippets, vignettes and quickwrites of my writing; posts about characterization, dialogue, etcetera; my experiences in writing; and my comments on other writer’s blogs. I will also provide writing exercises and prompts for those who are inclined to write on the fly.

I hope you enjoy my blog. I look forward to any comments you wish to offer.

Have a fun visit, and welcome to Stefras’ Bridge.

I also write two other blogs, Digital Substitute which is a professional teaching blog, and The Write Group which is a public blog tailored to writers and Write Group members.

The image in the header is Gothic Bridge in Central Park, New York City, New York, taken by Jim Trodel on June 2, 2005.