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 splashing 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 groups 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 a second blog, called Digital Substitute, which is a professional teaching blog, and contribute to the Write Group wiki, which is a public wiki authored by the Write Group members. You can jump to these sites using the links I provided in my blogroll.

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