Pat Dobie is a fiction writer and freelance editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She writes historical and contemporary fiction about her obsessions. An avid traveler and train freak, Pat has traveled by rail in many countries, including China, Outer Mongolia and the land of her ancestors, Scotland.

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Written in 3 days!

That crucible of invention known as the 3-Day Novel Contest is held every September long weekend. For 2016’s contest, Pat wrote a novella about cheese, sex and death. Billed as “The World’s Most Notorious Writing Contest,” this event has seduced hundreds of writers over the years. Read about Pat’s experience as a past winner here.

mineral schoolTwo weeks of non-stop writing! Mineral School, an arts residency program in Washington state, hosted Pat from September 11-25, where she worked on a few short stories and the novel MAD AGNES in a classroom converted to a studio space. Read more about Mineral School’s residencies here.

historical-novel-society-smallThe Historical Novel Society‘s  2015 New Novel winner is Cam Terwilliger’s YET WILDERNESS GREW IN MY HEART. Pat’s novel INVENTING PARIS made the shortlist. Read more here.