Writer. Musician. Cultural Itinerant.


Rick Overwater is a longtime Calgary-based writer and musician. He likes guitars and short sentences.

No, seriously, I’m still a musician

This year I’ve written/started a pile of hard rock songs. I was a gigging musician before getting serious about fiction writing, and not having a live band up and running is killing me. Is it the on-stage adrenalin I miss, or the free beer?  Whichever, school and writing are driving the bus but I have been jamming sporadically with members of Cowpuncher and the Mad Bombers Society and my old...

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That’s Going to Leave a Mark (blog)

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    When Words Collide is my favorite event of the year and this past weekend was no different! On Sunday, I hosted this panel on literary versus genre fiction with the talented Merilyn Ruth Riddell, Arlene F. Marks, JM Landells and Scott Fitzgerald Gray. I also gave a presentation on graphic novel production and lots of people have come to me for more resources afterwards so that’s pretty cool. Looking forward to WWC 2020! (at Calgary, Alberta)


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    Shortlisted for an Aurora Award! 

    We are nominated for 2019 Graphic Novel of the Year by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association! Anyone can be a voting member of the CSFFA (for a measly $10!) and you get a big e-package pf the year’s best Canadian stuff, novels, young adult books, you name it. Learn more here: https://prixaurorawards.ca/ 


Comic-making resources

Here are a bunch of places to get things you need and learn about making comics. Questions? Hit me up anytime via social media or email rick@overwater.ca Dead links? Let me know!    BASICS OF WRITING AND SCRIPTING http://channel101.wikia.com/wiki/Story_Structure_101:_Super_Basic_Shit https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/downloads/story-circle-template/ Glossary of comic terms: http://www.balloon...

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This is 2019 so far

Man, oh man, have I become the king of biting off more than one can chew. Except that, so far I’m actually chewing it and somewhat digesting too. When I feel overwhelmed, I read the e-letter of Warren Ellis, one of my current living heroes (you should sign up for his newsletter, it’s excellent). Ellis always seems like he’s on the verge of imploding, and yet keeps cranking out awesome stuff in com...

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2018 is already a blur!

So… one year of my UBC MFA is done! Straight As in Creative Writing,  Advanced  Writing for Graphic Forms, and Creative Nonfiction! 1989 Rick is not buying it, but it’s true! The next issue of Futility, a complete graphic novel to be published by Coffin Hop Press, is in production. We launch at Edmonton Expo in Sept. A new short story, The House of the Knight’s Nail appears in th...

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