NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for the week of April 16, 2012
–19 Items 10 NEW EVENTS
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ITEM 1: CANADIAN WRITERS’ CONTEST CALENDARS FOR SALE
An excellent source of contest information is the Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar, edited by CAA member Deborah Ranchuk. This is organized by month by deadline date. It provides a summary on each contest and where you can find more information. It can be purchased from the branch for $18.00 members or $22.00 for non-members. Contact Arlene Smith at email@example.com
CAA NATIONAL NEWS
ITEM 2: CANWRITE! 2012 WRITERS CONFERENCE
Four days, four ways to access masters, muses & magic!
Win an iPad! The first 50 registrants will be entered in a draw to win an iPad!
The draw will be held during the conference.
DATES: Thurs. May 17, 2012 4:00 PM to Monday May 21, 2012 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Lakehead University, Orillia Campus, 500 University Ave. Orillia, Ontario L3V 0B9
Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of your day-to-day routine ? Are you suffering from a serious case of writers’ block? Want to jump start those creative juices by talking shop with fellow writers? Could that draft you’ve been working on benefit from some constructive feedback from your peers or a professional editor? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, the Canadian Authors Association is delighted to invite you to our 91st annual writers’ conference. Join us for easy access to the following options:
* Personal writing time
* Writing circles – learn from your peers
* Blue pencil sessions – get feedback from professionals
* Hands on writing workshops
* Master classes for published and mid-career authors
* Voice coaching for truly effective readings
* Hands on help with social media tools and techniques
* Open mike readings
* Opportunities to promote and sell your book
More information and a link to register:
Questions about CanWrite? Feel free to send us an email or call our toll-free number.
And remember: Register soon for a one-in-fifty chance to win a brand new iPad.
Anita Purcell & Courtney Thompson
Canadian Authors Association
Tel: 705 719 3926 TF: 1 866 216 6222
BRANCH MEMBER NEWS
ITEM 3: EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD WRITING CLASSES FOR YOUNG WRITERS BEGIN APRIL 21ST NEW!
For the creative young writer (10-14 years), award-winning author, is once again teaching “Let’s Write a Novel” at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre in Bells Corners. Bring your creative ideas and let’s see if we can write a novel. Classes begin April 21st. Call the Nepean Creative Arts Centre 613-596-5783 for more information and to register.
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
ITEM 4: THE POETRY GARAGE WITH SANDRA RIDLEY
DATE: Saturday Apr 28, 2012 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Carlingwood Library, 281 Woodroffe Ave
A two-hour session on fine-tuning the mechanics and dynamics of your poems. Your work will be read and discussed in a supportive small-group environment, facilitated by Sandra Ridley (winner of the 2009 Alfred G. Bailey Prize and 2010 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing, a finalist for the 2011 Ottawa Book Award, and sessional instructor of poetry at Carleton University). Participants will be encouraged to provide constructive feedback. Once registered, submit up to five pages of poems, in advance, to be workshopped. Material can be emailed to sandraridley -at- bell.net or can be dropped off c/o Paul Tyler at the Carlingwood Branch by April 21st. Register here: http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/main/program?evdate=2012-04-28
ITEM 5: WRITE BY THE RIVER – THE FICTION WORKSHOP ENGLISH 2903A CARLETON UNIVERSITY SUMMER 2012 – May 8 – August 14 Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 p.m. NEW!
“All good writing is swimming underwater and holding your breath.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
Richard Taylor will offer the Summer Fiction Workshop, English 2903A, Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m. from May-August. This half credit course will appeal to anyone interested in writing post card stories, short stories, novels, and creative non-fiction such as blogs, personal essays, humour, travel and memoir writing. Time will be devoted to fun, stimulating writing exercises, learning how to balance inspiration and discipline, finding a personal voice, choosing a subject and developing a sense of structure. For one assignment, the class will be organized into groups of three writers and each group will write a three chapter mini novel. There will be group critiques of works-in-progress and creative revision and self-editing. The workshop will consist of beginners, and more advanced writers of all genres. On warm evenings some class time will be on the banks of the Rideau River. For more info, please check the English Department website; my website www.taylorswave.ca and e-mail Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT RICK TAYLOR
Rick has published a collection of short stories, a novel, many feature magazine articles and an Australian travel memoir, House Inside the Waves: Domesticity, Art and the Surfing Life. For 20 years he has taught over 100 writing workshops in Ottawa, Hong Kong, Australia and Tuscany. Since 1995, when he was Carleton writer-in-residence, he has taught the Fiction Workshop. This summer he will offer his Seventh Annual Write by the Lake summer writers retreat in Val-des-Monts Quebec near a waterfall at his beautiful lake house, Monet Bay. While surfing and swimming around the world, he is working on an unusual book about swimming with writers, Water & Desire. All memory is fiction – Spalding Gray
ITEM 6: EAC—NCR SEMINAR SERIES 2011-2012
Date: Various dates as noted
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Editors’ Association of Canada offers seminars with a hands-on approach to many facets of copy editing and writing. Editors, writers, and communicators can refine their skills, enhance their knowledge base, and improve their communication expertise with seminars taught by industry experts at the highly regarded National Capital Region Branch seminars.
# Electronic Editing: April 23, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
# Punctuation and Mechanics: May 7, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
# The Secrets of Syntax: May 8, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
NOTE: Space is limited. These workshops are open to everyone. EAC members receive a reduced rate.
CONTACT: Pat Patterson, Public Relations, EAC-NCR, email@example.com
ITEM 7: NONFICTION WRITERS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
DATES: via teleconference May 16-18, 2012
Topics include traditional and self-publishing, ebooks, virtual book tours, social media, strategies to sell more books on Amazon, blogging, SEO, professional speaking, and other book marketing tactics. Speakers include Dan Poynter, Mark Coker, John Kremer, Michael Larsen, Stephanie Chandler, Penny Sansevieri, Jane Atkinson, Jim Horan, D’vorah Lansky, Roger C. Parker, Karl Palachuk, Dana Lynn Smith, Kevin Smokler, Peter Bowerman, and Bill Belew. Pull up a seat on your couch and join us as 15 top speakers cover how to publish, promote, and profit with nonfiction books! Details and registration: http://www.NonfictionWritersConference.com
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 8: JOB OPPORTUNITY BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR – GRAIN MAGAZINE, REGINA, SASK. NEW!
The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild (SWG) seeks an enthusiastic self-starter to join the Saskatoon team at Grain Magazine in the position of Business Administrator.
The Business Administrator provides support to ensure the continuous, timely production of this quarterly, award-winning literary journal, published by SWG. The successful candidate must be able to juggle multiple priorities and deadlines, have knowledge of budgeting and bookkeeping, be PC literate and have excellent skills using Microsoft Office For a more detailed job description, please visit the SWG web site at www.skwriter.com/.
ITEM 9: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: May 15 for the May issue
Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 10: POETRY BOOK LAUNCH IN OTTAWA! ROSS, FORSYTHE, BALL, BURDICK, MCFADDEN! NEW!
DATE: Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Raw Sugar Cafe
STUART ROSS SAYS: “Hi there! I hope you can make it to this book launch. And I’d be very grateful if you could invite other Ottawa friends who you think might be interested. And if you are a prof or teacher, please share this with your class, and if you’re in the media, it’d be great if you could announce this event, or preview it, or interview someone involved. Thanks!
ITEM 11: MONTREAL POETRY PRIZE WINNERS IN OTTAWA!
DATE: Saturday, April 28 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Library Room, Ottawa Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue
What does a $50,000 poem sound like? What about the winning poem in the broadside competition? Mark Tredinnick (Australia) won $50,000 for one poem, “Walking Underwater”! Come out to hear him read. Also reading is Linda Rogers (Canada). Linda is a former LCP President, Victoria B.C. poet and former poet laureate of Victoria. In 2000 she was Canada’s People’s Poet. Linda’s poem, “The Grasshopper’s Silence,” on the Prize short list, was selected to be published as the Montreal Prize broadside winner.
ITEM 12: AB SERIES NEW!
DATE: Saturday, April 21 7:30 P.M.
LOCATION: Gallery 101, 301½ Bank St.
A B Series happening: U.S. poet/artist Dan Waber screen his still and animated visual poetry at Gallery 101, 301½ Bank St. Seating begins at 7: 30 p.m. Admission free. Info: ABSERIES.ORG http://abseries.org/
ITEM 13: POETRY ‘ZOWN &THE ONTARIO POETRY SOCIETY INVITES YOU TO ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN THE POETRY ‘ZOWN FESTIVAL NEW!
DATE: Sunday April 22,2012 12 Noon
LOCATION: 66 King East, Cobourg, Ontario
Featuring The National Poetry Month Raffle Sponsored By: McClelland & Stewart, Guernica Editions, Brick Books, Serengeti Press, HMS Press, Creative Vocalization Studio, Magni Frame,
Hidden Brook Press, Canada Cuba Literary Alliance, The Azrieli Foundation & Snowapple Press,
Many Exciting Prize Packages of Brand New Books & CD’s to win! Members Readings, Open Mic & Free Admission
ITEM 14: APRIL 16 to 22 EVENTS AT COLLECTED WORKS NEW!
1242 WELLINGTON STREET WEST AT HOLLAND Check Facebook for full details or visit http://www.collected-works.com/pages/events.htm
Open Mic returns in April! Dates to be announced. Watch our events page and Facebook page for updates.
Every Sunday in April! Rugrat Readers – 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Parents, are you looking to get you and your rugrats out of the house? Looking for ways to get your child interested in reading? In need of an hour of “me” time? Then come on down to Collected Works on Sundays and have your child introduced to the love of reading by a Rugrat Reader, while you peruse the books and enjoy the coffee bar! Readings for children 5 and under from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and for children 6 and older from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Saturdays, April 21,28 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Meet in-house travel expert, writer, and blogger Travelling Matt
Collected Works’ in house traveling guru Matt Connolly will be setting up shop somewhere near the coffee bar to answer any travel related questions you might have. He has read all the books, logged more air time then the average Air Canada pilot and is a TICO certified vacation planning wizard with over fifteen years arranging government and military travel! If you have any questions about an upcoming trip Matt is the man to ask!
Friday, April 20 7:00 P.M. Scott Fotheringham reads from The Rest is Silence
In the backwoods of Nova Scotia, a man slowly withdraws himself from the world. He fills his days with planting a garden. Building a cabin. Carving out friendships. Falling in love. His nights are for storytelling. A saga of youthful passions, of idealism and hope, of science and rebellion. Outside the forests, news reports trickle in. A worldwide catastrophe is brewing. People are frightened. Governments are in turmoil. The future is uncertain. And as the story unfolds, we learn the consequences of believing we were ever ready to open Pandora’s Box.
Bold of theme, sensual of language, and astonishing in its implications, The Rest is Silence is a stunning achievement. Don’t miss out on your chance to be among the first to meet Scott and read a novel as beautiful as it is thought-provoking.
Saturday, April 21 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. Meet Iain Reid, author of One Bird’s Choice
One Bird’s Choice, winner of the CBC Bookie Award for best Nonfiction of the year, is a hilarious and heartwarming comic memoir that bridges the divide between the Boomer and Boomerang generations. It recounts the year Iain moved back to his hobby farm in his late twenties to live with his parents. Iain Reid is an author and journalist. His work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, National Public Radio and Reader’s Digest, among others. He writes a regular column in The National Post about books and writing. One Bird’s Choice is his first book. His second book will be released in the spring of 2013.
Sunday, April 22 12: 00 – 5:00 P.M. Monthly artisan craft fair
A chance for local artists and artisans to display their wares and their works in our newly renovated space! While wandering around on a beautiful spring day check out our newly renovated store and some of the works of fine local artists. Also, if you’re a local artist/artisan and want some space to sell your wares, drop Chris C. a line.
A note from Chris Carroll at Collected Works Bookstore: You thought we were awesome before… late this spring we will be completely remodeled, capable of double capacity for author events and still taking local authors on consignment! If you have books, we WANT to sell them!
ITEM 15: 4TH ANNUAL ONTARIO WRITERS’ CONFERENCE 2012
DATE: Saturday, May 5, 2012
LOCATION: Deer Creek Golf and Country Club, Ajax, Ontario
This is an intense day of workshops, lectures, a plenary session and speakers.
Wherever you’d like to wander, if you’re interested in writing, we’re confident you’ll find a path to nurture your interests somewhere within the pages of the Ontario Writers’ Conference website. (But if you don’t, please let us know!) Click here for more info on the program and for registration details:
ITEM 16: EAC-NCR BRANCH APRIL SPEAKERS’ NIGHT NEW!
DATE: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Capital Hill Hotel & Suites, 88 Albert St., Tupper Room
Admission: Free for EAC members; $10 for non-members
This evening has two events:
• NCR Branch Annual General Meeting and 2012-2012 executive elections
• Speaker Nights presentation with three authors offering advice on how to avoid messing up a text
Annual General Meeting: The 2012-2013 branch executive will be elected at this meeting.
Presentation: EAC-NCR is providing insights about editing from the authors point of view! Come learn what accomplished writers have to say about the process of editing – from their perspective. “A good editor is the best thing that can happen to a writer” claims guest speaker, Rick Taylor, Carleton university writing instructor, novelist, and author of a collection of short stories, many feature magazine articles, and travel memoir House Inside the Waves. Other guests include engaging educator, Caroline Pignat, Governor General’s Award winning novelist of the highly acclaimed Greener Grass, Wild Geese, and Timber Wolf, deemed “historical fiction at its best” (Canadian Children’s Book News). Caroline’s freelance work appears in numerous publications for children, teens and adults. And, Peggy Blair, lawyer, realtor, and successful mystery writer of The Beggar’s Opera, shortlisted (2010) for the prestigious Debut Dagger Award of the (UK) Crime Writers Association, and author of the non-fiction book Lament for a First Nation.
ITEM 17: OTTAWA STORYTELLERS EVENTS JAN. 2012
Storytelling and Tea: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
at The Tea Party, 119 York St. Stories begin on the hour and half-hour with breaks in between for treats and chatting. Pay what you can.
April 24 Tales from the Camino Phil and Anne Nagy NEW!
Apr. 19 Lasting Enchantment: 200 Years of the Brothers Grimm at 7:30 pm NAC Fourth Stage
2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of the famous fairytale collection of the Brothers Grimm. Written for adults rather than children, these stories are often just that – grim. However, these are not the stories Hollywood tells us. Be captivated and enchanted, but be prepared to hear the unvarnished tales as the Brothers wrote them. Featuring Marva Blackmore, Kathie Kompass, Mary Wiggin, and Mat Kelly othe Shadow Puppet Theatre.
SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN OVER TEN AND ADULTS. Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office with no online purchase fees, click here http://www.ticketmaster.ca/artist/991709?lang=en-ca&brand=nac for online tickets. More Info http://www.ottawastorytellers.ca/4th-stage-at-the-nac/
ITEM 18: LiPS April 20 2012 SLAM 7:00 P.M. NEW!
The LiPS (Live Poets Society of Lanark County) penultimate qualifying slam of this season. Come on out & try your hand/mouth at competing, or do some open mic. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (for sign up & to get yourself a seat). Cost is only $5 per person, however those deciding to compete (slam) or to do open mic – get in for free. Feature for the evening: Sean O’Gorman. A talented spoken word poet, you will not want to miss. A national sensation.
Come on out to check out the slam, enjoy the entertainment, grace the stage, support the local talent, be a judge, etc.
ITEM 19: WRITING CONTESTS COMING UP
CONTESTS WITH APRIL DEADLINES
JACKPINE PRESS CALL FOR PROPOSALS submit between Wed.February 15, 2012 9:00 a.m.- Mon. April 16, 2012 5:00 p.m. PO Box 7731, Station Main, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 4R5 JackPine Press accepts proposals for collaborations of text and design to be launched as limited edition hand-bound chapbooks in Fall 2012 and beyond. The deadline for projects intended to launch in Fall 2012 is APRIL 15th 2012. The deadline for projects intended to launch in Spring 2013 is October 15th 2012. For complete and detailed submission guidelines, please visit: www.jackpinepress.com/guidelines.php
WRITER’S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS DEADLINE: April 20, 2012. Win $3,000 cash and a trip to Writer’s Digest Conference in NYC. http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished?et_mid=535351&rid=233037386
TWUC CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 16TH ANNUAL WRITING FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION PRIZE DEADLINE APRIL 24, 2012 The Writers’ Union of Canada. Submissions accepted until April 24, 2012. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 1,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author. PRIZE $1,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian children’s publishers. DETAILS: http://www.writersunion.ca/cn_writeforchildren.asp
Elora Writers’ Festival writing competition invites entries for their 9th annual writing competition. Prizes: $200, $100, $75 (4 age categories). Submit: Short story/personal essay (1500 words max.) and poetry (75 lines max). Deadline: April 27, 2012. Entry fee $15 (fee only for writers 20+ category). Festival and contest details here: http://elorawritersfestival.blogspot.com/2012/01/one-step-one-word-at-time.html
Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award Deadline Extended from March 12 to April 30, 2012. The revised filing deadline is Monday, April 30 at midnight, Pacific Time. Questions, contact: Barbara Gaughen (“gone”), Barbara@Rain.org +1-805-968-8567 See http://globalebookawards.com/
CONTESTS MAY 1 to JUNE 1 DEADLINES
Short Story, Poetry And Black & White Line Art Contest Plus Self-Published Book Prize. The CANADIAN STORIES literary folk magazine is pleased to offer the 4th Contest for Short Stories, Poetry, Black & White Art and a Self-Published Book Prize. A total of over $3000 in prize money will be awarded. DEADLINE: May 1, 2012. Notification Approximately June 15, 2012. CONTEST DETAILS AT: http://www.canadianstories.net/contest.html
The CBC literary prizes recognize the best in original, unpublished writing by Canadians. CBC creative nonfiction prize. Competition opens March 1; deadline May 1. Visit http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/ FOR FULL CONTEST DETAILS
Writers Digest Annual Competition. Deadline May 1, 2012. Enter the 81st Annual Writing Competition and gain access to agents, to editors, to your peers, to readers. Winning entries will be on display in the 81st Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection and entrants will gain the spotlight they deserve. Compete and Win in 10 Categories! http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition?et_mid=542024&rid=233037386
OPEN TO INTERPRETATION: A Juried Book Competition of Photography, Poetry and Prose Current Calls for Writers Intimate Landscape. Submission Fees $10 per entry. New Extended Deadline: May 1, 2012 photos: http://www.open2interpretation.com/intimate_landscape_results.html Writing guidelines: http://www.open2interpretation.com/writing_guidelines.html Submit writing http://www.open2interpretation.com/submit_manuscript.html
The New Quarterly Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award Deadline: May 28, 2012 NEW! sponsored by St. Jerome’s University English Dept. Winning Story: $1,000 Entry Fee: $40 per submission* For a work of short fiction by a Canadian writer in the early stages. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing. There is no word limit; all submissions are judged blind.Though there is only one prize, all submissions will be considered for publication. For full details, see www.tnq.ca/contests
The 2013 KEN KLONSKY Novella Contest http://www.quattrobooks.ca/submissions/ Quattro Books will publish the two best novella manuscripts by a Canadian author as part of their 2013 Publishing list. You may send your manuscripts anytime between March 01, 2012 and June 01, 2012 along with a $15 reader’s fee and your email address, to: Quattro Books Inc, CSI second floor, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 2R4. Manuscripts will not be returned.
ASPIRING CANADIAN POETS CONTEST APRIL 1 TO JUNE 1 2012 Recognizing and Developing Unpublished Canadian Poets. This contest invites the participation of Canadian poets who have not published any of their original creative writing (poems or prose). What are you waiting for? Click on http://www.aspiringpoetscontest.org/How-To-Enter.html for contest rules and guidelines.