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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Nov 9 to Nov. 22, 2015
Need more information on CAA-NCR? Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/
TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org
CAA WRITING CIRCLES (WCS) HAVE STARTED FOR THE 2015-16 SEASON
The Circle at McNabb Community Center (Percy Street just north of Gladstone) held its first meeting on Tuesday, October 13th at 6:00 in the meeting room, and we have space for a couple of new members.
This is an opportunity to receive feedback from a knowledgeable group of writers; many participants have published the very material critiqued in their circle.
Participation is FREE to CAA members. Non-CAA-members may join for $75 for the year. For more information or to join a writing circle, please contact the Coordinator.
TOPIC: TAPPING YOUR INNATE CREATIVITY
PRESENTER: Bobbi Florio Graham
DATE: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.
One of Barbara Florio Graham’s most popular workshops has been Tapping Your Innate Creativity, which she has taught to national organizations and corporations across Canada, in the U.S. and abroad. It is now offered as an online tutorial. Barbara will give a small sample in her presentation to CAA, and explain how to use many of these principles to improve our creative writing.
BIO: Barbara Florio Graham has won awards for fiction, non-fiction, humour and poetry, and has written for magazines and newspapers across North America. The author of three books, Five Fast Steps to Better Writing, Five Fast Steps to Low-Cost Publicity, and Mewsings/Musings, she served as Managing Editor for Prose to Go: Tales from a Private List. A popular mentor and publishing consultant, Bobbi’s website contains a wealth of free information. Go to: http://SimonTeakettle.com
29TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST
Short Story • Poetry $300 • $200 • $100 NEW! Open to all residents of Ontario and Quebec. NEW!
- Short Story, max. 2500 words. Poetry (not Haiku), max. 60 lines including title & blank lines.
- Must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.
- In English, typed, double-spaced (but not for poems), on 8 1/2 × 11″ paper, one side only, page-numbered consecutively on bottom right of pages. No extra-large type, please! Indicate category and title on top left corner of every page.
- Contest is blind judged which means the Contest Coordinator will assign a number to your entry that will correspond to what she sends off to the judge. (Don’t put your name on it anywhere!)
- Don’t forget to include your entry fee.*
- Please understand that we can’t acknowledge receipt or return your entries.
- CAA–NCR reserves the right to withhold any prize should entries fail to meet expected standards.
- We will need a separate page with your information on it: category, story/poem title, name, address, phone number, e-mail address. Cheques payable to Canadian Authors Association–NCR.
I’m in! How do I do this? Entry fees* are $15 per story; $15 for up to three (3) poems. Poems will be judged individually.
MAIL ENTRIES TO: CAA National Capital Writing Contest, 163 Bell St., N., Box 57081, Ottawa ON K1R 7E1. Attention: Sherrill Wark
We hope that all finalists and their friends and families will attend the always-exciting Awards Night, Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7 PM, AUDITORIUM, MAIN BRANCH, OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY. Finalists may be invited to read their entries. Winning entries will be published in CAA–NCR’s e-mag Byline. (Copyright will remain with you.)
Deadline Midnight FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016. (Get it postmarked if you’re close). QUESTIONS? Contact Sherrill Wark, Coordinator, NCWC at email@example.com
*“One Free Entry” for CAA–NCR members no longer available.
CAA-NCR MEMBER A. COLIN WRIGHT WILL LAUNCH HIS NEW NOVEL, VERONICA’S PAPERS
DATE: Tues. Nov. 24th, 2015 at The Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street, Kingston, 7 to 9 p.m.
Everyone within range of Kingston is invited to attend. Copies of this and other of my works will be available, or may be ordered at any Amazon site and at fine bookstores everywhere.
“Gerald Claygton, suffering from amnesia, receives a package os papers from Veronica, a former clinical hypnotist. She tells him they accomplished his fantasy of gathering together, on a ship, his past loves with the two of them present, but in disguise. In hopes of discovering his own past, Gerald invites the passengers to guess what, or who, they have in common.”
CAA NATIONAL NEWS:
UPCOMING WEBINARS THIS FALL
Self-Editing 101: Taking your manuscript to the next stage
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 7:00–8:30 pm EDT
Presenter: Anita Purcell, Executive Director, Canadian Authors
No matter how wonderful your first draft seems, it is no more than a work-in-progress full of plot holes, gaps in logic, and character inconsistencies. Yes, traditional publishers have their own editors and proofreaders—but to be even considered for publication, your manuscript must be better than thousands of other submissions. And if you’re self-publishing, you’ll need to stand out among an ever-growing number of competitors with crisp, clean, and professional writing. During this session you’ll learn about the 3-tier editing process that will save your sanity as well as your muse. Register Today!
Launch Your Book Successfully
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 7:00–8:30 pm EDT
Presenter: Brian Jud, Executive Director, APSS USA
Did you know you can start marketing your book long before it launches? In this webinar you’ll be shown creative, yet practical tactics to increase your book’s chances of success before you publish and after it goes on sale. Early in the publishing phase, you can begin arranging sponsorships and media events, generating pre-publication sales, preparing your title for reviews and awards, building your prospect list, and more. Once your book is available for sale, the stage of perpetual promotion begins. Brian will show you innovative, low-cost, and proven marketing actions you can immediately take to sell more books. Register Today!
Worldbuilding for Writers
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 7:00–8:30 pm EDT
Presenter: Sandra Stewart, author
Are you working on a story that just doesn’t feel full enough? Award-winning author Sandra Stewart will show you how to bring depth to your story by answering questions on culture, science and technology, economics, and more. Whether the world you’re writing about is real or imagined, you’ll learn how to make it come to life and fully engage your audience. Register Today!
ROB MCLENNAN WILL OFFER WORKSHOPS BEGINNING IN JANUARY 2016
DATES: WEDNESDAYS FROM JAN. 13 2016 THROUGH MARCH 9, 2016
LOCATION: Alta Vista Drive (just south of Randall Avenue). Address and directions to be provided.
$200 for 8 sessions. For information, contact rob mclennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613 239 0337
THE BANFF CENTRE SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS:
We are excited to announce that our Spring/Summer 2016 programs are now open for applications. In addition to Writing Studio, BILTC (our unique literary translation program), Literary Journalism, Digital Narratives and our Self-Directed writing residency, our upcoming programs include a five-day intensive on Historical Fiction with Lawrence Hill, and Frontline: Environmental Reportage, a two-week residency focused on environmental writing. Read more
Upcoming Program Deadlines https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/all/literary-arts
- Nov. 12, 2015 Crime Writing Residency
- Jan. 13, 2016 Historical Fiction with Lawrence Hill
- Jan. 20, 2016 Digital Narratives
- Jan. 20, 2016 Writing Studio
- Jan. 27, 2016 Frontline: Environmental Reportage
- Feb. 10, 2016 Banff International Literary Translation Centre
- Mar.16, 2016 Literary Journalism
- Apply Now Self-Directed Writing Residency
OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s 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. Check out Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to email@example.com
RESOURCES FOR SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES
TREE PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST
HOW TO ENTER FOR 2016: This contest is for those who come to keep the seats warm at The Tree Reading Series, those who come to the Seed workshops, or are regulars at the Tree open mic readings.
The prize is now $250 and ten copies of your chapbook! (The winner may order more copies if he/she wishes.) There is no fee to enter. Send 1 hard copy, up to 30 pages of poems, to the co-ordinator by December 30, 2015: Claudia Radmore, 49 McArthur Ave., Carleton Place, On. K7C 2W1
OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN
MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN
- Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 Tree Reading Series presents: Damian Rogers + Jessica Bebenek, 6:45 pm Workshop – The craft of the poetry reading with Jessica Bebenek 8:00 pm Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa http://www.treereadingseries.ca/
OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL EVENTS
Info & Tickets More info and later events: http://www.writersfestival.org/events