What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, February, 2018

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

 FEBRUARY, 2018

 Need more information on CAA-NCR, its programs or events?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianAuthorsNCR/

Keep in touch on Twitter at: @caa_ncr

 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Arlene Smith at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

 

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2017-2018 UPCOMING

Meeting start time changed to 7:15 p.m . • A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills. • A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas.

OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS:  7:15 p.m. at McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

 February 13, 2018

March 13, 2018

April 10, 2108

May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night

June 12, 2018

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings

 CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING FEBRUARY 13, 2018

 Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TOPIC: The Examined Life: Understanding Ourselves Through Memoir

SPEAKER: Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith

 Far beyond the celebrity “tell-all,” a well-written memoir offers much to both the writer and the readers. A memoir can transform the pain of the past into clarity, and also provide an insightful exploration into an aspect of life, a time of life, or a certain place in time. Lee Ann will present some options for themes and structures within this genre, as well as tips for how writers can use specific techniques to keep the reader reading.

 Bio: Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith’s workshop series for writers of family history and memoir, “Write It So They’ll Read It” has been running in Ottawa, Perth, and other locations across Ontario since 2007. She is the author of two acclaimed non-fiction books, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Her website is www.leeanneckhardtsmith.com.

 UPCOMING:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
TOPIC: Playwriting
SPEAKER: Laurie Fyffe

What makes a play different from other forms of writing? How do you get the characters to tell your story? What exactly is ‘dramatic action’? And how does the playwright craft dialogue to serve both characters and plot? It’s all about wants and desires.
BIO: Laurie Fyffe is a playwright, dramaturge, actor, arts administrator and Artistic Director of Evolution Theatre, Ottawa. She is a member of CAEA, ACTRA, and the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
TOPIC: Can you write a poem like ‘superstar’ Rupi Kaur (Milk and Honey, The Sun and Her Flowers)? Do you want to?

SPEAKER: JC Sulzenko

Join JC Sulzenko, whose first full collection, South Shore Suite…POEMS, came out in November (www.pointpetrepublishing.ca.) She’ll highlight aspects of her writing life from writing for children to self-publishing, from writing collaboratively to assuming a pseudonym, then lead an interactive romp through selections from Kaur’s work to enable participants to craft a poem there and then or at their ‘leisure.’ www.jcsulzenko.com

BIO: JC Sulzenko writes in a number of genres and creates poetry and stories for young and adult readers alike. The Ottawa International Writers Festival and the Ottawa Public Library/Ottawa Children’s Literature Round Table’s Kid Galas have showcased her poetry and her books for children. Her poems appear in a number of chapbooks and anthologies and have been broadcast on radio and television. To assist in fund-raising for charitable organizations, JC writes impromptu poetry at special events and offers some of her books for sale through not-for-profit groups.

 UPCOMING CAA-NCR WORKSHOP

 Dialogue: The Mechanics of

with Tim Wynne-Jones

Saturday, April 21, 2018  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Algonquin College, Woodroffe Campus, Room J208

 Cost, payable by cash, cheque or e-transfer: $50 for members of the Canadian Authors Association $65 for non-members

Register by sending a message to NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

 There are, simply stated, two kinds of narrative at work in a novel: scene and summary. It is in scene-work that the reader is closest to the action. The camera can dolly in tight on the characters, close enough to pick up every word and grumble, every shudder and wink. That’s where we come to really know the characters by what they do and, in dialogue, by what they say. But when we use the term dialogue, we can’t really divorce it from the “connective tissue” of a scene. Because we need to see the scene not simply hear it. This is how we account for the time in which a scene takes place. And that is the most important difference between scene and summary: a scene takes place in real time – time the writer must account for.

In this workshop, we will look at what makes a scene tick. And at the heart of that is dialogue. Dialogue’s chief job is to reveal character.

 CAA NATIONAL

SAVE THE DATE: CANADIAN WRITERS’ SUMMIT, JUNE 14 TO 17, 2018

 The Canadian Writers’ Summit is a super-conference jointly hosted by a cohort of Canadian writer organizations, including Canadian Authors Association, which will take place at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Writers, mark your calendars and start planning for it now – it’s only 7 months away. . . Watch this space for more information in the weeks to come.

CANADIAN AUTHORS FRED KERNER BOOK AWARD 2018 NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS     

The CAA Fred Kerner Book Award is awarded annually to a Canadian Authors member who has the best overall book published in the previous year. The deadline is March 15 – get the guidelines and entry form at https://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/submit-for-an-award/

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES AND COURSES

BANFF CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CREATIVITY

 Several upcoming workshops. Deadlines to apply in FEBRUARY 2018. FOR MORE INFO:  https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/current-programs/literary-arts

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 OTTAWA SUBMISSIONS

 Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-Wsubmission/

 BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS                   

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.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  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 events@bywords.ca

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

 

The Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction Entry Fee: $29 Deadline: February 15, 2018

Prize: First: $2,500 and entries of winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration

Contacthttp://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose-competition Website: www.writerssunion.ca 

 

The Toronto Star Short Story Competition (Ontario Residents)

Genre: Fiction Entry Fee: None Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Prize: First: $5,000, plus the tuition fee for either The Humber School for Writers 2018 Creative Writing by Correspondence (Approximate retail value: $3,000), or Summer Workshop in Creative Writing on July 8-13, 2018 at Humber’s Lakeshore Campus (Approximate retail value: $1,000). Second: $2,000, Third: $1,000

Details: https://www.thestar.com/contests/2018/01/05/2018-toronto-star-short-story-contest-in-paper-ad.html

 

Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Prize

This award is for a previously unpublished, original work of prose. Novels, short story collections, memoirs, essay collections, and all other forms of prose writing are eligible for consideration. The awarded manuscript is selected through an annual competition which is open to all writers who identify as women. The deadline for entries is February 28, 2018. The award is $1000 and publication by Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $25.00. 45,000 word minimum, 80,000 word maximum. Entries will be accepted via Submittable only. This year’s final judge will be Lidia Yuknavitch. More info: https://redhen.org/awards-2/womens-prose-prize/

 

The Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction enre: Manuscript of 30,000 to 150,000 words: history, memoir, autobiography, biography, literary journalism, political or social commentary, travel writing or any nonfiction medium. Entry fee: $25 Deadline: March 30, 2018  Prize: First, contract for the publication along with a $1500 advance on 10% royalty for all sales, Second: publication and $1,000 advance on 10% royalties Details:  http://pottersfieldpress.com

 

The Irene Adler Prize: A Scholarship for Women Writers

Genre: Nonfiction essay (see guidelines for essay topics)  Entry Fee: None Deadline: Competition runs from January 30 to April 30, 2018   Prize:  $1,000 USD scholarship

Details: http://www.lucasaykroyd.com/scholarships

 

The 12th International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 is now open and accepting entries!

Prizes:  1st Prize – £500  2nd Prize – £250  3rd Prize – £100 plus 17 runners up prizes of being published on our website and in a future anthology. Our judge for 2018 will be Sally Spedding.

Entry forms online. Closing date: Sunday 27th May 2018. To keep up to date just sign up to our newsletter. http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk/

 

Call for Entries: The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018. Submit your Poetry & Short Fiction and showcase your work to a new international audience and further your involvement in the literary world. Prizes include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists, Consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one year subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage. Entries are open until 31 August. Submit at: www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 

MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

TREE READING SERIES at Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa

 

Tuesday, February 13 Marta Singh + Ayesha Chatterjee

6:45p Workshop – Topic to be announced with Lori Fox

8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

 

 Tuesday, February 27 Jennifer Lovegrove + Segun Akinlolu

6:45p Workshop – SHADOWSPEAK: the politics and poetics of writing on and speaking to your shadow(s) with Asli Mahdi

8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

 

THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR SPRING 2018

 Saturday, June 23, 2018 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).

General info: noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)
admission free to the public.

$25 for exhibitors, full tables  $12.50 for half-tables

(payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available)

Note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables.
To be included in the exhibitor catalog:
 please include name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered and any other pertinent info, including upcoming ottawa-area events (if any). Be sure to send by June 10th if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue.

And don’t forget the pre-fair reading usually held the night before, at The Carleton Tavern! (readers tba)
Contact: rob mclennan at rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table More info http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2018/01/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-spring-2018.html

 

 

 

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What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, November 2017

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

 

NOVEMBER, 2017

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Need more information on CAA-NCR, its programs or events?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianAuthorsNCR/

Keep in touch on Twitter at: @caa_ncr

 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Arlene Smith at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

 

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2017-2018 UPCOMING

  •  Meeting start time changed to 7:15 p.m . • No meeting in January so we can hibernate on a cold winter night and not worry about a snowy commute. • A meeting in June instead when snowstorms won’t be an issue.
  • A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills. • A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas.

OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS:  7:15 p.m. at McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

 November 14, 2017

December “Winter Voices” Social

February 13, 2018

March 13, 2018

April 10, 2108

May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night

June 12, 2018

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings can be found on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings

 CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING NOVEMBER 14, 2017

 Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Location: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy Street at Gladstone, Ottawa

 TOPIC: Writing Historical Novels for Young Adults: SPEAKER: Ruth Latta

 Ruth Latta, who reviews young adult historical novels for Canadian Materials magazine, and has published three young adult novels set in the past, will talk about approaches to writing this genre, with reference to some outstanding works in this field including her latest novel, Grace and the Secret Vault.

BIO: Ruth Latta’s most recent book is Grace and the Secret Vault, an historical novel set in 1919, for readers ages ten and up. It was shortlisted for this year’s Northern Lit award for literature in English, presented annually by Ontario Library Services North. Ruth won this award in 2011 for her collection of short stories, Winter Moon. She is at work on another novel about Grace Woodsworth, set in the 1920s/ early 1930s. Ruth often reviews young adult historical novels for the online magazine, Canadian Materials. For more information about her books, which include two other young adult novels set in the past, visit her blogs http://ruthlatta.blogspot.ca and http://ruthlattabooks.blogspot.ca, or Google her name. Ruth lives in Ottawa with her husband and her cat.

 

UPCOMING: CAA-NCR AUTUMN WORKSHOP

AUTUMN WORKSHOP

Breaching Galaxies through Poetry

A Workshop with Albert Dumont

Date: Saturday, November 25

Time: 9:00 to 12:00

Place: Algonquin College

 Cost: $45.00 members of the Canadian Authors Association, $55.00 non-members

Are you aware that words, when skillfully and passionately brought forth, can caress the heart of a human being, bringing it to far away galaxies where only the greatest lovers are allowed to go? Words can untangle the knots clinging to the troubling thoughts of an overburdened mind and free individuals, young and old, to boldly ascend into new and broader horizons, if it is their wish to do so. To register, contact: NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES AND COURSES

 PACKAGING YOUR IMAGINATION 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute in downtown Toronto

Presented by Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers

Canada’s Conference for Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) 2017 conference. Attendees will be offered a choice of four sessions from the dozen offered, plus two keynote speakers and much, much more. For more information and to register, go to http://canscaip.org

 

KING’S MFA IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

This unique, two-year, limited-residency graduate program enables writers to continue to live and work in their home communities while working with writer-mentors to develop their book proposals and manuscripts. Faculty and mentors for the MFA include award-winning writers published by the top book imprints in Canada and around the world. Program includes two two-week summer residencies in Halifax, and one-week winter residencies in Toronto and New York, featuring guest publishers, editors, agents and writers.  For further course details and online registration information, please go to ukings.ca/area-of-study/master-of-fine-arts-in-creative-nonfiction/  For specific questions about the program, please contact: Kim Pittway (kim.pittaway@ukings.ca), Stephen Kimber (stephen.kimber@ukings.ca) or Dean Jobb (dean.jobb@ukings.ca). Applications accepted on a rolling basis through the year.

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

 Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-Wsubmission/

 BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS                    

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.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  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 events@bywords.ca

PRAIRIE FIRE ANNUAL WRITING CONTESTS

  • Genre: Poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction
  • Entry fee: $32 Deadline: November 30, 2017
  • Prize: First: $1250, Second: $500, Third: $250
  • Details: prairiefire.ca/contests

Canadian Women and the Vote 1918-2018: Prairie Fire  (39.1) Special Issue

  •  Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, drama, other
  • Entry fee: No fee
  • Deadline: December 1, 2017 Prize: Payment for work in accord with regular Prairie Fire rates Details: prfire@prairiefire.ca

 From Elee Kraljii Gardiner: Against Death Anthology

I’m happy to announce I will be editing an anthology for Anvil Press with a publication date of fall 2018. As a natural outgrowth of my experience writing Tunica Intima, a long poem memoir about vertebral artery dissection and stroke, and Trauma Head, a chapbook repurposing the medical file, Against Death takes up the issue of mortality. The submission deadline is December 15, 2017. Against Death is an anthology of creative non-fiction exploring the psychological shifts that occur when we are prematurely or unexpectedly near death. More info and where to submit:https://eleekg.com/against-death-anthology/

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 TREE READING SERIES at Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa

 Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Christine McNair + Rhombus 19

  • 6:45p Workshop – (Multi)lingual Poetry with Manahil Bandukwala
  • 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

 Christine McNair: Christine McNair’s second book Charm is new-new (BookThug, 2017). Her first book Conflict (BookThug, 2012; finalist for the City of Ottawa Book Award, the Archibald Lampman Award, and the ReLit Award, and shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry). Her chapbook pleasantries and other misdemeanours (2013) was shortlisted for the bpNichol chapbook award. McNair lives in Ottawa, where she works as a book doctor.

 Rhombus 19:  Rhombus 19: Poetry-in-Performance Ensemble is a loose association of students and faculty from the University of Ottawa’s Department of English. We do translations of visual concrete poetry, ‘covers’ of sound and other experimental works, along with original compositions. Our goal is to promote collective forms of joyful human expression, whether semantic or non-semantic

 Tuesday, November 28 Julia McCarthy + Susan Elmslie

Julia McCarthy: Goran Simić called McCarthy’s 3rd collection “a book of meditations for even those immune to poetry”. Julia McCarthy is originally from Toronto, ON. She spent a decade living in the U.S., most notably in Alaska and Georgia. She also lived in Norway and spent significant time in South Africa before returning to Canada and settling in rural Nova Scotia where she worked as a potter to support her poetry habit. She is the author of two previous poetry collections: Stormthrower, and Return from Erebus (Brick Books, London, ON 2010) the latter of which received the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award. All the Names Between (Brick Books, 2017) is her third collection.

Susan Elmslie: Elmslie’s book is unflinching urgent celebratory clear-eyed in its brutal wisdom

Susan Elmslie’s first collection of poetry, I, Nadja, and Other Poems (Brick, 2006), won the A.M. Klein Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the McAuslan, the Pat Lowther, and ReLit awards. Her poems have also appeared in several journals and anthologies—including the Best Canadian Poetry in English and The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2017). She lives in Montreal and teaches English literature and creative writing at Dawson College. Museum of Kindness is her second poetry collection.

The Ottawa small press book fair autumn 2017 / 23rd anniversary edition

 Saturday, November 25, 2017, room 203, Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).

General info: the ottawa small press book fair
noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)
admission free to the public.

$25 for exhibitors, full tables
$12.50 for half-tables
(payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available. Note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables. More:
https://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2017/08/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-autumn-2017.html

What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, October 2017

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

 OCTOBER, 2017

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Need more information on CAA-NCR, its programs or events?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianAuthorsNCR/ 

Keep in touch on Twitter at: @caa_ncr

 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Arlene Smith at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

 

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2017-2018 UPCOMING

 Meeting start time changed to 7:15 p.m . • No meeting in January so we can hibernate on a cold winter night and not worry about a snowy commute. • A meeting in June instead when snowstorms won’t be an issue.

  • A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills. • A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas.

OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS:  7:15 p.m. at McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

 October 10, 2017

November 14, 2017

December “Winter Voices” Social

February 13, 2018

March 13, 2018

April 10, 2108

May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night

June 12, 2018

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings can be found on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING OCTOBER 10, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Location: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy Street at Gladstone, Ottawa

 TOPIC: Historical Writing: Where to look for what you want
Speaker: L.D. Cross

For the writer looking for historical information, we live in a resource rich environment. Here in Ottawa we benefit from facilities supported by taxpayers across the country. Some sources are obvious, others not so. Then there is the online search – a bounty of data both factual and fictional which you need to sort out.
Research never stops. You can always learn something new about an old subject. And it is not just writers who are sleuthing out the past. Everybody is in the hunt for what happened when — financial analysts, car buyers and even scientists. But as writers we get to weave our discoveries about the past into entertaining stories that will captivate readers into the future.
Research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing — Wernher von Braun, aerospace engineer.
BIO: L.D.Cross
(Dyan) is an Ottawa writer of business and lifestyle articles as well as books about unique aspects of Canadian history. Her creative non-fiction articles have received awards of excellence for features and editorial writing as well as writing for seniors.
She won the inaugural Ontario Historical Society (OHS) 2010 Huguenot Society of Canada Award honouring “the best book published in Ontario in the past three years which has brought public awareness to the principles of freedom of conscience and freedom of thought” for The Underground Railroad: the long journey to freedom in Canada in the Amazing Stories series.

 

UPCOMING: CAA-NCR AUTUMN WORKSHOP

AUTUMN WORKSHOP With Albert Dumont

Date: Saturday, November 25
Time: 9:00 to 12:00
Place: Algonquin College  

Details to follow

 

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 BANFF CENTER ANNOUNCES: Winter Programs Now Open for Application!

 Our winter residencies are open for application. The Fables for the 21st Century program invites emerging and established Canadian writers to explore and re-imagine our individual and collective identities through the creation of an anthology of 10 stories. Winter Writers Retreat is a self-directed program that offers time and space to retreat, reconnect, and re-nergize their writing practice. Deadlines in October.  Browse Programs

WRITESCAPE FALL PROGRAMS:

 Turning Leaves 2017 November 3 – 5, 2017 Vicki Delany: One woman crime wave comes to Turning Leaves plus On-Demand workshops. More info at: http://writescape.ca/site/#section-43    

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

 Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-Wsubmission/

 BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS                

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.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  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 events@bywords.ca

 

From Elee Kraljii Gardiner: Against Death Anthology

I’m happy to announce I will be editing an anthology for Anvil Press with a publication date of fall 2018. As a natural outgrowth of my experience writing Tunica Intima, a long poem memoir about vertebral artery dissection and stroke, and Trauma Head, a chapbook repurposing the medical file, Against Death takes up the issue of mortality. The submission deadline is December 15, 2017. Against Death is an anthology of creative non-fiction exploring the psychological shifts that occur when we are prematurely or unexpectedly near death. More info and where to submit: https://eleekg.com/against-death-anthology/

 

Magnum Opus  A Poetry Anthology on Universal Oneness  (It’s simply a waste of time and labour if poem is submitted without reading the complete submission guidelines!)  Submission Deadline: 31 Dec 2018 (Midnight) Publication Expected: 2019   Publisher: Authorspress, New Delhi, India  Editor: Dr. Vivekanand Jha.   Theme Poetry is a universal form of language hobnobbing with other souls and minds. It is means to understand our feelings and to find our place in the universe. Poetry is a divine antidote to our inner upheaval and is a medium of peace in itself. The goal of anthology is to display the greatest contemporary poems wrapped up in one book. The title is self-explanatory and will showcase the greatest single poem of the poet being featured i.e. your poem that has been best appreciated or adjudged by the readers, reviewers, critics, social media or journals etc.  It is also self-revealing that one cannot submit more than one poem and each poet will be evenly and equally represented. It is also evident that such poem would mostly be previously published. If you think that your unpublished or freshly composed poem can be your magnum opus you can submit it as well. It is in those aforementioned senses we use the term ‘Universal Oneness’ in the subtitle. http://vivekanandjha.com/magnumopus.php 

 NB: Please note that all submission opportunities are provided for information only. Please be sure to do your own due diligence before submitting your work.

 OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 INDIGENOUS WRITERS’ GATHERING: Overcoming adversity and building resilience

DATE & TIME:   Wednesday, October 4, 2017, from 1 to 3 pm

LOCATION:  395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Pellan Room, 2nd floor

We cordially invite you to the Indigenous Writers’ Gathering: Overcoming adversity and building resilience, on October 4, 2017.

Please join us for a vibrant discussion with prominent Indigenous authors, who will share their perspectives on resiliency. Audience members will have an opportunity to engage with the authors as well. Hosted by Jennifer David, the Indigenous Writers’ Gathering will feature:

Tracey Lindberg— citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation community, award-winning academic writer, university teacher and indigenous rights activist

Zebedee Nungak— Inuit writer, satirist and political leader

Cherie Dimaline— author and editor from Georgian Bay Métis community

Elder Albert Dumont will perform the opening prayer.

The Indigenous Writers’ Gathering is part of the ongoing #IndigenousReads campaign, which encourages reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples by sharing Indigenous literature. Simultaneous translation will be available.

TREE READING SERIES

 Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 Tree Reading Series Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St.  Featured Readers Jason Christie + Chad Norman + Anne Campbell

 More info: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF BOOKS AND CONVERSATION OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL

Twenty years ago, on September 5, 2007, Algonquin elder William Commanda welcomed the Festival, our audience and the invited authors to re-connect with each other, with our shared history, and with the world of ideas and art during the opening ceremony of our inaugural Ottawa International Writers Festival. The world and the Festival have certainly changed over the last couple of decades, but some things have remained constant: we are blessed to live in an amazing and supportive community and lucky to be hosting some truly amazing talent from across Canada and around the world. This week we unveiled our Fall 2017 schedule and we can’t wait to get the season started! Read on for a look at what’s to come and visit www.writersfestival.org to see the full schedule.

 

 

OUT OF TOWN

 

WILD WEST POETRY FESTIVAL   October 14 to 21, 2017

An Invitation to Experience Canada’s Western Wilderness. The Wild West Poetry Festival awaits its new explorers. One such explorer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a poem on June 18 1914 in Jasper National Park. Here is an excerpt from On the Athabaska Trail. “The mighty voice of Canada will ever call to me. I shall hear the roar of rivers where the rapids foam and tear, I shall smell the virgin upland with its balsam-laden air, and shall dream that I am riding down the winding woody vale, With the packer and the packhorse on the Athabaska Trail.”

The mighty primal voice of Canada calls poets 103 years later to rediscover its wilderness heart. Canada beckons with its beauteous mysteries, untamed horizons, mountain peak curiosities, and its willingness to give writers of adventure unforgettable stories. Limited spots are available .

Contact: David Brydges (780-266-8983) email mybrydges@yahoo.ca

 

Wild Writers Festival Nov. 3 to 5, 2017 in Waterloo, ON 

$135.00 Early Bird prices in effect till Nov. 1, 2017:  The New Quarterly is proud to present the sixth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 3-5, 2017. Join us for a celebration of the savage and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.  Individual ticket sales will be opened as events are confirmed. Tickets available at the door unless otherwise noted. Full program and more info here: https://tnq.ca/wildwriters/

What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa for April 2017

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL, 2017

 

Need more information on CAA-NCR?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 
TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

CAA-NCR MEETING: TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017

 

TOPIC: MODERNISM AND MICRO-FICTION IN CREATIVE WRITING, WITH CYRIL DABYDEEN

TIME: 7:00 p.m.  LOCATION: McNabb Community Center, Percy St. at Gladstone

Cyril will focus on some modern trends in writing, and ask the question: Does length really matter? He will dwell on the intersections between poetry and short fiction and the opportunities that arise for creative writers reflecting on the many possibilities, as well as the challenges of changing genres and voice, and the notions of plot, beginning and closure in the short-story form.

BIO: Cyril Dabydeen teaches Creative Writing at the University of Ottawa, and is a former Poet Laureate of Ottawa (1984-87). His work has appeared in over 60 literary magazines and anthologies world-wide. He has done more than 300 readings internationally and was twice adjudicated for the Governor General Award (Poetry) and the USA Neustadt Prize for Literature (UOklahoma) in 2000.

 

CAA-NCR SPRING WORKSHOP: THE WRITER’S JOURNEY, WITH CAROLINE PIGNAT In cooperation with the Ottawa Writer’s Circle

 Date: Sunday, April 23  Time: 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Place: James Street Pub, Bank Street at James Street, OTTAWA

 Cost: 25% discount for members of the Canadian Authors Association

$15.00 for members of CAA  $20.00 for non-members

This workshop is an expanded version of the presentation that Caroline Pignat made to the brave souls who managed to make it through a snowstorm to our January meeting. (Snow was Tuesday theme this year.) Since her presentation was so valuable but so many people missed it because of the weather, we invited her back to talk about the writer’s journey.

Stuck at a threshold? In need of a mentor? Dreading your dragon? Wherever we are in our writing careers, writing takes courage—and lots of it. Asking ourselves the right questions can help us forge ahead and claim that treasure. Join two-time Governor General’s Award-winner, author and teacher Caroline Pignat as she explores the call, challenges, and adventure of writing. Our voices, our stories, our ends and means may differ, but every Writer’s Journey is truly a Hero’s Journey.  Register: Send an email to NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org  Registrants may pay by cheque, cash, or e-transfer.

 

FROM NIAGARA BRANCH:

 

THE BANISTER 32ND ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST 

 

The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 32nd Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology. For more information go to Details. Deadline: May 31, 2017 Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem Prize: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize $100 Detailswww.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/  

(Our double blind platform publishes professionals, first time authors, students and poet laureates. This year’s judge is K. V. Skene) 

 

FROM NATIONAL:  SAVE THE DATE – CANWRITE! 2017 IS COMING

We’re thrilled to tell you that CanWrite 2017! will be held June 22-25, 2017 at Humber College in Toronto. Mark your calendars, and watch your inbox for more details about the location of our venue, accommodation options, and program highlights.

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 

WRITESCAPE SPRING THAW 2017 APRIL 21-23, OR APRIL 21-25, 2017

Looking for writing time? Polishing a project? Don’t miss Spring Thaw. This all-inclusive writing retreat is held at the fabulous Elmhirst’s Resort on Rice Lake in Keene. Stay for the weekend or treat yourself to an extra two days of writing.   More info: http://writescape.ca/site/2016/01/spring-thaw-retreat/

BANFF CENTRE FALL PROGRAMS

Fall Programs Opening for Application this SpringIn addition to Emerging Writers Intensive and Mountain and Wilderness Writing, we’re excited to be running a thematic residency on race and literature this September, and an intensive on investigative journalism in the age of illiberalism. We’re also thrilled to present an accompanying summit on the role of the writer in relation to democracy over the weekend of October 20. Stay tuned to our website for more information.  Browse Programs

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

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 INFO: www.bywords.ca  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  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 events@bywords.ca

 

 

Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched again. Help make our fourth competition a success! We know that all of you all over the world have been making poems and we want to read them. The prize: $20,000. The 2017 Prize Judge: Montreal’s own, Michael Harris! And the 10 international jurors for 2017 are Kim Addonizio from the USA, David Dabydeen of Guyana, Vona Groarke of Ireland, Susan Nalugwa Kiguli of Uganda, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra of India, Pascale Petit of the UK, Talya Rubin of Canada, Carmine Starnino of Canada, Mark Tredinnick of Australia and Joseph Akawu Ushie of Nigeria.
The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st.  Online entries only: www.montrealprize.com

 

MSLEXIA’S POETRY AND PAMPHLET COMPETITIONS NOW OPEN!  NEW

This year the Poetry Competition for single poems will be judged by renowned Northern Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey. The first prize is a show-stopping £2,000 – plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at the idyllic Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, and a mentoring afternoon with Amy Wack, poetry editor at Seren. Other winners will receive a share of the remaining £1,025 prize pot, and all winning poems will be published in the September 2017 issue of Mslexia.
Plus, we’re once again offering a special prize for the best poem by an unpublished woman poet. So if you’re an early-career writer who’s looking to see their work in print and pocket a tidy £500, this prize is especially for you.

If you already have a shoebox full of poems why not consolidate them into a collection and enter our annual Poetry Pamphlet Competition? For collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems, the first prize is the publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books, plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and royalties from all subsequent sales. If you’ve never had a full-length collection published and want to take your work to the next level, this is the competition for you. The deadline for both competitions is 19 June 2017, so there’s still plenty of time to decide which poem/s to enter – or to write something new.

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. Enter your poetry or short fiction for a chance to be one of 60 writers published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual – an outstanding collection of the best in new writing.  Prizes include: £1,000 Poetry Winner, £1,000 Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists. Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner) Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner) Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage One year subscription to Granta Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

 

  • Ottawa Independent Writers Meeting Time and Place: 6:30 pm. Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St. W, Ottawa. $10 for guests; coffee, tea & nibbles  April 18 – Brenda Chapman – Crime Writing  Web: www.oiw.ca/ Email: randyray@rogers.com

 

 

  • LANARK COUNTY Live Poets 2017 FINAL SLAM AND TEAM SELECTION May 5th Doors at 7 Show at 7:30 Johnny McRae from BC to Host and Feature!!!  125 Gore St East Perth- McMarin HouseInvitational Team choosing Final Slam  $10 entry for non-competitors. Hope to see you there!

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL: SPRING 2017

WEB: WWW.WRITERSFESTIVAL.ORG/  SEE SITE FOR TICKET AND VENUE INFO

  • April 27 – 6:30 PM: A Woman’s Work with Raiyah Patel, Sandra Perron and Monia Mazigh; 8:30 PM: One Day This Will Matter with Scaachi Koul
  • April 28 – Noon: Children’s Literature from Ireland with Deirdre Sullivan, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick and Oisin McGann; 6:30 PM: The Bond Between Us with Claire Cameron and Barbara Gowdy; 8:30 PM: At Home In the World with Mary Walsh and Heather O’Neill
  • April 29 – 2:00 PM: Written in the Body: A performance by Jan Andrews; 4:00 PM: 150 YEARS OF GREAT CANADIAN STORYTELLERS: A new stage performance by Douglas Gibson; 5:00 PM (Manx): Plan 99 Poetry with Kevin Connolly, Aisha Sasha John and Cassidy McFadzean; 6:30 PM: The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself with Sean Carroll; 8:30 PM: This is an Uprising with Mark Engler
  • April 30 – NOON: The Science of Why with Jay Ingram Hosted by Stephen Brockwell; 2:00 PM: Bridging the Diaspora Divide with Stephen Orlov and Samah Sabawi; 4:00 PM: Book Launch: The Muslimah who Fell to Earth with Ferrukh Faruqui, Janetta Munirah Maclean, Hanan Abdulmalik and Saima Hussain; 5:00 PM (Manx): Plan 99 Prose with Ray Robertson and Carys Davies; 6:30 PM: Vimy: The Battle and the Legend with Tim Cook Hosted by Charlotte Gray; 8:30 PM: The Illegal with Lawrence Hill
  • May 1 – 6:30 PM: One on One with Anita Desai; 8:30 PM: What You Want with Elise Levine, Lori McNulty and Karen Connelly Hosted by Rhonda Douglas
  • May 2 – 6:30 PM: Rise of the Radical Right with Tom McMillan and Henry A. Giroux; 8:30 PM: The Only Journey with Andrew Westoll, Susan Perly and Steven Heighton

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