Monthly Archives: March 2012

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April is National Poetry Month. So what is poetry? What makes it so unique and why does it scare so many people? Join James Dewar in a fun, interactive  presentation on “that other kind of writing”. It’s harder than it looks and easier than you think.

 

BIO:

James Dewar is the publisher of Piquant Press. He has edited and published over a dozen books of poetry and co-edited three poetry anthologies. In addition to teaching advanced creative writing at Durham College he also teaches poetry writing and performance workshops such as “I Hate Poetry but Love it Anyway” and “Get Published Poetry”.

He has just been hired to put on a series of chapbook workshops for The League of Canadian Poets. His poems have been published in The Garden in the Machine and several anthologies and literary journals. He particularly enjoys organizing and hosting his monthly reading series in Toronto, Hot-Sauced Words, now in its sixth year. He is currently President of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region, an organization of over 350 writers (www.wcdr.ca). For more information about James, his workshops and writing retreats, please visit the website he and Sue Reynolds built: www.inkslingers.ca

 

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The Malahat Review

Dare to dream!

Canada’s premier literary magazine invites entries from everywhere to Canada’s only national contest for aspiring poets who have yet to publish a book of their own. Submit up to three poems per entry, each poem no more than 60 lines long.

Prize: $1000

Deadline: May 1, 2012

For complete guidelines, go to http://malahatreview.ca

Inquiries: malahat@uvic.ca

The Malahat Review, established in 1967, is among Canada’s leading literary journals. Published quarterly, it features contemporary Canadian and international works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction as well as reviews of recently published Canadian poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction. On occasion, it also publishes interviews, essays and issues on a single theme or author, such as P.K. Page (No. 117), Reviewing (No. 144), Robin Skelton (No. 160), The Green Imagination (No. 165), and Lorna Crozier, Patrick Lane, and Aesthetic Kinship (No. 170).

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Dorothea Helms is an award-winning, internationally published writer and popular writing instructor. She is the author of the highly successful book The Writing Fairy® Guide to Calling Yourself a Writer (now available on Kindle), and she offers courses, workshops and keynote speeches that inspire adults to write and publish their work.

She has been teaching creative writing at Durham College (North Campus) for more than 15 years, and is proud that many of her students have won writing contests, started freelance careers and become published authors. In 2006, she held the first-ever Writing Fairy Humour Writing contest, which drew entries from across North America.

Dorothea is also owner of Write Stuff Writing Services, through which she provides professional writing and editing services of all kinds to newspapers, magazines, businesses and individual clients. Over the years, she has served as contributing editor to dozens of publications, and has provided many writing colleagues with paying gigs. Her “Business of Writing” workshop has helped to launch many freelance careers.

Dorothea’s work has appeared in publications such as Homemakers, Chatelaine, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun and Canadian Architecture and Design Magazine. She was featured on CBC Radio’s “First Person Singular” twice, and has twice had personal essays published on The Globe and Mail’s Facts & Arguments page.

She is known for her trade mark humour. Where Dorothea goes, fun follows!

Dorothea will talk about how to make the most of opportunities to help advance your writing career with“When Opportunity Knocks, Invite It In for Coffee!” and how you can apply the same concepts. It promises to deliver a lot of great information with Dorothea’s usual fun and hilarity.

As a bonus: The first 25 people to register for the luncheon will receive Dorothea’s book, The Writing Fairy® Guide to Calling Yourself a Writer for free.  Don’t miss out!

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Next Meeting: April 19, 2015

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Straight talk on agenting: Westwood Creative Artists executive vice president Hilary McMahon will give candid insight into the role agents play in today's challenging market. Hilary will explain who needs an agent and how to increase the odds of getting one. She'll dispel common myths about the author-agent relationship and the agent's 'typical' day, and offer inspiring and enlightening tales from the publishing trenches.

Hilary will follow her talk with a one-hour Workshop:

Get your query agent-ready: Westwood Creative Artists executive vice president Hilary McMahon will share her expertise to help you stand out from the crowd. Part of the workshop will be dedicated to basics of the query letter and strategies for submission, and part will be providing brief one-on-one feedback to queries that have been submitted in advance. If you'd like your query to be reviewed by Hilary, please e-mail it by April 10th to Colleen Winter at: info@simcoewriters.ca with the subject line: Query submission

Please note that due to time constraints Hilary is only able to comment on the query letters, not the manuscripts on offer.

Hilary McMahon represents a diverse list of fiction, non-fiction and children’s authors, including John Bemrose, Charlotte Gray, Richard Gwyn, Eric Hill (creator of the Spot books,)  Pauline Holdstock, Ann Dowsett Johnston, Susan Juby, Dennis Lee, Susin Nielsen, John Lawrence Reynolds, Carrie Snyder and Lucy Waverman. After graduating from Carleton University with a double major in journalism and English, she worked in public relations and the magazine industry, but jumped at the opportunity to join Westwood, and has been at the company for more than 15 years. She represents WCA on trips to American publishers and the Frankfurt and London book fairs, and speaks about the industry at events across the country. Hilary is a shareholder in Westwood Creative Artists Ltd.

 
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