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: June 21, 2015

ShawnSyms
 
The Long and the Short of It - The Art and Commerce of Short Fiction
Short stories offer a vision of life that is distilled and essential. Shawn Syms, a short-fiction author and critic, will discuss what differentiates the best short stories. He'll also offer personal insights on how to strategically manage your publication-seeking efforts - and increase the likelihood that the right editor at the right publication will see your most well-suited story at the right moment.

Optional Workshop: "From Inspiration to Distillation"
In short fiction, every word counts. In this workshop, Shawn will explore the opposing personae that one must inhabit in order to successfully compose short stories - the Dreamer, and the Butcher.

Shawn Syms has written for over 25 years for more than 50 publications. Shawn wrote the short-fiction collection Nothing Looks Familiar, aNational Post pick for the Top Books of 2014 recently seized by the Michigan Department of Corrections because it "may encourage criminal activity." Shawn is currently at work on a novel about the power of filthy lucre, fetishistic sex and compulsive gambling called Money Changes Everything.

 
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