Monday, June 26, 2017

CITXW NLAKA’PAMUX ASSEMBLY Youth Multi-Media & Arts Conference - Summer School

From: Victoria Weller [mailto:vweller@tnrd.ca]
Sent: June-26-17 3:58 PM
Subject: CITXW NLAKA'PAMUX ASSEMBLY Youth Multi-Media & Arts Conference - Summer School

 

Hello Secwepemc & Nlaka'pamux First Nations stakeholders and Friendship Centres, TNRD Libraries, Arts Councils and for information, TNRD Directors, Filmmakers & Theatre Companies and other motion picture stakeholders,

 

Please print and post the poster, or share info in newsletters and social media.

Please distribute this email to persons who you believe may be interested.

 

2nd Annual Youth Multi-media & Arts Conference (summer school)

·       Tuesday, August 8 – Friday, August 18, 2017

·       Ages 10 - 18

·       Premiere of Films: Sunday, August 20, 2017

 

·       Where: Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (Dorm rooms available)

 

The Multimedia & Arts Conference is an outstanding opportunity for First Nation youth to engage and be mentored by successful artists, filmmakers, actors, writers, directors and elders in exploring and expressing their culture, history and universal themes through filmmaking, art and other mediums. A screening of youth films will take place after the conference, on Sunday, August 20.

 

For registration forms or further information please contact CITXW NLAKA'PAMUX ASSEMBLY at 250-378-1864 or go to www.cna-trust.ca

 

Friday, June 23, 2017

basic formatting issues in Microsoft Word

Some authors try to use a computer like a typewriter. This can result in some basic formatting issues discussed in this article: http://tinyurl.com/y97mbfxv


Deadline extended to July 22, 2017 for 55-pus writing award

Strathcona Place

A PLACE FOR ACTIVE SENIORS

 

 

 

Deadline now July 22 for award for writers 55-plus

 

The deadline for entries for the 2017 edition of the John W. Bilsland Award has been extended to July 22. The award was inaugurated in 2015 by the Strathcona Place Seniors Society of Edmonton to celebrate and foster the creativity of older writers.

 

Writers aged 55 years and older who live throughout Western Canada are eligible to submit work to be considered for this year's award.  Prizes of $500 will be awarded in each of three categories: short fiction, short non-fiction and poetry.

 

The deadline for award submissions is July 22, 2017.

 

For entry rules and regulations, and to download an entry form, go to www.strathconaplace.com. Entry forms are also available at the Strathcona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Avenue. For further information email strathconaplace@outlook.com.

 

The late John W. Bilsland, MA (British Columbia), PhD. (Toronto), was Professor of English at the University of Alberta. In addition to his 30-year professional teaching career, as a volunteer he taught creative writing at the Strathcona Place Senior Centre for more than 25 years. During that time seniors who attended his classes produced more than 20 publications, including books.

 

Strathcona Place Seniors Centre has been serving older adults in south Edmonton for 43 years, providing a range of social and recreational programs.

 

Please publish in your newsletter and/or circulate to your membership.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

first lines of a story

How do you capture reader attention with your story starter? This article gives many examples. Which ones do you like? Which give you useful ideas?  https://tinyurl.com/y9ssxfxf

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

On memoirs & editors: Robert L. Bacon

I’m reading and enjoying TOO CLOSE TO THE FALLS, a memoir by Toronto psychologist Catherine Gildiner. That made me pay special attention to the following comments by a long-time online friend, editor/writer Robert L. Bacon, regarding his experiences with editing memoirs. I’m not sure about his contention that “memoirs are impossible to sell to a bona fide royalty publisher unless the author is a celebrity or a Holocaust survivor,” but his comments are still interesting and useful.

 

During the past year I've received a spate of memoirs to either edit or to critique.  Just recently, someone even phoned me to present material deemed worthy of the "life coaching" tag as a result of this person's "worldly" experiences.  I've often explained in my Newsletters that memoirs are impossible to sell to a bona fide royalty publisher unless the author is a celebrity or a Holocaust survivor, and I continue to stand by this contention.  My stance is not based on a bias against someone's wanting to tell the story of his or her own life, but the reality that this sort of narrative doesn't lend itself to much of any form of editing beyond correcting basic grammar.  To support this contention, I've also learned that memoir writers don't want their material revised beyond copyediting, so what is a developmental editor such as myself supposed to provide?  

To elaborate on that point, it's no different from when a character is "real" and I haven't been told this upfront by the author.  I edited a book some years ago in which a character was an absurdly despicable brat who was patently unlikable.  Yet this child carried a crucial story thread that ran throughout, and in the end was to "save the day."  The character was so unredemptive in every way that by the story's finish no reader would possibly care one way or the other.  I had no choice but to soften this child's rough edges.  However, the author was upset at my revision even though I'd discussed the suggested changes in considerable detail beforehand.  I later learned that this character was a relative whom the author always believed could do no wrong.  The writer ultimately "returned" this character to original form and, in my opinion, reduced the entire narrative to little more than pedestrian mishmash.

I've turned down memoirs by some really accomplished writers because of what I just discussed.  I had my first encounter with author "adamancy" when I changed the dropping of a plate of food at someone's feet to dropping the plate and the food on the other person's feet.  I was told in no uncertain terms that the physical plate had never touched Aunt Edna's feet, only the mashed potatoes.  (I altered this scene to protect the integrity of the client/author relationship even though in this case there is no nondisclosure agreement in force.)  I still laugh at this.  The primary issue involves what an editor can provide a memoir writer.  My answer is not much beyond correcting basic grammar and punctuation, and no one needs me for this.

Longtime editor Peter Ginna's book, "What Editors Do," is a compilation of material provided by more than two dozen respected editors.  I don't know if it's any better than what highly regarded editor Jerry Gross (who sadly recently passed away) wrote some years ago.  Any writer who's worked with a credible editor recognizes what the job entails.  In the simplest of terms, editing is the ability to make a story fluent from the perspective of continuity.  Accomplishing this, however, is anything but simple, and why I often spend a couple of hundred hours on a client's narrative.  Ignoring my drivel, Mr. Ginna's book might be worth a look, should anyone be on the fence regarding hiring an editor, and this has nothing to do with my being one of these unholy creatures.

 

Robert L. (Rob) Bacon, Founder

The Perfect Write®

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Monday, June 19, 2017

writing & reading opportunity: uplifting stories

I don’t know anything about the new online site storiesfromtheheart. However, it sounds like an interesting opportunity to write and/or read uplifting stories and maybe even winning a prize. Here’s the link:

 

https://storiesfromtheheart.org/index.php?lang=en

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mennonite background & YesterCanada

The following article about my Mennonite background & my book YesterCanada appeared in QC [Regina Leader] & Bridges [Saskatoon Star Phoenix] Feb 10, 2017.

 

READ MY BOOK FEATURES YESTERCANADA BY ELMA (MARTENS) SCHEMENAUER

 

“Who wants to move to Canada?” asked my grandfather, Jacob Peter Martens. He glanced around the table at his wife and five children. Were they willing to leave their familiar Mennonite village in Russia and sail across the Atlantic to the new land?

 

“Yes, Canada!” the children said. Their mother shook her head. The majority won and the Martens arrived in Saskatchewan in May 1926. At first, they lived with relatives in the Swift Current-Herbert area. Later, they settled in the Elbow-Loreburn area, where I was born and grew up.

 

Life in the new land was challenging, but my relatives’ prevailing attitude was “Yes, Canada!” That’s my attitude, too. Love for this country and its history inspired my new book YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure.

 

Published by Borealis Press of Ottawa, the book presents 30 historical tales spanning this great land and the centuries from the 1200s to the 1900s.

 

Some of the mysteries in YesterCanada involve eccentrics whose motives puzzle people to this day. One was a Finnish farmer who built an ocean-going ship near Macrorie, Saskatchewan, far from any ocean. Another was a hermit obsessed with the beauties of Niagara Falls.
Elma (Martens) Schemenauer, author of YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure.

 

Other mysteries in the book involve the supernatural, or seem to. For example, who rang the chapel bell in Tadoussac, Quebec one foggy April night in 1782? What mysterious power told an Atlantic Sea captain to change course and “sail to the nor’west?” Who put a jinx on Alberta’s lost Lemon Mine?

 

I’ve always been interested in faith, values, and the adventures they inspire. Stories in YesterCanada that especially reflect such themes include “Dr. Elizabeth of Onion Lake, Saskatchewan,” “A Nova Scotia Noah and His Ark,” “Lily of the Peace River,” and “Abigail Becker, Heroine of Lake Erie.”

 

I’m also interested in animals. Among those in the book are Manitoba’s haunted horse, the ten-armed monster of Newfoundland, and the camels of British Columbia’s Cariboo gold rush.

 

The narratives in YesterCanada are based on Canadian history, biography, folklore, and Aboriginal traditions. The bibliography in the back of the book lists my sources for each story.

 

YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure is a 248-page paperback with 30 illustrations, $19.95, ISBN 978-0-88887-650-8. Ask for it in a store or library. You can also order it online from Amazon, Chapters Indigo, or Borealis Press. For more information, please visit http://elmams.wixsite.com/elma .

 

 

 

 

 

opportunity: short stories about community, ON THE PREMISES, deadline Sept 1. 2017

The online publication ON THE PREMISES is running another short story contest. Here’s their announcement:

Short Story Contest #30

It's time for another short story contest!

COMMUNITY

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but that's just one example of a kind of community and just one way a community can affect your life. There are plenty of others--good, bad, and otherwise. So for this contest, write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long in which the idea of community (or some kind of community) plays an important role.

One entry per author. No fee for entering. Maximum length of 5,000 words and minimum length of 1,000.

Deadline: Friday, September 1, 2017, 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Hyphenated Words: If the hyphenated word is generally considered a single word, it counts as one word. (Like "twenty-five" or "jack-o-lantern.") Otherwise each part of the hyphenated word counts separately.

Prizes: $220 for first, $160 for second, $120 for third, $60 for honorable mentions. We will publish between one and three honorable mentions.

To submit, use this link  https://onthepremises.submittable.com/Submit  and follow the instructions. If you don't already have a (free) Submittable account, you'll be prompted to make one.

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Calling homeschoolers, parents, & other educators

Lisa Marie Fletcher publishes The Canadian Homeschooler, which is chock-full of useful information. Here’s her review of my historical book YesterCanada.

http://thecanadianhomeschooler.com/yestercanada-historical-tales-of-mystery-and-adventure/

 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

poetry opportunity & website about BC literary landscape

A new poetry magazine, Nourish, invites submissions of poetry and haiku. Info at https://nourish.submittable.com/submit

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC) announces a new website that focuses on the authors, publishers, bookstores, and libraries that make up the province’s literary landscape. It’s here: http://www.readlocalbc.ca/#

 

 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

social media marketing tips for authors: Rick Snyder

How do you promote your book on social media? Good article here: http://tinyurl.com/mosy42e .

 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

free online writing course from University of Iowa

I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE FOLLOWING, BUT IT MAY INTEREST YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW.

 

The University of Iowa’s IWP (International Writing Program) course begins Monday.

On May 15 at 12 pm CDT, we will open our first free online writing course:

Power of the Pen: Identities and Social Issues in Fiction and Nonfiction!

We are so excited to get started, and we hope you'll join us!

 

            Study and write fiction and nonfiction.

Explore and discuss the social issues that matter to you.

Work with a dedicated team of instructors.

Learn from international authors.

Build new friendships with writers around the world.

 

            If you are studying English, creative writing offers an exciting way to practice and expand your skills. Your classmates in the course are from countries all over the world, and your instructors are ready to support your progress!

            Please share this with your friends, colleagues, students, and classmates. Everyone is welcome! We hope to see you on Monday! More information at https://app.novoed.com/fiction-and-nonfiction-2017

 

Questions? Email us at distancelearning.iwp@gmail.com.

 

Friday, May 12, 2017

how to write suspense

Good article here by Bryn Chancellor: http://tinyurl.com/lh9yoov .

active versus passive voice

Some writers use passive voice when active voice would be stronger. Example:

-The horse was ridden by him. PASSIVE

-He rode the horse. ACTIVE

Some are confused about what passive voice and active voice actually are. Here’s an excellent article on the topic. (It’s from The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.) http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/passive-voice/ .

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Surrey International Writers’ Conference: 25th Annual SiWC!

From conference coordinator Kathy:

Hello!

25 years! Can you believe it? #SiWC17, coming up this October 20-22, with master classes and intensives on the 19th, marks the 25th annual Surrey International Writers' Conference. I'm excited to be bringing you the first newsletter of this milestone year. 

It means the world to us to continue the legacy started by Ed Griffin with a handful of helpers (our own Betty White of the North, Carol Monaghan, among them) and a small group of attendees in a borrowed school classroom. So you know we couldn't let this anniversary go by without a few special happenings.

First up, we have a brand new website, which is going up even as I write this newsletter. Along with all the content you're used to, we're excited to finally have a dedicated photo gallery for pictures of past years. And we know you'll be as thrilled as we are to know the new site is fully responsive. No more struggling with checking us out on your smart phone or tablet. No matter the screen size, the site will work for you. Check it out at www.siwc.ca

Also up at the new website is this year's presenter roster. We are SO excited about the people who are coming to teach, listen to your pitches, and spend their time with us this year. We hope you will be, too. 

Among the notable things at this year's conference are an unprecedented number of master classes and intensives and more workshops and panels than ever before. But don't worry: some things at SiWC never change. We'll never charge you for pitch or blue pencil appointments. And along with offering the best conference we can, we always strive to make everyone feel at home.

Whether you're a first-timer looking for a warm, welcoming place to dip your toes in a conference pool for the first time or a seasoned veteran eager for inspiration and professional development, SiWC has something for you. 

Registration for this year's conference opens at noon on Wednesday, June 7, so mark your calendars! Last year, we were halfway sold out by the end of the first day and entirely sold out by partway through the summer, so don't procrastinate.

Our annual writing contest is already open, with a $1000 first prize, and stories judged by none other than Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte. 

We have two different scholarships on offer again this year: the Tan Seagull Young Writers' Scholarship and the SiWC Diversity Scholarship. Check them out on our website and get your applications in! 

We'll be posting more information about this year's conference over the coming weeks. You can keep up with SiWC news on our website, our twitter feed (@siwctweets), and on our Facebook page. If you've been to the conference before, you're welcome to join our private Facebook alumni group for year-round community and encouragement. If you haven't been to SiWC before and would like to be a part of that group, all you have to do is attend this year's conference!

And make sure you stay tuned for a very exciting announcement, coming very soon.

Kathy Chung

SiWC Conference Coordinator
www.siwc.ca
@siwctweets

 

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

how much to charge for your e-book

You’ve jumped through the hoops & created an e-book. How much should you charge for it? Some ideas in this article: http://tinyurl.com/l77uf5a .

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

NOW OPEN: Fiction Submissions to Milkweed Editions

 

 

SUBMISSIONS ALERT

 

Now Open:
Fiction Submissions

 

Submissions are open again! Send us your fiction—novels or short stories—now through May 31, 2017Please plan to submit a query letter along with three opening chapters (of a novel) or three representative stories (of a collection) only. 

Please review our complete guidelines before submitting. Browse the books below to see what we've been publishing lately.

At Milkweed, we believe that literature has the potential to change the way we see the world, and we believe that bringing new voices to essential conversations is the clearest path to ensuring a vibrant, diverse, and empowered future. 

We can't wait to read your work!

Sincerely,
The Editors
Milkweed Editions

 

 

 

FEATURED FICTION

 

 

 

 

Milkweed Editions is an independent book publisher based in Minneapolis. We take risks on debut and experimental writers, we invest significant time and care in the editorial process, and we enable dynamic engagement between authors and readers. We operate as a 501(c)3 nonprofit to pursue these ends without overbearing financial pressure. To learn more about Milkweed, read our story»

 

 

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Festival of the Book 2017 in Fort Langley

 

 

 

Join us for the Fourth Annual Festival of the Book

 

New This Year

Prime Location

·        Adjacent to the main entrance to the Fort 

Writing Contest

·        Give us your thoughts on a Canada Day theme in two paragraphs or less

·        1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded 

·        Winners will be announced at 3 pm

Children's Programming

·        Face-painting

·        Story time in the gazebo 

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 10 am - 3 pm

Over 10,000 people routinely attend Canada Day ceremonies at Fort Langley. As an affiliated event, Festival of the Book is well attended by both local and regional readers and writers. This is a rare opportunity for independent authors to connect with new audiences. 

Registration fees for this year's event remain unchanged - $35 for a six-foot table and two chairs plus a half-page listing in the event catalogue. Full-page catalogue listings  are available for an additional $10. Authors are encouraged to bring their own table linens and display material. While we hope to enjoy the beautiful weather that has graced this event in prior years, this is a rain-or-shine event. Sun/rain protection is recommended. 

Site access will be available at 9 am and designated parking is provided. During the Festival, authors will be expected to manage their own sales and will retain 100% of the proceeds.  

Space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration closes June 16. 

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YesterCanada and Consider the Sunflowers at Chapters Kamloops bookstore

I sure enjoyed meeting people & signing copies of my books YesterCanada and Consider the Sunflowers at Chapters Kamloops bookstore last Saturday, April 29, 2017. Thanks to Peter Pagnotta for arranging the event.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

using sensory language to make your writing come alive

Good article here including strong examples: http://tinyurl.com/mane9ju .

writing opportunity for Greater Edmonton Area seniors

Strathcona Place

A PLACE FOR ACTIVE SENIORS

 

Award prizes of $500 available for writers aged 55-plus

 

The Strathcona Place Seniors Society of Edmonton is seeking entries for the 2017 edition of the John W. Bilsland Award. Inaugurated in 2015 to celebrate and foster the creativity of older writers, this year the award is being expanded in geographical scope.

 

Writers aged 55 years and older who live in the Greater Edmonton Area are eligible to submit work to be considered for this year’s award.  Prizes of $500 will be awarded in each of three categories: short fiction, short non-fiction and poetry.

 

The deadline for award submissions is June 22, 2017.

 

For entry rules and regulations, and to download an entry form, go to www.strathconaplace.com. Entry forms are also available at the Strathcona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Avenue. For further information email strathconaplace@outlook.com.

 

The late John W. Bilsland, MA (British Columbia), PhD. (Toronto), was Professor of English at the University of Alberta. In addition to his 30-year professional teaching career, as a volunteer he taught creative writing at the Strathcona Place Senior Centre for more than 25 years. During that time seniors who attended his classes produced more than 20 publications, including books.

 

Strathcona Place Seniors Centre has been serving older adults in south Edmonton for 43 years, providing a range of social and recreational programs.

 

Please publish in your newsletter and/or circulate to your membership.