Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I haven't looked around too much because I am writing my Christmas Eve Box rhyming clues. Gotta do that in one sitting or it won't get done. Back to it!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
What was and wasn't said today:
The first thing Richard said was, "Thou shalt not be boring."
- Inside there are truths and they are unique to you. Stories come from the dark places within us. Start with the truth, then say "what if..." and that's where the story comes from. The main character is a version of the writer.
- The more you are aware of your own story, the more integrated as a society we are. We are looking inside ourselves and our own memories to get our stories on paper.
- Inside you there is sadness, sorrow, loss, anger, fear. These are the story lines. Lots of good writing is revenge writing.
- When you are writing a story you are revealing yourself. It is like a striptease. You want to entice the reader; you want to seduce the reader. Take the clothes off one button at a time. How many surprises are there at the end of the striptease? You want to lead the readers along so they want to know how this is going to be different. Slow down. Bring out the character, something we can identify with. Have the reader connect with the character.
- There are 3 stories [I thought there were 7]: The Journey Plot, The Stranger Plot (the stranger could be cancer, a letter, news, not necessarily a person), The Lost Plot. Actually, all stories are about loss.
- Stories are all jokes. Your job is to tell the joke the right way.
- The worst thing you can do is to tell too much about the character. The more you tell, the less interesting the character would be. Examples: The character House - his cane makes the character. Tony Soprano - he's not just a mob guy; he's a mob guy in therapy.
- Kids and adults have the same emotions. Stories happen when things go wrong.
- A writer has to be a good liar, a thief (steal characters from your past or present, their names, their characteristics, change their sex), a terrible parent (you want your own children to be boring; we want something bad to happen to our fictional children).
- All stories have a secret that is hidden from some of the characters in the story. Sometimes the readers are in on the secret. It's like a time bomb we are waiting to go off. It's the secret that draws the story.
- Writing is like a striptease, but it can also be a prayer.
This was for the benefit of those who were not in attendance. You heard a lot of this said at our meeting... if you were there. Nancy, feel free to add stuff since you took more notes than I did. LOL! I have now exhausted my list of new quotes that would have lasted me a couple of weeks so consider this today's Quote of the Day.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Following our luncheon we will be meeting at the library at 1:30. Instead of our usual writing session we will be playing Balderdash which is, in essence, a game for writers but a whole lot of fun.
Family members are welcome. Please RSVP advising how many members of your family will be attending so I can make the reservations at The King's Buffet. Time is flying by quickly so please respond to my email address as soon as possible.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
The following comes from the Christmas Miracles Book's website. You can submit your story by clicking on the link.
Christmas Miracles is a book project we have contracted with St. Martin's Press for late 2009 release. We seek true stories of miracles that took place at Christmas. They must revolve around that special time of year.
We prefer first-person narratives.
This is an excellent opportunity to see your writing in a book with other outstanding authors.
You must follow these guidelines:
- Deadline for stories is December 24, 2008.
- All entries must be double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, Word document.
- Stories may run from 900 to 1,300 words. We will not consider longer pieces.
- We will edit all stories we accept so that they have a unified voice.
- Your name will be listed with your story and you'll have a four-line information/resume paragraph at the end of the book.
- Every story must have a positive solution that results from a miracle through events or timing at the Christmas season.
- Every story must have a positive application. That is, you must tell us what you learned from that miracle or how it changed your life.
- You may send an original or a reprint. (If a reprint, please tell us where it was published and assure us that you own the reprint rights.)
If we accept your story, you will retain rights. You'll also receive a $50 honorarium and a free copy of the book when it is released in October 2009.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
A closet writer for five years, at first, I was terrified to read my writing. What I learned is that it’s part of the process of writing. You write – you read. I feel that I’ve grown as a writer and a public speaker. At my daughter’s wedding this year, I read a speech that I’d written. After I sat down, I realized that I had experienced any anxiety.
At Ed’s writing workshops, we always brought our writing from home and read it. The late Janet Bellinger and I would be up at 6:00 A.M. working on a piece of writing that we would read that day. We didn’t want to disappoint Ed.
I would encourage you to bring your writing to read at our writing sessions (twice a month) at the library.
Natalie Goldberg’s Wild Mind has an excellent piece in reading aloud.
If you have a good experience of reading aloud, please feel free to add a new post explaining how it has helped you.
Happy writing and reading aloud --- Keep writing, be happy.
We used to collect money only at Christmas. Once we decided to donate a Commencement Award for the late Janet Bellinger– we started to donate money each week and we opened a bank account.
Commencement Award for The Late Janet Bellinger Memorial Award – Janet was a founding member.
At Christmas, we give a small gift to our secretary and Webmaster whose donation of their time allows the rest of us time to write.
It’s for any supplies that we need or cakes to celebrate our successes.
We appreciate your donations. Please reply to my recent email re our Christmas donation.
Next year will be our last year of donating $200.00 towards the Award.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
to speak about his fiction, non-fiction, and memoir writing, specifically his book
'The Closer We Are to Dying'. He'll do a reading, talk about his writing, and take
questions. A car-pool invitation from Heart Lake Road/410 in Brampton is available.
Guests from Headwaters are welcome to join the talk.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The bio of "Bill Bennett: Pioneer Bush Pilot and Outfitter" is due from the printer this month and if I have received my complimentary copies I will bring it to the meeting as well.
My publisher has agreed to publish another bio I've written, "Bernice Walker, Woman of Courage" (working title) in 2010 and is currently evaluating the young adult novel, "A Trout for Tyler" for publication. My article about Flower's River, Labrador will appear in the Spring issue of the Atlantic Salmon Journal.
There are currently no writers groups in North Bay and I am thinking about starting one. Canadore College and Nippising University are nearby and I'm thinking this would be a good source for people who want to write and socialize with other writers. The local independent book store is supportive. I've also been invited to speak to Books by the Bay next July about my role as Mentorship Chair of the Outdoor Writers of Canada, its benefits, and how to become involved.
Many of you will recall Sherri, who visited us during my workshop last December. She has been published in Outdoor Canada and has her foot in the door with the editor, so I believe we'll be seeing more of her work there in future.
One of my good friends, Ron Pitts, is showing his striking photography at the Dufferin County Museum and Archvesuntil November 16th. If you want to experience some eye-opening and breathtaking nature photography you should visit there before it closes. Tell him I said Hi.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
its participants to share the evening with a few friends. So I invite my colleagues
at Headwaters Writers' Guild to hear Wayson Choy speak about his writing, teaching,
and publishing career. His published memoir recounts growing up in Vancouver, B.C.
in a cultural minority.
December 3, 2008 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Car Pooling available from Brampton
(410/Heart Lake Road & Sandalwood Parkway)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Area residents are invited to participate in the Humber Orangeville lecture series, taking place each Friday from noon to 1pm at the Mill Street Library. (Only one hour???)
The one lecture I thought might be of interest is November 28th, Lies Reveal Many Truths - bringing out the story within us, examining why we act the way we do, who we are and what we should be doing about it. Taught by author Richard Scrimger.
Visit www.orangeville.humber.ca for more information.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
FREELANCE SUCCESS STORIES CONTEST
It's that time of year again when I start asking for submissions to the Freelance Success Stories contest for the next edition of Writer's Market. I love reading about all the successes, but what really gets me every time is just how many routes to success there seem to be.
This year's contest has a deadline of December 31. It's open to any writer and should be between 800-1,500 words in lenth. As usual, there is no entry free. An exciting development is that the first place prize has been increased to $500 along with publication in the 2010 Writer's Market!
Entries can be sent to email@example.com with "Freelance Success Stories Entry" in the subject line.
Check out a 2009 Writer's Market for previous winning entries, but success stories have to be nonfiction and personal (your success story, not someone else's). It can be about your first byline, first big sale, moment you realized you made it, odd writing gig, etc.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Cheques payable to: Brian Henry, 110 Reiner Road, Toronto, On M3H 2L6
Reserve by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1:00 pm - 4:45 pm (registration 12:45)
Oakville Central Library, 120 Navy St, Oakville
Fee: $36 in advance, $40 at the door
cheque payable to Brian Henry, 110 Reiner Road, Toronto, ON M3H 2L6
"Whatever you're writing--fiction or non-fiction--readers only care about your story if they care about your people"
"learn techniques for creating fictional or real people"
"breathe life into the page so that your people start telling you how the story should go"
10 am - 4:00 pm
Appleby United Church 4407 Spruce Avenue, Burlington
Fee: $40 in advance $44 at the door
cheque to :Brian Henry 110 Reiner Road, Toronto, M3H 2L6
"meaty enough for experienced writers, how to use dialogue for more dynamic, dramatic stories"
"whether for fiction or memoir, bring characters alive by mixing dialogue & narrative"
"learn the best tricks of the trade so you'll never write a lifeless scene again"
A writers' group would have the great advantage of keeping you up to scratch like Weight Watchers does, or Alcoholics Anonymous. If you have to turn up with something written every Wednesday, then it's easier to keep your schedule than if you only had to deal with yourself. - Maeve Binchy
The second article is an interview with award winning novelist, Sheridan Hay. The idea for her novel, The Secret of Lost Things came from...(drum roll please)...a writing exercise. See? Writing exercises can lead to great things. (Oh, and by the way, Diane, that novel takes place in a bookstore.)
Sometimes I've wondered what the point of all those writing exercises and prompts is. I am not really a big believer in exercises. I learned to knit by making a sweater, not practice swatches. I figure I can learn to write by writing stories, not through writing prompts.
BUT (and yes, it's a big but!), at my very first writing group meeting, back on January 27th, 2007, led by Nancy, one of the prompts was "I have a confession." I only wrote a couple paragraphs at that meeting but I was intrigued with the character I had created. I dug the paragraphs out a few weeks later (when I was running early for the writing group I might add) and kept going with it. That writing prompt turned into my story "Freedom From Gravity," which placed second in The Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards contest.
So, there you have it. Writing groups lead to book deals, writing exercises and prompts lead to awards. Bring on the prompts!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Also, there will be no lunch bunch gab session this Saturday, November 8th. Hope to see you all again at the library on Sunday, November 16th. (An email I sent had wrong dates as someone changed my calendar over to December. Sorry!)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Dublin Street United Church
68 Suffolk Street W, Guelph, 519-821-0610
Cost: By donation
To reserve a spot, contact Sheryl Spencer at sspencer (at) sentex (dot) net
At a Writing the Sacred workshop you'll be invited to a fresh encounter with the Hebrew Psalms. Ray McGinnis will show you some of the ageless poetic elements present in the Psalms alongside other examples of sacred poetry across the centuries. You'll hear read cries of the spirit inviting you to express your own longings for God on paper. Whether you are a seasoned writer or have never put pen to paper, you'll be expertly guided, step-by-step, to a place where you'll emerge
with your own new psalm/sacred poem. You'll leave with tools for how to use poem-making as a tool to write your own new Psalms, and as a companion on your own spiritual, prayer life and devotional journey.
Signed copies of Writing the Sacred will also be available for purchase at this workshop for $26.50, cash or cheque.
Ray McGinnis is a poet and has written in journals all his life. He has taught over 7,000 people how to write prayers, poetry, and autobiographies, all the while guiding them to bring their whole heart, mind, and spirit to the process. Writing the Sacred is in its second printing.
For more information about his workshop and book visit www.writetotheheart.com
Published by Northstone, an imprint of Wood Lake Publishing
Writing the Sacred ISBN: 978-1-896836-73-7
"Ray McGinnis has a finely tuned ear for the deep meaning of the Psalms... as a veteran workshop leader he has a knack for drawing out bursts of imagination out of people that may not know they had it in them..." - Douglas Todd, Spirituality and Ethics writer, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, British Columbia
"Writing the Sacred is rich with insight, power and meaning. Ray McGinnis gives us a great gift by showing the Psalms to be a living language, a poetic language vital for today. These pages are permeated with our human story - our raw and beautiful longing for God...(and) acts as a healing balm and creative catalyst to help you reclaim your soul's voice." - John Fox, author of Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
2008 Franklin-Christoph Poetry Contest
Guidelines for the 2008 Franklin-Christoph Poetry Contest
We will award $2500 in total prizes, including the $1000 cash grand prize. 10 Merit Award Winners will receive $150 writing instruments.
Submission Period: Entries accepted June 1-Nov 30 (postmark dates), 2008.
This contest is not yet open, and the rules below may change. Please wait until November 15 or later to submit. [???]
What to Submit: Original, unpublished poem of any theme. Limit of 2 entries per contestant. Entries should not exceed 100 lines each.
PrizesFirst Prize, $1,000 cash and publication on Franklin-Christoph.com Ten Merit Award Winners, each to receive a $150 Franklin-Christoph writing instruments, and publication on Franklin-Christoph.com. Winners announced by February 14th, 2008. [I think this should say 2009]
Entry is Free. There will be no fee or other obligation for entering this contest.
Deadline: November 30, 2008. Your entry must be postmarked or submitted online by this date. Preparing Your EntrySubmit one copy of your poems online or by mail. Provide your contact information within your email, or on a separate cover sheet if submitting by mail. Be sure to include your actual name and address, as we will not be able to send prizes to alternate names and addresses after winners have been announced. It is okay to use a pen name with the poem as well, and we will review with you how you would like your specifics to read before publication. If your poem contains complex formatting, such as centered text or italic type, we recommend submitting by mail. Please make your entry easy to read — no illustrations, fancy fonts or decorative borders.
How To Submit: Email to email@example.com by either pasting within message or attachment. Or mail to: Franklin-Christoph Poetry Contest, 7511 Mourning Dove Rd. Ste. 104, Raleigh, NC 27615. Please include a cover letter (or email) with your name and contact number. The poem itself should not contain your name or any contact information. We will hold original copies at our headquarters, and submit anonymous copies to our panel of judges.
Entries Must Be Original and Unpublished. Your entries must be original, written by you, unpublished (either in print or in an online journal), and not have received a monetary award from any other contest. Self-published work is not eligible. Exceptions: Poems posted to the web outside of online journals, such as to a bulletin board, email list, personal web page, critique site or public forums are eligible for entry.
Please email us if you're unsure of eligibility. Our staff will research all submissions for prior publication.
Simultaneous Submission Allowed. You may submit your poems simultaneously to this contest and to other contests and publishers. Please notify us if one of your entries wins an award in another contest or is published elsewhere.English LanguagePoems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible.
PrivacyWe respect your privacy. Franklin-Christoph does not sell or rent customer or contestant information to third parties. CopyrightYou retain the copyright to your submission. If you place as finalist or better, Franklin-Christoph only requests permission to publish your work on Franklin-Christoph.com, in our email publications and in our press releases. Any other potential use will be negotiated with you.JudgingFranklin-Christoph will utilize a panel of independent judges from a staff at a local college. Members of the FC Staff, or other economically affiliated persons are not eligible to enter.
Form: We are open to poetry in all forms, on all subjects, short or tall, large or small.Thank you for you participation, and we look forward to receiving you entry.
Check out the website -- good info for writers.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Beginning NOVEMBER 15, 2008, Whispers Publishing will be hosting the Resolutions" writing contest. The contest is open to all writers published and unpublished.
THE DETAILS: We're looking for New Year's Resolution based novellas ranging from 5000-15,000 words. Any genre or time period is acceptable, but the story must revolve around amain character's New Year's Resolution, I.e., to get married, to land amajor role in a movie, etc. Be creative and don't limit yourself. There is no entry fee. The top five winning, contracted novellas will be published before February28, 2009.
REQUIREMENTS: Entry must be a completed, never before published novella Entries should have a minimum of 5,000 words but should not exceed 15,000words and should be double spaced Entries should not include any subject matter which Whispers Publishingdoes not currently accept. Please visit our submission guidelines forfurther information. Prospective entries should be submitted no later than midnight (12:00 a.m) EST on DECEMBER 15, 2008. Entries should consist of a detailed query whichshould include a brief bio, a blurb, word count, and your publishing credits(if any). Each submission should be written in a Microsoft Word document and emailedto whisperssubmissions @gmail.com with the words RESOLUTIONS ENTRY in thesubject line. Your name (both real name and pseudonym if used), address, telephonenumber, and a valid email address must be included with your query. Multiple entries will be accepted.
JUDGING: All entries must be received by December 15, 2008. Judging will begin on December 16, 2008 with the top five winners announcedno later than January 15, 2009. All entries will be judged by published authors and established editors.
PRIZES: The Grand Prize winner will receive $50.00, an award certificate, and acontract for publication. Additional prizes will be awarded as follows: First Place Winner: $25.00, an award certificate, and a contract forpublication. Second Place Winner: $10.00, an award certificate, and a contract forpublication. Third Place Winner: An award certificate and a contract for publication. Additionally, the novella voted best of all entries (regardless of whether or not it is judged to be a winning entry) by our reader group will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
Call for submissions
Girl Talk: 25 Open Letters to Our Female Friends
BF s. Frenemies. Gal pals. Female friendships are such a unique, fragile entity that there are even words made up to describe them. And if you’re female and reading this, you know all too well exactly why. From the best friend who drops everything for you, to the subtle (or not-so-subtle) underminer, to the one you know will agree with you no matter what, to the one you turn to for the truth about how you really look in those pants, our female friends are our backbones, our saviors, our laugh-so-hard-you-cry-with pals, and sometimes our worst enemies.
Have you ever wanted to tell your former BF how you really feel? Longed to tell The Friend Who Got Away that you were sorry for the way you snubbed her in 8th grade for the popular crowd? Wish you could tell your friend what you really think about her husband? After all, you’ve dished to everyone within earshot, why not address her directly? Well, here’s your chance. For Girl Talk: 25 Open Letters to Our Female Friends, we’re looking for a wide range of stories, in a letter format. Letter topics will include ( just some general ideas to help you brainstorm):
• the one who got away
• the one who you can turn to for anything
• the one who will always tell you the truth
• the one from whom you’ve kept a secret all these years
• the one from childhood that you’ve lost touch with
• the one who died young
• the one who did you wrong
• the one who constantly puts you down, leaving you wondering if it’s just you
The Fine Print:
WHO: Send submissions to editor Megan McMorris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: Deadline for submissions is January 15. Book will be published in Fall ‘09.
HOW LONG: We aim for a variety of lengths, but try and keep it in the 1,000 to 3,000 range.
WHY: Besides the fun experience of writing the letter you’ve always wanted to send, contributors will receive $100 payable upon publication and two copies of the book (please note: you do keep your copyright, and contributors are encouraged to publish them
as excerpts elsewhere).
Chicken Soup for the Soul Anthologies
Cup of Comfort Anthologies
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
On Friday, November 7th, 2008, The Bellinger Family and the Headwaters Writers' Guild will be presenting a bursary to a graduating O.D.S.S. student in honour of a talented writer, the late Janet Bellinger who was a teacher at O.D.S.S.
On Sunday, December 7th, 2008, we will be having our annual Christmas luncheon. No location has been finalized but we expect to be meeting at The King's Buffet in Orangeville. New to our function this year will be a book exchange. Anyone who has any books they would like to share with other members should bring them to the luncheon. Bring a couple, bring a bag, bring a box! After the luncheon we will meet at the Orangeville Public Library as per usual. However, instead of following our regular format we will be playing a rousing game of Balderdash! Family members are welcome.
On Sunday, January 18th, 2009, the Headwaters Writers' Guild is sponsoring the "Writing Your Life" Workshop by Brian Henry at the Oddfellows Hall on Elizabeth Street in Orangeville. More details to follow.
Thursday, December 25th - Christmas! Only 64 more days!!!!