Friday, March 27, 2009

Today's Funny

"If a man speaks in the woods and a woman isn't there to hear him, is he still wrong?"

Great line from Sir Ken Robinson on

Are Schools Killing Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson speaks at TED. Twenty minutes but delighfully enlightening and entertaining.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Quote of the Week 03/23

...the vital point to remember is that the swine who just sent your pearl of a story back with nothing but a coffee-stain and a printed rejection slip can be wrong. You cannot take it for granted that he is wrong, but you have an all-important margin of hope that might be enough to keep you going. - Brian Stableford

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Quote of the Week 03/17

Engrave this in your brain: EVERY WRITER GETS REJECTED. You will be no different.
- John Scalzi


THE 15th ANNUAL ELORA WRITERS' FESTIVAL, 2009Sunday, June 7, 1pm–4pm followed by Dinner at the Drew House, Mill St. East, Elora

Check it out! Nino Ricci and others will be there!


Elora Writers’ Festival
2009 Writing Competition

Elora Writers’ Festival Writing Competition 2009: Exciting changes!
The sixth annual Elora Writers' Festival Writing Competition takes place this spring, with winners in seven categories announced at the Festival on June 7, 2009. In a thematic departure, this year's competition encourages adults, teens (13-19) and youth (12 and under) to enter their stories, poems and one-act plays on any theme that takes your fancy – your imagination is your only guide.

Call for Entry Form
Frequently Asked Questions
Information Sheet

Short Story & Poetry Competition and now added to the Writers Competition 2009
One-Act Playwrights’ Competiton

This year, in conjunction with the Elora Community Theatre, the EWF Writing Competition offers something different: a category for one-act plays.
Jurors for 2009 One -Act Playwrights’ Competition –

Keith Roulston: author of six professionally-produced plays and co-author of two others. He is co-founder of the Blyth Festival where he also served as general manager and for two lengthy terms on the board of directors. He earns his living as publisher of a community newspaper.
Angela Rebeiro: the immediate past publisher of Playwrights Canada Press, and former Executive Director of Playwrights Union of Canada (now Playwrights Guild of Canada). She has worked seventeen years in the theatre community.

Click here for one-act play entry form and details of competition in Adobe .PDF format

Winners in all categories will be announced at the 15th annual Elora Writers' Festival on Sunday, June 7. At last year’s Festival, several of the winners were in attendance, providing a moment of excited celebration enjoyed by winners, audience and our visiting authors too!

Deadline for entries will be May 1 for one-act plays, May 9 for stories and poems
start thinking about getting that story, poem or script into shape for submission.


Good writing tips.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Quote of the Week 03/09

Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style. – Kurt Vonnegut

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Free Authors' Talk

Free Authors’ Talk:
Meet Paul Lima, author of How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days and several other books for writers, & Lorina Stephens, author of Shadow Song, Recipes of a Dumb Housewife and operator of the micro-publisher Five Rivers Chapmanry. Both authors will discuss their approaches to writing fiction and non-fiction during this free presentation, using their books as examples. Questions from guests are welcome and encouraged. Book signing will follow.
Date & Time: Saturday, May 16, 2009, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Coles, Orangeville Mall, Street: 150 First Street, Orangeville, ON

Monday, March 2, 2009

Quote of the Week 03/02

Often I have to wait to write, and sometimes there’s an intense pressure about waiting. There’s the fear that one won’t be able to write the work. There’s the fear that the work won’t succeed. There’s the fear that you won’t get back to it. On the other hand, my books have to be so compelling that they stay with me even if I’m not actively working on them. And so compelling that I can pick up what I’ve been writing and reenter the work and go forward. I call it the “high tension, high resistance” method of writing. – Jayne Anne Phillips