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BC Writers January E-Vox

VOX
Fed. of BC Writers E-newsletter
January 22, 2010

FED NEWS

Welcome New Members:
Caitlin Johnston, Carollyne Haynes, Christine Sutherland, Julie Karey, Peggy Herring, Kahlee Keane, Erica Warren, Jane Munro, James McCann, Stephanie Innes, Alma Lightbody

WORK OPPORTUNTIES

Google Settlement Speaker
The Interior Authors Group of Kamloops BC www.interiorauthorsgroup.ca is seeking a speaker able to inform and lead a discussion on the Google Settlement at one of their monthly meetings at the Kamloops Art Gallery, 7:00pm second Thursday of the month.  Please advise availability and cost to President Ted Joslin tedjoslin@telus.net

Writer’s Residency U of Calgary
The Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Program is accepting submissions from emerging Canadian writers for a 10-month residency at the University of Calgary from August 15, 2011 to June 15, 2012.
Please send your submission by mail or courier to Daniel Maher, Interim Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Room SS 1352, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4 by Monday, February 15, 2010. Please reference ANN 2011 – 2012 in your application.
For information on the Markin-Flanagan program, visit www.markinflanagan.com, or contact Janice Lee at 403.220.8177 or leej@ucalgary.ca.

CONTESTS/COMPETITIONS

January 31
WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING
Website:  http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan/
This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and non-fiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category.  The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality, and stylistic innovation.
January 31
WRITING CONTEST FOR STUDY ABROAD
Website:  http://lowres.uno.edu/contest.cfm
The University of New Orleans offers this contest for study abroad in the summer of 2010.  Full fee waivers, including housing allowances, will be granted to one writer each in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.  Winners may attend any of UNO’s 2010 study-abroad writing programs: Writing Workshops in San Miguel de Allande, Mexico; Writing Workshops in Montpellier; The Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Dorf Tirol, Italy.  Open to anyone writing in English who has not yet published a book of 45 pages or more in the genre of application.  Prose submissions should not exceed 4,500 words (about 15 pages double spaced).  Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include a maximum of 3 poems.  Submitted work must be unpublished at the time of submission.

Jan 31
OH CANADA POETRY CONTEST
Foundation for Public Poetry/Fondation Poésie Publique. Taken from the Canadian national antherm, rewrite only one line: ” True patriot love in all thy sons command.”
Winner will receive $20 and a copy of Leonard Cohen You’re Our Man. The winning line will be sent to the House of Commons requesting that the National Anthem be amended.
Entrants must submit their 1 line via email to: publicpoetry@gmail.com with the subject line “Oh Canada submission”. Entrants must live in Canada.
February 1
MALAHAT REVIEW – NOVELLA CONTEST
Website:  http://www.malahatreview.ca/novella_contest/info.html
Submit a single work of fiction, with a minimum length of 10,000 words, and a maximum length of 20,000 words.  No restrictions as to genre, subject matter, or aesthetic approach apply. Fees: $35 CAD for Canadians $40 USD for US entries $45 USD for entries from elsewhere. Enquiries: malahat@uvic.ca. Check the website for full contest details.
February 1
ANNUAL OKANAGAN SHORT FICTION CONTEST
Website:  http://www.okstorycontest.org
This contest invites all southern interior writers east of Hope, west of the Alberta border, north of the US border, and south of William’s Lake to submit their original unpublished works of fiction.  Author Laisha Rosnau will select the best three stories to be awarded cash prizes.  Entry fee: $15.
February 1
CREATIVE NON-FICTION ON THE SUBJECT OF “MIGRATION”
Website:  http://www.lakejournal.ca
Accepted creative non-fiction forms include personal essay, lyric essay, narrative essay, and memoir.  The prize is $250 and publication in LAKE: A Journal of Arts and Environment.  Length: 2500 words maximum.  Entry fee: $20 (includes a one-year subscription to LAKE).  Submit entries to: LAKE: A Journal of Arts and Environment, Department of Creative Studies, UBC Okanagan, 3333 University Way, Kelowna BC, V1V 1V7.
February 14
POSTCARD STORY COMPETITION
The Writers’ Union of Canada is hosting its 11th annual competition. A Postcard Story is a short piece of 250 words or less. Grand prize is $500. Open to all writers of all genres.
February 28
ROSE & CROWN 2010 NEW NOVELS COMPETITION
Website:  http://www.roseandcrownbooks.com/comprules.html
Your book must never have been published in any form and you must own all rights to the work.  Open to anyone of any age, worldwide.  Manuscripts must be a minimum of 40,000 words and a maximum of 150,000, on any subject as long as they are in keeping with the described aims of the Rose & Crown imprint – Christian Inspirational Romance.  Cost:  £18.  First prize £200, second prize £100, plus guaranteed publishing contract offers for both.
March 20
FISH ONE-PAGE STORY PRIZE 2010
Website:  http://www.fishpublishing.com/annual-one-page-story-prize.php
Flash fiction is a wonderfully entertaining thing to read and a challenging thing to write, but the readers of the Fish Anthology love it; this is another chance to get a story, however small, into the anthology.  Maximum length 300 words.  Entry fee: €12 (online entry), €15 (postal entry).  First Prize:  €1000.

March 30
FISH POETRY PRIZE 2010
Website:  http://www.fishpublishing.com/annual-fish-international-poetry-prize.php
No restrictions on style or theme – but poems must be in English and less than 200 words.  Entry fee:  €12 (online entry), €15 (postal entry).  First prize:  €1000.
March 31
FREEFALL POETRY & PROSE CHAPBOOK CONTEST
Website:  http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/pdf/ChapbookContestRulesforWebsite.pdf
Winners will have their work published in a limited edition Chapbook and receive 25 copies.  Poets: submit up to 15 pages of poetry.  Prose: submit fiction or creative non-fiction up to 5000 words.  Complete a contest entry form and include the $10 reading fee.
April 30
Short Story Contest and Poetry Contest
San Luis Obispo NightWriters
Website: SLOnightwritersevents@yahoo.com
1st Place $75, 2nd Place $50—for both short story and poetry. Finalists receive certificates.
Contest is open to everyone, but eligible NightWriters will be entered into a drawing for a scholarship to the 2010 Central Coast Writers’ Conference
Entries must be based on the theme: TRUST/BETRAYAL.
Entry Fee: $10 for first story or poem, $5 for each additional story or poem

May 31
1ST BOOK COMPETITION
Website: www.thewritersstudio.ca/news/1st-book-competition/#entryform
Writer’s Studio at SFU’s 1st Book Competition is a national literary contest seeking original, book-length manuscripts in English by emerging Canadian writers who haven’t previously published a book. The winning manuscripts, in each of the three contest categories of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, will be published in 2011 by Anvil Press.

JACKPINE SONNET CONTEST
Website: http://www.geist.com/contest/jackpine
Arc and Geist magazine hope to reinvigorate a Canadian-made form. As always, there are cash prizes, but the poet will be published in Geist, Poetry Is Dead and the Tyee.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
February 10
WORDWORKS MAGAZINE – “LAUNCHED”
If you are a Fed member who has published a book since September 2009, take advantage of an opportunity to have your work showcased in the Fed’s Literary Magazine.  Just email your book information by attachment to the Fed office as “LAUNCHED Submission” – fedbcwriters@gmail.com.  Include: Publicity bio, publisher’s copy, cover image in jpeg format, publisher name, year/month of publication, ISBN, and price.

February 15
ISLAND WRITER MAGAZINE
Website:  http://www.victoriawriters.ca
The Victoria Writers’ Society seeks submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, as well as articles & interviews on the craft of writing, for the summer issue of Island Writer Magazine.  Submissions are accepted from writers on Vancouver Island  & the Gulf Islands.

PAGE FORTY-SEVEN ANTHOLOGY
Website: http://www.be-a-better-writer.com/read-short-stories-online.html
Page Forty-Seven is an online anthology of literary short fiction. We invite original work from new and established writers and pay $25-$75 per story. Please visit our website for guidelines, submission form and sample stories.

WORKSHOPS/COURSES/CONFERENCES

Denman Island
February
WINTER WRITER’S RETREAT
Ivan Coyote. Memoir Writing, 4 days February 9 to 12;   $300.00
Matt Rader. Poetry Writing, weekend February 13 & 14; $150.00
Heidi Greco. Editing & Manuscript Preparation, 4 days February 17 to 20; $300.00
Salons with the writers will be held on Friday evening, Feb 12 and Saturday evening, Feb 20.
For more information and registration go to www.artsdenman.com , on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Denman-Island-Arts-Centre/195801237014, Twitter http://twitter.com/denmanisland , or leave a message at the Denman Island Arts Centre (250) 335-1224.

Vancouver
February 18 – April 8
THURSDAYS 6:30 – 9:30 PM
POETRY: WORKING IN A SERIES
Website:  http://oxygenartcentre.org/writing.html
For those who want to explore the long poem, poetic series, or sequence.  Whether achieved by digression, accretion, or constellation, the series is a way toward a book of poetry that is an organic whole.  Suitable for those with poems in progress or ideas for a series.  Price: $240.  Location: Kootenay School of the Arts, Nelson Campus, 606 Victoria St., Nelson, BC
February 18, 7:30 pm
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL PRESENTS SPOKEN WORLD: WORDS. MUSIC. ACTION!
Website:  http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents
When wordsmiths and musicians hit the stage for Spoken World, get ready for an evening of sensory overload.  Featuring Ivan E. Coyote, Shane Koyczan, Ariana Waynes, and Skeena Reece in an event that shifts beyond words and music into a new artistic realm.  Tickets: $20 ($18 for students & seniors), call 604-629-8849.  Location: Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St., Granville Island.

Vancouver
March 5
SECURE FOOTING IN A CHANGING LITERARY LANDSCAPE
Website: http://www.writersunion.ca/ww_prodevelopment.asp
Authors Betsy Warland and Ross Laird will outline the current changes in the literary industry, explore the innovative digital opportunities, and discuss the creativity, economics, and community of a writer’s life.  This workshop costs just $45 and includes a lunch.  Location:  YWCA Vancouver, 535 Hornby St., 4th floor.
Nelson

March 6 – April 10
SATURDAYS 10 AM – 1 PM
CRITIQUING YOUR WORK: FICTION AND CREATIVE NON-FICTION WITH RITA MOIR
Website:  http://oxygenartcentre.org/writing.html
Fed member Rita Moir will hold six consecutive critiquing sessions.  Writers will do assignments, as well as critiquing their creative non-fiction and fiction manuscripts in progress.  Scene setting, character and dialogue.  Bring a lunch!  Price: $180.  Location: Kootenay School of the Arts, Nelson Campus, 606 Victoria St., Nelson, BC

Program: April 19, 2010 – April 24, 2010
Application deadline: February 05, 2010
WRITING WITH STYLE (Spring)
A unique opportunity for writers to participate in a week-long workshop at The Banff Centre. Amidst a diverse community of writers, you will encounter new ideas and gain confidence in your own style and voice, while shaping and editing your work-in-progress under the guidance of an experienced writer and editor.
Self-directed Writing Residencies
Set amid the beauty of Canada’s oldest and most renowned national park, The Banff Centre offers an exceptional environment for creativity. Self-directed writing residencies provide time, space, and facilities for individual research, editing, and manuscript development. Writers structure their own time, and are free to maintain privacy or to engage with other artists and activities at The Banff Centre.
More information: 1-403-762-6100, arts_info@banffcentre.ca, www.banffcentre.ca

Vancouver
May 28th – 29
Write On, Vancouver
A mini-conference for fiction writers presented by Romance Writers of America®
Greater Vancouver Chapter www.rwagvc.com
Special Guest Keynote Speaker: Laura Resnick. Workshops, industry panel, editor appointments. For all registration information and bookings please contact Sally Collins at SallyCollins@shaw.ca

Victoria
June 24 – 27, 2010
CANWRITE! 2010 – THE CANADIAN AUTHORS’ ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Theme: “Applying Technology to Your Writing”
Website: http://www.canauthors.org/conference.html
Keynote speaker – Patrick Taylor, bestselling author of the Irish Country Doctor series.
John Chandler from Alandale Training Corporation will share computer tips and tricks to make your writing life easier;
Learn how to enhance presentations and book launches by creating Power Point presentations;
Find out how to increase sales through social networking (ie blogs, MySpace, Twitter);
Explore the world of EBooks;
Let Rodger Cove, Vancouver Film School show you how to structure stories for the screen;
Early registration bonus – Patrick Taylor will accept six 1500-word pieces of fiction – to be submitted no later than May 15, 2010 – and give one-hour, one-on-one evaluations with the authors on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 as part of CanWrite!  See the website for all details and registration information.  At the Harbour Towers Hotel, 345 Quebec Street, Victoria.  Info: Jean Kay, Conference Coordinator, jkay@canauthors.vancouver.org.

Bulgaria
May 28-June1
SUMMER FICTION-WRITING SEMINAR IN SOZOPOL
Intensive daily workshops, roundtable discussions, readings and lectures by faculty and fellows. Fiction writers from Bulgaria and fiction writers from English-speaking countries, including but not limited to the U.S. and the U.K., are invited to apply. Ten applicants will be selected for participation and funding. website at: http://ekf.bg/sozopol/apply
ONLINE
RYERSON UNIVERSITY WRITING CLASSES
Website: http://ce-online.ryerson.ca/ce_2009-2010/calendar/default.aspx?id=5&section=course&sub=subject&disc=%7b89831E51-A3AE-11D4-AE93-00E029501EB1%7d&mode=disc_list
Be the writer you’ve always dreamed of becoming.  Talented instructors help unlock and develop your talents in short fiction, novel, poetry, or dramatic writing.  Explore specialized genres.  Learn to tell your life story.  Enhance business writing skills.
SELKIRK COLLEGE: ECOPOETICS 210
Website:  http://selkirk.ca/programs/uas/uascourselist/humanities/writing/writing/
This brand-new course is offered online, making it accessible to everyone.  Though it’s named Ecopoetics, students won’t just be writing poetry, but also looking closely at non-fiction and fiction in the context of environmental writing.
PUBLIC READINGS
Parksville
January 23
WORDSTORM OCEANSIDE WORDWORX
Website:  http://www.ascentaspirations.ca/oceansidewordworx.htm
An Open Mic starts the evening off with writers bringing one piece to read/perform (maximum 3 minutes).  Sign up when you arrive!  Bring a friend!  Featured performers: Leslie McBain & Patricia Smekal.  Refreshments provided by the Oceanside Community Arts Council.  Admission: $3 (which goes to support the OCAC).  Location: The Oceanside Community Arts Council Gallery, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville BC.
Nanaimo
January 28, 6:30 pm
WORDSTORM
Website:  http://www.wordstorm.ca
Featuring Kim Goldberg with Rumblings from the RED ZONE – where poetry meets modern dance, with Holly Bright and Allannah Dow, and Doug Burnet Smith.  An Open Mic will start the evening off – sign up with the host for the evening.  Location: Nanaimo Centre Stage, 25 Victoria Road, Nanaimo BC.
ON THE EDGE READINGS SERIES
free public readings by a range of Canadian writers.
Jan 28 – Fabiola Nabil Naguib
Feb 25 – Sina Queyras
March 18 – Rachel Zolf and Richard Lemm
March 25 – Pam Mordecai and Salimah Valiani
All readings are at 7 pm on Thursday evenings in SB 406 at Emily Carr University, Granville Island, Vancouver (except for Sina Queyras who will be off campus). The On
Note: There is free parking in the parkade under the ECU South Building after 7 pm.

February 12
WORDS AT WORK
Nora Ryan will read from her novel Marie’s Story hosted by Victoria International Development Education Association. This first person narrative of a young Haitian girl struck by a mysterious illness puts a human face on AIDS. www.noraryanbooks.com

Feb 12
LOVE HURTS II POETRY SLAM
University of the Fraser Valley
poets register immediately before the performance and have three minutes to present an
original poem. Judges are randomly selected from the audience. In round
one, poets compete for applause. In round two, finalists present a
second poem and compete for cash and prizes. There are no props. Love or angst poetry is suggested but not mandatory. Doors open and poets register in the UFV Chilliwack theatre
lobby at 7 p.m. The slamming starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information
call 604- 792-0025, local 2471.
Saturday, March 13, 11 am
RWA MEETING
Website:  http://www.rwagvc.com/meetings.html
Presenter Russ Crossley will speak on “Cliff Hangers”.  Location:  Burnaby United, 7591 Gray Avenue, Burnaby.
1ST Thursday of every month
Pandora’s Collective Presents
TWISTED POETS LITERARY SALON
In the spirit of Vancouver all poets are welcome. Come out and bring your best, favourite, newest, oldest poems, and share in an evening of literary surprises. Hosts: Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni
Time: 7-9pm
Feb 23rd: Jen Currin and Christine LeClerc
March 23rd: 4 Poets; Daniela Elza & guests
Location: Cambie Bakery and Cafe – a fantastic selection of fine vegetarian foods, teas, coffees and pastries!
312 Cambie Street (North of Hastings), Vancouver B.C.
Contact: blinsh_pandoras@yahoo.ca
www.pandorascollective.com

2nd Tuesday of every month
Pandora’s Collective Presents
WORD WHIPS – THE NORTH SHORE EDITION
Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten – fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Fran Bourassa and Suzy Malcolm
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
(Sept – June. We are not meeting July and August)
Location: Starbucks in Indigo Books
1025 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Contact: Suzy (bttunes@telus.net) or Fran (fbourassa@nvsd44.bc.ca or 778-835-6775)

PUBLISHING

THE EDITOR’S ASSOCIATION OF CANADA/ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE DES REVISEURS
Professional Editorial Standards
the voice of Canadian editors, is pleased to announce the release of a new edition of its pivotal publication on editing in the English language, Professional Editorial Standards.
Last revised in 1999, the new Professional Editorial Standards has been updated thoroughly to reflect changes in technology and the skills and knowledge required by editors today.
Visit www.editors.ca to download a free copy of Professional Editorial Standards.

OOLICHAN BOOKS – NEW HOME
Oolichan Books is moving Fernie. Randal Macnair of Fernie has acquired a majority partnership in Oolichan Books from founder and long-time publisher Ron Smith.
For further information please contact Randal Macnair at 250-423-7461 or at randal@oolichan.com or visit www.oolichan.com.
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From the desk of Sylvia Taylor, Executive Director, Federation of BC Writers
604-683-2057
bcwriters@shaw.ca
www.bcwriters.com
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Sunday Morning Tidbits.

Pandora’s Events
Tuesday, Jan 26th
Pandora’s Collective Presents
WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES

Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten – fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni.
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm (4th Tuesday of each month – except December)
Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room
1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC
Contact: blnish_pandoras@yahoo.ca
or visit http://www.pandorascollective.com/openmics.html
Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2010
Pandora’s Collective Presents
WORD WHIPS – THE NORTH SHORE EDITION
Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten – fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Fran Bourassa and Suzy Malcolm
2nd Tuesday of every month
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
(Sept – June. We are not meeting July and August)
Location: Starbucks in Indigo Books
1025 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Contact: Suzy (bttunes@telus.net) or Fran (fbourassa@nvsd44.bc.ca or 778-835-6775)
PRESS RELEASE
March 15th, 2010
Pandora’s Collective and the Vancouver Artist’s Collective will be putting on a fundraiser at the Cottage Bistro.
Mark your calendars!
For volunteer opportunities please contact blnish_pandoras@yahoo.ca.
PRESS RELEASE
The South Delta Artists Guild’s
Poets & Painters Book
is now available!
This book was inspired by an art and poetry exhibition that was hosted by the South Delta Artists Guild and was a collaboration between the South Delta Artists Guild and two writers’ groups, Pandora’s Collective and World Poetry Café. Poets were invited to write a poem inspired by a work of art. Alternatively, poets could submit poems that artists interpreted in paintings. The result was a very successful exhibit that was well attended by the public, the artists and the poets. It was an inspiring show of 95 paintings and 95 poems. This book contains many of the images and poems from the show.
To order the book please go to www.SouthDeltaArtistsGuild.com and download the order form.
Other Events
Sunday, January 24, 2010
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Afternoon with Dead Poets 2
The Café for Contemporary Art

140 East Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC
You’re invited to listen to five poets reading poems from one of their favourite dead poets.
Poems of Charles Bruce (1906-1968) read by Sandy Shreve
Poems of Edwin Muir (1887-1959) read by Chris topher Levenson
Poems of R. S. Thomas (1913-2000) read by Russell Thornton

—ten minute intermission—
Poems of Al Purdy (1918-2000) read by Rob Taylor
Poems of Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963) read by Kate Braid
Emcee: David Zieroth
In each presentation you will hear a brief introduction to the poet followed by a reading of selected poems, 15 minutes in total.
Cafca is one block up from Lonsdale Quay and the Seabus. Bring your friends and enjoy the coffee and art. Seating is limited.
For more info: Cafca at http://cafeforcontemporaryart.com/
or David at dzieroth@telus.net

Thursday, January 28th,
PRISM Turns 50!!!
8:00PM to 12:00AM
The a’s Lounge, The a Koerner Building , 6371 Crescent Road, UBC Campus, Vancouver , BC
http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?show=y,y,y,y,y,y&bldg2Search=n&locat1=408&locat2=#showMapCampus

$15 dollars (which includes a copy of the Winter 2010 Retrospective edition)
Hello PRISM lovers!!!
Can you believe that PRISM international is 50 years old? It’s not every day that a literary journal reaches the big 5-0, so we’re rolling out the red carpet and throwing a big bash to celebrate. It’s going to be a night of libations, music, amuse-bouches and literary shenanigans.
We’ll have readings from Bill Gaston, Deborah Willis, George McWhirter , Elizabeth Bachinsky, as well as toasts from past and present PRISM editors.
You’ll also go home with our extended 50th Anniversary Retrospective issue, which includes writing by Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney, Raymond Carver, Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Italo Calvino, Irving Layton, and many more!
Feel free to bring your friends!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at prism@interchange.ubc.ca
We’ll see you on the 28th!!
From PRISM 2009/2010 Editors: Rachel Knudsen, Elizabeth Ross, Nadia Pestrak and Dan Schwartz
 
Tuesday February 16th
Spoken INK
James Street Café
– 8:00 p.m.
February Guests: Bonnie Nish & Sita Carboni
Spoken INK is an open mic/reading series brought to you by the Burnaby Writers’ Society, and held every third Tuesday (September to June) at the James Street Café, just one short block east of Boundary Road on Canada Way at Smith (NE corner) in Burnaby.
Open mic sign-up time is 7:30 p.m., featured readings begin at 8:00 p.m.
PRESS RELEASE
Mary Duffy has let us know that her cousin, Mary Barry, will be performing during the Olympics. We hope that you can make it to one of her performances. She is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter, travelling all the way from Newfoundland.
Mary Barry – Upcoming Performances:
Feb. 20th on Granville Island on the Francophone stage, 30 minute set (6:00 – 6:30pm)
Feb. 21st at the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island, 10:30 pm for 90 minutes.
Feb. 22nd, also at the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island, 30 minute set (10:30pm)
Feb. 23rd at a French club called the Adrenaline, 9:30 – 11:00 pm, 2 sets.
“Mary Barry delivers a sweet sound like a consummate New York jazz performer … with an expressive voice that flows over you, so sultry and passionate, the music enfolding and gripping you with a velvet covered touch. Barry is that good of a writer, her music fits in wonderfully, carrying on the timeless quality of excellent jazz.” – Read more at http://www.marybarry.ca/
PRESS RELEASE
Have you spent too many hours hunched over the computer?
Yoga for the People is a newly opened 2000 sq ft yoga studio with the primary aim of stimulating social awareness and community development. All classes are drop in, pay what you can, with a suggested donation of $10/class. Please help to support this wonderful new studio. For information on teachers, yoga classes and schedules visit www.yogaforthepeople.ca
Radha Yoga has a long history of offering Hatha yoga community classes and Hidden Language Hatha Yoga (bring your journal). Classes are only $12-13/class or pay as you can. Visit http://www.radhavancouver.org/ for details.
Other Things
 PRESS RELEASE
The Malahat Review Novella Prize
Deadline: February 1, 2010
Submit a single work of fiction between 10,000 and 20,000 words. No restrictions as to genre, subject matter, or aesthetic approach. Fee: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Prize: $500 plus paid publication. Details: http://www.malahatreview.ca/novella_contest/info.html
PRESS RELEASE
Coffee Shop Author writing contest
Deadline: registration, March 15; completion, April 30, 2010

Writers must complete a book-length work, with the bulk of the writing happening on location at their chosen coffee shop. Registration is required. Fee: $30. Prize: Trip for two to Fernie, B.C., and tuition to the 2010 Fernie Writers Conference. Details: http://www.coffeeshopauthor.com/
PRESS RELEASE
The Ontario Poetry Society Presents:
Emerging From The Shadows Poetry Contest
Open to Canadian Poets who have never won First Prize in a Poetry Contest
First Prize – $25 and a One Year Free Membership ($25 value) & A Fancy Certificate
Second Prize – One Year Free Membership ($25 value) & A Fancy Certificate
Third Prize – $10 & A Fancy Certificate
Plus 12 Honourable Mention Awards of A Fancy Certificate Each
Plus All winning entries to be published in a chapbook and all poets whose work appears in the chapbook will get 1 free copy of the book per poem published inside.
Rules and Guidelines:
Poems may be on any theme and in any style.
Maximum length per poem is 36 lines and the stanza spaces count as lines.
Poems may be previously published, but not previously have won any contest prizes.
Blind judging: No author I.D. to be anywhere on the same page as the poem, back or front. Include a cover page with your name, address, phone number and e-mail along with your poem title(s).
Contest Deadline: April 15, 2010 postmark date
Entry fee: Up to 3 poems for $5 & additional poems $2 each.
There is no limit to the number of submissions per poet.Submit your entry in hard copy along with payment to
The Ontario Poetry Society, 31 Marisa Court , Thornhill , L4J 6H9
Enclose a #10 s.a.s.e. for Winners List
Contest Judge is Debbie Okun Hill
Additional chapbooks will be available for sale at $5 each.
PRESS RELEASE
subTerrain Lush Triumphant literary awards
Deadline: May 15, 2010
Submit fiction of up to 3,000 words, creative non-fiction of up to 4,000 words or suites of up to 5 poems. Fee: $25 (includes subscription). Prize: $750 in each category, plus paid publication. Details: http://www.subterrain.ca

Bonnie Nish
Executive Director
Pandora’s Collective
www.pandorascollective.com

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In other news

VPL Writer in Residence

The Vancouver Public Library is pleased to announce that they will be accepting applications for their sixth writer-in-residence in 2010. Deadline is January 15, 2010. Complete details can be found on their website.

New Westminster Poet Laureate Search

New Westminster is seeking its next Poet Laureate. Deadline to apply is January 29, 2010. For more information, click here.

BC Bestsellers

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P.K. Page
The Festival and Canadian Literature lost a great friend and consummate artist with the passing of P.K. Page at her home in Victoria this morning. She was 93. And for all the years we knew her she was dedicated to exploring the world through art: painting, poetry, essays, fiction and children’s stories.
She had a fine mind and used it well. And a great heart, courageous and generous. At the last Festival, Joy Coghill and François Houle performed P.K.’s prescient and powerful poem Unless the Eye Catch Fire. The event was breathtaking in its vision and its brilliant execution. We were honoured to present P.K.’s work last year and over the many years were privileged to work with her. CBC, Globe and Mail
Announcing
The winners of the 11th Annual Vancouver International Writers Festival Poetry and Short Story Contest have been announced. To read the winning submissions, go here.

Special Event

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Spoken World
Get your tickets before they’re gone! Tickets for the Vancouver International Writers Festival’s spoken word extravaganza with Ivan E. Coyote, Shane Koyczan, Ariana Waynes and Skeena Reece and Sal Ferreras are going fast. View highlights from Spoken World 2009 on YouTube and Flickr.
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Awards

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The shortlist for the Story Prize honouring short fiction in the U.S. has been announced. Full story
And also the short list for the Lionel Gelber Prize for books on international relations. Full story

News & Features

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This will be the year of electronic reading devices, so get ready for weekly updates. Full story
Is copyright protection for creative work feasible in a digital world? Full story
Margaret Atwood has penned a passionate piece on behalf of birds in the Guardian. Full story
Toronto publishers Cormorant Books announced today that it will begin publishing four poetry titles a year in the spring of 2011. Full story

Books & Writers

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Crime writer James Ellroy interviewed in the Guardian. Full story
All the fuss about Tolstoy is because 2010 is the centenary of his death and there is a new film to mark the occasion. Full story
Vancouver’s own June Hutton interviewed by blogger in Kuala Lumpur about her novel Underground. Full story
A review of Sadie Jones’ second novel Small Wars. Full story
Cordelia Strube‘s Lemon continues to catch the eye of reviewers. Full story
American politics seem to be filled with drama, conflict, sex: all the elements of a good soap opera and that leads to books like Game Change, reviewed here in the Times. Full story
Dalia Sofer, also in the Times, describes Kim Echlin‘s novel The Disappeared as “exquisite”. Full story
Antonia Fraser‘s memoir of her life with Harold Pinter may focus on their marriage, but paints a revealing portrait of the dramatist too. Full story
And finally a review of Douglas Coupland‘s Generation A. Full story

Community Events

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GREG MORTENSON
Due to overwhelming demand, all ticketed events are sold out! However the author of Three Cups of Tea will be signing copies of his books. Saturday, January 16 at 7:00pm. Kidsbooks Vancouver, 3083 West Broadway. For more information, visit www.kidsbooks.ca.
STORIES OF SLOTH AND REGRETS
Vancouver Storytellers presents storytelling by Erin Graham, Larry Matier, Tony Rainbow, Alvin Sanders, and Rita Taylor. Sunday, January 17 at 7:00pm. Tickets $7. St. Mark’s Anglican Church (1805 Larch). More information at www.vancouverstorytellers.vcn.bc.ca.
WORLD POETRY CELEBRATES TANGLEWOOD BOOKS
Multicultural, multilingual readings by Godwin Barton, James Mullen, Lucia Gorea, Roger Blenman, Farina Reinprecht, Ibrahim Honjo, and Warren Dean Fulton, hosted by Adriadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea. Monday, January 18 at 7:00pm. Tanglewood Books (1553 W. Broadway). More information at ariadnes@uniserve.com.
KC DYER
The North Shore Writers’ Association presents guest speaker and historical fiction author. Monday, January 18 at 7:00pm. Admission by donation, free for members. Capilano Branch Library (3045 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver).
ERIC JAMIESON
Author presents an illustrated lecture based on his book, Tragedy at Second Narrows: The Story of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. Monday, January 18 at 7:00pm, free. White Rock Library (15342 Buena Vista Avenue).
ESCAPE CLAUSE: A SPECULATIVE FICTION ANTHOLOGY
Hear selected readings from Escape Clause, stories of wonder and delight, from speculative fiction writers. Featuring Linda Demeulemeester, Eileen Kernaghan, Casey Wolf, Ari Goelman, Clelie Rich, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, and Maryke Hendrikse. Monday, January 18 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Nerd slam featuring Robbie Q. Monday, January 18 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.
DIANE TUCKER
Author reads from her new novel, His Sweet Favour, with an open mic to follow. Tuesday, January 19 at 8:00pm. James Street Cafe, 3819 Canada Way, Burnaby. For more information, email bwscafe@gmail.com.
MOST GOOD, LEAST HARM
Book signing and presentation by Zoe Weil, author of Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life. Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia). More information at www.vpl.ca.
ANN ERIKSSON
Join author in a discussion of her most recent book In the Hands of Anubis. January 21 at 7:00pm. Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, 3696 W. 8th. More information at www.christiannehayward.com.
WAYNE NORTON
Book launch: Women on Ice: The Early Years of Women’s Hockey in Western Canada. Reading, discussion and book signing with author Wayne Norton. Sunday, January 24th at 6:00pm, free. Rhizome Café, 317 E. Broadway, Vancouver.
DOUGLAS BURNET SMITH
Author reads selections from Sister Prometheus: Discovering Madame Curie and from his forthcoming collection, Surface to Air. Monday, January 25 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.
Upcoming
EVERY GOODBYE AIN’T GONE
Author Evelyne White and photographer Joanne Bealy sign and discuss Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone: A Photo Narrative of Black Heritage on Salt Spring Island. Friday, February 5 at 7:00pm, free. Rhizome Cafe (317 East Broadway). More information at www.dancingcrowpress.com.
2010 HAIKU INVITATIONAL
While the cherry blossoms bloom from March through May, you are invited to write your haiku with fresh inspiration. The poems will be judged during the summer and winners announced in the fall 2010. Winning poems will then be featured during the 2011 festival. So start planning now to submit your cherry blossom haiku this coming spring. The deadline for the next round of haiku submissions will be May 31, 2010. More information at www.vcbf.ca.

Produced by the Book News Collective.

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
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2010 Festival: 19-24 October inclusive
Vancouver International Writers Festival
Suite 202, 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
p: 604 681 6330 x102
f: 604 681 8400
e: hwake@writersfest.bc.ca
 

Denman Island Winter Writer’s Retreat February 2010


WINTER WRITER’S RETREAT ON DENMAN ISLAND, FEBRUARY 2010 
  • Ivan Coyote. Memoir Writing, 4 days February 9 to 12.  Cost:  $300.00.
  • Matt Rader. Poetry Writing, weekend February 13 & 14.  Cost: $150.00.
  • Heidi Greco. Editing & Manuscript Preparation, 4 days February 17 to 20.  Cost  $300.00 
Location: Denman Island Arts Centre
Mailing Address:  PO Box 78, Denman Island, BC V0R 1T0
Phone:   Local: (250) 335-1224  Toll Free: 1-888-335-1221
Building on the success of the summer Readers & Writers Festival, the Denman Island Arts Centre announces the first annual Winter Writer’s Retreat, when three established writers will offer workshops over a two-week period in February 2010.
Join Ivan Coyote, Matt Rader and Heidi Greco for hands-on writing workshops and intimate salon readings.
Ivan Coyote is an award-winning author whose workshop will focus on memoir writing. Spend four days dedicated to getting all those dreams of words and stories out of your head and onto the page.
Matt Rader is a poet and teacher who excels in finding universal truth in local experience. Join Matt in a collaborative, participant driven weekend writing workshop and discover for yourself how a poet can leverage the forms and traditions of poetic craft to access the trickster imagination at the heart of all art.
Heidi Greco has more than two decades’ experience working with manuscripts in many genres. This four-day workshop will provide writers with tools for making useful revisions. Starting with the page, discussion will move to the broader vision of formulating a structured manuscript.
Salons with the writers will be held on Friday evening, February 12 and Saturday evening, February 20.
For more information and registration go to www.artsdenman.com or leave a message at the Denman Island Arts Centre (250) 335-1224. The Denman Island Arts Centre is a short walk up the hill from the ferry. Classes are small so register early!

Excellent accommodation is available at Shanti House Bed and Breakfast, at The Blue Owl Bed and Breakfast, or see http://www.denmanisland.com/denman/accommodations .


Jean Cockburn

Co-ordinator Arts Denman Winter Writer’s Retreat
cockburnj@gmail.com

Book News Vol. 5 No. 3

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Vol. 5 No. 3

In other news

VPL Writer in Residence

The Vancouver Public Library is pleased to announce that they will be accepting applications for their sixth writer-in-residence in 2010. Complete details can be found on their website.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

A rare first-edition, first-impression edition of Anne of Green GablesRead more. sold at a Sotheby’s auction in New York for $30,000 US on Friday afternoon.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!
From all of us to all of you, we wish you a joyous and peaceful holiday, and of course, we hope that you have plenty of time to read books that will inspire, enrich and entertain you.
This is the last Book News of 2009. We’d like to thank each of you for your support of the Festival. We have some exciting events shaping up for the spring which we will let you know about as soon as we are able. And stay tuned for an announcement about a membership drive that will be very important for the Festival in 2010.
The VIWF office will be closed between December 19 and January 4. We look forward to hearing from you in 2010.
Sincerely,
Hal Wake, Camilla Tibbs, Sandra Millard and Ann McDonell
P.S. We’re trying out a new format for Book News. Please let us know what you think.

Special Event

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Spoken World
Get your tickets before they’re gone! Tickets for the Vancouver International Writers Festival’s spoken word extravaganza with Ivan E. Coyote, Shane Koyczan, Ariana Waynes and Skeena Reece and Sal Ferreras are going fast. View highlights from Spoken World 2009 on YouTube.
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News & Features

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Wary book publisher plan to delay the release of electronic versions of their books in 2010. E-books and related issues will be the big story for the coming year. Full story.
Legal battles are looming over who owns the rights to publish e-books by writers like Wiliam Styron and Joseph Heller. Full story.
Kirkus, an outfit that gave pre-publication reviews to thousands of books is shutting down. Full story.
The posthumous publication of crime writer Steig Larrson’s third novel in North America is some time off, so booksellers are bringing in the foreign edition. Full story.
Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English usage, the gracefully written bible of grammar, has a new edition coming out. Full story.
Rachel Cusk wonders if there really is something called ‘women’s writing’. Full story.
This piece about book publicity in the New Yorker would be really funny if it weren’t so close to the truth. Full story.
Here is a best book list for 2009 from the Georgia Straight. Full story.
The Guardian lists the decade’s best unread books. Full story.

Books & Writers

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There is a new collection of George Packer’s essays first published in the New Yorker. Full story.
This is a rather mixed review of Tao Lin’s Shoplifting from American Apparel. Full story.
Rhea Tregebov delighted audiences at the Festival this year and her novel The Knife Sharpener’s Bell received kudos from the Globe and Mail. Full story.
There is a new collection of essays by the Nigerian master Chinua Achebe. Full story.
The Bedside Book of Beasts: A Wildlife Miscellany by Graeme Gibson has impressed the Guardian. Full story.
A lovely piece from Ann Patchett on a writer’s life. Full story.
Stacey May Fowles reviews Of Hockey and Hijab, essays on Islam and Muslim life. Full story.
Richard van Camp’s new collection of stories is reviewed in Quill and Quire. Full story.

Community Events

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VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Youth poetry slam featuring Brendan McLeod. Monday, December 28 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.
IAN FERGUSON
Reading by the award-winning playwright, humourist and author of How to Be a Canadian. Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 2:00pm. Lillooet Room (level 3), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall). More information at www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca.
ESCAPE CLAUSE: A SPECULATIVE FICTION ANTHOLOGY
Hear selected readings from Escape Clause, stories of wonder and delight, from speculative fiction writers. Featuring Linda Demeulemeester, Eileen Kernaghan, Casey Wolf, Ari Goelman, Clelie Rich, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, and Maryke Hendrikse. Monday, January 18 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.
GREG MORTENSON
The author of Three Cups of Tea is coming to Kidsbooks in January! His powerful presentation will highlight his new adult book, Stones Into Schools; Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, In Afghanistan and Pakistan. Adult tickets include a copy of the new book. For tickets and details, visit www.kidsbooks.ca.
ANN ERIKSSON
Join author in a discussion of her most recent book In the Hands of Anubis. January 21, 2010 at 7:00pm. Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, 3696 W. 8th. More information at www.christiannehayward.com.
DOUGLAS BURNET SMITH
Author reads selections from Sister Prometheus: Discovering Madame Curie and from his forthcoming collection, Surface to Air. Monday, January 25 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.
2010 HAIKU INVITATIONAL
While the cherry blossoms bloom from March through May, you are invited to write your haiku with fresh inspiration. The poems will be judged during the summer and winners announced in the fall 2010. Winning poems will then be featured during the 2011 festival. So start planning now to submit your cherry blossom haiku this coming spring. The deadline for the next round of haiku submissions will be May 31, 2010. More information at www.vcbf.ca.

Produced by the Book News Collective.

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
* * * * * * * * * * * *
2010 Festival: 19-24 October inclusive
Vancouver International Writers Festival
Suite 202, 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
p: 604 681 6330 x102
f: 604 681 8400
e: hwake@writersfest.bc.ca

Book News Vol. 5 No. 2

BOOK NEWS

Spoken World
The Vancouver International Writers Festival presents a spoken word extravaganza. Spoken word stars Ivan E. Coyote, Shane Koyczan, Ariana Waynes and Skeena Reece provide the word power, underscored by the improvised grooves of Sal Ferreras and his band Poetic License and the visual pyrotechnics of VJ Candelario Andrade. Details and ticket information http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

VPL Writer in Residence
The Vancouver Public Library is pleased to announce that they will be accepting applications for their sixth writer-in-residence in 2010. Complete details can be found on their website at www.vpl.ca/writer_in_residence.

If you are looking for suggestions of books to give for Christmas, the Advent Book Blog may be the only place you have to go.
http://adventbooks.wordpress.com/

Five of the largest publishers of U.S. newspapers and magazines plan to challenge Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle electronic-book reader with their own digital format that would display in colour and work on a variety of devices.

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2009/12/08/rival-kindle-publishers-magazine-newspaper.html

Carol Ann Duffy, who stole the show at this year’s Poetry Bash has written a new version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/laureate-pens-a-new-12-days-of-christmas-1835037.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/06/poet-laureate-duffy-christmas-poem

Ian McEwan has a new short story in the New Yorker called The Use of Poetry.
http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2009/12/07/091207fi_fiction_mcewan

PRIZES & LISTS

Petina Gappah from Zimbabwe has won the Guardian First Book Award. We have links to an article, a video and a short story.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/dec/02/guardian-first-book-award-gappah
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/dec/04/guardian-first-book-petina-gappah
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/dec/05/petina-gappah-awardwinner-short-story

Haruki Murikami has been awarded Spain’s Order of Arts and Letters.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/japanese-writer-murakami-honoured-in-spain-1834682.html

The winner of this year’s Journey Award, Yasuko Thanh, tells the story behind her winning story.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/a-writers-all-too-real-tale-puts-her-in-spotlight/article1390883/

For those with a taste for history the New Yorker has chosen the top ten books of 1709.
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2009/12/the-top-ten-books-of-1709.html

BOOKS & WRITERS

Memoirs fueled by alcohol seem to be a popular genre. Here are reviews of two new ones Corked by Kathryn Borel Jr. and Lit by Mary Karr.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-lit-by-mary-karr/article1388548/
http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=6690

When we hosted Barbara Kingsolver she was touring with her non-fiction book about growing her own food. Now she has a new novel called Lacuna.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-the-lacuna-by-barbara-kingsolver/article1388579/

Malcolm Gladwell may be one of the most popular non-fiction writers working in English. This is a review of his latest, What the Dog Saw.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-what-the-dog-saw-by-malcolm-gladwell/article1388984/

Don Gillmor dares to write nothing less than the history of the nation in novel form, with a legendary explorer up front.
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/734696–review-geoff-pevere-on-kanata-by-don-gillmor

An interview with Malalai Joya the author of A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice.
http://thetyee.ca/Books/2009/11/16/MalalaiJoyaCdnTour/

EVENTS

ROBSON READING SERIES
Readings from the anthology Hope In Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore library, Robson Square (800 Robson Street).

THE SWEET AND THE BITTER
Vancouver novelist Michael Turner (8 X 10) who appeared at the 2009 Writers Festival is branching out into film screenings, with a showing of James Clavell’s shot-in-Vancouver and rarely seen independent film The Sweet and the Bitter. Thursday, December 10 at 7:30pm. Pacific Cinémathèque (1131 Howe Street). More information at www.cinematheque.bc.ca.

STONE THE CROW
Book launch for poetry collection Stone the Crow, with readings and signings by author Chris Bose. Sunday, December 13 at 7:00pm. Grunt Gallery (116 – 350 2nd Ave. E.). More information at www.kegedonce.com.

VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Van slam featuring Mike McGee. Monday, December 14 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.

FRENZY
Anvil Press presents the launch of Frenzy by Catherine Owen with performances by folk musician Chika Marston, novelist Dennis E. Bolen, and electronic-music composer Soressa Gardner. Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm, free. Café Montmartre, 4362 Main Street. More information at info@anvilpress.com.

Upcoming

IAN FERGUSON
Reading by the award-winning playwright, humourist and author of How to Be a Canadian. January 4, 2010 at 2:00pm. Lillooet Room (level 3), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall). More information at www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca.

GREG MORTENSON
The author of Three Cups of Tea is coming to Kidsbooks in January! His powerful presentation will highlight his new adult book, Stones Into Schools; Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, In Afghanistan and Pakistan. Adult tickets include a copy of the new book. For tickets and details, visit www.kidsbooks.ca.

ANN ERIKSSON
Join author in a discussion of her most recent book In the Hands of Anubis. January 21, 2010 at 7:00pm. Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, 3696 W. 8th. For more information: http://www.christiannehayward.com/.

2010 HAIKU INVITATIONAL
While the cherry blossoms bloom from March through May, you are invited to write your haiku with fresh inspiration. The poems will be judged during the summer and winners announced in the fall 2010. Winning poems will then be featured during the 2011 festival. So start planning now to submit your cherry blossom haiku this coming spring. The deadline for the next round of haiku submissions will be May 31, 2010. More information at www.vcbf.ca.

Produced by the Book News Collective: Hal Wake, Clea Young, Brenda Berck, Ann McDonell and Sandra Millard.

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Artistic Director
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Vancouver International Writers Festival
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Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
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f: 604 681 8400
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Federation Vox

Federation Vox
November 27, 2009

Federation News

All Aboard!
After a brief stop to let passengers off and on, the good old Fed Train is back on track and chugging along. It’s been a bit of a rough ride in the Arts World this year, but The Fed has had one of its most energetic and successful years ever, due to the energy and commitment of Fed members, volunteers, staff and board.

Carla Reimer, who did a terrific job as ED, is settling into her new life in Ontario and has the Board’s warmest regards and wishes for a fine future. Sylvia Taylor, Board Director for seven years and President for two, has stepped into the ED position, and brings a wealth of professional literary and administrative expertise.

So far this year, the Fed has:
•       welcomed more new members than ever before – 13 in the last month alone!
•       fundraised over $2,000 for Fed programming
•       maintained all its services and programs
•       hosted six literary & fundraising events throughout the province
•       showcased the Fed and its members at major literary events, including Word On the Street, Vancouver International Writers’ Festival, Surrey International Writers’ Festival, Powell River Writers’ Festival
•       created and strengthened alliances and partnerships provincially and nationally
•       actively supported Arts preservation movements

The Fed Train needs everyone’s mind and muscle to keep the engine stoked and the momentum building. Please contribute in any way you can, to keep us chugging for years to come.

New Members

Welcome to:
Bill Dovhey, Lois Quinlan, Diane Common, Sue Goldswain, Mike Hartner, Diane Jones, Valerie Parks, Dana Marie Ramstedt, Kathleen Milner, Katherine Wagner, Perry Wilson, Gordon Marx, Hendrik Slegtenhorst.

Job Opportunities

We are looking for an experienced writer who can synthesize healthcare related concepts and make them accessible to a number of audiences, including the general public. Must have experience writing for the web and in the healthcare field. Please respond with CV, cover letter, writing samples, hourly or contract rate. Serious enquiries only. Thanks
David J. Adams
Research Coordinator
UBC Department of Family Practice
David Strangway Building
#320 – 5950 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Phone:  (604) 827-4185 Fax:  (604) 827-4184

Call for Submissions

Working Title: Not a Broken Record
An Anthology of Writing to stop violence against women and girls
Deadline: January 15th, 2010
We are currently seeking submissions for an anthology of diverse voices which record the experiences and impacts of violence against women at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, a put-down; from the personal to the abstract. We invite submissions on a range of subjects, from violence in media imagery, pornography, beauty rituals, humour, language, myth, etc.; a variety of tones are also welcome, from the serious to the humorous.
We invite everyone – of all genders and backgrounds – to submit ONE work of fiction or non-fiction of no more than 2000 words, or a maximum of FOUR poems on the subject of violence against women and girls.  We are especially interested in non-fiction narrative.
All submissions can be sent by email as WORD or RTF attachments in 12 point Times New Roman font to Andrea Routley at loudspeakerfestival@gmail.com. Please include your name, brief bio, and contact information in the body of your email, as well as the attachment.  All narrative should be double-spaced; poetry single-spaced. Previously published work will be considered as long as author retains copyright.
Note: Work already submitted is still under consideration unless notified otherwise.
This is a charitable project; no remuneration. Contributors will receive two copies of the anthology. Proceeds will benefit anti-violence organisations.
Anthology will be published by Caitlin Press, forthcoming Fall 2010.

Conferences, Courses & Workshops

Salmon Arm
Saturday, November 28, 1 – 3 pm
THE BUSINESS OF WRITING
A two-hour workshop with GAIL ANDERSON-DARGATZ
Website: http://www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca
Gail Anderson-Dargatz discusses the business side of writing life; from finding an agent to self-promotion, Gail will offer tips on navigating the complex publishing industry.  For more information and to register, call 250-804-8888 or visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/csreg.

Sunday, December 6, 2009, 1 – 5 pm
TELLING FAMILY STORIES, MEMOIRS, LITERARY STORIES, OR FOLK TALES
Website:  http://www.jewishmuseum.ca/info/current_events/fall-workshops-09
This course will appeal to writers who wish to read and ‘perform’ their work more effectively or to those who would like to explore this exciting genre.  Cost: $35, $30 for Jewish Historical Society of BC Members.  Seating limited – register at info@jewishmuseum.ca or 604-257-5199.  Location:  Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver.

Alliance for the Arts Workshops:
Social Media / Introductory: Tuesday, December 1 from 9 am to 12 noon. Rebecca Coleman and Simon Ogden will reprise their popular workshop on helping you navigate the  the paradigm shift from traditional marketing forms  to social media. They will explore what it means to join a social network, the etiquette required and help you to choose the platforms that are right for you.
Social Media / Advanced: Tuesday, December 1 from 1 pm to 4 pm. In this afternoon follow-up of the morning’s Introductory Workshop (separate registration required – enroll for either or both) you will move from theory to practice, as the facilitators share clear, concrete methods and tips for building your social media marketing plan using the most effective sites in the landscape of platforms: Blogs, Facebook, E-mail newsletters, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
Strategic Grant Writing: Thursday, December 3 from 1 pm to 4 pm. In our increasingly competitive funding environment, you need to know how to get your project noticed. There’s no way around it – grant-writing is a competitive process. Making ART happen is a difficult task. Allyson McGrane will show you how, in order to succeed, you must be able to make your project… irresistible.
Managing Arts Organizations Through Lean Times: Friday, December 4 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Judi Piggott will show you how “the best way out is through” when navigating today’s crisis in arts funding. This interactive session will focus on generating practical options for small and medium organizations to help us survive the ‘meantime’ and regain our footing for the future.

Out of Province

RYERSON UNIVERSITY WRITING CLASSES
Website: http://ce-online.ryerson.ca/ce_2009-2010/calendar/default.aspx?id=5&section=course&sub=subject&disc=%7b89831E51-A3AE-11D4-AE93-00E029501EB1%7d&mode=disc_list
Be the writer you’ve always dreamed of becoming.  Talented instructors help unlock and develop your talents in short fiction, novel, poetry, or dramatic writing.  Explore specialized genres.  Learn to tell your life story.  Enhance business writing skills.

May 1, 2010
ONTARIO WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
Website:  http://www.thewritersconference.com/
What began in 2008 as the dream of a handful of organizers from the Writers’ Circle of Durham Region became a full-fledged writers’ organization in 2009.  Building on that success, the 2010 conference will have educational, challenging, and interactive workshops, panels, round table discussions, and lectures.

Awards and Contests

Sumission Deadline December 1, 2009
WEST COAST BOOK PUBLISHERS SOCIETY
Invites all publishers and British Columbian authors with titles that fit the awards criteria to enter the BC Book Prizes for books published in 2009.
In addition, publishers and members of writing and publishing organizations are invited to submit nominations for the annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 8, 2010. There is no fee to enter.
THE WRITERS TRUST OF CANADA announced winners of $127,000 in prizes for literature in the fiction, non-fiction, and short fiction categories. The event, at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, is one of the richest awards nights for literature in Canada.
Vancouver writer Annabel Lyon won the $25,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for The Golden Mean, a novel about Aristotle and his one-time pupil Alexander the Great. Brian Brett, a writer from Salt Spring Island, won the $25,000 Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize for Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, an account of the author’s small island farm and an impassioned plea for maintaining a connection to the hands-on lessons of rural living.Three more authors received awards for their excellence in literature: novelist David Bergen (Winnipeg), children’s writer Marthe Jocelyn (Stratford, Ontario), and emerging writer Yasuko Thanh (Victoria).
GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD
Vancouver poet David Zieroth has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for his eighth collection, The Fly in Autumn (Harbour Publishing, $18.95). All the winners were announced in Montreal on November 17.  The other nominees for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry were David W. McFadden for Be Calm, Honey (Mansfield Press), Philip Kevin Paul for Little Hunger (Nightwood Editions), Sina Queyras for Expressway (Coach House Books) and Carmine Starnino for This Way Out (Gaspereau Press).
November 30, 2009
ONE COOL WORD MAGAZINE – WRITING CONTEST FOR POETRY & FICTION
Website:  http://www.onecoolword.com/
Judges will be Rita Wong and Patrick Friesen. Fiction Judge: Lee Henderson (2009 BC Book Prize Winner). 1st prize – $250, publication, year subscription and entry to all 2010 OCW parties. First place fiction also receives Lee Henderson’s The Man Game. First place poetry also receives books by Rita Wong and Patrick Friesen. Runners up: publication, year subscription and entry to all 2010 OCW parties.  Entry fee: $20 (includes subscription valued at $25). Additional entries $5. Submit to: writingcontest@onecoolword.com. Guidelines on the website.
November 30, 2009
PRISM CREATIVE NON-FICTION CONTEST
Website: http://prism.arts.ubc.ca/contests.php
Prism international’s Creative Non-Fiction Contest is now accepting entries. Fame and fortune await! Grand Prize is $1500. If you want to know which entries for the contest have succeeded in the past, please go to our previous winners in past issues, such as “The Death of Pedro Ivan,” by Amanda Hale, which appears in PRISM (47:2). Or better yet, subscribe!

November 30, 2009
ONE COOL WORD MAGAZINE – WRITING CONTEST FOR POETRY & FICTION
Website:  http://www.onecoolword.com/
Judges will be Rita Wong and Patrick Friesen. Fiction Judge: Lee Henderson (2009 BC Book Prize Winner). 1st prize – $250, publication, year subscription and entry to all 2010 OCW parties. First place fiction also receives Lee Henderson’s The Man Game. First place poetry also receives books by Rita Wong and Patrick Friesen. Runners up: publication, year subscription and entry to all 2010 OCW parties.  Entry fee: $20 (includes subscription valued at $25). Additional entries $5. Submit to: writingcontest@onecoolword.com. Guidelines on the website.
November 30, 2009
PRISM CREATIVE NON-FICTION CONTEST
Website: http://prism.arts.ubc.ca/contests.php
Prism international’s Creative Non-Fiction Contest is now accepting entries. Fame and fortune await! Grand Prize is $1500. If you want to know which entries for the contest have succeeded in the past, please go to our previous winners in past issues, such as “The Death of Pedro Ivan,” by Amanda Hale, which appears in PRISM (47:2). Or better yet, subscribe!
Call for submissions

November 30, 2009
PROSE & POETRY CONTEST — THE NEW WRITER MAGAZINE
Website:  http://www.thenewwriter.com/
Established in 1997, this is one of the major annual international competitions for short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; and offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July (back copies available on TNW website). Check the website for more information and the guidelines. Writers can enter online at our secure credit card server at http://www.thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm. The entry form can also be downloaded from that page on the website and sent in the post with your entry. We can supply this year’s printed Entry Forms on request, and in bulk to writers’ groups and organizations.
    We are now seeking fiction and poetry and features from TNW subscribers over the years for our bumper celebration issue, Jan/Feb 2010.  If subscribers, past and present, would like to submit something for consideration, please email to the editorial office – editor@thenewwriter.com – marked ‘100th issue’ in the subject line and if we like it, we’ll use it.  Maximum words for short stories 2,000. Postal address:  The New Writer, PO Box 60, Cranbrook  TN17 2RE, United Kingdom. Phone: 01580 212626 – Email:  admin@thenewwriter.com.

November 30, 2009
SHORT STORY PRIZE 2009
Website:  http://www.fishpublishing.com/fish-international-short-story-prize.php
This contest is welcoming entries on any theme, in English, to a maximum of 5,000 words.  10 stories will be published in the 2010 Fish Anthology.  Entry fee: €20.  First prize is €3000 (of which €1000 is travel expenses to the launch of the Anthology.)

December 1, 2009
FICTION CONTEST:  NATIONAL CANADIAN PUBLISHER
Website: http://www.enfieldandwizenty.ca/
This year Enfield & Wizenty launches a fiction contest to celebrate our own survival, as we go into our third season as a national fiction imprint of Great Plains Publications. For this champagne-soaked third year, Enfield & Wizenty is offering a $5000 advance for the most outstanding submission of literary fiction that we receive. We will be reading fiction submissions (novels and collections of short stories) from now until December 2009. Short story collections should have appeared extensively in Canadian literary magazines. Please note that we’re not interested in genre novels–crime, science fiction, romance etc. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but do let us know. Submit your query letter and sample to: Maurice Mierau, Associate Editor, Enfield & Wizenty, 345-955 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB  R3G 0P9 or by email to info@greatplains.mb.ca.

December 1, 2009
FIDDLEHEAD’S LITERARY CONTEST
Website: http://www.thefiddlehead.ca/
$1000 for best short fiction; $500 for two honourable mentions in short fiction. $1000 for Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem; $500 for two honourable mentions in poetry. The winning entries will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of The Fiddlehead (No. 243) and on our website. The winning authors will be paid for publication in addition to their prizes. Entry fee: $30 for entry in either category.

December 31, 2009
FREEFALL PROSE & POETRY CONTEST 2009
Website:  http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/pdf/2009ContestRules.pdf
$1000 in prizes to be won; first prize in each category is $300.  Maximum length 3000 words prose, or 5 poems per entry.  Entry fee of $20 includes one-year subscription (AWCS members $10, additional entries $5).

December 31, 2009
DELACORTE PRESS CONTEST FOR A FIRST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Website:  http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/writingcontests.
Open to US and Canadian writers who have not published a young adult novel.  Prize: $1500 cash, publication, and $7500 advance against royalties.  Guidelines on website.

November 30, 2009
PROSE & POETRY CONTEST — THE NEW WRITER MAGAZINE
Website:  http://www.thenewwriter.com/
Established in 1997, this is one of the major annual international competitions for short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; and offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July (back copies available on TNW website). Check the website for more information and the guidelines. Writers can enter online at our secure credit card server at http://www.thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm. The entry form can also be downloaded from that page on the website and sent in the post with your entry. We can supply this year’s printed Entry Forms on request, and in bulk to writers’ groups and organizations.

We are now seeking fiction and poetry and features from TNW subscribers over the years for our bumper celebration issue, Jan/Feb 2010.  If subscribers, past and present, would like to submit something for consideration, please email to the editorial office – editor@thenewwriter.com – marked ‘100th issue’ in the subject line and if we like it, we’ll use it.  Maximum words for short stories 2,000. Postal address:  The New Writer, PO Box 60, Cranbrook  TN17 2RE, United Kingdom. Phone: 01580 212626 – Email:  admin@thenewwriter.com.

November 30, 2009
INTERNATIONAL FISH SHORT STORY PRIZE 2009
Website:  http://www.fishpublishing.com/fish-international-short-story-prize.php
This contest is welcoming entries on any theme, in English, to a maximum of 5,000 words.  10 stories will be published in the 2010 Fish Anthology.  Entry fee: €20.  First prize is €3000 (of which €1000 is travel expenses to the launch of the Anthology.)

December 1, 2009
FICTION CONTEST:  NATIONAL CANADIAN PUBLISHER
Website: http://www.enfieldandwizenty.ca/
This year Enfield & Wizenty launches a fiction contest to celebrate our own survival, as we go into our third season as a national fiction imprint of Great Plains Publications. For this champagne-soaked third year, Enfield & Wizenty is offering a $5000 advance for the most outstanding submission of literary fiction that we receive. We will be reading fiction submissions (novels and collections of short stories) from now until December 2009. Short story collections should have appeared extensively in Canadian literary magazines. Please note that we’re not interested in genre novels–crime, science fiction, romance etc. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but do let us know. Submit your query letter and sample to: Maurice Mierau, Associate Editor, Enfield & Wizenty, 345-955 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB  R3G 0P9 or by email to info@greatplains.mb.ca.

December 31, 2009
2010 GRIFFIN POETRY PRIZE
Website:  http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/rules.php
Two categories, Canadian and International, comprise this $100,000 prize.  Each category has a $50,000 value.  The prize is for best collection of poetry in English published in the preceding year; books must be submitted postmarked no later than December 31, 2009.

Check websites for submission guidelines.

More information on awards, contests and submissions deadlines available on the Federation of BC Writers website at http://www.bcwriters.com/awards.php

Events | Lower Mainland & Sunshine Coast
Friday, December 4
GENERAL RICK HILLIER
General Rick Hillier recounts his role and experiences with the Canadian military in the new book, A Soldier First: Bureaucrats and the Politics of War. Friday, December 4 at 12:00pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, lower level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Thursday, December 10
Hope In Shadows – Anthology Reading / 2010 Calendar fundraiser
Downtown Eastsiders Helen Hill, Tom Quirk and Russ
Zillman read with two other contributors (TBA) at the UBC
Bookstore/Library, Robson Square (800 Robson Street). @ 7:00 p.m. –

Friday, December 4
CBC OPEN HOUSE AND FOOD BANK DAY
Website:  http://www.cbc.ca/bc/openhouse-foodbankday
Writer/broadcaster Bill Richardson and other CBC personalities will welcome the public to CBC Vancouver for a tour of their newly renovated, state of the art broadcast centre at 700 Hamilton Street.  Food Bank volunteers will accept donations at stations around the building.

Thursday, December 10, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
TWS READING SERIES
Website:  http://www.thewritersstudio.ca/readings/
The Writers’ Studio at Simon Fraser University presents the TWS Reading Series 2009.  A new reading is held every month, featuring TWS members and alumni, local emerging writers and authors, and authors on book tours.  For more information: Eufemia at twsread@sfu.ca.  Location: Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway at Kingsway, Vancouver.
CBC OPEN HOUSE AND FOOD BANK DAY
On Friday December 4, writer/broadcaster Bill Richardson and other CBC personalities will welcome the public to CBC Vancouver for a tour of their newly renovated, state of the art broadcast centre at 700 Hamilton Street. Food Bank volunteers will accept donations at stations around the building. You can also donate online here, starting November 6.
Tuesday, December 1 at 7:30pm
GRAEME GIBSON AND MARGARET ATWOOD
Partners Graeme Gibson and Margaret Atwood will make a duo appearance as part of the Pacific Arbour Speaker Series in support of their two new releases: Atwood’s The Year of the Flood and Gibson’s Bedside Book of Beasts. Tickets are $18/$15. Capilano Performing Arts Theatre, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. More information at http://www.capilanou.ca/news-events/performing-arts/season-performances/Speaker.html.

Events / Central
Vernon
Saturday, November 28, 1 – 3 pm
BOOK READINGS & SIGNINGS
Fed members Kay McCracken and Deanna Barnhardt Kawatski will both read from their new books from 1 – 2 pm, followed by signings from 2 – 3.  Location: Gallery Vertigo, 1-3001 31st Street, Vernon

Salmon Arm
Saturday, December 5, 12 – 2 pm
BOOK SIGNING:  ALL I NEED NOW ARE SOME CHICKENS, A COW, AND A WIFE
New Fed member Dick Armfelt will sign copies of his new book, a compilation of letters his father wrote (mainly in the 1930s).  Kay McCracken will also sign copies of her new book A Raven In My Heart.  Hot apple cider and homemade cookies will be available.  Location: The Book Nook, 310 Ross St NE, Salmon Arm.

Upcoming
Saturday, January 16, 11 am
RWA MEETING
Website:  http://www.rwagvc.com/meetings.html
Join presenter Susan Lyons (www.susanlyons.ca).  Location:  Burnaby United, 7591 Gray Avenue, Burnaby.

Saturday, March 13, 11 am
RWA MEETING
Website:  http://www.rwagvc.com/meetings.html
Presenter Russ Crossley will speak on “Cliff Hangers”.  Location:  Burnaby United, 7591 Gray Avenue, Burnaby.

Victoria
June 24 – 27, 2010
CANWRITE! 2010 – THE CANADIAN AUTHORS’ ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Theme: “Applying Technology to Your Writing”
Website: http://www.canauthors.org/conference.html
Keynote speaker – Patrick Taylor, bestselling author of the Irish Country Doctor series.
•       John Chandler from Alandale Training Corporation will share computer tips and tricks to make your writing life easier;
•       Learn how to enhance presentations and book launches by creating Power Point presentations;
•       Find out how to increase sales through social networking (ie blogs, MySpace, Twitter);
•       Explore the world of EBooks;
•       Let Rodger Cove from the Vancouver Film School show you how to structure stories for the screen;
•       and more!
Early registration bonus – Patrick Taylor will accept six 1500-word pieces of fiction – to be submitted no later than May 15, 2010 – and give one-hour, one-on-one evaluations with the authors on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 as part of CanWrite!  See the website for all details and registration information.  At the Harbour Towers Hotel, 345 Quebec Street, Victoria.  Info: Jean Kay, Conference Coordinator, jkay@canauthors.vancouver.org.

Reading Series | Writing Groups

Mondays (ongoing), 8:00 pm
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Website: http://vancouverpoetryhouse.com/vanslam/
A poetry slam competition with frequent guest performers, the Vancouver Poetry Slam has been wowing audiences since 1996.  1st, 3rd, and 5th Mondays: Open Slam; 2nd Monday: Alternative Slam; 4th Monday: Youth Slam (ages 13 – 22).  Tickets are generally $5.  Location: Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial).

Second Tuesday of every month, 7 – 9 pm
WORD WHIPS – THE NORTH SHORE EDITION
Take a writing challenge!  Pandora’s Collective provides the prompts, time to write, and the opportunity for sharing.  See what you can whip up!  Hosted by Fran Bourassa and Suzy Malcolm.  Location: Starbucks in Indigo Books, 1025 Marine Drive, North Vancouver.

Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES
Ready for a writing challenge?  Join guest host and Fed member Maureen Egan at the Britannia Library for “Word Whips”.  They provide the writing prompts, 10-15 minutes to write each prompt, and the opportunity for sharing.  See what you can whip up!  Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver.

Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
PANDORA’S COLLECTIVE PRESENTS WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES
Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten – fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Fed members Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni. Britannia Library, Gallery Room,
1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/branches/details/britannia_branch
Contact: blnish_pandoras@yahoo.ca
or visit hmtp://www.pandorascollective.com/openmics.html

First and Third Wednesday of every month, 8 – 12 pm
THE SPILLIOUS SPEAK AND SING
This event is open to musicians and spoken word performers, poets and storytellers, and anyone who wants to take the mic.  Contact: Trevor Spilchen (trevorspilchen@yahoo.co.uk).  Location: The Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street @ 29th Avenue, Vancouver.
First Thursday of every month 7: – 9:00 pm
TWISTED POETS LITERARY SALON
Pandora’s Collective, in the spirit of Vancouver, welcomes all poets. Come out and bring your best, favourite, newest, oldest poems, and share in an evening of literary surprises. Hosts: Fed members Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni

Third Thursday of every month, 7:00 pm
POETRY AROUND THE WORLD
Poetry Around the World invites poets, writers and artists to promote their cultural values through music, poetry, spoken word and art in a pleasant and friendly ambiance. This is a multicultural event, and everyone who wants to join in, is welcome.Chapters at Metrotown
4700 Kingsway, Burnaby. Contact:  luciag_esl@yahoo.com

Third Friday of every month, 8 pm – late
57 VARIETIES
Join hosts Rowan Lipkovits and Matthew Glick for an unplugged open stage/variety show.  No sign-up; do what you want, when you feel.  The venue changes constantly, so email rowan@butchershop.ca for more information.

First Saturday of every month, 7 – 10 pm
THE EASTSIDE WRITERS
Feature performances with open-mic event to follow.  Location: 20 West Hastings (Main & Hastings), Vancouver.

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From the desk of
Sylvia Taylor, Executive Director
Federation of BC Writers
604-683-2057
bcwriters@shaw.ca
www.bcwriters.com

Workshop Announcement — Be a Better Writer

Workshop Announcement

Beginning January 1, 2010
I’ll be sending out the regular newsletter in a few days, so please watch for it.
In the meantime, I have a writer eager to join four others in the ongoing Novel Writing Immersion Workshop beginning January 1, 2010. Please spread the word if you know anyone who may be interested in this program.
Writers in the two other ongoing workshops are making dramatic progress on their novels, and I highly recommend this program to anyone who is serious about finishing a novel.
In the Novel Immersion workshop you will be inspired to write a novel from first draft through to the finish, a page a day, five days a week.
To guide you through the novel writing process, I post weekly instructional lessons on writing craft and each week you receive feedback on your writing.
Other members of the group also provide their thoughts on your work, and you benefit from seeing the strengths and weaknesses in the work of others, and from reading my advice on how to resolve issues. I use published novels and film clips to illustrate the various principles, and a discussion thread (email discussion group) provides a venue for questions and answers. The result is personal and very much like a Master’s seminar in creative writing.
You will learn technique from the novelists we discuss. They will inspire you to follow their example or try something new—the only rule is that you write regularly and post something every week.
Read what others are saying about the program here: Novel Writing Immersion Workshop.
If this program interests you, please CONTACT ME
Thank you and best wishes,
Pearl

http://www.be-a-better-writer.com/

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Book News Vol. 4 No. 49

BOOK NEWS

Spoken World
When wordsmiths and musicians hit the stage for Spoken World, get ready for an evening of sensory overload. The Literary Cabaret’s Sal Ferreras and his band Poetic License, and VJ Candelario Andrade make the magic happen with Ivan E. Coyote, Shane Koyczan, Ariana Waynes and Skeena Reece. Details and ticket information here.

YouthWrites
The winner of the Vancouver International Writers Festival’s 2009 YouthWrites contest for secondary school students is Alyson Kissner, a grade 11 student from West Vancouver Secondary School. Read her winning submission, The City.

Writer-In-Residence
Check out the blog about 2009 Festival author Rukhsana Khan’s week-long residency in Prince Rupert, http://writology.wordpress.com/.

Guess the Giller!
The VIWF is pleased to partner with Scotiabank Giller Prize in the Guess the Giller contest. Select the finalist you think will win the prize to win a VIP trip for two to the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala in Toronto. Deadline is November 10, 2009. Details at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/guessthegiller.

AWARDS

Congratulations to Lee Henderson who has won the 2009 Vancouver Book Award for his novel The Man Game.
http://www.straight.com/article-268451/lee-hendersons-man-game-wins-vancouver-book-award

Dany Laferrière, who won the Blue Metropolis Literary Grand Prix last week, has this week been named recipient of France’s illustrious Prix Medicis literary award.  Laferrière is only the second Canadian novelist to win the Medicis. The first was Marie-Claire Blais, who won in 1966 for Une saison dans la vie d’Emmanuel.
http://www.quillandquire.com/blog/index.php/2009/11/04/laferriere-wins-medicis/

Marie NDiaye has won France’s top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, for her novel Three Strong Women.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/11/03/books/03ndiaye.html?_r=3&ref=books

Nam Le, who appeared at the 2008 Festival, has won Australia’s Prime Minister’s Literary Award for his debut collection of stories The Boat.
http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/books/exrefugees-boat-book-wins-pm-gong/2009/11/03/1257010156520.html

The longlist for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been announced.  
http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/2010/longlist.htm

BOOKS & WRITERS

William Deverell is often dubbed a crime writer, but this reviewer thinks of him more as “a writer of hilarious political and judicial satire.”  Read a review of Snow Job in the Globe & Mail.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-snow-job-by-william-deverell/article1345322/

Candice Fertile writes that Cary Fagan’s new novel Valentine’s Fall is “gently humorous, even though it deals with serious issues such as love and loss.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-valentines-fall-by-cary-fagan/article1350064/

The Guardian reviews Carol Ann Duffy’s New and Collected Poems for Children, the poems in which are populated by real and invented people, among them the Loch Ness Monster’s husband and Elvis.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/oct/31/poems-children-duffy-rosen

Dave Eggers reviews Look at the Birdie, a selection of unpublished short fiction by Kurt Vonnegut.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/books/review/Eggers-t.html?ref=books

In his introduction to The Paris Review Interviews, featuring authors from Ernest Hemingway to Marilynne Robinson, Salman Rushdie writes that these interviews “satisfy our…deep and abiding inquisitiveness about the writing life.”
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/non-fiction/article6894249.ece

Jane Smiley reviews Presence: The Collected Stories of Arthur Miller, which the author wrote between 1959 and 1992, and which Smiley calls “an arresting self-portrait, unmediated by directors, actors, gossip columnists or biographers.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/oct/31/presence-arthur-miller-review

Orhan Pamuk’s “enchanting new novel” The Museum of Innocence is about “first love painfully sustained over a lifetime.”  Read a review in the NY Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/books/review/Howard-t.html?ref=books

Ian Jack writes in the Guardian on the life and work of Diana Athill.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/oct/31/diana-athill-books-ian-jack

Colson Whitehead’s latest novel Sag Harbor came out last year.  Now he’s pondering what to write next:  “a flashy and experimental brain-bender, or a pointillist examination of the dissolution of a typical American family-Generation-spanning door-stopper or claustrophobic psychological sketch?”  Read his essay in the NY Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/books/review/Whitehead-t.html?ref=books

A.L. Kennedy, trapped on a train, reflects on her recent trip to Canada and finds herself alternately angry and depressed about the current trends in publishing.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/nov/03/al-kennedy-fiction-writing

The French anthropologist and philosopher Claude Lévi-Strauss died at the age of 100 last Friday.  This article in the NY Times offers an appraisal of Strauss’ most celebrated work, Tristes Tropiques.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/05/books/05strauss.html?ref=books

EVENTS

VANCOWRIMO
Ever wanted to write a novel? Want to have a lot of fun writing with other people from the Lower Mainland? VancoWrimo is the Vancouver chapter of a writing challenge that takes place across the world every year in November. Thursday, November 5 at 6:30pm, free. For more information and additional dates and times, please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603. Sponsored by VancoWrimo (http://www.vancowrimo.ca).

ON EDGE READING SERIES
Reading by spoken word performer Al Hunter. Thursday, November 5 at 7:00pm, free. SB406, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Granville Island.

YARN BOMBING
Arsenal Pulp Press and the Book Warehouse present demonstrations by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain and signings of their new book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti. Thursday, November 5 at 7:00pm, free. Book Warehouse (1051 Davie Street).

DAL RICHARDS AND JIM TAYLOR
Dal Richards and author Jim Taylor lovingly look back on seven decades of keeping the music alive. Their new book, One More Time: The Dal Richards Story recounts the fascinating life story of the legendary bandleader. Thursday, November 5 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.

KASPOIT!
Anvil Press presents a book launch of Kaspoit! by Dennis E. Bolen with a special guest reading by Jenn Farrell from her upcoming book The Devil You Know. Thursday, November 5 at 7:30pm, free. Montmartre Café (4362 Main). More information at info@anvilpress.com.

VANCOUVER: THE IMAGINED AND THE PROSPECTED
Green College writer-in-residence Oana Avasilichioaei hosts a discussion on writing about Vancouver with poets Roger Farr and Sachiko Murakami and novelist and short-story writer Lee Henderson. Thursday, November 5 at 8:00pm, free. Coach House, Green College (6201 Cecil Green Park Rd., UBC). More information at www.greencollege.ubc.ca.

MEMEWAR
Release of the 10th issue with readings by Maria Lenart and Neil Rayner, with a media presentation of Thor Polukoshko’s Cereal Junkies. Thursday, November 5 at 8:30pm. Admission: $10 and includes a copy of the magazine.The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir). More information at www.memewaronline.com.

POET AND PAINTER: A NORTH COAST COLLABORATION
Event featuring writer Leanne Boschman and illustrator Edward Epp who collaborated on the book Precipitous Signs: A Rain Journal. Saturday, November 7 at 3:00pm. The Marion Scott Gallery, 308 Water Street.

AISLINN HUNTER AND MIRANDA PEARSON
Oolichan Books and Palimpsest Press invite you to the launch of new books by Aislinn Hunter (A Peepshow with Views of the Interior: Paratexts) and Miranda Pearson (Harbour). Sunday, November 8 at 7:00pm. Chivanna Restaurant and Lounge, 2340 West 4th Avenue.

AN EVENING WITH S. BEAR BERGMAN
Reading from The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You. A discussion with the author will follow. Monday, November 9 at 4:30pm. Lillooet Room (301), Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC. For more information, visit www.sbearbergman.com.

ANNE MURRAY
Meet Canada’s first lady of song as she signs copies of her memoir, All of Me. In this revealing autobiography, Anne Murray tells the whole story of her 40-year career in show biz. Monday, November 9 at 7:00pm. Chapters Langley (20015 Langley By-Pass, unit 115). For more information, phone 604.514.8663.

JUNE HUTTON
Author presents her debut novel, Underground, in a unique reading for Remembrance Day that recognizes Canada’s forgotten veterans of the Spanish Civil War. Monday, November 9 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

HAIKU DEATH MATCH
Part of the Vancouver Poetry Slam series. Costumes encouraged. Featuring David Silverberg. Monday, November 9 at 8:00pm. Cost: $5-$10 at the door. Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive. Sign up at vancouverhaiku@gmail.com.

STEPHEN VOGLER
Author launches his book Only in Whistler: Tales of a Mountain Town. Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00pm, free. Aphrodite’s Organic Café (3598 West 4th Avenue, Whistler, BC). For more information, call 1-800-667-2988 or visit www.harbourpublishing.com.

ROB BUDDLE
On Edge Reading Series presents the author of declining america. Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm, free. SB406, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Granville Island. More information at http://www.ecuad.ca/node/3622.

ROBSON READING SERIES
Reading of 4 Poets with Daniela Elza, Peter Mortin, Al Remple and Onjana Yawnghwe. Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Library Robson Square, 800 Robson Street.

NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY
Simon Fraser University researcher Donald Gutstein discusses his new book Not A Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy. Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.

BOOK LAUNCH
Reading of The Life & Art of Frank Molnar, Jack Hardman & LeRoy Jensen, the second book in the series, The Unheralded Artists of B.C. Friday, November 13 at 7:00pm. Ferry Building Gallery (1414 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver). RSVP to info@mothertonguepublishing.com.

ANTHONY PAGDEN
Author reads from his work, Worlds at War, which delves deep into the roots of the clash of civilizations between East and West that has always been a battle over ideas. Friday, November 13 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.

JOYLAND
Vancouver writers from the online short fiction project, Joyland, read. Featuring Michael Turner, Rhonda Waterfall, Alex Leslie and Rachel Knudsen. Friday, November 13 at 8:00pm, free. W2 Perel Gallery, 112 West Hastings.

Upcoming

LONGHOUSE COFFEE HOUSE NIGHT
An evening of poetry, song, reading, performance and a pot luck. Monday, November 16 at 6:00pm, free. First Nations Longhouse, Sty-Wet-Tan Hall, 1985 West Mall, UBC. More information by phoning 604-822-8941 or emailing fnhl.coordinator@ubc.ca.

CELEBRATING BOOKS THAT MOVE YOU
An evening of adventure, art and wild beauty and celebrate Fall books that move you. Monday, November 16 at 7:00pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

CYNTHIA FLOOD
Author reads from her book The English Stories. Monday, November 16 at 7:30pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.

AMANDA NAHANEE
Join Vancouver Public Library’s inaugural First Nations Storyteller-in-Residence Amanda Nahanee for storytelling from her culture and history. Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30pm, free. Kitsilano Branch, 2425 Macdonald Street.

SONNET L’ABBE
Reading by the author of two collections of poetry, A Strange Relief and Killarnoe. Thursday, November 19 at 7:00pm, free. SB406, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Granville Island. More information at http://www.ecuad.ca/node/3623.

AFTER THE QUAKE
Pi Theatre and Rumble Productions present ‘after the quake’, based on the novel by Haruki Murakami, November 19-December 5 at Studio 16, Vancouver. Tickets available through www.vancouvertix.com. See http://pitheatre.com/quake for more info.

CBC OPEN HOUSE AND FOOD BANK DAY
On Friday December 4, writer/broadcaster Bill Richardson and other CBC personalities will welcome the public to CBC Vancouver for a tour of their newly renovated, state of the art broadcast centre at 700 Hamilton Street. Food Bank volunteers will accept donations at stations around the building. You can also donate online: CBC.ca/bc/openhouse-foodbankday, starting November 6.

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Fwd: Writing News, Issue #002 — Be a Better Writer

Writing News November 2009

New:
This past month, I’ve been busy making artwork for the short stories published in Page Forty-Seven online anthology. I’m not finished yet, so keep watching. There are more to come!
New Short Stories:
I published five new original short stories in October:

  • His Life
  • by Kristine Kettle

  • Silk
  • by Hema Ramen

  • Death Comes for Simon
  • by Max Clark

  • Every Thursday
  • by Michelle Satchell

  • A Rose in the Morning
  • by George Lea

Click on Page Forty-Seven online anthology to read them.
Latest Tweet on Twitter:
Read the very first New York Review of Books published February 1, 1963 here
Writer’s Resources:
New to the Writing Resources page this month:

  1. The Vocabula Review A monthly journal about the state of the English language.
  2. SmartWriters.com Learn the business and craft of writing for children.

Writing Contests:
Two new Writing Contests, and four closing in November. Be sure to check out the Glimmer Train Fiction Award for New Writers.
Emergency Money for Writers:
If you or someone you know is struggling to finish a book but are unable to because of financial need, the Writers’ Trust of Canada can help. The Woodcock Fund was established in 1989 to provide emergency financial assistance to professional Canadian writers. Grants are normally in the $5000 to $10000 range and are administered quickly and efficiently by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Often recipients will receive the grant money within two weeks of applying for it. See PDF guidelines at the bottom of this page.
Setting Writing Goals:
Writing goals help to improve craft and will remind you to set aside time to improve your craft. There is no magic formula that will help you become a great writer, but you can take action that will move you closer to that goal. I suggest setting goals in three key areas:

  1. knowledge
  2. improvement
  3. submissions
  • First, set writing goals that will increase your knowledge of craft to some degree every month. Maybe you have time to read only one book about writing a month. That’s something. If you’re pressed for time, search out YouTube videos that teach writing craft.

A good place to start on YouTube is the MasterClass series by the Scottish Book Trust: Scottish Book Trust

  • Knowledge fuels improvement, but don’t leave your improvement to chance. Set writing goals that force you to measure change. You need an objective opinion on this, so if you can afford to hire a writing mentor, this is the fastest and most reliable method of determining your progress. Contact Me
  • If you can’t afford private mentoring, join an online critiquing group. I occasionally provide free feedback at My Writers Circle and many other professional and amateur writers do the same and will provide prompt, valuable feedback.
    Also, keep an editing checklist and run a search on particular problem areas. If you tend to overuse adverbs, do a search for “ly.” If you overuse participial phrases, search for “ing” words. Your writing goals should be specific, such as that you want a 10% decrease in adverbs each time you check. So keep track of your numbers, and gauge your progress. As you overcome one problem, focus on another, so you have continuous improvement.
    Don’t focus all your writing goals on weaknesses. Your work will sell because of its strengths, so keep honing them, and get reliable, objective feedback on that, as well.
    Knowledge and improvement are the writing goals that will bring you the most satisfaction at first, so buy a book, enroll in a course or writing conference, ask for a critique, pay a mentor, and do whatever is necessary to learn and improve.

  • And submit! The best proof of your improvement is a publication, so always have a submission in circulation. You may not feel that you’re ready to submit, but you may never feel that you’re ready. Get advice from a professional, and if an editor or mentor says a piece of work is ready to submit, keep it in motion. If an editor rejects it, ship it off to someone else.
  • Make this part of your writing goals. If you don’t and you’re like most writers, you will procrastinate, or you will get one or two rejections and won’t want to risk more. Don’t give in to this feeling. Set a goal to have a new piece ready for submission every month, research the market, and send the piece out. After six months, you will have six pieces circulating.
    If you’re fortunate, you will receive feedback and encouragement along with any rejections. Better yet, you will be accepted for publication. But you will only be published if you force yourself to send your work out.
    So there you have it. Three simple goals. They won’t be new to you, but are you already taking the necessary action? If not, set a writing goal right now that you will take action on at least one of these goals before the end of the week.
    What specific aspect of your writing do you want to improve? Write it down as a goal, and take action. Thinking about it is not good enough. Nothing changes until you take action. Set some goals right now, act on them, and your progress is guaranteed.
    Special Offer:
    Here is a special offer to get you started:
    Send me an email with 500 words of writing. Put your name and the words “Is this ready?” in the subject line.
    For $25, I will pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses in the sample.
    This is less than one third of my usual rate, as a special offer to motivate you. Contact Me

    However you do it, I urge you to set writing goals and take action toward lasting improvement today.

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