From Pandora’s Collective

Pandora’s Events Saturday March 29th 1:00-4:00pm Pandora’s Collective Presents VOICES VANCOUVER Visit cultural venues with other Pandora’s Collective members. Bring your words, your journals, your sketch books. We’ll drop in on literary events, go to art galleries, participate in readings, support local bands and more. Membership is free. Coordinators: Bonnie Nish & Sita Carboni
Contact: bl**************@ya***.ca" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">bl**************@ya***.ca Upcoming Rendezvous: POETS & PAINTERS SHOW
Where: Tsawwassen Longhouse Gallery at 1710 – 56th Street in the Village of Tsawwassen adjacent to the Recreation Centre with ample free parking. Bus stop across the street.
Why: To hold a collaborative show with members of the South Delta Artists Guild and poets from both “Pandora’s Collective” and “World Poetry” societies in Vancouver. Poems and images were individually drawn from sealed envelopes by participants from which they had to produce either a poem or painting and each painting will be exhibited next to the relevant poem, both with the same title. There will be close to 80 paintings and poems on display. This is a premier event in the Tsawwassen art community with many poets and artists in attendance where they will gladly discuss their works. All paintings are original and for sale for the duration of the show. This is a rare opportunity for the public to interact with two art forms at the same time and in the same venue making it an event well worth attending.
When: Show runs from March 27th to April 27th. For further info call 604-948-2252 or 604-535-7507
Opening Reception is on Saturday, March 29th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM with wine and appetizers.
Wednesday April 2, 2008 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: 7:30 – 10:00pm Location: Our Town Cafe 245 East Broadway @ Kingsway, Vancouver, BC Read a review by Emily Kendy, contributing writer for the Vancouver Courier Newspaper. Contact: bl*************@ya***.ca" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">bl*************@ya***.ca or visit Tuesday April 8, 2008 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 – 10:00pm Location: 32 BOOKS 3185 Edgemont Blvd , North Vancouver 32 Books is located in beautiful, easy-to-get-to, Edgemont Village (One bus from the seabus straight to the door.) Special thanks to owner/writer Deb McVittie.
Contact: fb*******@nv****.ca Pandora’s Collective invites you to enter Kisses and Popsicles, our Spring Poetry Contest. All entries must be postmarked by May 15, 2008. The winners will be announced on June 1, 2008. Please follow the guidelines at Other Events Celtic Fest to celebrate World Storytelling Day. Featured tellers: Pauline Wenn, Philomena Jordan, Larry Matier, Paddy Graber, Rita Taylor Music: Mary Brunner fiddler par excellence Wing Siu and Andy Wong: the McLang Wongo Dual Open Mike. 7.30 pm; $5 includes pot luck treats; 1805 Larch / 2nd Ave under St Mark’s

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Hey good people! Two things that I so hope you can come to! First up — MARCH 21st WANDA NOWICKI GROUP ( that’s good Friday, so we are hoping to get those of you aren’t headed out of town to come down–we NEED YOU!) @ THE HERITAGE GRILL in NEW WEST. 447 Columbia ST-just next to the Columbia sky train station. 7 to 10 pm The GRILL is a way cool hang. The food is good, the bar is a full one , and the owner of this establishment is a really good man who is contributing so much to the art community with a variety of live performances every night and featuring visual artists in the dining room as well. We love it here and get to use our fine drummer–TOM FOSTER, so we love it when folks can come out and see us here! Second up–THIS SUNDAY -the 16th–as most of you know I co-host an open mike called THUNDERING WORD @ Cafe Montmartre – 4362 Main St. @ 28th Our feature performer this week is a gem! His name is DAVID KING. He is an experienced stage performer who acts, sings, rhymes a bit and is GUARANTEED to delight you!! He is different than any other performer we have ever had–he is just WONDERFUL! Things get started at 8 pm ( unless you want to sign up for the open mike, then arrive about 7:30) Thanks for your time , and I hope to see you at either or both!


March 21-22nd Now Who’s Talking Recovery Theatre NWT Recovery Theatre’s goal is to teach people in recovery how to tell their stories in the context of theatre. The troupe of nine has been hard at work since last September learning acting skills from Alex Bruhanski , one of Vancouver ‘s most highly respected acting teachers. They have also completed classes in voice, movement and improvisation with the accomplished and talented thespian Monique Bourgois. The troupe is currently writing their individual recovery stories which will be crafted into dramatic vignettes. Collectively, the vignettes will be tied together to show how people recover and give hope to those struggling with mental health issues. The current thought is to have some kind of recovery awards show. The play promises to be entertaining, educational and above all humorous. The show should run for about an hour followed by a Q & A session. There are volunteer opportunities available Performance Dates: Friday March 21st: 1:00 Matinee, Free admission for recipients of mental health services Friday March 21st: 7:00 Saturday March 22nd: 7:00 St. James Community Square, 10th & Trutch $12 advance $15 at the door Contact: Elly – 604-688-1556 or el**@wh**********.com" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">el**@wh**********.com Web:

Think of it as your own poetry slam pit pass. You can be part of the show in March, April and May as Van Slam heats up in the weeks leading to Finals Night. We need volunteers for these nights: March 17
March 31 (Last Chance Slam)
April 7 (Semis)
April 21 (Semis)
May 5 (Finals – at WISE Hall) For all nights we need people to work at the door and as scorekeepers and timekeepers. On finals night, we¢ll need all of the above, plus people for the merchandise table. Volunteers get in for free and gain a unique perspective on the workings of the slam, plus the unmitigated admiration and gratitude of the poets and host. The show wouldn¢t happen without you. To sign up, please email Volunteer Coordinator Sue McIntyre at va********@ya***.ca Please specify which night(s) you prefer to help, and what you favourite volunteer job is. See you at the slam. Thanks for volunteering.


Story Slam Wednesday 26th March. Story Slam at Our Town Cafe 245 E. Broadway, Vancouver every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month @ 8.30pm. Ten storytellers competing for prizes and a place in the finals. First come, first served. Sign up from 7.30pm. Hosted by Ivan Penaluna.

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Sun Valley, ID – Short story submissions are sought for the Prose for Papa
contest, part of the fourth annual Ernest Hemingway Festival. The festival
will be held September 25th to 28th, 2008 in Sun Valley Idaho and will carry
a ‘Hemingway in Cuba’ theme. The legendary author hunted and wrote on and
off for twenty-two years, and where he is laid to rest.

For the Prose for Papa contest, works of short fiction, which must be
previously unpublished, should be _postmarked by May 31st, 2008_. The winner
will be awarded $500, will be honored during the Ernest Hemingway Festival in
Sun Valley, and will have their story published in the festival magazine.

Other events at the Ernest Hemingway Festival™, which will be a well-
rounded celebration of Hemingway’s life in Cuba and the Wood River Valley,
include: lectures and panel discussions by national scholars and family
members, a tour of Hemingway sites, museum displays, and an ‘Evening in
Cuba’, filled with music, mojitos and salsa dancing.

Stories should be submitted to Prose for Papa, SVKCVB, P.O. Box 2420, Sun
Valley, ID 83353 along with a non-refundable $10 entry fee. Stories should
be typewritten, double-spaced, maximum 2600 words or ten pages, and
available in Word format. For more details on the short story contest and for
more information about the Ernest Hemingway Festival™ visit or email pr**********@vi************.com

The Sun Valley Ernest Hemingway Festival is presented by the Sun
Valley/Ketchum CVB and sponsored by Zions Bank.

The adult Education Centre where I work is getting rid of a bunch of
textbooks that we no longer use, most are not out of date, and are in good shape. Most are math, English and science, some are ESL. If you know of a school we could donate them to please e-mail me at sw****@vs*.ca&YY=63738&y5beta=yes&y5beta=yes&order=down&sort=date&pos=4&view=a&head=b" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">sw****@vs*.ca. thank you


Editors’ Association of Canada —BC Branch Meeting Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 pm Welch Room, 4th Floor, YWCA Health & Wellness Centre 535 Hornby Street , Vancouver PUBLIC-PRIVATE BOUNDARIES IN ONLINE WRITING AND PUBLISHING DEREK K. MILLER, Communications Manager for Navarik Corp. (and EAC-BC webmaster), will speak about ways he has found to continue writing and editing since going on medical leave from his job in early 2007 for cancer treatment, and how he has written extensively about the process on his blog (at during that time. Pre-registration is not required. EAC members attend for free, but must check in at the registration table to verify current membership. Non-member admission is $10 at the door ($5 for students with valid ID). The YWCA is located on the west side of Hornby Street between Dunsmuir and Pender, one block northeast of the Burrard SkyTrain Station. Parking for the evening is available across the street for $4.00 after 6:00 pm. Street parking is also available, although it is metered until 8:00 pm. ——————————————————————————– Clear and Concise: Guidelines for Style Frances Peck Saturday, April 12, 2008 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Room 1315 Clear, concise style is the backbone of strong writing. It’s also the product of lots of cold, hard revision. This one-day workshop presents a variety of stylistic editing techniques to help ideas emerge and language sing. We’ll look at how to create flow, eliminate sloppy shifts and inconsistencies, link ideas effectively through parallelism and subordination, strengthen sentence structure and trim wordiness. Through discussion, examples, and exercises, we’ll examine surefire methods for polishing any type of document. Frances Peck is an editor, writer, and instructor with over 20 years’ experience. She prepared the Canadian edition of The St. Martin ‘s Workbook, a grammar exercise book; recently completed Peck’s English Pointers, an e-book for the Translation Bureau; and is a regular columnist for the periodical Language Update. A member of West Coast Editorial Associates, Frances teaches editing with the Print Futures program ( Douglas College ) and the Writing and Publishing program (SFU). To register online, visit To register by mail or fax, please print and return the registration form Early Bird Rates Members $100 / Non-members $160 Regular Rates Members $120 / Non-members $180 Early Bird deadlines are two weeks before the scheduled workshop dates. You can also register now for our final Spring 2008 workshop ______________________________ Research Skills for Editors Susan Safyan Saturday, May 3, 2008 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Room 7000 Can you find everything you need on the Web? Can you trust the information you find there? In this introductory session, we’ll look at research tools and tips as well as resources both print and online. You’ll come away knowing the difference between search engines and subject directories, what the “deep Web” contains, and the five attributes you should always look for in a trustworthy website. The course will be taught using a computer with projector, and students are encouraged to bring a wireless laptop to class to engage in hands-on learning. Students may be asked to share the use of their laptops. Susan Safyan, BA, MLS, worked as an academic librarian for a dozen years, teaching research skills to students and faculty,before turning her skills to freelance research, writing, and editing in 2002. To register online for these workshops, visit To register by mail or fax, please print and return the registration form For additional program information, contact bc*********@ed*****.ca. For registration enquiries, contact **@ed*****.ca, or leave a message at 604-681-7184. Editors’ Association of Canada–BC Branch Box 1688 , Bentall Centre P.O. Vancouver , BC V6C 2P7 604-681-7184 **@ed*****.ca Bonnie Nish Executive Director Pandora’s Collective

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