In early 2020 the Sudbury Writers’ Guild put out a call for stories and poems inspired by the love-it-or-hate-it transformed Paris St. landmark, the Sudbury General Hospital of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In July 2019, Up Here Festival invited the artist RISK to create Canada’s largest mural on the hospital’s walls. Selected from more than 60 poems and stories, the Guild’s just-released chapbook presents a unique perspective on the hospital and the mural.
The Guild deeply appreciated financial support for the chapbook from The Arts and Culture program of the City of Greater Sudbury and Panoramic Properties. We also thank the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie, Bennett Malcolmson, Jason Innis, Paul Truskoski and members of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild for providing photos.
We had help from many other community sources: a volunteer committee of Guild members, the current poet laureate Vera Constantineau, editing by former poet laureates Kim Fahner and Daniel Aubin, design by former poet laureate Chloe Laduchesse and Bennett Malcolmson, advice and mentorship from Up Here Festival, Latitude 46, Sudbury Arts Council and so many more. This is truly a local project of love and admiration for a building all Sudburians are deeply connected to.
The Sudbury Writers’ Guild would like to thank all those who submitted to our Hospital Mural Writing Project. The Guild received a variety of prose and poetry texts from writers in the community. All submissions were reviewed by a blind panel and the results should be emailed to you in the coming days. From the chosen pieces the Sudbury Writers Guild will be producing a chapbook titled, Painted Voices, in the coming months.
We sincerely thank all of you for your submissions and we encourage you to continue your interest and dedication to writing. Writing is one of the great achievements of our society and is a skill and activity that every person can develop and enjoy. We encourage you in the continuation of your writing career.
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This Thursday September 24th, 2020 is our first regular meeting of the season. During non-pandemic times we typically meet at College Boreal but this year we will be using Zoom to host our meetings online until further notice. The online room will open at 6:15 pm and meeting starts at 6:30 pm. This give you a few minutes to find your way into the meeting and mingle. If you want to attend and aren’t a regular member, please put a request on our Facebook page and Andy or Tom will send you the meeting details or use our Contact Form on the “Contact Us” Page.
Annual membership fees are due during September for returning members. Prospective members are permitted to attend up to 2 meetings before being required to join and pay the annual fee. FYI – dues are used to pay for things such as website hosting, zoom hosting, guest speakers’ honorariums, promotional materials for the Guild, as well as hosting information tables at events such as Graphic-Con. Members can also contribute to our website and host bios and other information.
September’s meeting scheduled for this Thursday the 24th will feature Vera Constantineau, Sudbury’s Poet Laureate, discussing the selected book “Forty Words for Sorrow” by Giles Blunt.
October is a big month, we have Peter Mihaichuk joining us on Zoom. Peter has over 13 years of experience in production design & art direction for Television and Film, primarily in the US and Canadian markets. He is opening a film studio in Coniston and will be speaking us about the project and the kind of scripts he is looking for.
In November, Mat Del Papa, author of several books and owner of Mad Hat Publishing will be speaking with us about “Submission Formatting and Etiquette”
January brings Rob Sacchetto to our Zoom meeting. Rob is a 25-year veteran freelance artist and he has been illustrating custom zombie portraits full-time since 2006. Rob’s work as appeared in Stuff Magazine, Rue Morgue, Fangoria, Maxim, HorrorHound, National Geographic and more. His work has also been featured on G4 TV, Discovery Channel, Space, IFC, Starz, and Reviews on the Run and numerous other video media outlets. Rob himself has appeared in the zombie documentary ‘Zombiemania’. Rob will be speaking on how to target your market and keep them coming back.
Later in the year we have author and retired fire fighter Dave Wickenden coming in to talk to us about writing, self publishing, and fire fighting of course.
We are also hoping to book author Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli to speak to us about writing historical fiction.
And if were lucky someone will volunteer to do a meeting on how to use Scrivener one of the best writing tools in business.
We have so much coming up this year. I can’t wait get started and see you all again. So come on, Zoom in and join our writing community. Its fun.