One of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild own, Tom Leduc, was recently announced as Sudbury’s latest poet laureate. As Sudbury’s the third poet laureate he follows in the footsteps of Roger Nash and Daniel Aubin. Congrats Tom!
Here is the announcement from the city:
Welcome to our new Poet Laureate Tom Leduc
We are happy to share we have a new Poet Laureate, who will be in the position for the next two years. Tom Leduc has been chosen by our selection committee as the successful candidate.
Tom was officially announced to the community on Friday, February 21, at the the Canada Reads Storytelling Festival at the South End Library. CBC host Jason Turnbull interviewed Tom and welcomed him as the new laureate.
Tom works for Wajax Industrial Components by day and has been developing his writing and poetry in his spare time over the past seven years. He started submitting his work to local publishers in recent years and in 2012 won the Vale Living with Lakes Centre poetry contest with his poem “My Northern Lake”. Tom is a member of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild and as a representative of the Guild, performed a collection of poems at Sudbury’s very first Wordstock Festival. He also regularly contributes to the Library’s monthly poetry nights hosted at the Main Library. He is planning, as part of his legacy project for this position, to work with young people in the community and encourage and support children and youth with writing and poetry.
We will be sharing more information soon, including details about when Tom will be available to meet with the public at the Main LIbrary.
Congratulations Tom, we look forward to working with you!
You can also listen to Tom talk about his background and read his wonderful poem Slag Flower during an interview with the CBC’s Jason Turnbull by clicking the link below.
Creative writing teacher and editor Brian Henry is returning to Sudbury this spring to give a workshop on How to Make Your Stories Dramatic. Hosted by the Sudbury Writers’s Guild the workshop promises to be a popular one.
From Brian’s website – The Quick Brown Fox
This workshop is geared to both beginners and more experienced writers. We’ll look at the most important part of all stories whether fictional or true: the fully dramatized scene. You’ll learn some of the most successful tricks of the trade to make sure that you’ll never write a lifeless scene again.
We’ll look at both dialogue and action scenes. You’ll learn how to write great dialogue and how to mix it with your narrative so that the interaction between your characters comes alive. But the most difficult scenes of all are climactic action scenes; such as love scenes, chase scenes and fight scenes. Primarily using fight scenes as our examples, you’ll learn how to ramp up the tension you need for one of these high-octane performances.
For more details and to register, please visit the workshop page at Brian’s site – How to Make Your Writing Dramatic workshop, Sat, March 22, in Sudbury
Fee: $38.94 + 13% hst = $44 paid in advance.
or $42.48 + 13% hst = $48 if you wait to pay at the door.
Sudbury Writers’ Guild members get a $4 discount if they register in advance. Fee in advance for Guild members is $40.
Chuck who’s not normally associated with romance writing is a prolific and often foul-mouthed writer who gives great writing advice. His blog Terrible Minds gives you a good taste of what he’s about.
He’s written everything from gritty urban fantasies, futuristic Corn Punk tales, to YA novels about dino apocalypses. I’ve read Chuck’s Miriam Black series – Blackbirds, Mockingbird, and Cormorant and love his style. Chuck has also published some great writing advice books are likea two-by-four between the eyes (in a good way). Titles like “250 Things You Should Know About Writing”, “500 Ways to be a Better Writer” and “500 Ways to Tell a Better Story”. His advice will stick with you and I often find his blunt advice exactly what I need to hear to get my but in gear and stop whining about my writing.
Personally, I’ll be trying to move heaven and earth to attend this workshop. If nothing else, I’ll get to meet some other great writers and listen to Chuck swear all day.
His talk was well received and attendees came away with information about a balanced approach to e-publishing, including details regarding print on demand and eBook options. For more information on Mark Leslie’s books visit his website – Mark Leslie | Writer – Editor – Book Nerd. For information regarding his work with Kobo see – Kobo Writing Life.
The Swedish Academy that administers the Nobel Prize announced on October 10th, 2013 that Alice Munro had won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature for her work as the “master of the contemporary short story”.
Munro, aged 82, is the first Canadian to receive the Nobel Prize for literature and only the 13th woman in the 106 Literature awards that have been handed out.
More information on the Nobel Prize can be found here – http://www.nobelprize.org/
More information on Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize and her career can be found here: CTV News – Nobel Prize for Alice Munro