November 26th, 2015 – Next Sudbury Writers’ Guild Meeting

Come out to our next meeting of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild on Thursday November 26th  at 6:30 pm. Location is at Older Adult Centre located in the YMCA on 41 Durham Street. Doors open at 6 pm and we will be in Kinsmen Room C.


At November’s meeting we’ll be checking in with those participating in NaNoWriMo to see how they are doing heading into the final stretch.

We’ll also be critiquing work submitted by members of the guild.

This will be our last meeting before the new year. We have a Member’s Only get together schedule for early December. Details of which will be discussed at this up coming meeting.

People looking to see what we are about are welcome to come to November’s Meeting or wait and come out in January.

You can also drop us a line via our Contact Us form in the lower right of the website window.


Books about Writing Featured at StoryBundle

If you’re looking for books about writing, from world building to getting published, has a deal for you. To celebrate NaNoWrioMo (National Novel Writing Month), Story Bundle is offering 13 e-books about writing for the price of $15, but there’s more!

Contribute $25 or more and you unlock the 2nd Tier of books which adds another 12 titles to the pot. 25 books for $25 is pretty sweet deal if you ask me. With authors like Judith Tarr, Chuck Wendig, Kevin J. Anderson, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch represented you know there’s going to be a lot of useful information.

Click on over to their site and take a look at the titles and judge for yourself.

I will definitely be buying into this. Good news is the deal goes until the end of December and you can give it as a gift. Give it to another writer in your life or put it on your own wish list.

Link to Story Bundle NaNoWriMo Deal

October 29th 2015 – Next Sudbury Writers’ Guild Meeting

Come out to our next meeting of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild on Thursday October 29th at 6:30 pm. Location is at Older Adult Centre located in the YMCA on 41 Durham Street. The Doors open at 6 pm and we are usually in Kinsmen Room B.

For our next meeting Clay Campbell with be discussing the upcoming NaNoWriMo (aka Nation Novel Writing Month) and with the assistance of the regional municipal liaisons for NaNoWriMo.

We also have a special presentation/dramatic reading from Roger and Chris Nash.

We will be discussing upcoming Critiquing Sessions and reading from last month’s Writing Challenge.

Hope to see you there!


Congrats to the Winners of Creepy Capreol Jr. Writing Contest

Creepy Capreol Anthology will soon be joined by Creepy Capreol Jr. Edited by Mat Del Papa

Creepy Capreol Anthology will soon be joined by Creepy Capreol Jr. Edited by Mat Del Papa

A contest was recently sponsored by Northern Life, in conjunction with local author and Sudbury Writers’ Guild member Mat Del Papa for young writers. The challenge was to write a short story with a horror theme related to Capreol. The winners were recently announced at the Sudbury Wordstock festival.

Winners will be published in the up coming edition of Creepy Capreol Jr. edited by Mat Del Papa.

Congrats to the winners.


Teen Category

Arvin Khoshboresh – The Boy that Cried Puppy
Elecksa Desjardins – The Stranger
Fiona Symington – The Kind You Never Hear About

Pre-teen Category

Liam Siemann – Mommy’s Here
Ted Leblanc – All I See is Red
Kael Perras – Deadland

Manitoulin Writers’ Circle – News

Margo Little of the Manitoulin Writers’ Circle has a few events she would like to share with Sudbury and area writers:

Invitation to Open Mic Afternoon on the Waterfront
As part of Gore Bay Harbour Days Sat. July 25, 2015 an open mic featuring water-themed flash fiction, poetry, reflections or memoir will be held at the Gore Bay Harbour Centre. Bring your water-themed material to read from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by Gore Bay Museum and Manitoulin Writers’ Circle. Below is a list of water imagery prompts to wash over you and inspire you. A book sale will be held at the same time so feel free to add your titles to the table.

Starter ideas for Water-Themed readings
1) This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is. –Dennis Rodman
2) Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. – Christopher Morley
3) A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is, until you put her in hot water. – Eleanor Roosevelt
4) To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. – Alan Watts
5) Thousands have lived without love, not one without water. –W.H. Auden
6) No water, no life. – Sylvia Earle
7) Water is the driving force of all Nature. – Leonardo Da Vinci
8) Cry, forgive. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. – Steve Maraboli
9) Don’t be ashamed to weep; ‘tis right to grieve. Tears are only water….. –Brian Jacques
10) Anger is like flowing water; there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow. – C. Joy Bell
11) She was a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city. – Roman Payne
12) Water does not resist. Water flows. If you cannot go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does. –Margaret Atwood
13) It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things. –Nicholas Sparks
14) I’m so thirsty. –Jarod Kintz
15) You never really know what’s coming. A small wave or maybe a big one. –Alysha Speer


Marion Seabrook Memorial Writing Contest

Short story writers are reminded to submit entries to Marion Seabrook Memorial Writing Contest by July 15. Mail to Box 333, Mindemoya, ON P0P 1S0. Adult and youth prizes. Blind judging. Guidelines at 705-377-4045 or or Manitoulin Writers’ Circle 705-282-1714. Sponsored by Central Manitoulin Historical Society with support from Manitoulin Transport. Readings to take place August 20 at Pioneer Museum.



Sudbury’s Very Own Wordstock

Sudbury’s biennial Wordstock is back for its second year with a new venue and a great line up of panels and workshops to choose from.

See the image below for programming details or visit the Facebook group or their website –

The Sudbury Writers’ Guild are proud sponsor of Wordstock and our members will be in attendance reading from their works and attending and presenting on panels. Come out and support the literary community in Sudbury.


Wordstock Saturday Programming



J. A. McLachlan Writing Workshop – Sunday May 31st

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Writing Challenge – March 2015

A week or so ago there was a news story about a tunnel that was found in a wooded area near Toronto’s York University. The half-finished tunnel looked “professional” and much speculation about who dug the tunnel and for what purpose.

CBC News – Mystery tunnel found near Pan Am Games venue

After the police held a media conference presenting the public with images of the tunnel and some of the equipment found near the tunnel. They asked anyone with knowledge about the tunnel / bunker to come forward.

A Toronto mystery deepens: Was it a tunnel or a bunker?

A few days later two young men in there 20s ‘fessed up claiming to have been building the tunnel / bunker as the ultimate “mancave”. The conclusion almost seemed anticlimactic and perfectly Canadian as no charges were laid and the men politely declined to explain their motive for building it, simply citing they built it for “personal reasons”.

This is where you come in as a writer.

I want to challenge my fellow guild members (and people that may be reading this entry) to write their own version of events surrounding the tunnel. Maybe you have a different interpretation of what the tunnel was being built for. Maybe you can envision how the police interview went down about it, with the young men, or perhaps it wasn’t young men at all that dug it. Let your imagination run wild.

Write a short story of 1500 words or less about the “Toronto Tunnel”. It can be any style. Heck, I would even love to see some of our poets give us their take on it.  You can share it online at your own website/blog/Facebook page and link to it here in the comments. Or bring it with you to our next meeting and share it out loud with group.

Good luck and may the writing be with you.

Gail Anderson-Dargatz – Providence Bay Writers’ Camp

Registration is now open for Providence Bay Writers’ Camp on Manitoulin Island

Bring your fiction up to the next level in morning workshops with Gail Anderson-Dargatz and enjoy everything the island has to offer later in the day.

The camp runs July 19 to 24.

Workshop space and accommodation is limited, so book now. For details, see Gail Anderson-Dargatz website.

The Secret History of Words – Episode 1

Have you ever considered where certain words or phrases come from? I’ve always been curious as to the origins of such things and whether its the writer in me or the amateur historian I love going behind the scenes and learning a new dimension to words and phrases that I’ve been using all my life.

The study of word origins is more formally known as etymology (not to be confused with entomology – the study of insects!) and involves not only understanding how various languages shaped and changed words, but also a bit of sleuthing as you often have to weed out the common folklore that has grown up around some words and phrases.

It was suggested at a meeting of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild this fall we include a “Word of the Day” (or month) in the newsletter and I’ve decided to run with that but with the added twist that I’m going to dig into the origin of the word or the history of the phrase.

For the inaugural entry I randomly choose the word Doom. Maybe it had something to do with the gloomy weather outside my window as I researched this article in November. Coincidently there’s a connection between the words doom and gloom, but more on that in a minute. We often use the word doom to mean something awful or bad is going to happen. Someone is sent to their doom. Or someone might exclaim “We’re all doomed!”

It wasn’t until I actually looked up the word “doom” for this piece that I realized there was more to the word. The origin of the word comes from old Anglo-Saxon English word dom for “law, judgement, condemnation”. A book of laws in Old English was know as a dombec.

Okay, now this is starting to make sense. Doomsday is literally judgement day. So where did the expression “doom and gloom” come from?

For help with this I turned to Gary Martin’s ever useful website The Phrase Finder ( Gary reports that the phrase “doom and gloom” is not as old as we think and can be traced to the late 19th century in the US where examples of it turn up in newspapers in reference to politics and financial stories. For it to enter common usage it needs something to elevate it and bring it before a wider audience. Gary’s research pinpoints the rise in popularity of the expression to a musical stage production from 1947 called Finian’s Rainbow by Harburg and Saidy that was later turned into a film in 1968 starring Petula Clark and Fred Astaire. In the play a leprechaun named Og repeatedly used the phrase as a lament.

“Doom and gloom… D-o-o-m and gl-o-o-m… I told you that gold could only bring you doom and gloom, gloom and doom.”

You can watch Tommy Steele as Og here on YouTube:

Have a suggestion for a word or phrase that you’d like to see featured? Drop me a line.