About Andy Taylor

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Andy likes to write stories about time, identity and generally weird stuff. Andy has been a member of the Sudbury Writers' Guild since 2007 and is a graduate of Viable Paradise writing workshop. You can follow Andy on Twitter @SooGuy68 or visit his website SooGuy.com


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Upcoming Fall Events

Hope everyone has had a productive and refreshing summer. We’re ready to get back to our full fall schedule at the Sudbury Writer’s Guild. 2017 marks our 25th year as group where local writers can get together to help each other further their writing goals.

At the end of last season we explored some new venues to host our ever expanding group and are happy to announce that College Boreal will be our new monthly meeting location. The classroom may change from time to time as availability changes, but for the fall season we will be meeting in Room M3340 on the 3rd floor.

We’ll be updating our ABOUT page shortly to include new directions.

Below are a number of local literary events/meetings including our own Guild Meeting happening over the next few months. Please come out and support local writers/voices. If you have information about other local events happening, please let us know. We’d be happy to share them here.

Tuesday September 26th – Sudbury Writers’ Guild Meeting

We will still be meeting the last Thursday of each month EXCEPT this September we will be meeting on TUESDAY  September 26th, 2017. The reason for the change is to accommodate members that want to attend Latitude 46’s Fall Book Launch on the 28th (More on this event in a moment).

Our first meeting of the fall is typically busy with members renewing memberships and planning of the upcoming season. We also excpect a lot of prospective members to come out to this event to find out what we’re all about. We’ll be in RM3340 on the 3rd Floor of the College. Doors open at 6pm and meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm. We typically go to around 8:30 pm. Check out our Facebook group page if you want an event reminder or our Google Calendar on the right.

Thursday September 28th – Latitude 46 Fall Book Launch

Join Latitude 46 Publishing and authors Rod Carley, Suzanne Charron, Liisa Kovala, Roger Nash and Hap Wilson for the launch of their books. Featuring author readings and meet and greet social. Cash bar. Event begins at 7pm. Location – Verdicchio Ristorante – Natura Event Centre, 1351 Kelly Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario. Details here on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/1390212321026914/

Come out and Support local authors and our own Guild members, Liisa Kovala and Roger Nash.

Saturday October 21st – Kim Fahner – Book Launch – Some Other Sky

Sudbury’s Poet Laureate, Kim Fahner launches her latest collection of poetry “Some Other Sky”, published by Black Moss Press, on Saturday October 21st. Location is St. Andrew’s Place ( 111 Larch St, Sudbury) at 7pm. Books will be available for purchase $20.

November 2nd to 4th – Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival

Sudbury’s Wordstock is back again for its 4th year with an amazing lineup of Canadian literary talent including – Merilyn Simmonds, Sean Michaels, Nathan Adler and Cherie Dimaline. More details will be announced in the coming weeks as the festival firms up its schedule. For now you can check out the Sudbury Star article here – http://www.thesudburystar.com/2017/08/28/sudburys-wordstock-beginning-to-line-up-talent  or visit the Wordstock Festival webpage here – http://www.wordstocksudbury.ca/

2017 Sudbury Graphic-Con

The Sudbury Writers’ Guild will be hosting a table at the 2017 Graphic-Con at the Sudbury Arena on Saturday June 10th, 2017.

Come out and meet some of the Guild members and find out what we’re about as an organization. We’ll also have for sale at the event copies of the Sudbury Ink Anthlogy and books by members Mat Del Papa and Sabine Wilder. We’ll be located on the upper concourse at the arena next to fellow Guild member and awesome local writer Kristan Cannon who has her own table!

For more details on the Sudbury Graphic-Con check out their website here – http://graphiccon.com/

Or their Facebook Group here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/430446103783487/

Hope to see you there!

 

Gail Andreson-Dargatz Workshop – CANCELLED

I’m very sorry to break the following news. Just minutes ago, Gail Anderson-Dargatz emailed me to tell me that a family member is in emergency at the hospital, and because of health concerns, she can’t leave B.C. and travel across Canada. She is very sad and so sorry to have to cancel the June 24th event.

She wants to let everyone know that the June event meant everything to her and she would be there if she could. She sends big hugs and her heartfelt regrets.
Sincerely,
Rosanna
P.S. I will return the cheques to those who sent them by mail or gave them to me personally. I want to thank Heather Campbell and Wordstock for their $250 contribution in this event; I will return your cheque as well. I will be in touch.

Change of Venue for April 27th Meeting

URGENT – ATTENTION – ALL 

We’re moving the location of  April 27th, 2017 meeting!

We will be convening at College Boreal in RM3606 on the 3rd Floor.

Doors open at 6pm Meeting Starts at 6:30 pm.

Tom and Vera will be leading a discussion on poetry with music and lyrics being the focus.

If you need directions or have questions please contact us!

March Writing Prompt

I had prepared some writing prompts for last month’s meeting, but we were having such a good group discussion, we never got around to using them. Instead of letting them go to waste, I thought I would share them here for people to use.

They are one line prompts that people can use to work from. Include them verbatim, modify them as you will (change the he/she, make it first person or 3rd person), or use them as a jumping off point.

You can pick one that resonates with you or use a random number generator to pick one. (Here’s one – http://numbergenerator.org/randomnumberbetween1and19

1 The map was old and brittle looking.
2 He was miles away before anyone noticed him missing.
3 The locked had been pried open.
4 I was afraid this might happen.
5 It was a terrible decision & I’ve had a few.
6 She couldn’t believe it but it was all gone.
7 They arrived at dawn.
8 It smelled faintly of old books and lavender.
9 They should have never bet against me.
10 If only someone had warned me before I took this job.
11 There was only room for one more.
12 The fire was growing out of control.
13 It was more money than he/she had ever seen.
14 He/she would never admit it but they were hopelessly lost.
15 All the warning lights and alarms came on at once.
16 “Is that seat taken?”
17 It was a long way down.
18 If she ever found out who did this, she was going to make them pay.
19 The graveyard was the last place she expected to spend her birthday.

Aim for writing 500 words and see where it takes you. Maybe it will inspire something longer. You can bring it to next meeting to share, or post it here in the comments if you want to share.

Good luck!

Welcome to 2017 and Our 25th Year

In addition to Canada celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year, we also have another milestone to celebrate in 2017 namely the 25th Anniversary of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild.

Founded in 1992, the Guild has gone through a lot of changes over the years, but one thing remains constant – our desire to help our fellow writers achieve their goals. Whether it be learning the basics of fiction writing, or its more specialised help like learning how to draft that killer query letter we’re here for each other. As individuals we may not have all the answers or the experience, but as a collective we have a very broad and diverse range of experiences that serve us well.

At our first meeting of the New Year on January 26th, I hope you will join me in sharing your personal writing goals for 2017. Maybe you’re the type that always itemizes your writing goals for the year complete with spreadsheet and timeline, but more likely than not you’re more like me and you have some vague goal of finishing that book, or getting published. That’s where we need to spend some time thinking about what it is we want to accomplish and what are things we can do to make it happen. We need to focus on what we have control over and what concrete steps we can do to make things happen.

One of my own goals this year is to read more books about writing craft. I tend to get in comfortable spot in my writing where I think I know enough to be a decent writer, but then I stop and read a book and I realize that I don’t know everything. It’s okay to admit that you don’t know everything! For me the great thing about reading about other people’s writing experiences is that they often are able to put into words concepts and ideas about writing that you have been poking around the edges at for years. Suddenly something someone says about plotting or characterization clicks for you and you’ve got a new tool in your writer’s toolbox.

The problems with goals (and New Year’s resolutions in general) is that if we don’t put concrete plans in place to making them happen, they tend to be pie-in-the-sky wishful statements. Even my goal of reading more books on writing is too vague. How many? Over what time? You may have heard about writing SMART goals. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

If I say I want to read 4 books on writing in the 2017, that’s a pretty good start. But is it specific enough. What would be even better is if I said what TYPE of books I wanted to read.  Do I want to read about outlining, grammar, or something else? Even better would be to list the titles of the books I am going to read. That way, when the time comes I don’t use the excuse that I couldn’t find a book I wanted to read on the topic.

Also my current goal allows me to procrastinate to December 2017. It would be better if I planned to read 1 book by end of March, the 2nd on by end of June, etc. So you can see I even need to work on my 2017 goals a bit more before the end of the month. That would make it more measurable and allow me to correct if it was taking me too long to complete the reading. Maybe I need to read fewer books, or maybe switch from paperback to audio.

Is it attainable? Have I chosen a goal that I am capable of achieving given everything I know about myself and my other commitments. I’d like to think so. I typically read around 24 books a year. Fitting in 4 books on craft should be attainable. Measuring whether something is attainable is more important when stating goals like “I want to write 1,000 words a day” or “be published by my next birthday.” In that case I would ask – How fast do you normally write? Do you write everyday? Or with regard to the publishing goal unless you have an agent and a contract with a publishing house, the chances of a book coming out in the next 12 months is not attainable (Unless you’re self-publishing it).

Is it relevant? Does it help further your overall goal? My reading 4 books on writing craft definitely helps me provided they are relevant to areas I want to improve on. While reading a book about the history of hip-hop, while might be interesting an great fodder for story ideas, may not fit with my goal and may not be relevant.

Is it time-bound? Yes – I said up front that I am planning on reading it before the end of the 2017 and that now that I have thought about it I will plan to read one book per quarter (or one every-three months). THat gives me some time to balance other goals and also to absorb what I learn from one book before diving into another one.

There are a lot of resources on the internet about setting goals and especially about writing goals. Here’s one website where I took some information from.

See you at our next meeting – Thursday January 26th, 2017 at 6:30. Doors open at 6pm.

 

S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Writers

 

 

“Sometimes I Feel Like A Fox” wins Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel

Sudbury author and Writers’ Guild member Danielle Daniel has won the prestigious Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award tonight (Nov 17, 2016) for her book Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, which was published by Groundwood Books in 2015. Danielle wrote and illustrated the book.

About the Book: In this introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different creatures such as a deer, beaver or moose. Delightful illustrations show the children wearing masks representing their chosen animal, while the few lines of text on each page work as a series of simple poems throughout the book. In a brief author’s note, Danielle Daniel explains the importance of totem animals in Anishinaabe culture and how they can also act as animal guides for young children seeking to understand themselves and others. (Groundwood Books)

Danielle was nominated for the award along with, In a Cloud of Dust – Written by Alma Fullerton and Illustrated by Brian Deines;  InvisiBill  – Written by Maureen Fergus and Illustrated by Dušan Petričić ; Sidewalk Flowers Storyline by JonArno Lawson and Illustrated by Sydney Smith and The Wolf-Birds Written and illustrated by Willow Dawson. The jury members were  Maria Martella, owner of Tinlids Inc., a wholesaler of children’s and teen books for schools and libraries; Janis Nostbakken, Children’s Media Specialist; Larry Swartz, Instructor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Brock University, and author of This Is a Great Book!

The prize was one of several handed out as part of the 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards and was worth $20,000.

You can read more about the Canadian Children`s Book Centre Awards here – http://bookcentre.ca/programs/awards/

Congrats to Danielle and the other winners tonight!

You can read more about the winners tonight here – http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/11/melanie-florence-francois-thisdale-win-30k-td-canadian-childrens-literature-award.html

Danielle`s books is available locally as well as online through retailers such as Chapters Indigo and Amazon.

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox at Chapters Indigo

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox at Amazon.ca

Book Launch Tomorrow

Sudbury, Ink - A Sudbury Writers' Guild Anthology (2016)

Just a reminder that we will be hosting the official book launch for Sudbury Ink this Saturday (Nov 12) at the Main Branch of the Sudbury Public Library on McKenzie Street between 1-3. Come out meet the contributors and here them read from their work. Books will be available for purchase for $15 at this event.

Come for the words and stay for cake!

We’ve also been getting some great press this week surrounding the book launch.

I did an interview on CTV News at Noon with Tamara Ischenko on the 10th. See link below.

Sudbury Ink – CTV Interview with Andy Taylor

Also the interview I did with the Sudbury Star ran on the same day – Nov 10th.

Sudbury Star – Sudbury Ink Book Launch

If you’re unable to make the event but would like a copy of the book. Please contact us through this page to make arrangements.

Between Silence and Fire – Kristan Cannon – Book Launch

Join author Kristan Cannon this Saturday November 5th as she launches the third book in her Kingdom of Walden series.

When: November 5th, 4pm to 6pm
Where: Salute Coffee, 2195 Armstrong St, Sudbury
Which book: Between Silence and Fire (3rd book of the Kingdom of Walden Series)

 
You can find out more information about Kristan and her book at her blog here –http://kristancannon.blogspot.ca/2016/10/between-silence-and-fire-book-three-of.html
 
And event details of the Sudbury event here at her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/202468973517905/
 
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Announcement: Sudbury, Ink – The Anthology

Sudbury, Ink - A Sudbury Writers' Guild Anthology (2016)The Sudbury Writer’s Guild is pleased to announce the publication of our first collection of writing by Guild members entitled SUDBURY, INK. It offers something for everyone: humour, romance, history, science fiction, and more.The anthology features 33 pieces from 17 contributors in a variety of writing styles, topics, and genres—both prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

In addition to featuring many first time authors of the Guild, several noted local authors and Guild members also are featured in SUDBURY, INK. including:

  • Former City of Greater Sudbury Poet Laureate Thomas Leduc
  • Kobo Emerging Writer Prize shortlisted novelist Renny de Groot
  • Noted short fiction author Margo Little
  • Local radio personality and Northern Lit Award shortlisted author Scott Overton
  • Haiku and tanka poet Irene Golas
  • Award winning poet and author Vera Constantineau
  • Liisa Kovala—whose book, The Day Soon Dawns, is soon to be published by Latitude 46 Publishing
  • Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli—whose historical novel, La Brigantessa, is being published by Inanna Publications in 2018.

The anthology will be on sale during the WORDSTOCK SUDBURY literary festival (November 3 to 5, 2016) for a special ‘event price’ of $15.00. The book will be available for purchase at BAY’S USED BOOKS as well as CHAPTERS and COLES—Sudbury locations only—for $20.00 after November 5th.

You can also order books via the Guild website for $15 plus shipping. We can only accept payment via PayPal, E-Transfer, or cheque. Use the CONTACT US form at the bottom of the website to enquire about ordering books.

An official launch will be held Saturday November 12 at the Main Branch of the Sudbury Public Library between 1 – 3 pm. The public is welcome to come out and meet some of the authors and listen to them read from their work. Books will also be available for purchase at the launch.

For more information about SUDBURY, INK., including media inquiries, please contact us via the website contact form or at publications@sudburywritersguild.com

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