Category: Book Club
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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”
November also kicks off with Wordstock, Sudbury’s very own literary festival. See the link and get their newsletter. http://www.wordstocksudbury.ca/ and November is also NANOWRIMO https://nanowrimo.org/
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.
Welcome to the Sudbury Writers’ Guild Book Club, a book club open to both Guild members and the public, where writers deconstruct, analyze and rejoice in the art of writing. Each year the Writers’ Guild will pick a book from one of their favorite authors to read and then study the art of writing.
We discuss topics such as opening lines, ending a chapter, character and story arcs, and the author’s use of language, plot, style and narrative. Most of all we debate our likes and dislikes of the story with the intent of becoming better writers.
This year is the Guilds first year for the book club and we decided on a northern Ontario theme. Members send in their requests and the books will be voted on. The winner is to be announced at our September meeting then shared on Facebook. There is still time to vote so please click here to go to a Google poll to vote on your first and second choice.
The list to choose from is below:
Forty Words for Sorrow By: Giles Blunt
Indian Horse By: Richard Wagamese
The Marrow Thieves By: Cheri Dimaline
The Spawning Grounds By: Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Once the book is chosen a member of the guild champions the book, and with the help of other members, hosts the discussion at our February meeting. This is an open meeting for anyone who has read the book and would like to attend and join in the discussion.
The Guild hopes, by involving readers and writers alike, we can all learn more about our favorite books and authors. So please pick up a book, read it, think about it and come and discuss it with us.