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.
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!
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.
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.
— The CCBC (@kidsbookcentre) November 18, 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.
Also the interview I did with the Sudbury Star ran on the same day – Nov 10th.
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.
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)
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:
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 email@example.com
There are two upcoming book launches happening this week involving members of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild.
On Friday you can join Danielle Daniel in launching her powerful new memoir “The Dependent” being published by Latitude 46.
The Dependent Book Launch Party
Friday Sept 30th, 7-10 p.m.
Natura Events (at Verdicchio Ristorante) 1351 Kelly Lake Rd. Sudbury.
Live music by Natalie Crispo
Snacks provided / Cash Bar
Free admission – copies available for sale ($20 Each) and signing
Danielle recently had an article in the Sudbury Star discussing her new book and the launch – Link here – http://www.thesudburystar.com/2016/09/25/book-capturessudbury-couples-struggle
If you are unable to make it out to the launch, you can order the book online via Amazon and Latitude 46 or come out to Chapters on the Kingsway on Oct. 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. where Danielle will be hosting another signing.
The second book launch is by former Sudbury Poet Laureate and Guild member – Roger Nash, who is releasing his latest book of poetry “Zigzags” in celebration of Culture Days this coming Saturday Oct 1st.
Roger Nash’s Zigzags Book Launch
Saturday Oct 1st, 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Main Library – 74 Mackenzie Street, Sudbury.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
You can hear Roger reading from his new book in this CBC Interview here – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/roger-nash-zigzags-poetry-sudbury-1.3780539
Congrats to both Danielle and Roger and look forward to attending the events.
Join us as we kick off a new season of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild:
Thursday Sept 29th, 2016.
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Meeting Begins at 6:30 pm
Come out and meet fellow local writers of all genres.
See what we’re all about and how we can help you in realizing your writing goals.
Returning members are welcome to renew their memberships at this meeting.
Prospective new members are welcome to attend without having to join at the first meeting.
If you have any questions please email us using the Contact Us form on the bottom right.
For information on location and directions please click HERE
Look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting!
The Sudbury Writers’ Guild has wrapped for another season. Join us in September when we’ll reconvene on Thursday September 29th, 2016 for a first meeting of the new 2016-17 season.
There’s lot of exciting things happening this fall including the launch of a collection of short stories and poems penned by Guild members.
Thanks to our returning members, and the new members that joined this year. It’s been a great time sharing our writing aspirations and growing as writers.
If you have events happening around the region this Summer drop us a line and I’ll be sure to post the details here.