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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/

“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

Playwrights’ Junction Workshop – APPLY NOW

Participants in 2013-14 Playwright's Junction include (back row, from left) Line Roberge, Caitlin Heppner, Matthew Heiti (co-ordinator), Andy Taylor and Jan Buley, (front row, from left) Jesse Brady, Jordano Bortolotto, Marie Woodrow and Anne Boulton.

Participants in 2013-14 Playwright’s Junction include (back row, from left) Line Roberge, Caitlin Heppner, Matthew Heiti (co-ordinator), Andy Taylor and Jan Buley, (front row, from left) Jesse Brady, Jordano Bortolotto, Marie Woodrow and Anne Boulton.

Last year I participated in the Playwrights’ Junction workshop offered by the Sudbury Theatre Centre and led by playwright-in-residence Matthew Heiti and it was one of the best learning of experiences of my writing career yet. They’re currently taking applications for the 4th season of the workshop (Deadline is September 15th) and I want to tell you why you should consider applying.

 “But I’m not a playwright and have no intention of writing for the stage.”

When I applied last year I had no illusion that I was a playwright, but I didn’t let that stop me. Writing for the stage is a unique experience, but there is a whole lot of overlap between writing prose for novels as there is in writing for theatre. I went in with an open mind. One of the things about being a “new” writer is that we are often trying to find our voice. Part of that journey can be experimenting in different genres and different mediums.

Here’s just a few of the things I appreciated about the workshop and that helped me grow as a writer.

  • DIALOGUE – In writing prose for novels, you can spend pages setting scenes, describing character’s motivations, moods and backstory. In theatre a lot of what gets conveyed to the audience is done through dialogue between characters (or in some cases monologues). The workshop definitely helped me see dialogue in an entirely new light.
  • MOTIVATION – If you’re like me it’s easier to say “I will get around to finishing that scene tomorrow, after I’ve binge watched this latest season on Netflix.” than it is to get motivated to spend time writing something that isn’t flowing. The writing assignments we had in the workshop helped motivate me into writing to a deadline. It was surprising how easy it was to get the muse to cooperate when there was a looming deadline to turn in an assignment.
  • FOCUS – Writing for the stage has unique constraints that might seem limiting by some, but can actually be freeing as it forces you to focus your writing. Your writing becomes sharper when you have to do more with less.
  • FEEDBACK – As scary as it sounds to some people, getting feedback on your work is an essential part to improving your craft. Having people critique your work in the workshop helped me to learn what was working and what wasn’t in my writing. Almost more important was what I learned by critiquing other people’s work. I could see my own strengths and weaknesses as a writer reflected back at me in their own work.
  • SHARING – Writing can be a very solitary and lonely experience. We often toil at our drafts for weeks, months, years on end before they see the light of day. The writing workshop allowed me share my work with my fellow playwrights and the instructor. As part of our “graduation” we had one of our pieces read aloud by professional actors in front of a live audience. Getting a laugh for a line you wrote can be just the carrot you need to keep writing.

I can’t say enough about Matthew Heiti as the instructor. Matthew is knowledgeable beyond his years when it comes to writing both prose and for the stage. He treated us fledgling playwrights as peers and gave us this once in a lifetime look behind the scenes of what goes into developing work for the stage.

I am forever grateful for the experience of being a part of the Playwright Junction and I hope you’ll take the opportunity to apply.

   Click Here For Playwright’s Junction Info – Sudbury Theatre Centre

I’ll be in the audience cheering you on if you do apply.

 

 

 

Moving with Poetry

Sudbury’s new Poet Laureate Tom Leduc is hoping to make a mark on the city. His initiative, Moving with Poetry (see attached poster), will put two unlikely things together: poetry and public transportation.

 

Soon the city’s commuters could be reading your creations. Those chosen for the project will see their writings posted on transit buses.

 

So, if you are a poet — or just love words — grab a pen and start composing. The topic is Sudbury. Submit an Ode to Ramsay Lake or an Elegy to the Fallen Water Tower. Write of your love for the black rock, sweet blueberries, or the bear that goes through your trash. Just capture a piece of the city — it’s feel, history, or people. It doesn’t even have to be poetry … short stories are accepted too (remember space is limited so keep them short!).

 

Link to poster for moving with poetry

Manitoulin Poetry Fest 2014

Enjoy Jazz on Saturday night (July 26) and join us for Special Guest Poets the next day.

Sudbury Poet Laureates past and present will read from their works at the Gore Bay Harbour Centre on Sunday, July 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Hear Roger Nash (past President of the League of Canadian Poets & Inaugural Sudbury Laureate), Tom Leduc (current Poet Laureate of Sudbury & Sudbury Writers’ Guild member)

Plus Manitoulin poets:

Ron Berti (De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Storytellers), Fay Becks (Manitoulin Writers’ Circle), and Margo Little (Sudbury Writers’ Guild & Manitoulin Writers’ Circle).

***Admission: $5.00***

Book Sale & Signing

More info 705-282-1714 or 705-282-2040.

Special Thanks to Ontario Heritage

Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts – May 1st, 2014

Eight local artists will be celebrated at the inaugural Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts this Thursday May 1st 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Laurentian School of Architecture.

Poet Daniel Aubin, playwright Mathew Heiti, musician Alexandra Lee and choreographer/dancer Lauren Pero have been shortlisted for the Sudbury Arts Council Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist.

The CN Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Arts will be presented at the event as well. Shortlisted for this aware are musician/producer Dan Bédard, composer Robert Lemay, musician/actor/broadcaster Stef Paquette and visual artist Heather Topp.

Tickets for the event are $50 and are available at Artists on Elgin or through Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario by visiting their website at www.letno.ca/billetterie or calling 705-525-5606, ext. 4 or, or through any of the Creative Consortium organizations.

PlaySmelter 2014 – New Play Festival Hits Sudbury Next Week!

PlaySmelter_PosterPlaySmelter 2014 full releaseMatthew Heiti, Playwright-in-Residence at the Sudbury Theatre Centre and the man behind the very successful Playwright’s Junction, forwarded the following:

 

Click here for PlaySmelter 2014 full release

Sudbury, ON – From May 6– 10, four new plays will be given their first readings in front of a live audience as part of PlaySmelter, at the Jubilee Centre. Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy will join local writers Karen Thistle, Jenny Hazelton, Jesse Brady and North Bay native Kristin Shepherd in this initiative, produced by Pat the Dog Theatre Creation. The series, now in its second year, offers the rare opportunity for an audience to get their hands dirty by participating in the development of these important works-in-progress. All readings feature performances by local actors, and will be followed by lively discussions, accompanied by delicious offerings from new Sudbury vegetarian/vegan hotspot, The HeartBeet Café.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTSplaysmelter.ca

Tuesday, May 6th – Festival Kick-off – Playwrights’ Cabaret, a reading by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy.

Wednesday, May 7th – The Intermediaries by Karen Thistle. A young woman, facing the pressures of high school and growing pains, is entrusted with the care of the magical beings that inhabit Bell Park.

Thursday, May 8th – Dead Pan Land by Jenny Hazelton. Two people are drawn magnetically together. A riveting piece of physical theatre about the adventure of breaking free from the mundane day-to-day routine.

Friday, May 9th – Hope Op by Kristin Shepherd. A hilarious and poignant look at ageing. In their daily yoga class, four women plan a hostile takeover of a supermarket.

Saturday, May 10th – The Ballad of the Locked Out Gang by Jesse Brady. Mired in a long and bitter strike, a group of miners plot a daring gold heist.

All readings begin at 7:00pm at the Jubilee Centre (195 Applegrove). Admission to each evening is Pay-What-You-Can (suggested minimum $10).

The Festival will also feature Development Sessions for budding writers. During the afternoon of May 10th, from 2pm-6pm, instructor-led discussions will be offered on a variety of theatre creation hot-topics. Space in these intensives is limited, so please contact Matthew Heiti, at matthew@patthedog.org for more information.

In just its second year, PlaySmelter is a grassroots festival that is getting attention from outside the city. In addition to the funders from the pilot year (including Ontario Trillium Foundation) who remain committed Pat the Dog can boast new and increased funding from Canada Council ($15,000), OAC Northern Arts ($12,500), Access Copyright Foundation ($7500). Supported by local partnerships with The Days Inn, The HeartBeet Café and STC, the Festival is quickly growing. “We are thrilled that these are both provincial and national funders,” says Pat the Dog’s Artistic Director Lisa O’Connell. “It is proof of the value of local art being created here in Sudbury.”

All dollars raised for PlaySmelter stay in Sudbury. This year, the Festival will hire more than 30 local Arts and Culture workers over the course of a month, and all are compensated based on professional union rates. Many of the writers have gained experience through the Playwrights’ Junction workshop at the Sudbury Theatre Centre. Several of the writers featured at PlaySmelter have gone on to be professionally workshopped, and one of last year’s scripts, Blind Nickel Pig, by Lara Bradley, will received its premiere professional production by Sudbury’s Encore Theatre Company.

Pat the Dog Theatre Creation www.patthedog.org is dedicated to the support and advocacy of playwrights and their plays, and is the only playwright development centre in Ontario open to both established and emerging artists. Pat the Dog has more than 300 members across Ontario and is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. For the past two years, PTD has been working to develop and promote Sudbury playwrights.

Chuck Wendig Workshop – May 10th – Toronto

Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig - 1st book in the Miriam Black series.

Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig – 1st book in the Miriam Black series.

The Toronto chapter of the Romance Writer’s of America is hosting an all day writing workshop with writer Chuck Wendig on Saturday May 10th in Toronto. – Click here for details –

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.