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.
Our first meeting of 2016 has been pre-empted by a workshop being hosted by Barbara Kyle on January 21st, 2016.
The workshop will be conducted via Skype and members of the guild will be participating as a group from the Older Adult Centre at the YMCA in Kinsmen Room “C”. We’ll meet at 6 pm and the workshop is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm.
The topic will be “Crafting the Page-Turner: Magic and Verve in Your First 30 Pages.” The talk will be approx. 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session.
As part of the workshops Barbara is conducting in January she is hosting a draw to win a free manuscript evaluation of the first 25 pages of the winner’s WIP. There will be one winner from across all the workshops.
For more information on Barbara Kyle please visit her website – http://www.BarbaraKyle.com
The Sudbury Writers’ Guild meeting scheduled for January 28th, 2016 has been cancelled.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be February 25th, 2016.
Come out to our next meeting of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild on Thursday November 26th at 6:30 pm. Location is at Parkside Older Adult Centre located in the YMCA on 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.
If you’re looking for books about writing, from world building to getting published, StoryBundle.com 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.
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!
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.
Arvin Khoshboresh – The Boy that Cried Puppy
Elecksa Desjardins – The Stranger
Fiona Symington – The Kind You Never Hear About
Liam Siemann – Mommy’s Here
Ted Leblanc – All I See is Red
Kael Perras – Deadland
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/mystery-tunnel-found-near-pan-am-games-venue-1.2968367
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? http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/a-toronto-mystery-deepens-was-it-a-tunnel-or-a-bunker-1.2969751
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.
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.