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Welcome to 2018 come write where you belong!

The Sudbury Writers’ Guild would like to invite anyone interested in the Sudbury’s writing community to come out to our January meeting located  at College Boreal in Room M3340.

At our next meeting on Thursday January 25th we have Jessica Watts Coordinator of Outreach, Programs, and Partnerships from the Greater Sudbury Public Library coming to speak to us on all the library has to offer. It’s not just books and rolodexes any more. Jessica is involved with all the library has to offer including book clubs, and audio books apps. She is also involved in almost every reading and writing committee in town.

We also have Heather Campbell and Laura Stradiotto, coming in to speak to us about Latitude 46 Publishing, and Sudbury’s annual literary festival Wordstock. We will be discussing all that Latitude 46 and Wordstock has accomplished, were the festival is headed, and what we can do to help with their and our continued success.

Denise Truax, General Director and editor at Prise de parole. A French Canadian publishing company located in Greater Sudbury, will also be joining us to speak on all they have accomplished, what we can learn from them and how we can work together to make Sudbury a thriving literary community.

So please come out and join us because without you there is no literary community.

Be safe and keep writing,

Tom Leduc
President Sudbury Writers’ Guild
http://sudburywritersguild.com/
https://tomleducpoetry.wixsite.com/home

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.

 

 

 

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.

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