Last week I told you a bit more about our third place prize, a prize pack of books, but included in that is a chance to read at the Flywheel Reading Series, which I'll tell you a little bit more about. Also, I'd like to introduce you to Jani Krulc, a local author who has generously offerred her time for our second place prize, a one-on-one consultation with her.
Jani Krulc is a well-known figure within Calgary’s literary community. Her first collection of short fiction, entitled The Jesus Year, was released by Insomniac Press back in April, a brilliant book in which much of the tension in the stories comes from what is left unsaid between the characters. Jani has an MA in English from Concordia University and was a past fiction editor for Calgary’s experimental literary magazine filling Station.
Jani will be meeting with our second-place winner to talk with them about the story they've submitted with encouragement for what's already working well within the writing and where there's room for improvement. She will also be happy to answer any writing-related questions our second-place winner might have.
When speaking about her own teen writing Jani says, "I wrote some poetry as a teenager, but my interest was always in fiction. I wrote realist short stories throughout high school and used those stories to get into the creative writing program at the University of Calgary." Jani also has the following piece of advice for all you teen writers out there: "Read as much and as widely as you can and take risks with your writing - experiment, mimic your favourite authors, have fun."
So if you aren't lucky enough to win our Drink the Wild Air pass, or a consultation with Jani, don't worry because you still have a chance to win our third-place prize, a pack of books and the opportunity to read for 5-10 minutes at the March edition of filling Station magazine's Flywheel Reading Series. Flywheel happens on the second Thursday of every month at 7:30pm at Pages Bookstore on Kensington, one of our much-beloved independent bookstores. Flywheel is known for showcasing the work of talented local writers, but also hosts book launches for accomplished authors passing through town. This monthly reading series is piloted by local poet Natalie Simpson and has become a hub of the writing community, where writers of various levels gather together to socialize and listen to great literary talent. If you're a little bit unsure of your ability to perform your story, have no fear, I (Emily Ursuliak) am willing to provide coaching on doing a great reading, and I'll be there to support you on the night of the reading and introduce you to some really friendly, talented writers. Think of this as your introduction into Calgary's literary world.
Ok, that's all for now. I'll be posting in a couple of days about some great books and websites that should help inspire your writing.