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    Writers' Weekend Resource Fair

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    On top of the 6 presentations from local writing experts, Writers' Weekend 2014 will also offer the opportunity to meet many of Calgary's most helpful, friendly, and supportive writing organizations. From 10am to 4pm on Saturday, February 1, our Resource Fair will feature at least 13 representatives from a diverse range of Calgary's literary community. Here's who's coming this year (part 1)...

    Alberta Playwrights Network

    APN exists to nurture Alberta playwrights and provide support for the development of their plays.

    Alexandra Writers Centre Society

    "A place for all writers", AWCS has been serving the Calgary literary community for over thirty years, helping aspiring writers learn the skills they need to grow and evolve.

    Calgary Association of Freelance Editors

    CAFE is a professional association dedicated to the promotion and development of freelance editors in the Calgary area.

    Calgary Association of Romance Writers of America

    The purpose of CaRWA is to help members become published and establish and build careers in romantic fiction. We provide continuing support for members both individually and in the romance publishing industry. We also promote excellence in romantic fiction.

    Calgary Crime Writers (find us on Facebook)

    "Crime and mystery writing mostly, but post your news about any writing classes, launches, author appearances, blog posts, and other news of interest to Calgary and area writers."

    Crime Writers of Canada

    Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) is a national non-profit organization for Canadian mystery and crime writers, associated professionals, and others with a serious interest in Canadian crime writing. Our mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers with readers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, and media.

    Imaginative Fiction Writers’ Association

    “IFWA” was founded in 1988 to help imaginative fiction writers hone their skills and expand their knowledge base. To this end, IFWA engages in many activities including critiquing written work, providing marketing advice, suggesting writing games and exercises, and notifying members about interesting events, contests and writing opportunities, amongst other things.

    **All group descriptions lifted from their websites

    Stay tuned for more!

    And register for Writers' Weekend here.

    Writers' Weekend, 2014

    by Phil

    With the Winter program guide now released, so too is the lineup for Writers' Weekend 2014 - a full day of presentations taking place in Central library's John Dutton theatre on Saturday, February 1. You can register for all six starting December 23.

    Writing and Publishing Fantasy

    10 - 11 a.m.

    Jodi McIsaac, best-selling author of the Thin Veil urban fantasy series, kicks off the day with insight into the craft of writing and the new world of publishing.

    Don't Lick the Minivan! The Art of Humour Writing

    11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Leanne Shirtliffe, award-winning humour blogger, Huffington Post contributor and author of Don't Lick the Minivan shares her take on humour writing and writing about real life.

    Ask the Publisher

    12 - 12:30 p.m.

    Lyn Cadence, public relations strategist, publicist and coach with Frontenac House, answers your questions about what publishers do and how publishing works.

    Breaking Into True Crime

    1 - 2 p.m.

    Rob Tripp, award-winning journalist and bestselling crime writer, author of Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family & the Kingston Canal Murders, gives us a behind the scenes look into the world of true crime reporting and writing.

    Screenwriting 101

    2 - 3 p.m.

    Want to see your story on the big screen? Join award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter Geo Takach, author and director of Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? for an inspirational introduction to screenwriting.

    Mike's Bloggity Blog: Blogging with the Best!

    3 - 4 p.m.

    Mike Morrison, creator of Mike's Bloggity Blog takes us into the world of Canadian entertainment blogging and the power of blogging to support our community.

    On top of expert presentations, the 'Weekend will also feature a Resource Fair showcasing more than 10 local writing groups. Stay tuned as we approach February for a closer look at this year's presenters and everything the day has to offer.

    Thank you Barb Howard!

    by Phil - 1 Comment(s)

    December has come much too quick. While I'm thrilled to be on the way out of an odd-numbered year (they're the worst!), the last month of the year is also the first month since summer that the library, sadly, is without the services of its 2013 Writer-in-Residence, Barb Howard.

    On behalf of all aspiring Calgary writers who took advantage of this opportunity, whether through manuscript consultations, attending one of Barb's many author readings/presentations, or a Reckless Writing session, the 'Nook blog would like to say THANK YOU so so much for answering our endless questions and guiding us forward.

    Keep in touch with Barb Howard's wonderful work at, and pick up her books from your local library...

    The Dewpoint Show Notes for Monday Western Taxidermy Embedded on the Home Front

    It's going to be a long nine months before the 2014 Writer in Residence season begins, but anyone looking for more kick-in-the-pants guidance from local writing experts won't have to wait all the way to September. Next week, with the release of our Winter program guide, the lineup for Writer's Weekend 2014 will be announced. The date is set: Saturday, February 1, and this year will feature another 6 inspiration-packed expert presentations from local writers, as well as the opportunity to meet many Calgary writing groups. Details will follow next week.

    Barb - we can't wait to read more of your work.

    Things You Can Do With 50,000 Words

    by Phil

    Congratulations to all Wrimotaurs who met their goal this November for National Novel Writing Month. Now that the inner editor is allowed out to play there are a lot of options around town to help take your work to the next level, regardless of what that level may be. Sadly, the library's Writer-in-Residence services are now done for the year. Thank you so much Barb Howard for bringing your expertise to so many Calgary writers.

    For those who can't wait for CPL's 2014 Writer-in-Residence season to start up in September, there are other residencies available in the city. Sara Tilley is available at the U of C's Distinguished Writers Program through to the middle of June. The Alexandra Writers Centre Society will kick off Ashley Little's residency in May. AWCS also offers Manuscript Review Service and tons of writing courses. Another great place to find a little (or a lot) of editing guidance is through the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors (CAFE).

    And then there's us, the library! Year-round, we are the perfect writing headquarters. Bounce your ideas off new friends in the Creative Writing Club. Come down to our famous Writer's Weekend on February 2 (registration opens December 23). And check out all the latest and classic books to keep your writing projects moving forward. Here's a few go-to titles for writers:


    A visual guide featuring sample article and book query letters, nonfiction book proposals and novel synopses, exclusive tips from leading agents and editors, expanded and updated information on electronic submissions, invaluable tips for query research and platform building, genre-specific guidelines for children's writers, screenwriters, poets, essayists, and others.


    The biggest problem with creating books for authors interested in self-publishing is that most books on the topic are so far out of date after a year that they're no longer of much use. The market book model is perfect for the topic of self-publishing since its annual publication schedule allows us to make important updates in a timely fashion. Not only does the book show you how to publish on your own in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible (including digital-only publishing), but you'll also get insights into creating your own marketing plans and learning how other authors have found success. You'll learn about the different services available, as well as gain access to thousands of listings that detail freelance editors and designers, as well as production facilities that can help you produce your book.


    Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories. In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited


    Legions of web designers and developers are choosing WordPress for building sites. That's because it's powerful, reliable, flexible, scalable--and more. This book is your complete guide to mastering WordPress theme development, covering everything from installation to leveraging the community and resources to improve your WordPress skills for years to come.


    [...] this book gives writers the tools to achieve a competitive edge and break into a wide range of markets. The second edition has been updated throughout and expanded to cover e-mail pitches, letters of introduction, pitching to international markets, how to pitch agents at conferences, and new markets such as greeting cards. [...] This indispensable resource provides writers with successful approaches to such topics as how to craft a query letter, create a nonfiction or fiction book proposal, approach newspapers with a column or syndication idea, get corporate freelancing jobs, and win a writing grant. Interviews with experts in a variety of fields and dozens of new examples [...] Beginning and experienced writers will find this the perfect one-of-a-kind, desktop reference for developing the market approaches they need to sell their work.


    A straightforward, practical reference for aspiring authors, 77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected details the various reasons why editors and agents reject book ideas and pinpoints the mistakes that writers most often make in their proposals. This is an engaging resource for aspiring writers, delivering insider information on why editors and agents decline books and, more importantly, how to get them to stop passing on yours.

    **All book descriptions lifted from the library catalogue summaries.