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    Resource Fair, Part 2

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    Here is part two of two of our Writers' Weekend Resource Fair participants for 2014. There will be so much going on outside the theatre make sure you don't miss any of the 6 expert presentations. These local writing groups will be set up all day on Saturday, February 1, to take your questions, explain what they do, and guide you forward.


    Magpie Haiku and Tanka Poets

    Seven magpie ladies from Alberta... their haiku and tanka are humorous and powerful. They fly high with black shiny wings.

    Authors of the anthologies "Weathered Wings" and "A Piece of Eggshell".

    National Novel Writing Month

    NaNoWriMo is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

    People’s Poetry Festival

    Launched in 2011, The People’s Poetry Festival is a celebration of poetry in Calgary. Showcasing local poets and poetry organizations, as well as amateur and aspiring poets and spoken word artists, The PPF seeks to tear apart the notion that poetry is reserved for academic elites and enlightened beatniks.

    Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

    SCBWI is a non-profit organization which is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.

    The Canada West chapter includes members in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

    When Words Collide Festival

    When Words Collide is a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, Childrens books, and Poetry. Its purpose is to bring together the literary community, both readers and writers, in Calgary and beyond, for a sharing of information, for learning, and to build a sense of community.

    Writers' Guild of Alberta

    The Writers' Guild of Alberta is a provincial arts service organization that represents both professional and emerging writers in Alberta. Its mission is to inspire, connect, support, encourage and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers.

    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 barbhoward.ca, 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:

    FORMATTING & SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT

    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.

    2014 GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING

    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.

    SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS

    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

    WEB DESIGNERS' GUIDE TO WORDPRESS

    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.

    THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO QUERIES, PITCHES & PROPOSALS

    [...] 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.

    77 REASONS WHY YOUR BOOK WAS REJECTED

    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.

    The Best Things in Life are Free

    by Janice - 0 Comment(s)

    Free Online Magazines (including Poets & Writers)

    As of last week, library members now have access to hundreds of free online magazines through Zinio.

    I love magazines and have purchased some through Zinio. I was rather floored when I looked through the titles available so far through the Calgary Public Library Zinio database, some of which I've paid for in the past.

    There are some great magazines for Writers (some of which are pictured below), and many others magazine lovers are sure to want.

    The insanely crazy best part? You "check out" the magazine issues for free, but then you get to keep them. Forever. (shhhhhh.)

    Getting Started With Zinio

    All you need to get started is your library membership. You'll have to register with both the Calgary Public Library Zinio page and with the Zinio site. Once you've done that, you can start getting and reading the magazines (on a computer, tablet, iPad, smartphone) immediately.

    The Ref Centre

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    When it comes to searching for poetry and short stories, or any book really, there's nothing quite like browsing the shelves of your local library, waiting for the books to reach out and grab you, but when it comes to essay-writing season there's no substitute for the convenience of a good, solid, academic database.

    The timing couldn't be any better for our newest, and my new favorite, E-Library resource. Last month one of my co-workers gracefully introduced me to the Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre in the blog "In Search of Short Stories" and I've been hooked ever since. Also since then, Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize. Then Lynn Coady won the Giller for her short story collection 'Hellgoing'.

    A good year for the form often considered inferior to the novel.

    Regardless of where we stand on that useless debate, any one looking to master the craft of fiction is going to find everything they need to dig deep into these shorter forms, both classic and contemporary. To be specific:

    • more than 51,000 full-text short stories
    • more than 700,000 full-text poems
    • more than 10,000 dramatic works
    • audio recordings of poets reading their own work from Academy of American Poets
    • more than 450 poem explications
    • 542 eBooks
    • lesson plans from The Poetry Foundation

    Whether you are a student of literature or a teacher (and if you're a writer you're likely striving for both), the Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre may become your new go-to spot for pretty much everything. Give it a whirl!

    Loud in the Library

    by Phil

    Calgary's 4th Annual Literary Vaudeville is gonna a be loud one.

    This Thursday, join host Ken Cameron as he presents 4 wonderful writers at the historic Memorial Park library - Rita Bozi, Kris Demeanor, Naomi K Lewis, and Marika Smythe. This year's Vaudeville will also feature a special guest - the 2013-14 Writer-in-Residence from the University of Calgary Distinguished Writer's Program: Sara Tilley.

    It all gets started at 7:00pm. Memorial Park is located at 1221 - 2nd street SW

    You can read teasers from this year's lineup at the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program page.

    And you can find the performers' work on the shelves of your local library:

    Skin Room, by Sara Tilley Harvest & Other Plays, by Ken Cameron I Know Who You Remind Me Of, by Naomi K Lewis The Guilt and the Shame, by Kris Demeanor

    Where the Wrimotaurs Roam

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    The Calgary Wrimotaurs are now officially roaming as National Novel Writing month is upon us. The official Wrimotaur anthem states that Calgary's NaNoWriMo novelists will find their Home, home on the page, Where the verbs and the adjectives play, but as that goal for 50,000 words before December 1 looms heavy and beautiful over our heads, it will become very important to spring away from our fictional worlds and find a second home. A warm, inviting place free from domestic distraction that's quiet enough to get some work done, yet bustling with the life you need to breathe into your novel.

    Oh, give me a home...

    And if this second home also offers an endless selection of material for research and inspiration to keep your plot thickening, well that's a bonus. Oh! Hey! On top of that, why not include the guidance of award-winning Canadian Novelist Lawrence Hill - who just so happens to be appearing at several library branches in early November as part of One Book One Calgary.

    From November 7 to November 10 the library offers 6 opportunities to connect with Lawrence Hill in OBOC Author Talks. Might be nice to hit all six, but if you only go to one, make it this one: a double whammy featuring our 2013 Writer-in-Residence Barb Howard, immediately following our NaNoWriMo "Write-Ins":

    Saturday, November 9, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

    Memorial Park Library

    "From the Authors: Lawrence Hill and Barb Howard"

    Join us for coffee and cake as Lawrence Hill and Writer in Residence Barb Howard discuss the process of writing fiction and the challenges of writing as a way of life. Register.

    Happy Novel Month to All!

    Calgary Stories

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    Aerial view of Calgary looking north across downtown and Victoria Park. 1924.There's a natural hunger growing in this city for stories to help us understand and celebrate our past, and this weekend the library is shovelling up loaded spoonfuls. Heritage Weekend 2013 runs from October 25 - 27 and all of the events are potential gateways for any aspiring Calgary writer to discover characters, stories, and hidden corners of history capable of breathing real life into your work.

    The one event I've got circles around for us writers is taking place at the Central library on Saturday, October 26, at 2pm. Historian Laureate Harry Sanders will host a crew of distinguished historians and storytellers for "Calgary Stories" as they serve up some of their favorite tales from the past. Harry's guests will be John Gilpin, Lorna Crowshoe, and David Finch.

    They've already done the research!

    All we have to do is sit back and let the inspiration soak in.

    And if you really do want to see the past come to life, stick around for "Calgary: An Improv History", starting at 3:30pm.

    While it's convenient to have all this spoon-fed heritage on one weekend, remember that the library is your go-to spot for local history research, year round. The local history room on the 4th floor of the Central Library is filled with treasures, and when you can't come downtown but need a history fix in the middle of the night, there's the Community Heritage and Family History Digital Library, where you will find postcards like the 1924 beauty included above, as well as digitized historic maps, Century Homes, the Judith Umbauch photograph collection, and more. Do beware though, Calgary's history can be addictive, habit forming.

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