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    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.

    An OBOC Treat for Writers

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    What happens when the entire city reads one book?

    For one thing, the month of November gets packed with a wide range of library programs capable of bringing together the whole city. From drum circles to the science of cartography. From the recent politics of immigration to candid conversations with author Lawrence Hill, Calgary will connect over the challenging, enlightening novel The Book of Negroes.

    This year One Book One Calgary is also teaming up with the library's Writer in Residence Barb Howard for an irresistable look into the process of writing fiction. On Saturday, November 9, at Memorial Park Library, two award winning authors will sit down to give us a behind the scenes look into their process and into the challenges and rewards of writing as a way of life. The event runs from 2:30 to 4pm. It's a long way to November but I have a hunch this one will fill up quick. Register here.

    For guidance and inspiration from an award-winning author before November, the library's Writer in Residence program is in full swing. Don't miss Barb Howard's next installment of 'Reckless Writing' - a workshop full of fun writing prompts and exercises and advice. The next topic is 'Tangible Textures' and the session will be held at Memorial Park Library on Tuesday, October 8. 6pm. No registration required.

    Barb will also be branching out with an appearance at the Signal Hill Library on Thursday, October 3 where she will read from a selection of her works and talk about her experience as a writer. Register here.

    The Writer in Residence service only lasts 3 months, September to the end of November, so don't miss the unique opportunity to work with and learn from a professional, award-winning author.

    Launch Plans

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    Some important dates are creeping up for anyone out there looking to take advantage of the library's 2013 Writer in Residence service. This year Memorial Park library will host award-winning author Barb Howard for three months of manuscript consultations, 'Reckless Writing' workshops, author reading events, and more.

    September 1. This is the first day to submit manuscripts and set up a consultation. Please read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines, which include poetry, fiction, children's, articles, and non-fiction.

    September 5. Welcome Barb Howard to her new position at the official Program Launch. She will read from a selection of her works and outline plans for her residency. A reception will follow. 7pm. No registration is required.

    September 10. The first installment of 'Reckless Writing' - one hour of prompted fearless writing followed by one hour of discussion. Starts at 6pm and again, no registration is required.

    It's all free with your library card.

    For more information on Barb Howard check out the author's website and read this local news story from the Cochrane Eagle.

    I feel a bit like I'm writing a car commercial now, but a program with this much value really only comes around once a year, so don't miss the opportunity to take your writing to the next level, no matter what level that may be.

    Barb Howard

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    The months of September through November are always a glorious time to work at the information desk on the 4th floor of Central library. This is where the literature collection lives, as well as all of our how-to guidebooks for aspiring writers. While our bottomless pool of resources is available year-round to writers looking to hurdle over obstacles, it is only during September, October, and November that we can say: go to Memorial Park.

    At Memorial Park, with financial assistance from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the library has offered Writer in Residence services for over 25 years. Here you will find a professional, critical eye for your work that isn't softened by your friend or family's regard for your feelings. Here you will find consultation and advice on the writing and publishing process from someone at the top of their game. Here you will find a diverse community 'recklessly' honing their craft under the guidance of award-winning author Barb Howard.

    Barb Howard's most recent book, Western Taxidermy, won the 2012 CAA 'Exporting Alberta Award' and is up for the 2013 High Plains Award for short story collection. She also boasts extensive experience as a writing instructor. Read more by visiting Barb's website.

    Here's how to submit your work and book your individual consultation.

    Here's the list of readings, workshops, and events. All free.

    Here's the library's full catalogue of titles by Barb Howard:

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

    Writers Wanted

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

     

    "In an odd way I envy all future people who have this opportunity."

    - Fred Stenson, CPL's first Writer in Residence, 1987

    A pretty sweet place to come to work, no?

    And that opportunity is upon us future people once again, 26 years later, as our search for the 2014 Writer in Residence is now underway. This program is run out of the beautiful Memorial Park library and I can assure the 1987 version of Mr. Fred Stenson — the envy is all ours.

    Click here for full application details.

    The deadline to apply is June 30, 2013.


    Some of our past Writers in Residence, the envy of Fred Stenson, include Betty Jane Hegerat, William Pasnak, Cora Taylor, Yvonne Trainer, Joan Crate, Ken Rivard, Shirlee Smith Matheson, Faye Reineberg Holt, Rona Altrows, Naomi K. Lewis, George Melnyk, Darlene Quaife, Martine Bates Leavitt, Brian Brennan, and Gail Bowen. Bowen, award-winning author of the Joanne Kilbourne series, blogged some of her experience. You can read Part One and Part Two of her impressions from Gail's Blog. To find the work of some our past writers-in-residence on library shelves, click the book covers below. And stay tuned for the announcement of our 2013 Writer in Residence, coming this July.

    Joan Crate Gail Bowen Rona Altrows Naomi K. Lewis Ken Rivard Brian Brennan Betty Jane Hegerat

    NaNoWriMo

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a nonprofit event that encourages kids and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel in November. Launched in 1999, NaNoWriMo inspires its estimated 300,000 participants with email pep talks, a huge and supportive online community, and a host of web-based writing tools. Additionally, volunteers called Municipal Liaisons (MLs) in nearly 600 regions organize local writing events and get-togethers that transform novel-writing into an achievable and fun community endeavor.”

    Sign up today at the NaNoWriMo website.


    And because libraries are the ultimate place to write - the domestic distractions of home are eliminated, the calm-yet-lively atmosphere nurtures focus, and you surround yourself with all the glorious material you could ask for in terms of research and inspiration - we are hoping that any and all Calgary WRIMOS come and plug in at any of our 18 branches across the city. Our doors will open 29 out of 30 days in November (closed for Remembrance Day) and on the 17th the Central library is hosting a mid-way convergence featuring two special presentations you won't want to miss...



    CHARACTER CREATION WORKSHOP

    November 17. 1.00 - 3.00 pm.

    Join local authors Susan Calder (Deadly Fall) and Garry Ryan (Blackbirds) for an interactive workshop on making your characters come alive and about using E-Resources. Bring your questions and meet other writers. Everyone welcome. REGISTER.

    eBook or Print?

    November 17. 12.00 - 1.00 pm.

    Consider both formats when publishing your writing. Susan Toy discusses the many changes in promotion and marketing that have occurred as a result of both methods of delivering books to readers. REGISTER.

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    This is also a perfect opportunity to make use of the library's Writer-in-Residence services. Book your manuscript consultation with Brian Brennan today and get some free, professional guidance on your journey to 50,000 words. Mr. Brennan's residency will end November 30 so do not wait.

    Writer in Residence 2012, Program Launch!

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    If you want to get some serious value out of your library card, there is a three month window, which has already opened, for Calgary Public Library members to take part in our Writer in Residence services. With financial assistance from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, we are quite lucky to be able to offer an opportunity for Calgary writers to pursue an appraisal of their work from a professional author.

    This year Memorial Park library has welcomed Brian Brennan and this Saturday, September 8, we want to make it official...

    Writer in Residence Welcome and Program Launch

    Memorial Park Library
    1221 2nd St SW
    No registration required

    Saturday, September 8

    2:00–3:30 p.m.

    A reception will follow.

    Here is a small sample of Mr. Brennan’s work:

    How the West was Written: the life and times of James H. Gray

    Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and Other Alberta Stories

    Leaving Dublin: Writing my Way from Ireland to Canada

    Romancing the Rockies

    For information on submitting a manuscript and setting up an individual consultation, click here, or call the Memorial Park library at 403-221-2006

    Naomi K. Lewis, Book Launch DATE CHANGED!

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    You may have met Naomi K. Lewis last fall through the library’s Writer-in-Residence service as she gracefully critiqued our manuscripts, imparted her experienced wisdom, and shared her work. Good things seemed to have happened for Naomi since the end of her residency, as she was awarded the Colophon Prize for Fiction in January and now, eight months later, I Know Who You Remind Me Of is ready to be launched:

    SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15

    SHELF LIFE BOOKS

    (Corner of 4th Street & 13th Avenue SW)
    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Original and effortlessly clever, the stories in I Know Who You Remind Me Of capture the sensibility of a generation with no cultural inhibitions to overcome. Naomi K. Lewis’s characters bear the battlescars of adolescence and early adulthood ­– scars left when one classmate impersonates another in Internet pornography; a lover donates his eyeball in the heat of passion; sibling rivalry escalates into a low orbit. For these characters, everything is straight-on, never coy, and often deliciously funny. Stories from this collection have appeared in the Journey Prize anthology, the Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and other journals.

    Library copies of I Know Who You Remind Me Of are on the way. Until they come, click here to place a hold on Naomi K. Lewis' debut novel - Cricket in a Fist.


    Read the Nook's interview with Naomi from November 2011.

    Naomi K. Lewis - 2011 Writer in Residence

    by Philip Rivard - 0 Comment(s)

    I’ve never liked the month of August. Not sure why. Rather do July twice.

    One reason might be that I just adore Autumn, and the similarity between the words (both with 6 letters, both consisting of 3 ‘U’s, both beginning with the exact same two letters) just makes me wish August was really Autumn so we could get on with the best season of the year.

    The end of August will also mark the beginning of the library’s most wonderful service – our Writer-in-Residence program. Yes, and hooray, it’s back.

    This year we are blessed with author Naomi K. Lewis, who will take residence at Memorial Park Library for three months to mentor writers in the community, review manuscripts, and provide constructive criticism during individual consultations.

    Click here for Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Click here for a list of all the other wonderful events, workshops, and opportunities coming this fall.

    Whether you are a beginning writer trying to find your literary-singing voice or an established writer needing professional appraisal, don’t miss this 3-month window of opportunity to learn from the very best.

    Get familiar with Naomi K. Lewis’ work – titles available at the library:Cricket in a Fist


    Journey prize stories