Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
12th Annual Writing for Children Competition
The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until April 24, 2008, for the 2008 WRITING FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION. The winning entry will be the best Canadian children’s story of 1,500 words in the English language, written by an unpublished author.
$1,500 for the winning entry and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian children’s publishers.
We are proud to announce that Damien Fière, Jacqueline Guest, and Tim Wynne-Jones will serve as the jury.
This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not been published in book format in any genre and who do not have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or nonfiction.
HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:
Entries should be typed or computer-printed, double-spaced, and numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.
Computer disks, CDs, e-mails, or faxes will not be accepted.
Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and number of pages of entry.
Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.
Make cheque or money order payable to The Writers' Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order, $15 per submission.
Entries must be postmarked by APRIL 24, 2008 to be eligible.
Mail entries to: WFC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.
Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca. Manuscripts will not be returned.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Northern Voice 2008 continues to be an inspiration for me, so tonight, a quick shout out to all the members of CWILL BC -- authors AND illustrators who take the time to reach out through the internet and blog to (and for) their fans. Check out these amazing blogs:
Fiona Bayrock -----------------
Julie Burtinshaw --------------
Diane Haynes ------------------ http://wildliferescueseries.com/
Shelley Hrdlitschka ------------ http://shelleyhrdlitschka.blogspot.com/
Eileen Kernaghan ------------- http://eileen-kernaghan.blogspot.com/
Tanya Kyi ------------------------- http://tanyalloydkyi.blogspot.com/
James McCann ---------------- http://jamesmccannauthor.blogspot.com/
Victoria Miles ------------------- http://www.magnifico-victoria-miles.blogspot.com/
Jacqueline Pearce -------------- http://www.wildink.wordpress.com/
Nikki Tate ------------------------ http://www.nikkitate.blogspot.com/
Meg Tilly --------------------------http://www.officialmegtilly.com/blog/
Kirsti Wakelin has
and ----------------------------------- http://kirsti.wordpress.com/
In other news, the song from ONCE, a tiny Irish movie that was my favourite flick of 2007, just won the Oscar for best song. Now, it was up against a whole load of Disney schlock, but still -- justice was served, and I am celebrating. If you haven't seen the movie yet, I recommend it. A small, gentle film with a beautiful message that isn't preachy, and one of the best endings I have seen to a movie in years. I loved it.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
The Moose is no longer loose, but penned up inside his computer for another year. Northern Voice 2008 is history, but from all accounts (including my own) it was a marvellous success.
I had a great time on the 'Authors Who Blog' panel today, if only because all the folks who really know what they are doing out there in the ether very politely made room for those of us who have just dipped a toe in the blogging pool. I had a gas chatting with the other panellists, and send a big shout out to Monique Trottier for a job absolutely well done.
This conference served to show me that there is a whole culture out there of which I know only a fraction of a fractile. But it was kinda cool, and I had a lot of fun scraping up whatever orts of knowledge I could comprehend.
As a result I missed Serendipty for another year, though, and it sounds like it was a terrific event. First Nations theme this year, and as the reviews trickle in, it seems like everyone had fun. Big cheers to the Vancouver Children's Roundtable for another successful event.
I have two school events lined up for this week, but will update later...I'm sorely in need of a little recovery time.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Took this shot last week. The snow is gone now, but I loved the look of it against this old long washed-ashore beach stump. (The tiny lump on the beach in the middle of the shot is a much-hunched and fluffed Blue Heron.)
Many years ago, I sat on this beach, leaned against this enormous driftwood and wrote one of the first scenes for the book that would become SEEDS OF TIME.
This was Delaney's hiding place, his home on the beach, until he took Darrell under his paw and things changed for both of them, forever. When she crawled inside the hollow log and placed her ear against the sea-smoothed surface, the sense of beating drums, smoking fires and salt on her tongue ... all came from this place. I sat with my old Shadow dog on the beach at Ambleside and wrote the scene. Before Seamus and before Silas there was Shady-boy -- the anti-Delaney.
We all miss him, still.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Just got a note this morning from Mona Fertig, long time propriator of
(m)Öthêr Tøñgué Press. Seems that the company has decided to move up from its practice of producing finely-wrought chapbooks and into the trade publication scene. They plan to publish two books in 2008, two in 2009 and three in 2010. Subject matter appears to be in the Arts & Literary vein.
All the best to this new BC endeavour!
For more details, check out the website at www.mothertonguepublishing.com
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
A fabulous new blog from a warm and creative writer, Deb Anderson. She's reviewing books, talking about writing and sharing her wisdom.
A rare find.
Check it out at http://prosepositive.blogspot.com
My software is not cooperating right now, but when I can I'll put up the image of a new banner I'm having made...
More soon when I can get this thing to work.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
...from Monique Trottier, my link to this year's Northern Voice Conference. Monique will be moderating the panel I'll be on, and she sent me a list of the other Writer/Bloggers with whom I'll be sharing the table. Here's a summary of the bios...
Crawford Kilian: Published author of 20 books and hundreds of articles and columns. His books include novels, textbooks, children's books, regional history and political issues. Crawford's writing appears online in several places.
Meg Tilly: Author and film actress. Her two adult novels are Singing Songs and Gemma. Her first YA novel, Porcupine, was published by Tundra in September 2007. Some of her better known films include, The Big Chill and Agnes of God, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar.
Pete McCormack: Writer and director of documentaries, feature films and novels. He wrote and directed the award-winning, Kevin Spacey-narrated Uganda Rising and the Pierce Brosnan-narrated Hope in the Time of AIDS. He's written, directed and produced several feature films, two novels, including the Stephen Leacock-nominated Understanding Ken and Shelby, and he recently recorded his third CD.
Robert Wiersema: Writer and events coordinator at Bolen Books. He recently published his first novel, Before I Wake, which became a national bestseller and was named a Book of the Year by the Globe and Mail and National Post. His published work includes columns in several Canadian dailies.
Monique Trottier: Former internet marketing manager of Raincoast Books. I am a web strategist and developer with Boxcar Marketing (formerly named Work Industries). I spearheaded the online marketing of Harry Potter, as well as developed the first Canadian-publisher podcast and blog series. I speak regularly at publishing conferences on online marketing, social networking, and blogging. I'm currently writing two training modules on online marketing for Cultural Human Resources Canada. I keep a regular blog on books, publishing and technology, which I started in April 2005.
An amazing group -- I feel very humbled to be in their company.
The conference itself looks to be marvellous -- check it out at http://www.northernvoice.ca/
Speaking of blogs, my friend, writer Amy Dupire Jones has started up her own blog. You can find her at http://amydupire.blogspot.com/
Amy is a hot-topic YA writer, whose never met a controversial story she won't tackle or a chocolate she won't enjoy. And yes, she is just as cute in person as her avatar.
Give her blog a read!
And finally -- Seamus is enjoying life as a big brother these days. He's teaching his new sibling everything he knows. Wrestling, playing -- it's enough to wear a dog (or two ) out.
That should be a good thing.
Until I remembered that for every cause...
There is usually an effect:
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Present company excepted, this is a whole lotta brain-power in one room, so if you have questions about writing for kids in Canada, the Alice McKay Room is the place to be on the Monday after Valentine's Day.
Oh, and it's snowing again. I think I've figured it out...in the last storm, the house was picked up and blown 3000 km east, and I actually live in Ontario now.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Had a momentary lapse in judgement this weekend...
Friday, February 01, 2008
At the Seasonal Event for the Canadian Authors Association, Vancouver Branch last December, I had the opportunity to sit with a most amazing and engaging woman. Her name is Ugette Ebony Johnson, and she is the brains and the energy behind The Vancouver Pan African Film Festival.
Ugette is a woman with a passion. In 2007, she threw all her resources into creating the remarkable achievement of the first Vancouver Pan African Film Festival. Now she has turned her attention to celebrating Black History Month with a remarkable film and arts festival.
Looking for something EXTREMELY cool to do this weekend?
Check this out:
Travelling Pan African Film & Arts Festival African Heritage/Black History Month 2008, showcasing contemporary issues and expressions of the world's African/"Black" Diaspora for a Canadian audience.
A Canadian Heritage Celebration through Dialogue & Art
Officially proclaimed by the Province of British Columbia as "Black History Month"
VPAFF TPAFF Event Co-presented by Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
11:00am - 11:00pm
Breath Control: The History of the Human Beat Box (everything you need to know about beat boxing)
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (Social Justice)
The Origins of AIDS (Social Justice)
Wormhead, Canadian Premiere (Youth & anti-bullying, anti-racism/African Animation)
Afrikan World Civilizations (African Achievements)
Destiny Found: BC's Early Black Settlers, Ralph Taylor
What is Pan Africanism? Albert Smith
Cabaret Pavilion (featuring Vancouver's raw and seasoned talent)
Contact us to find out how to bring TPAFF to your event: email@example.com
See full Program: www.vpaff.org
ABOUT THE VANCOUVER PAN AFRICAN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL (VPAFF)
The Vancouver Pan African Film & Arts Festival aims to inspire contemplation through its programs. We wish to engage our audience in dialogue - inter-cultural dialogue - towards community solidarity primarily through film and art. Our mandate encompasses the commitment to present films of historical and political intrigue that reflect the moral dilemmas of our times under the segment "Human Rights Conscience." We wish to showcase a broad range of creative artworks by Africans in the global Diaspora, and we invite you to "Cast Yourself!" under the protective shade of the majestic Baobab tree!
CONTACT FESTIVAL PRODUCER:
Executive Director & Producer
Ms. U. E. Johnson