Our author reading on Saturday was amazing – eight readers and a great audience. Social Grounds Coffeehouse did us proud with allowing us once again to utilize their beautiful premises.
On Sunday I attended a friend’s book launch – Carla Howatt has written an emotional and powerful book about her experience after her son’s suicide.
Last week I also attended a grant presentation for my writers group, Writers Foundation of Strathcona County. This grant will assist us in publishing our Canada 150 book, which tells stories of Canada, whether it is memories, wildlife, landscape, seasons or any other ‘Canadian’ theme. County Clothesline are always so generous with their grants to local non-profits and organizations. http://wfscsherwoodpark.com/wfsc-canada-150-book-project
This week is less eventful (pardon the pun) so writing is my goal.
Other upcoming events:
30 June at 19:00 to 2 July at 17:00
The Bennett Center, 9703-94 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3W1
The children’s festival WordPlay takes place in conjunction with the grand opening of Sheree Fitch’s dreamy new venture, Mabel Murple’s Book Shoppe and Dreamery, on July 3 in River John, NS, with Alan Syliboy, Marie-Louise Gay, and plenty of celebration.
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After a wonderful birthday on Sunday, I am feeling thoroughly spoilt, loved and happy. It was such a relaxing day with my ‘kids’ – real one-on-one time with each of them.
This week I will be preparing for an author reading on Saturday. There will be local authors with some Writers Foundation members and Dream Write Publishing authors. I’m looking forward to reading from my newest manuscript, The Twesome Loop. (Official launch of the novel will be 30th September).
The best part of an author reading is the reaction to your words from the audience and the questions they ask.
As I was looking through my notes I found a past blog post which echoed this event. The tips for an author reading are still relevant.
How do you prepare for an author reading?
What part of a reading do you enjoy most?
The Freewill Shakespeare Festival
The Merry Wives of Windsor & The Merchant of Venice
June 20 – July 16, 2017
Heritage Amphitheatre, Hawrelak Park
Peakbagger’s Guidebook Signing
10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3J5
Edmonton Story Slam June edition
I am feeling a little delicate today after an exhausting event yesterday, Heritage Day of Strathcona County. It was a super day filled with arts, culture, music, song and dance. There was also lots of vendors showcasing their cultures, organizations and groups giving visitors a new perspective of what incredible diversity we enjoy in Strathcona County. There were several stunning performances as well, some photos here. https://www.facebook.com/Arts-Culture-Council-of-Strathcona-County-ACCSC-123072124369824/ Without a doubt the Arts and Culture Council will host the event next year and hopefully in conjunction with the Diversity Committee once again.
This week is Board meeting week for me so Tuesday will be the Writers Foundation board meeting. We will be looking forward to and planning our annual event, Words in the Park on 30th September, which is part of Alberta Culture Days and will also be celebrating Canada 150 and the 10th anniversary of our event. A super milestone for us. http://wfscsherwoodpark.com/words-in-the-park
Wednesday is the board meeting of the Arts & Culture Council where we will review the Heritage Day event, and how we can expand it next year! Then there is Alberta Culture Days to plan, which we will co-host with the Writers Foundation. This collaboration has worked well in the past.
So it seems my life will be in planning mode once again…it keeps me out of mischief I suppose.
Do you have annual events you organize for a group in your area?
Eavesdropping on Mars: Putting the Play Back in Writing
Friday at 18:00–20:30
Loft 112, 535 8 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 5S9
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My main event for this week is on Saturday, which is my writing group’s 8th annual conference. It is always a incredible day of words, writers, writing, networking and meeting new authors.
This year to celebrate Canada’s 150 – we have made the theme Canada – no surprise there! The sessions will be all things Canadian and a fun interactive workshop will be the first session to set the mood. It is a full day (separate sessions can be booked if preferred) testing your writing skills, learning and embracing the written word.
I am presenting one of three short workshops in the first hour but my main presentation is later in the day. My workshop will be creating a Canadian character. I have worked hard to make the session interesting, informative but also fun! Wish me luck.
If you can come on Saturday there is still time to register – here is the link: http://wfscsherwoodpark.com/node/3090
Edmonton Poetry Festival- April 16–23. Here is the schedule link: http://www.edmontonpoetryfestival.com/schedule/
In Picton, ON, and the surrounding area, the Prince Edward County Writers Festival takes place April 20–22, featuring Steve Burrows, Joy Fielding, Wallace Edwards, Merilyn Simonds, Zoe Whittall, and others.
Frye Festival, Greater Moncton, NB – April 22 to 29 Authors including Riel Nason, Jennifer McGrath, and this is the link: http://www.frye.ca/index.php/en/festival-frye/auteurs-2017
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