Come see published poet and chapbook author, Edward Nixon speak at our May branch meeting. Edward will talk about the realities of getting published after forty-five. Our Writers Helping Writers segment will focus on finals steps for your manuscript and resources to help you get published. You don’t want to miss it!
Come see local author Tom Earle speak at our April branch meeting. We were lucky that he agreed to reschedule after the January meeting cancellation. Tom will talk about his road to publication and his unconventional writing process. Our Writers Helping Writers segment will focus on the rules of revision and being ruthless while doing it. You don’t want to miss it!
Cancelled due to lack of enrollment
Please join us for our workshop on Saturday, January 17th with poet, author and writing teacher, Esther Griffin. The workshop will focus on creating undercurrents of language and imagery in your writing. Learn to play with techniques to infuse meaningful layers into your poetry and prose.
The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm with a one hour break for lunch. The cost is $20 for Canadian Author members and $30 for non-members. To register please go to our pay pal page and pay a deposit of $10.
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We hope everyone has had a wonderful summer! Our regular monthly meetings will resume beginning with September’s meeting on Thursday the 25th at 6:30pm at Down by the Bay located at 121 Mississaga St. in Orillia. Our speaker is Giller nominated author Anthony De Sa and he will be speaking about the stories and life experiences that led him to writing. It is sure to be an entertaining and enlightening night and we hope you can all make it!
This month we are happy to have Sue Reynolds and James Dewar speaking at our May CAA Leacock/Simcoe branch meeting. Sue and James are both accomplished authors as well as veteran writing workshop facilitators. They hold workshops all over the world as well as in Ontario which you can learn more about at their website, Ink Slingers, http://inkslingers.ca/inkslingers/
Sue and James also help authors create author websites and to market their work. At the meeting they will be talking about the creative process and how to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of writers fulfilling their creative potential. We hope you can join us it’s going to be an inspirational evening.
The meeting will take place on Thursday May 29th at 6:30pm at Down by the Bay located at 121 Mississaga St. in Orillia. See you there!
This month we are happy to have editor and publisher Christie Harkin speak at our April CAA Leacock/Simcoe branch meeting. Christie has years of experience in the world of publishing and will tell you what publishers are looking for and how to get your work noticed. The meeting will take place on Thursday April 24th at 6:30pm at Down by the Bay located at 121 Mississaga St. in Orillia. We hope to see you there!
March’s branch meeting is all about memoir. Our speaker, Samantha Bernstein, author of Here We Are Among the Living, will talk to us about the perils and pitfalls of writing about real people as well as ways to make everyday life into stories that people want to read. If you are at all interested in memoir writing you don’t want to miss this meeting. The meeting will take place on Thursday March 27th at 6:30pm at Down by the Bay located at 121 Mississaga St. in Orillia. We hope to see you there!
We are happy to announce that the winners of our Erotic Poetry and Prose contest have been chosen. Our judges confessed that it was a very difficult decision in both categories as there was great quality to the writing that was submitted. Our judges also confessed that reading the submissions was a wonderfully guilty pleasure!
Winner Erotic Prose Category: Colleen Winter for Fulfillment
The winner of our prose category uses an unusual but highly seductive setting as well intense details of illicit bodily pleasure to draw the reader into what they can only assume is a standard story of erotic satisfaction. That assumption ends when the story takes a horrifying and disturbing turn leaving the reader with the single thought that great pleasure almost always comes at a great cost. It is the uncommon coupling of the erotic with the tragic, as well as the high quality of writing that made this story stand out.
PDF of story: Winner Erotic Prose Category, Colleen Winter
Winner Erotic Poetry Category: Leslie Goodreid for Klimt’s Seduction
The winning poem in our Erotic poetry category takes on the daunting task of transporting a well-known work of art from canvas to page. The description and language of the poem literally causes the otherwise unmoving visual of the painting to come alive into a pulsing sexual being. The poet took great risk in juxtaposing her words alongside a monumental piece of art but was successful in not only writing a stand-alone great poem but also in giving even more life and meaning to an already beautiful piece of art.
PDF of poem: Winner Erotic Poetry, Leslie Goodreid
Second Place Erotic Prose Contest: Deepam Wadds for Second Coming
This story is a quick glimpse into an experienced lover’s sexual past and present. It leaves nothing to the imagination and uses succinct, well chosen language to create raw and beautiful visuals of pleasure that seem so within the reader’s reach.
PDF of story: Runner Up Erotic Prose Category, Deepam Wadds
Second Place Erotic Poetry Category: Elise Kubsch for I confess
This poem’s strength is in what’s implied. With short stanzas and an economy of words the reader is shot through with a sense of submission as well as pleasure and the promise of much more to come.
PDF of poem: Runner Up Erotic Poetry, Elise Kubsch
This month we are excited to have local author Karleen Bradford coming to speak at our branch meeting. She has written more than twenty books, many of them historical fiction, and she will be talking to us about the research process. Come learn from an experienced, award winning author about one of the toughest tasks in writing. The meeting will take place on Thursday February 27th at 6:30pm at Down by the Bay located at 121 Mississaga St. in Orillia. Along with our speaker we will also be announcing the winners of our Erotic Poetry and Prose contest. You don’t want to miss this meeting!