Wednesday, January 12, 2011

At Last - A Writer in Residence or rather an "E Writer" in Residence

Usually a writer-in-residence works through local libraries but, for many years, Thunder Bay has been unable to afford this service to the general public . However this new initiative will alleviate the situation, at least for those writers who are members of the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop. (NOWW)

Writer Michael Van Rooy will provide a range of services to NOWW members, most importantly manuscript critiques. NOWW members can liaise with NOWW admin staff to arrange for delivery of their manuscript, preferably by e-mail, to Van Rooy, who will provide his feedback by e-mail. Over the four months of the project he will critique 24 manuscripts of up to 3500 words; fiction and non-fiction prose in any genre will be eligible, and poetry on a case-by-case basis.

Other aspects ofthe project are:

• readings and a workshop at our project launch in Thunder Bay, January 21-22 (more detail to follow)

• two workshops via conference call with optional Internet connection

• readings and a workshop at our project wrap-up in another Northwestern Ontario community, in April

As part of a new partnership with K-Net services ( Van Rooy will also provide a workshop for students of the Keewaytinook Internet High School,a distributed learning high school located mainly in off-road First Nations in our region. This project addresses needs that have been identified by NOWW members including manuscript consultations, workshops and opportunities for writers in isolated communities.

This is an exciting opportunity for local writers and worth joining NOWW for this service alone. Check out the NOWW web site at  Twenty bucks and you are in.

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