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Friday, March 11, 2011

Welcome Chandra Mayor, new E writer in Residence

Good news. Chandra Mayor will be the new e writer in residence.  NOWW's letter (below) gives an overview of Sandra's background.  Manuscript consultations are available to all NOWW members. Scroll to the end of the letter for requirements.  The  program runs to the end of May, so get your ms in tout suite.  Distance workshops will take place in April - watch this blog for announcements.

Dear NOWW members,


We are thrilled to announce that we have selected a new E-Writer in Residence.

Chandra Mayor is a Winnipeg writer, editor, and writing instructor. Her first book, August Witch: poems, was short-listed for four Manitoba Book Awards, and won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book.

 The following year she received the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Her novel, Cherry, was nominated for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award.

Her most recent book is the short story collection All the Pretty Girls; the title story was shortlisted for a CBC Literary Award, and the collection received the prestigious Lambda Literary Foundation Best Lesbian Fiction Award.


Chandra is a former Writer-in-Residence for the Winnipeg Public Library, and a former poetry editor for both Prairie Fire and CV2. She has been selected for three terms as a Mentor in the Sheldon Oberman Emerging Writers' Program, and has taught poetry, fiction, and memoir-writing courses and workshops to teens, seniors, and wildly diverse writers of all descriptions.

She has read and performed her literary and spoken-word pieces in festivals and venues across the country, and her work has been taught in high school and universities in North America and Europe.

 Chandra was also friends with Michael Van Rooy and shared with him a commitment to working not only within traditional literary communities and organizations, but also with writers who operate outside of these traditional venues. She shares Michael's enthusiasm for our innovative project and we are sure that she will be a great fit with our project.
 (carry on for manuscript critiqe info)

Manuscript Critiques
We are keen to launch the manuscript critique portion of the project as soon as possible to make up for lost time. The E-Writer in Residence is available to NOWW members for manuscript consultations. Please read the following guidelines.

- Submit your manuscripts to admin@nowwwriters.org NOWW staff will handle them, ensure they meet the criteria, and pass them on to Chandra. Chandra will conduct 24 manuscript critiques in total.

- Manuscripts should be in 12pt font, double spaced for prose, single spaced for poetry

- Page limits: 5-6 pages of prose or 4-6 pages of poetry

- Please include a few sentences on your writing background and what you hope to get out of this critique; this will help to make the critique more meaningful to you.

- Chandra prefers the option of giving feedback by phone, as a conversation would allow you to ask questions for clarification. Please consider including your phone number with your manuscript, as well as best times that Chandra could call you. If you really prefer a written response, you will receive a response by e-mail.

- Be patient. Chandra will do approximately two critiques per week. When you submit your manuscript it will be added to the "line-up."

Distance Workshops
These will likely take place in April; stay tuned for more information.

The E-Writer in Residence project will run from now until the end of May.

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