Thursday, January 22, 2015

NOWW’s 2015 e-Writer in Residence, Amy Jones, to present workshop and reading in Thunder Bay
NOWW is pleased to announce two exciting events in February to kick off their e-Writer in Residence program with Amy Jones. Jones, a fiction writer living in Thunder Bay, will provide manuscript critiques and workshops to Northwestern Ontario writers between February and April, 2015.

Jones is the third e-Writer in Residence for NOWW, following successful programs in 2011 and 2013. “Like a traditional Writer in Residence, Jones will provide support to writers—both new and experienced—by giving them an opportunity to learn from someone who knows the ropes,” said Daniel Klein, past president of NOWW. “The exciting difference is that she will be able to reach writers located all over our vast region, even in the far north.”

Daniel Klein, President, Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop 

The program will launch on Tuesday, February 3 at 7 pm in the Brodie Library Fireside Room. There will be a reading/meet and greet with Jones, who will be joined by local authors Marion Agnew and Joan Baril. The evening will also include a reading of selected works by the late Bill MacDonald, who was a NOWW member and avid supporter of literature in Northwestern Ontario. This reading is free and open to the public. 

Following this, on Saturday, February 7 from 10 am to noon, Jones will present a free workshop on writing short fiction. The workshop will take place at Trinity United Church, 30 Algoma St. S, and will also be streamed live online to allow writers in the region to also participate. The web address for the live stream is

During her tenure as the e-Writer in Residence, Jones will provide manuscript critiques by email between February 12 and April 30. She will also deliver writing workshops via videoconference, thanks to a partnership with K-Net Services, a branch of the Northern Chiefs Council. ( Through distance workshops, Jones will teach youth from off-road First Nations at the Keewaytinook Internet High School, as well as beginner writers located in the far north of our region. She will also be conducting in-person writing workshops in other Northwestern Ontario communities. Guidelines for the manuscript critique submissions will be posted online on or before February 12.
Originally from Halifax, Amy Jones holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of the short fiction collection What Boys Like (Bibiloasis, 2009). Her work has appeared in several literary magazines, and has been anthologized in Best Canadian Short Stories 08 and 09, and The Journey Prize Stories 25 and 26. In 2006 she won the CBC Literary Award for Short Story in English. She has been a sessional instructor at Lakehead University, and is currently the associate editor of The Walleye,Thunder Bay’s arts and culture magazine.

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Marion Agnew - Reading January 3 7 pm Brodie Library

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