Giller Short List

Giller Short List
French Exit by Patrick deWitt, Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan,Motherhood by Sheila Heti and An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim

Writing Guild Call for a New Member

Wanted: one new member for the Thunder Bay Writers Guild. The Guild is a well-established writing group of 12 members who meet monthly to critique each other’s work and to support and encourage each other in the writing process.

Requirements: to be actively writing and able to produce a polished piece of work (fiction or non-fiction, not poetry) to be critiqued every few months. Able to attend meetings at the college on the 2nd Monday of each month.

Interested? Please send 2 pieces of your work (fiction or non-fiction—between 1,500 - 3,000 words, no poetry) to Jack Shedden at

Deadline: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Monday, April 6, 2015

I can't believe it! My 42nd Story Published

I can't believe it.

I have just received a copy of The New Orphic Review with my story "The Monument." This is my 42 nd published story/memoir piece. So a big thank you  to Antagonish  Review, Ten Stories High, Prairie Fire, Room, 807, New Orphic, and all the other lit mags who have tossed me into print.. It is always a thrill to see one's story in black and white. And thanks to good friends who have given me good advice and help. No writer can do without the writing group.

The latest story, "The Monument" is a humorous tale of Prime Minister Mackenzie King's adventures  in the 1939 royal tour across Canada. Of course, any story about Mackenzie King is, of necessity. humorous.

I think if I ever get 50 stories published, (if I live so long), I will hire a hall and have a huge celebration! I'll let you know in a few years.

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