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

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A Workshop for Writers with Angie Abdou

Hook and Hold Your Reader

This workshop will ask the hard questions: Why should anyone care about your story? What makes your writing worthy of a reader's valuable time?
Contemporary life is busy. Time that people used to devote to reading has been encroached upon by NetFlix, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
With the always-increasing demands on everyone's time, energy, and attention, writers must remember: readers do not owe you anything.
Nobody has to read your story. So, how can you shape and craft your book to ensure that it hooks readers and holds them fast until the last word?
Through a mix of exercises, examples, and theory, this workshop will explore strategies for immersing readers in vivid scenes and building emotional investment in a story.
Writers will get tips for creating authentic, engaging, and compelling fiction and non-fiction. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their works-in-progress, with topics ranging from initial idea to publication to pitching agents and publishers. Bring a pen and paper.
Date: May 5, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to noon Location: Mary J.L. Black Library
Cost: $10 members, $45 non-members (includes one year NOWW membership) Registration: Required. Visit the NOWW website

Angie Abdou is an Assistant Professor, English and Creative Writing in the Centre for Humanities.
Angie is presently working on a fourth novel. Her main scholarly interest is Canadian Literature, particularly writing about the body, and she is a long-standing, active member of the International Sport Literature Association. She is also a regular book reviewer for the foremost book trade publication in Canada, The Quill and Quire.

Recent Book - Length Publications:

In Case I Go (a novel). Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, Sept 2017. 
Between (a novel). Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, August 2014.
The Canterbury Trail (a novel). Victoria: Brindle & Glass Press, 2011.
The Bone Cage (a novel). Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2007.
Anything Boys Can Do (a short-story collection).  Saskatoon: Thistledown Press, 2006

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