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Grind Writers Before Sat. November 17, 2012


Grind Writers 2012 schedule Cheery yellow brings highlights into the dismal November Rainforest greygloom above the 49th parallel.

PLEASE NOTE re WEATHER & CANCELLATIONS Please read your email the morning-of meeting dates from now on in case of last-minute cancellation due to inclement weather.

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Saturday, Nov 17 Sunday, Dec 2 (last one for 2012)

10am til 12:30pm Grind Gallery Café 4124 Main Street at King Edward Ave. In the back room

Margaret Atwood: Writing the Future Thursday, Nov. 22nd – 8 pm Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver The Canadian author explores whether or not one can write about the future, why prophecy is dodgy, and the meaning of the zombie apocalypse. More info here.

UBC’s Continuing Education Writing Workshops Fall/Winter 2012–2013 So many tempting offerings. Check them out here.


Places to go, people to see, things to…


A Canadian Authors’ Association (CAA) Vancouver Branch Workshop with Robert W. Mackay and Margo Bates Sat., November 24, 2012 - 1 to 4 pm @Alliance for Arts and Culture Suite 100, 938 Howe Street Vancouver, BC (Between Nelson and Smithe)

Here’s where you go to find out what’s being offered. There are a few writing workshops, lots of readings and meetthe-author events, The JCC is on the corner of Oak & 41st.  Sunday Nov 25 @ 11:30am Writing Workshop Paula Brook / Write for Your Life! Tickets: $20  Wednesday Nov 28 @ 11:00am Memoir Writing Workshop for Seniors Paula Brook / That Reminds Me. Free but call 604 58 7278 to reserve your seat

In this 3-hour workshop, participants learn how to develop their ideas, characters, storyline, and story outcome based on research, which is important to any fiction. More info here, or email:

This looks good! EAC-BC GENERAL MEETING (Editors’ Assoc. of Canada)

Wed. November 21, 2012, 7-9PM Speaker starts at 7:30 Welch Room, 4th floor YWCA Health & Wellness Centre 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Language Detectives

The poetry of witness: a 3-month online course November 19, 2012 to February 19, 2013 Contact: Lorraine Gane: or In a state of poetic attention, we have eyes to see and ears to hear the deeper truths of our experiences, with all their joys, pains, triumphs, and losses. We become a witness to our lives expressing what we’ve gone through with greater insight and sensory nuance. This 3-month online course will help you cultivate this state through practices to open awareness and a flow of writing from buried memories, feelings, and images. Deep listening will help you attune to the most vivid writing and shape poetry into a completed form.

What do syntax and CSI have in common? Find out in this fascinating glimpse into the world of forensic linguistics.

Did a series of text messages sent before a fatal car crash constitute legitimate suicide notes? Can we tell if a 911-call transcript has been altered? In a series of letters, where does the author go from creep to stalker? Dr. Lorna Fadden, linguistics professor at SFU and a consultant in the field of forensic linguistics, will tell us about these and other cases she has worked on. She’ll also discuss what she and her colleagues look for in their work, and how she came to be a language detective. Dr. Fadden is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at SFU. Over the past decade, her research has focused on discourse analysis, mostly of police interviews and the methods and ethics of dealing with language evidence. She has consulted on numerous cases in Canada and the United States. She’s also SFU’s First Nations Languages Coordinator and a regular moderator for SFU’s Philosophers’ Cafés. EAC members attend free of charge, but must check in at the door. Non-members: $10, Students: $5 with valid ID. Refreshments will be served.


Submit. you know you want to.

Leaf Press is gathering poems for an anthology to, for, about or by newborn humans. We are interested in thresholds and liminal states; in moments that transcend global cultures. Roundup of poetry contests here Geist Emerging Writer-of-the-Month Emerging writers are invited to submit short written works online. FAQ.

contests and calls for submissions Prose and Poetry Prizes 2012 from The New Writer magazine Deadline: November 30, 2012 Now in its 16th year, one of the major annual international competitions for short stories, microfiction, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July. Further info, including guidelines and entry fees.

The Quotable This online magazine wants writer-readers to submit stories based on their monthly prompts. Info here. Plenitude Magazine is currently accepting submissions for ISSUE 2. Contributors to Issue 1 included Betsy Warland, Alex Leslie, and 2012 Journey Prize nominees, Trevor Corkum and Nancy Jo Cullen, among others.

Briarpatch magazine 2nd annual Creative Writing Contest Deadline: December, 2012 Briarpatch wants original, unpublished writing – categories sshort fiction and creative nonfiction. Awardwinning writers Zoe Whittall and Carmen Aguirre judging. $750 in cash prizes. Read all the rules here.

Mental Health Inside/Out Deadline: January 31st, 2013 For issue 7 of Poetry Is Dead, we have 2 guest editors Nikki Reimer and Kevin Spenst working on a collaborative issue. To submit, please email your submissions to ***Lots more description about this contest. Please read it all before you submit here. Ascent Aspirations Magazine (Nanaimo) Poetry & Flash Fiction Contest Deadline: March 9th, 2013 All info here.

Reason they won & you did not: they sent something in

Newborn anthology Guidelines Deadline: January 13, 2013

WINNERS The Antigonish Review 12th Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest 2012 1st Prize


2nd Prize


3rd Prize


Charles P.R. Tisdale, Reidsville, NC Kim Trainor, Vancouver, BC Laura Legge, Toronto, ON

8th Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest 2012 1st Prize $600 Judy LeBlanc, Fann Fanny Bay, BC 2nd Prize $400 Fred Annesley, Toronto, ON 3rd Prize $200 Joan Baril, Thunder Bay, ON


Call for applications continued...

Canadian Women in the Literary Arts Deadline: November 1, 2012 CWILA is seeking a female Canadian writer (poet, novelist, storyteller, scholar) as its resident critic for a calendar year.

Call for submissions: on yoga & community Care We're looking for writing – poetry, prose, essays, blogs – as well as art works. I’m looking for content that addresses these themes: Yoga as a form of liberation, empowerment, resistance and community building; critiques of the yoga industry or healing/health practices/industries; community care in practice (for example healing justice work, community acupuncture, sacred activism, herbalism, etc.). This is an amazing project started by two students who are part of my Love Light Yoga Mentorship group (Vancouver). Together we explore the practical issues of being a new yoga teacher while creating honest and sacred space to explore what this all means in our lives...and always, a look at how our practice is the platform for great social change, as well as ways in which we can contribute to and create communities around us.

Submissions accepted until December 1st. For submission details, click here.

Tons of calls for submissions – such variety: here.

The aim of the residency is to foster vital criticism that promotes public awareness of women’s literary and critical presence in Canadian letters. Specifically, the critic-inresidence will work on critical essays and/or book reviews and submit them to one or more Canadian review venues (print or web). Applications can be sent to Stipend: $2,000. Read all about it here.

Submission deadline: December 1st

A short time remains to submit your book. Here’s what you need to know: Prize categories and award criteria Detailed information about How to Enter Deadline: February 1, 2013 Call for nominations Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

Publishers and members of writing and publishing organizations are invited to submit nominations for the annual Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence.

A few examples:  Seeking personal experiences with infertility Seeking poems good enough to eat. On a cake.  Film critique blog seeks female writers  Montreal mag seeks work for the inquisitive mind  Wanted: Writing about islands  Wanted: Writing about winter in Edmonton  Seeking snail mail letters for online project  Seeking writing about being a good man  Wanted: Steampunk poetry and prose  Writing with 'surprise endings' wanted

and so it goes – screens and screens of potential markets

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Write for 15 mins., without stopping – without lifting your pen off the paper, without thinking. Just let it flow and write. Don’t edit, don’t go back, don’t rewrite (you can edit later). Write whatever comes to mind, doesn’t matter what: even if it’s, “This is a crappy prompt and…….” Just write that down and keep on going. See where it takes you, and bring your output to the next Grind Writers and share. 6


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