Tuesday, April 24, 2012

#writing: awards, conference, contest

First a red faced apology, I think I told you that I was going to be attending the Arthur Ellis award night. Yes, well, I didn’t. The Arthur Ellis award night will take place in June, in Toronto. I won’t be there—although, I do hope to attend this event in the future. What I attended last week was the Arthur Ellis shortlist evening. In fact, during this event, I sat my second panel as a published author.

 I won’t talk to you about my butterflies. What I will do is give you a brief review of the event that was held at the Vancouver Public Library. During our panel discussion, we explored many topics such as our writing life, the state of reading and social media. I came down heavily in favour of social networking. Even though I had to admit that it can be a time suck. However, I’ve recently become involved with Google+—and I’m in love. As I live on a remote island, networking with fellow authors as well as others in the publishing industry is a challenge. Google+ enables this connecting. After our brief panel discussion, we read the names of the authors and publishers on the shortlist. If I were worth my salt as a reporter, I would have collected these names and shared them with you. Unfortunately, I’m a fiction author and not a journalist and so the most I can do is provide a link (http://crimewriterscanada.com/). Oh, yes, and I would like to introduce you to the other authors that were involved in this event.

Roberta Rich
Stephen LeGault

Photos by Byron Dyck

And in other news…

Pulled from my email inbox…


Dear Leanne,

The final tally is done and the winners for the year 2011 have been announced. I managed to get 2nd prize (for poetry) and 3rd Prize (short story) at the Interartia literary competition sponsored by the Inetrnational Art Academy and the Foundoulis Observatory in Athens Greece.

It makes this man's day.

Cheers to all,


One-day writers’ conference

Write on the Beach
Sunday June 10
9:15 AM to 5 PM
Beecher Place, 12160 Beecher Street
Crescent Beach, Surrey
Keynote:  Transformation in the Book Industry
By Margaret Reynolds, Association of Book Publishers of BC
The Power of Story in Fiction & Non fiction by Lois Peterson
Poetry in Prose by Loreena Lee
Writing for Magazine by Ursula Maxwell-Lexis
Inspired to Write by Don Hunter
$60 Federation of BC members; $76 non-members (before May 10, 2012)
$75 Federation of BC members; $90 non-members (after May 10)
Students—half price
Registration:  Loreena@dragonwing.bc.ca/General enquiries:  Ben 604-535-2977


The Victoria Writers’ Society 11th Annual Writing Competition
Categories:  fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry
Entry fee:  $15 members, $20 non-members
Deadline:  May 1st
Details:  www.victoriawriters.ca

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