Answering the Call X: Writers’ Retreat

art40It’s time! Time to tackle the manuscript you’ve been letting gather too much dust. The fall retreat is scheduled:

Answering the Call X: Releasing the Writer Within

    A WORKING WRITERS’ RETREAT

WHERE: The Villa Madonna in Renforth, New Brunswick (just outside of Saint John)
WHEN: November 14, 15 and 16, 2014

FORMAT:

November 14, 2012:
5 p.m.-6:00 p.m.- Arrive and settle into your room.
6 p.m. Opening Welcome: Answering the Call by Kathy-Diane Leveille
6 to 9 p.m. Meet and Greet, explanation of weekend structure, sharing optional writing exercise, social

November 15, 2012: Full writing day
7-9 p.m. Optional Critique Group

November 16, 2012:
11:00 a.m. Closing and wrap up.
1:00 p.m. Heading home after lunch and out by mid-afternoon.

FEE: $176.00 which includes single room and board.

This is not a leader-guided writing retreat. Rather it an opportunity to give yourself the gift of uninterrupted time to write. Over the years, Kathy-Diane has created a loose structure that provides touchstones within the weekend’s framework for optional opportunities (between writing) to connect with other writers. How those connections happen vary with the individual and the ultimate shaping of each group. There is no predicting. Sometimes works-in-progress are shared, sometimes tentative ideas are given words and take more concrete shape, sometimes the room door is closed tight and the pen flies across the page. We each go willing to drop the hindrances keeping us from our writing and wait and see what unfolds. Rooms are single and private.
E-mail shadowsfall@kathy-dianeleveille.com for more information or to hold a spot.
(*NOTE: Cancellations after November 1 subject to a 50% refund/No refunds after November 10).

Hope to see you there! Send me a friend invite on FaceBook….

Happy scribbling,

Kathy-Diane

“Standing in the Whale’s Jaw is a swirling, twisting tale of intrigue. Two bright and daring young women weave through a cast of characters… to solve one great mystery and open their minds to a greater one. A rollicking ride with many surprises along the way.” -Linda Little author of Scotch River

TWUC Short Story Competition

Polish that short story you’ve been scribbling away at.  This is an excellent competition to enter for feedback.  I have helped judge the early rounds in years past.  Be brave….and good luck! Kathy-Diane

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

20th Annual Short Prose Competition

for Developing Writers

$2,500 PRIZE

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until March 1, 2013 for the 20th Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author.

 PRIZE

$2,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines.

JURY

Writers Ami McKay, Rosemary Nixon, and Mark A. Rayner will serve as the jury.

ELIGIBILITY

This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not had a book published by a commercial or university press in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or non-fiction is eligible.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:

·         Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.

·         Submissions will be accepted in hardcopy only.

·         Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, email address, word count, and number of pages of entry.

·         Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.

·         Make cheque or money order payable to The Writers’ Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order, $29 per entry.

·         Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2013 to be eligible.

·         Mail entries to: SPC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200 , Toronto , ON M5C 1P1 .

 

Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca in May 2013. Manuscripts will not be returned.

CBC Radio’s Close to Home

A big thank you to CBC Radio Halifax.  Carmen Klassen, the host of “Close To Home”, called me up yesterday to invite me to be a guest on the show to talk about Writers who CARE: the 50/50 Project.   I enjoy listening to Carmen every weekday afternoon. She features guests from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Cape Breton. You can hear our chat at Close to Home.

We’ve raised $600.00 to date for CARE International’s work in the refugee camps in the Horn of Africa. Thanks to all the generous published authors who have donated their time and talent to do critiques to raise money.

 

Writers who CARE: the 50/50 Project

Have you always dreamed of becoming a published author? Do you have a half-finished manuscript hidden under the bed? Writers who CARE are a group of published authors working to raise money for Somalian refugees through CARE International. If you donate $50 to The 50/50 Project, a published author will critique 50 pages of your work-in-progress.  This is a steal folks! 

East Africa is facing its worst drought in more than 60 years, creating the most severe food crisis in the world today.

CARE has launched an emergency appeal for $48 million to provide food, water, and emergency relief.  They hope to reach almost 2 million people affected by the emergency.

Check out Writers who CARE: the 50/50 Project today and see how you can help. Thank you for your support!