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Society of the Spoken Word Gathering Jan. 25, 2014

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Casa Cappuccino, located at 91 Dunlop St. E, Barrie, plays host to the winter gathering of the Society of the Spoken Word from 8 – 10:30 pm on Saturday January 25, 2014.
This event will feature a very special showcase from the exceedingly talented members of Meat Locker Editions and their newly published book! As always, the second half of the gathering is open mic and welcomes readers of both poetry and short prose.
For further information, please see the SOTSW’s Facebook page HERE.


Society of the Spoken Word Event: Tonight! 28/09/2013

Society of the Spoken Word - Event tonight, downtown Barrie @Casa Cappucino 28/09/2013  8 - 10:30 PM

Society of the Spoken Word – Event tonight, downtown Barrie @Casa Cappuccino 28/09/2013
8 PM – 10:30 PM

Tonight there is a  Society of the Spoken Word event at Casa Cappuccino in downtown Barrie.  This event is part of the official Carnegie Days Festival 2013 from the MacLaren Art Centre.
The lineup includes:
The second half of the evening is open mic.  Feel free to share your poetry or prose, so come on down!  The theme is Fall, but you can read anything.

91 Dunlop St E  Barrie, ON L4M 1A6
8 PM – 10:30 PM

~Information provided by club member Leslie G.

~Sara


Karen Mulhallen Speaks to the Canadian Author’s Association on June 27, 2013

On Thursday June 27, 2013, the Canadian Author’s Association welcomes speaker Karen Mulhallen. Info about the speaker:

KMulhallen_lrgDr. Karen Mulhallen teaches courses in Modernism, myth and archetype in literature, creative writing, eighteenth century literature and society, and tragic and comic modes, in the English department at Ryerson University. She is an internationally acclaimed editor, and has published essays on the arts both in Canada and in the UK. For more than three decades she has edited the award-winning literary magazine Descant, and through the magazine and other anthologies has promoted the work of Canadian writers nationally and internationally. She has published ten books of poetry, as well as edited more than one hundred and thirty issues of Descant magazine. She is currently working on a book exploring the conjunction of art and science in eighteenth century book illustration. Dr. Mulhallen has generously donated the Karen Mulhallen Modernism Collection to the MLCRC.

Info about the event from the Canadian Author’s Association:

Our speaker this month will be Karen Mulhallen, the founder and editor of Descant literary magazine.  Karen is also the author of several books.  She will be talking about what it takes to get into literary magazines as well as her lengthy and esteemed career in editing and writing.  The poster for the event is attached in pdf form.
As usual the meeting will take place on the last Thursday of the month, June 27th, at 121 Mississaga St., Down by The Bay event room.  Doors open at 5:30 and the evening events will be begin at 6:30pm.  Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to register for the event.


Canadian Author’s Association Presents: Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth Ruth

From the Vice:

On May 30 at 6:30 pm Canadian Authors Association- Leacock Simcoe presents writing teacher, editor and award winning author, Elizabeth Ruth, talking about self-promotion and the novel writing process as well as the publication of her latest book, Matadora.  As usual, this will be at Down by the Bay in downtown Orillia and doors will be open at 5:30 pm to facilitate dinner ordering and prep.

Elizabeth Ruth is a writer, editor, creative writing instructor and mother living in Toronto, Canada. Her first novel, Ten Good Seconds of Silence was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca Best First Novel Award and the City of Toronto Book Award. Her critically acclaimed second novel, Smoke, was chosen for the 2007 One Book One Community program. Elizabeth Ruth’s third novel – Matadora, about a female bullfighter in 1930’s Spain – was published in Canada in spring 2013 by Cormorant Books

Elizabeth is well known for her mentorship of aspiring writers. She teaches at the University of Toronto, and through the Humber School for Writers. In 2011 Elizabeth held the position of Writer-In-Residence at the Toronto Public Library. Elizabeth has also held the position of Writer-In-Residence at the Oshawa and Kitchener Public Libraries. In recent years, Elizabeth has mentored middle and high school English students through WIER, Writers in Electronic Residence. In 2011 she delivered workshops and offered manuscript evaluations to writers across northern Ontario. In 2012, together with Ann Douglas, Elizabeth Ruth was hired by The Writer’s Union of Canada (TWUC) to deliver professional development workshops to writers across the country. She is a long-standing member of TWUC and the current chair of the author’s advisory committee of the Writers’ Trust of Canada. 

Elizabeth Ruth has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Counselling Psychology, both from the University of Toronto. She is also a graduate of the Humber School of Writers.

CAA-Leacock Simcoe is the fastest growing branch of the CAA in Canada right now…

For more information about CAA Leacock Simcoe please email caaleacocksimcoe@gmail.com


Author Reading: Terry Fallis

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From the Prez:

Terry Fallis, the author of Up and Down and the hilarious Best Laid Plans (winner of 2008 Steven Leacock Medal for Humour and CBC Canada Reads in 2011) will be reading at the Barrie Public Library’s Painswick Branch on Saturday, June 1 from 2-3:30 pm.

Marina Endicott, the author of Little Shadows and Good to a Fault (finalist for the Giller Prize in 2008 and one of the featured books on CBC Canada Reads 2010), will also be reading from her book that afternoon.
I highly recommend Terry’s books–my favourite reads this year!
The event is free. It was advertised in The Barrie Examiner Local Briefs Thurs May 16.
For more information contact Alison Brumwell at 705 728 1010 ext 7084 or at abrumwell@barrie.ca.
The readings willl take place in the Massie Family Program Room. Painswick Branch is in the south east end near Yonge and Big Bay Point at 48 Dean Avenue.
Hope you can come.
Evie


Muskoka Writers Retreat

writers-retreat-logoNorthWords Muskoka Literary Festival is launching a new writers retreat. Here’s some of the info:

The NorthWords Muskoka Literary Festival is pleased to announce a partnership with the University Of Toronto School Of Continuing Studies to present a five day intensive writing workshop in Muskoka.

This unique and transformational five day workshop will be held from June 24 to June 28, 2013 at the Trillium Resort and Spa in Port Sydney, Ontario.   Focussing on the opening pages of your novel, memoir, or creative non-fiction, award winning writers Priscila Uppal and David Layton will cover all aspects of prose writing, including plot, character development and style.

Fifteen pages of prose, submitted by June 15, will be subjected to intensive work-shopping and professional editing.

To support your creative endeavour, the highly acclaimed Ranjini George Philip will start each day with meditation sessions designed to focus your writing skills.  Through meditation practices, you will learn to create new pathways in your consciousness, unblock creativity, and free yourself from limiting habits that can negatively impact both your personal and writing life.

This course will combine a relaxing natural setting with an intense workshop experience and promises to be a one of a kind event, suitable for both beginners and advanced writers.  By combining mediation, a relaxed natural setting, and superb creative writing instruction, writers at all levels will come away with new perspective on their novel and increased creativity.

From more information check out the website: http://www.muskokawritersretreat.com/


Canadian Author’s Association Presents Elizabeth Ruth

Writers Helping Writers

Writers Helping Writers

On May 30 at 5:30 pm CAA Leacock Simcoe presents writing teacher, editor and award winning author, Elizabeth Ruth, talking about self-promotion and the novel writing process as well as the publication of her latest book, Matadora.  As usual, this will be at Down by the Bay in downtown Orillia and doors will be open at 5 pm to facilitate dinner ordering and prep.  See you there!  for more info about CAA Leacock Simcoe pls email caaleacocksimcoe@gmail.com

Elizabeth Ruth is a writer, editor, creative writing instructor and mother living in Toronto, Canada. Her first novel, Ten Good Seconds of Silence was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca Best First Novel Award and the City of Toronto Book Award. Her critically acclaimed second novel, Smoke, was chosen for the 2007 One Book One Community program. Elizabeth Ruth’s third novel – Matadora, about a female bullfighter in 1930’s Spain – was published in Canada in spring 2013 by Cormorant Books

Elizabeth is well known for her mentorship of aspiring writers. She teaches at the University of Toronto, and through the Humber School for Writers. In 2011 Elizabeth held the position of Writer-In-Residence at the Toronto Public Library. Elizabeth has also held the position of Writer-In-Residence at the Oshawa and Kitchener Public Libraries. In recent years, Elizabeth has mentored middle and high school English students through WIER, Writers in Electronic Residence. In 2011 she delivered workshops and offered manuscript evaluations to writers across northern Ontario. In 2012, together with Ann Douglas, Elizabeth Ruth was hired by The Writer’s Union of Canada (TWUC) to deliver professional development workshops to writers across the country. She is a long-standing member of TWUC and the current chair of the author’s advisory committee of the Writers’ Trust of Canada. 

Elizabeth Ruth has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Counselling Psychology, both from the University of Toronto. She is also a graduate of the Humber School of Writers.

Elizabeth Ruth poster


Canadian Authors Association Leacock-Simcoe Presents Ruth E. Walker

Writers Helping Writers

Writers Helping Writers

Ruth Walker poster

Write to Win! Learn the art of entering writing contests and increasing your chances for winning from novelist, playwright, editor, and creative writing workshop facilitator, Ruth E. Walker.

Thursday, April 25th
6:30-8:30 pm
Doors open at 5:30pm
121 Mississaga St. East,
Orillia,
Down by the Bay
(beside Brewery Bay)
Register at
caaleacocksimcoe@gmail.com


National Poetry Month Celebration

Poetry at the Library

April is National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate it than to listen to some poetry from well-established poets. The Downtown branch of the Barrie Public Library is hosting the event on Thursday April 18, 2013 from 7 – 8 pm in the Angus Ross Room. There is no charge for admission.

The featured poets for the event are James Deahl and Norma West Linder. Both authors have numerous publications to their name and are currently on tour across Ontario reading their work.


Final Society of the Spoken Word Event

sosWednesday April 24, 2013 marks the final event of The Society of the Spoken Word. Casa Cappuccino will be the venue for the event which takes places between 8 – 10 pm. Confirmed guest readers include Rocco De Giacomo:

Rocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary journals in Canada, Australia, England, Hong Kong and the US. His work has just been accepted for publication in Descant and The Malahat Review, and has most recently been published in The Fiddlehead and Queen’s Quarterly. Rocco’s poetry has also been featured on the CBC. He is the author of numerous chapbooks including, in 2008, Catching Dawn’s Breath. In 2009, his first full-length poetry collection, Ten Thousand Miles Between Us, was launched through Quattro Books. In 2010, Ten Thousand Miles was longlisted for the ReLit Poetry Award. In 2011, it was selected for Poetry NOW’s 3rd Annual Battle of the Bards. Rocco lives in Toronto where he writes and participates on the council for the Art Bar Poetry Series.

Casa Cappuccino is located at 91 Dunlop St. E, Barrie, ON.