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40 #Holiday #WritingPrompts For Everyone! :)

Holiday Writing Prompts 🙂


40 Holiday Writing Prompts For Everyone:

  1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas:
    -Describe how the Grinch changed from the beginning of the story to the end of the story.
    -How would you help the Grinch if you were a Who in Who-ville?
  2. A Christmas Carol:
    -Describe how Ebenezer Scrooge changed from the beginning of the story to the end of the story.
    -How would you help Ebenezer?
  3. Write a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa acrostic poem
  4. Rudolph’s nose was green!
  5. The gingerbread man jumped out of the oven and…
  6. Write about a wonderful Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa memory.
  7. Off in the distance, I heard the sound of sleigh bells…
  8. Off in the distance, I saw the flickering light of candles…
  9. Describe your most entertaining Dreidel playing experience.
  10. Write about one of your family’s holiday traditions. Describe it in detail, tell how you feel about it, and what this tradition means to you.
  11. Write…

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Word Up November Event

Hey, everybody! Join us for Word Up’s next event @ Unity Market Cafe & Studios. We’ll start at the usual 7 pm and feature one or two guest authors, followed by the ever-popular and always inspiring open mic.

Word Up – Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Canadian writer Claudio GaudioTexas by Claudio GaudioClaudio Gaudio is a Toronto based writer born in Calabria, who studied literature and philosophy at York University. His work has been published in ELQ (Exile Literary Quarterly), Geist and Rampike. An excerpt from his forthcoming novel will appear in A Second Coming: Canadian Migration Fiction this Fall (Guernica Editions), and a portion of his novel Texas is being translated by Francesco Loriggio to be included in an anthology of Italian-Canadian writers (Rubbettino Editore).

St. Patrick’s Day Writing Prompts!

Writing Prompts!

  1. Make a list of pros and cons of being a leprechaun
  2. Write an essay about everything you know about Ireland.
  3. Write an essay about why someone should visit Ireland. Persuade your audience using Rhetoric with either: Logos, Pathos or Ethos.
  4. “I woke up the day after St. Patrick’s Day and found myself in…”
  5. “At the end of the rainbow, I didn’t find a pot of gold but I did find…”
  6. Write about your favorite lucky charm and why it’s your favorite or who may have stolen it 😉
  7. Research and write an essay about St. Patrick.
  8. Research and write an essay about Niall of the Nine Hostages, a high Irish king and warlord.
  9. Write a short story, poem or limerick about St. Patrick and/or Niall of the Nine Hostages.
  10. Watch this music video, use it as inspiration to write your very own Irish drinking song 🙂

House Of Pain – Jump Around – Rhino Records


Free Workshop on getting published

Courtesy of Damian Lopes:

Barrie’s Culture Department is hosting a free workshop on how to get published on 18 May 2016. Topics range from placing pieces in magazines and journals, all the way to landing an agent and book contract, with some self-publishing, zine and micro press publishing thrown in. Though free, registration is required.

Join Alana Wilcox of Coach House Books, Bruce Meyer and me on 18 May!

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No Meeting Feb. 29, 2016

Bad weather has stolen another night and has forced us to cancel the Feb 29, 2016 meeting. Here’s what the Prez had to say:

Dear BWC

Due to inclement weather hitting us in the past hour we are cancelling tonight’s meeting. Hope you have a lovely evening indoors.

Looking forward to next time.


Stay safe and see you soon!

A Guide to Reading Poetry

Poetry at the Library

Mark Yakich over at The Atlantic has a great guide for people anxious about reading and evaluating poetry. Here’s a snippet:

Here are 20 modest proposals toward rethinking the act of reading a poem.

1. Dispel the notion that reading poetry is going to dramatically change your life. Your life is continually changing; most of the time you’re simply too busy to pay enough attention to it. Poems ask you to pay attention—that’s all.

2. When you read a poem, especially a poem not meant to be a “spoken word” poem, always read it out loud. (Never mind what they said in grammar school—to subvocalize so that you won’t bother your peers.) Your ear will pick up more than your head will allow. That is, the ear will tell the mind what to think.

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