Dear HB Creativity Clients and Friends,
Here is our special May INK STAINS with details and photos from our May 12 Writers’ Salon, upcoming opportunities for writers, and a lot of wonderful alumni news! A lot of fun was had at the writers’ salon and we were treated to readings from Gerard Doran (from his novel-in-progress about the famed record-breaking Outer Cove regatta crew Stroke in Time), Linda Abbott (from her bestseller The Loss of the Marion), Melanie Martin (from her moving novel-in-progress about set during the First World War), Valerie Francis (from her exciting young adult novel in progress Nature Knights), Debbie (Kate) Robbins (from her stirring romantic adventure Bound to the Highlander– see alumni news for some exciting news about Debbie’s novel), and Lesleyanne Ryan from her highly-acclaimed and Atlantic Book Award-nominated first novel Braco, set in the Balkans after the fall of Srebrenica in 1995.
These marvellous readings were followed by wine, tea, coffee and chat and a literary quiz. Participants vied to be the first to correcly identify iconographic novels from their opening lines. Thanks to Open Earth Designs for door prizes, a sodalite necklace(sodalite is said to provide inspiration to writers), and a pair of amethyst and white jade earrings, and to Flanker Press who donated the books The Newfoundland Dog by Robert Parsons, Camp 13: Working in the Lumber Woods by Byron White, Landslide: the Jack Hickey Story by Bruce Stagg, and A History of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic to 1818 by Shannon Ryan. See Flanker Press titles at http://www.flankerpress.com/. Open Earth Designs products are available at the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre on Water Street West.
Check out some of these writers on their own web pages and blogs:
Linda Abbott: http://www.flankerpress.com/labbott.shtml
Valerie Francis: http://valeriefrancis.ca/
Kate Robbins: http://katerobbinsauthor.com/
Lesleyane Ryan: http://lesleyanneryan.com/
Lesleyanne Ryan’s Braco has garnered a much-deserved nomination for the Margaret and John Savage First Book, part of 2013’s Atlantic Book Awards. Before publication Braco had already won the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award first prize for an unpublished manuscript!
Mary Pike has won the Percy Janes first novel award for her novel Never-Ever-Land set in an Engish language school in Korea. Congratulations Mary, a well deserved accolade to a dedicated and talented writer!
Debbie (Kate) Robbins has just signed with Tirgearr Publising of Ireland who will release her novel Bound to the Highlander this fall, the first in her Highland Chief series! Stay tuned for more details about this racy and enthralling, must-read debut! Also see the web page: http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Robbins_Kate/
Guided Online Writing Course
Estimated duration of the course is 8-12 weeks. Receive extensive evaluation and advice based on your writing. The Guided Online Writing Course is designed for writers who want a significant portion of a draft of their novel, or non-fiction project, completed by the end of the course. Feedback will cover all the aspects of plot/structure, narrative style, tense, point of view, dialogue, and we will work hard on plot development to make sure that you are keeping reader interest. Call 693-0118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to register.
1. The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) in partnership with the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador is calling for submissions to one of the country’s most lucrative literary awards for unpublished writers: the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. If you have a manuscript near to completion, don’t miss this opportunity! The Deadline is June 14th, 2013. A list of rules and regulations can be found at Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.
2. Poets, short fiction writers and emerging novelists, plan now for the next deadline of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards on the last Friday of November (22th November) 2013.
3. HB Creativity is about to launch a new literary award. Applicants will be invited to send a gripping first 500 words of a novel or novel-in-progress. Watch this space in the weeks ahead for details!