INK STAINS — Salon, Opportunities and Alumni News

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.

Gerard Doran reads from A Stroke in Time

Gerard Doran reads from A Stroke in Time

Bestselling author Linda Abbott talks to Nature Knights author Valerie Francis

Bestselling author Linda Abbott talks to Nature Knights author Valerie Francis

Atlantic Book Award-nominated Lesleyanne Ryan (Braco) and Linda Abbott (The Loss of the Marion) listen to a reader

Atlantic Book Award-nominated Lesleyanne Ryan (Braco) and Linda Abbott (The Loss of the Marion) listen to a reader

Gerard Doran, Debbie (Kate) Robbins, and Melanie Martin chat about their writing experiences

Gerard Doran, Debbie (Kate) Robbins, and Melanie Martin chat about their writing experiences

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.

Chris Rolton talks with Atanu Sakir about their writing

Chris Rolton talks with Atanu Sakar about their writing

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/

Alumni News

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/

Writing Workshops

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 paul.butler@nl.rogers.com for more details or to register.

Upcoming Opportunities

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!

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7 thoughts on “INK STAINS — Salon, Opportunities and Alumni News

  1. Paul, a huge thanks to you and your family for hosting the writer’s salon! What an incredible opportunity for us to practice giving public readings from our novels. And of course, thank you for your constant support, guidance and encouragement. 🙂

  2. Thanks for hosting us, Paul! I loved the chance to read, meet other writers and talk shop. And Braco certainly wouldn’t be where it is today without your support and guidance. Thanks! 🙂

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