INK STAINS JUNE — Literary Competition Teaser

Dear HB Creativity Alumni and Friends,

Welcome to the June 2013 edition of INK STAINS with upcoming workshops, alumni news, writing opportunities and — to get you thinking — a brief teaser for a new literary award with a monetary prize which will be officially announced in August and will be funded and administered by HB Creativity.

New! Live & Online Combo Novel Writing Workshop Series

This exciting new novel writing workshop series combines the in-depth feedback of the online course with the buzz and camaraderie of the live workshop. We begin on the evening of September 4, 2013 with a live workshop during which we will discuss your project, clarify its strengths and its challenges and set achievable goals. Through the following eight weeks you will submit eight short sections (2,000 words) and receive in-depth notes. You will also exchange select extracts with the class. The process will workshop all the aspects of your novel’s plot, narrative style, tense, point of view, and dialogue. At the halfway stage there will be a webinar which will gather and analyse the class consensus regarding the direction of your work. At the finish there will be a live workshop in St. John’s. This is the workshop series for you if you have an idea for a novel, a partial draft, or a full draft that needs dedicated work, rewriting and in-depth, focused feedback. You will benefit from a supportive atmosphere, traveling with others along the same voyage, while experiencing quality advice and editing. Call 709 693-0118 or email for more details or to register.

Guided Online Writing Course

The Guided Online Writing Course is full for the summer, but places will begin to open in August if you would like to book a spot in advance. Estimated duration of the course is 8-12 weeks. Receive extensive evaluation of your writing and on-going advice as you work. 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 for more details.

Alumni News

Debbie (Kate) Robbins soon-to-be-released novel, Bound to the Highlander, is already a finalist in a literary competition! This racy and enthralling must-read has been shortlisted by TARA (the Tampa Area Romance Authors chapter of the Romance Writers of America RWA!) The contest, open to published and unpublished authors, will announce a winner in September. Bound to the Highlander is due for ebook release by Irish publisher Tirgearr Publishing in October.

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!

Congratulations to David Kennedy who has had a wonderfully creative year already, having published three books in 2013: The Little Girl Whose Arm Was A Star (a fairytale); Ancient Steel: Scry Tharg Rises (a sci-fi novel about a Corner Brook man with cancer who becomes a 4000 year old galactic swordfighter); and the bay    the moon    the heart (a book of poems). All these fine books (hard copy and electornic) are available on

HB Creativity alumni. Linda Abbott (The Loss of the Marion, Flanker Press), Tara Nanayakkara (Priya’s World, Inanna Publications), Eric Colbourne (Disappeared, Michael Grass House) and Lesleyanne Ryan (Braco, Breakwater Books), an Atlantic Book Awards finalist, have all continued to do well in their second year of publication!

Alumni: Don’t forget to let me know if you have news!

Upcoming Opportunities

1. In preparation for our new literary award to be announced in August, have a think about the most gripping opening paragraphs to a novel you have ever encountered. When you are restlessly perusing the shelves of a library or bookstore, what makes you stop and root yourself in place as you race through the lines before you? Now imagine you are the writer whose job it is to grab the world-weary reader. How are you going to do it?

If you are over 18 and a Canadian resident you will be able to enter this competition. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or a seasoned novelist, it will be open, free to enter, fun, blind-judged, and it is designed to leave everyone — winner or otherwise — with something to work with.

2. 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.

3. 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 Friday  November 22, 2013. Keep tuned to the Arts and Letters website for details.

Workshop Facilitator: Paul Butler is the award-winning author of nine novels including Titanic Ashes (Flanker Press). Titanic Ashes reached # 2 in the Halifax Chronicle Herald’s bestsellers list and was given highly positive reviews by such magazines as Quill & Quire and Historical Books Review. See Titanic Ashes on amazon: Previous novels include Cupids (Flanker Press) Hero (Nimbus), 1892 (Flanker Press), NaGeira (Flanker Press), Easton’s Gold, Easton, and Stoker’s Shadow.


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