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A Busy Time For Writers

I apologize for the delay in posting. Between our writing contest wrapping up, a new computer at work and the extra-busy season in the advertising world, blogging got pushed down the to-do list.

I apologize for the delay in posting. Between our writing contest wrapping up, a new computer at work and the extra-busy season in the advertising world, blogging got pushed down the to-do list.

Since my last post, I have to admit, the story I referenced has not yet fledged nor have any others been started or improved.  Mostly because life has been very busy and writing has been pushed further and further down the list.  But rather than castigate myself or presume to offer some "do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do" advice, I'd like to post some information about some events that feature people who ARE working on their writing and interested in sharing it.  All three of our So You Think You Can Write judges have events coming up.

From November 11 to 14, Pacific Festival of the Book will be presenting a nubmer of readings including an evening with Nobel Laureate Derek Wolcott on Saturday, November 14. A number of other writers will be taking the stage at a brand new venue, The Well, at 821 Fort Street and also City Hall.  Carla Funk, one of our contest judges, will be part of the Poets for Peace reading on Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 at Victoria City Hall. This is the 4th year of the Pacific Festival of the Book, a celebration of the art of the book.

Overleaf Cafe-Bookshop is hosting a couple of workshops this coming weekend : Writing Slice-of-Life Stories - For Money presented by Paula Johanson takes place on Friday, November 12 at 2:00 pm and the Collaborative Haiku Workshop presented by Devorah Stone takes place on Saturday, November 13 at 2:00 pm.  Each workshop is $10.00 (includes refreshments) and takes place at the bookshop,  1105 Pandora (at Cook, Medical Arts Building).  For more information and/or to register please email naturalreviews@hotmail.com.

Robert Wiersema, another one of our judges for the So You Think You Can Write contest, is launching his new novel, Bedtime Story, at Bolen Books on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00 pm. Bolen is also hosting number of other events and details are on their website.

Looking ahead to December, Laurie Elmquist (yes, another judge from our contest) is presenting a reading by Camosun College English and Writing Students called So We Know We Can Write. The event takes place on Wednesday, December 8 in Room 216,Young Building at Camosun College, 3100 Foul Bay Road from 11:00 am to 12:20 pm. Admission is free and Laurie can be reached at elmquist@camosun.bc.ca. I can't think of a better way to spend a lunch out than listening some up-an-coming writers launching their work into the world.

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