Workshop and NorthWords AGM – 22 November

FS BookJacket DRThere is still time to sign up for Fred Stenson’s workshop ‘Casting a Spell’ at Aurora College, 10 – 2.00 this coming Saturday, 22nd November.   Click here for details.

This will be followed by the NorthWords AGM, 2.30, room 308 Aurora College.  Come and find out how you can be part of NorthWords as it moves into its second exciting decade. There will also be the necessary legal stuff.

if you can’t make the workshop then catch up with Fred and find out about his new novel at the Yellowknife Public Library, Friday lunchtime, or at the Book Cellar on Sunday afternoon.

One-on-One Mentorship Programme Returns!

 

CALLING ALL CREATIVE WRITERS

After an exciting pilot last fall / winter, NorthWords one-on-one mentorship programme is returning 3rd November!

Are you:

  • working on a short story / novel / memoir / poetry / creative non-fiction
  • thinking about creative writing?
  • wondering about publishing?

Would you like to:

-       talk to a professional writer about your ideas?

-       get feedback on your work from a professional writer?

LOOK HERE FOR DETAILS OF OUR EXCITING 2014/2015  MENTORING PROGRAMME

Yikes!

A gremlin has got into our website, stealing news of all the great things we’ve done over the past 2+ years: 

  • No mention of the amazing festivals we had in 2013 and 2014. 

  • Nothing about the many workshops we’ve run.  

  • No word on the great online mentorship scheme that took off in the fall winter of 2013/14 (and is about to start again).

Please be patient while we see if we can find the missing information and update this site.  It’s going to take us a bit of time to sort out, but rest assured we are still here, still promoting and supporting the writers – and readers – of the north.

Contact us at info@northwordsnwt.ca if there is something you want to ask or tell us.

New rules for NorthWords Prize

For the three years NorthWords has been awarding the $1000 NorthWords Prize to an exceptional book set in the NWT. Until now, books written by NorthWords board members, staff and their close families have been ineligible for the Prize. This rule was included to ensure that NorthWords would not be guilty of nepotism or favouritism.

However, many of our northern writers have chosen to become involved with NorthWords as staff or board members. We encourage this. It ensures that NorthWords keeps going, supports writers in what is mostly a lonely occupation and helps writers give back to the northern writing community. It seems unfair that those writers who give their time to NorthWords should be penalized by having their books disqualified for the Prize. This rule also has the effect of  narrowing the field of eligible books.

So we’ve decided to change the rule. Starting with the 2013 Prize, all  books with strong NWT settings or themes will be eligible for the NorthWords Prize, as long as their authors live in the NWT and have lived here for one year prior to the end of the year when the book is published or have been raised and/or schooled in the NWT and maintain strong ties to the NWT.

To keep the process fair and transparent, the winning book will be chosen by and independent panel of judges.

If you have published or are publishing a book about the NWT in 2012, please consider submitting it for the 2013 NorthWords Prize. For full guidelines, please go here.

NorthWords thanks De Beers Canada for its sponsorship of this Prize.

 

 

NorthWords Prize presented to Body Trade

The 2012 NorthWords Writers Festival is now over and this one was the best yet! But then, we say that every year. A huge thank you goes out to all the authors who participated, the sponsors, the volunteers and everybody who came out to take part in the event. Together we created something wonderful!

One the highlights of the festival is the annual presentation of the NorthWords Prize to an outstanding book set in the NorthWest Territories. The 2012 NorthWords Prize went to Body Trade,  the haunting story of two girls from Yellowknife who flee the North in search of a better life down south. The author, Margaret Macpherson, was raised in Yellowknife and returned to Yellowknife after a 30-year absence to participate in this year’s NorthWords Festival. Congratulations, Margaret!

The NorthWords Prize is sponsored by De Beers Canada.

Follow these links for more information about Body Trade and Margaret Macpherson:

 

 

Seventeen authors selected to contribute to NorthWords/DeBeers Anthology

YELLOWKNIFE (May 22, 2012­­) – De Beers Canada and NorthWords NWT are proud to announce that works from 17 writers have been selected for inclusion in Coming Home: Stories from the Northwest Territories, an anthology scheduled to be released later this year. Some of these writers will read selections from their stories during the 7th Annual NorthWords NWT Writers Festival at the Flash: Your 3 Minutes of Fame Open Mike on May 31, 8 p.m. in the Atrium of the Greenstone Building in Yellowknife.

The anthology grew out NorthWords’ vision of building an NWT literary culture by supporting the work of NWT writers and De Beers Canada’s commitment to literacy development in the Northwest Territories. De Beers Canada is the Premier Sponsor of NorthWords and has supported the organization since it was founded in 2006.

“For the past 10 years we have inspired children to read through our Books in Homes program, and now we are helping inspire a generation of writers,” said Cathie Bolstad, Director of External & Corporate Affairs for De Beers Canada. “It is important that people living in the Northwest Territories, especially children, can read about and be inspired by the people and the places they know.”

Altogether, 94 works were submitted by NWT writers. The submissions were turned over to two judges: John Mutford, author of the well-known northern book blogThe Book Mine Set and Judy McLinton, NorthWords board member and a former editor and journalist. They decided on the final selection of the stories without knowing the identity of the authors. The successful stories were written by both published and emerging writers. For information on the writers see ANTHOLOGY.

“Congratulations to all the authors whose work has been chosen. We now have a vibrant collection of stories that showcase life in the NWT from many points of view,” said David Malcolm, President of NorthWords NWT. “It has long been NorthWords’ dream to publish an NWT Anthology. Thank you to De Beers Canada for making this dream come true.”

The book is being published by Great Plains Publications in Winnipeg under their Enfield and Wizenty imprint. It is scheduled to be printed over the summer and launched in Yellowknife this fall. It will be on sale in time for Christmas.

Between 2003 and 2011, De Beers Canada has distributed approximately 28,000 books to students attending schools in Aboriginal communities close to our NWT Projects, an investment of nearly $550,000. In fact, by the end of 2013 De Beers will have spent more than $750,000 on literacy initiatives in the NWT, helping youth get books to read and supporting NWT writers.

The NorthWords 2012 Writers Festival will take place in Yellowknife from May 31 – June 3.

2012 NorthWords Writers Festival

May 31 – June 3, 2012, Yellowknife NT, Canada

Finding Home

Giller Prize Winning Novelist and co-host of CBC’s Fifth Estate Linden MacIntyre will be a headliner at the seventh annual NorthWords Writers Festival in Yellowknife, May 31 – June 3, 2012.

MacIntyre’s lastest novel Why Men Lie was released in March. The book is an extension of MacIntyre’s 2009 Giller Prize winning novel The Bishop’s Man. MacIntyre is the third Giller Prize winning novelist to take part in the NorthWords festival.

MacIntyre will be joined by James Bartleman, author of As Long as the Rivers Flow, the well-received novel about the intergenerational impact of the residential school experience in northern Ontario. Bartleman, a former lieutenant-governor of Ontario, has also published four works of non-fiction.

Other 2012 guest authors include:

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, a Haida artist who is best-known for his creation of the Haida Manga. Yahgulanaas has published numerous books which use graphic methods of storytelling.

Dawn Dumont whose first novel Nobody Cries at Bingo was published in 2011. The book is the story of family life on the Okanese First Nation. When not writing books, Dumont is a host for APTN and a stand-up comedienne.

Margaret Macpherson, an award-winning poet and author of both fiction and nonfiction, is originally from Yellowknife. Margaret’s latest novel Body Trade was released in 2011 and is partially set in Yellowknife.

Our guest authors will be joined by northern authors Richard Van Camp, Jamie Bastedo, Annelies Pool, Cathy Jewison and many more.

The theme of the 2012 festival is Finding Home.

The festival will feature same dynamic combination of readings, open mikes, panel discussions, workshops and mentorships that you’ve come to expect from NorthWords. Check this website often for more information on authors and programming. We’ll post it as soon as we can!

 

Make a Noise!

Self-marketing for writers with Dawn Curtis

Help! I’m a writer, not a marketer! 

Author, editor, Yoga as MuseTM facilitator and certified yoga instructor Dawn Curtis

 

The fact is, these days as an author, you have to do your own promotion, whether you’re traditionally or self-published.

Learn strategies, tips and tools to help you build recognition as an author, and get your book into the hands of your readers.

March 31, 2012, 1-4:30 pm,  308-Aurora College, Yellowknife NT.

Registration at Yellowknife Book Cellar. Fee: $40

For more information go HERE.

Workshop: How to Edit Yourself into Print with Jamie Bastedo

Jamie Bastedo, award-winning author of 12 books celebrating the North.

To write is human, to edit is divine.” Stephen King

Are you seeking a higher level of freedom, confidence and creativity in your writing? Are you looking for a leg up to the publisher’s door? Then this workshop is for you. Learn how to:

  • Strengthen your story
  • Breathe life into your characters
  • Add punch and realism to dialogue
  • Know when to use a variety of editing tools
  • Find the fire behind the smoke of your initial drafts
  • Give your writing a professional edge.

Saturday, February 18th, 2012 1- 4:30 p.m.; Aurora College, Room 308

Registration: Yellowknife Book Cellar.  Fee: $40. Discount of 10% with valid NorthWords Membership card.

Recommended workshop text available at Book Cellar: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers.

More info HERE

Jamie’s workshop is the second in our 3-part “Do It Yourself, Authors!” series. COMING MARCH 31, 2012: MAKE A NOISE! SELF-MARKETING FOR AUTHORS. MORE INFO POSTED SOON.