Get Ready for NorthWords 2014!

 Brave New North

June 5 – 8, 2014, Yellowknife, NT

June 5, 2014,  Fort Smith, NT

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The 2014 NorthWords Writers Festival will take place June 5 – 8, 2014 in Yellowknife NT and June 5, 2014 in Fort Smith NT.  For Program Information go here.

NorthWords 2014 will explore the world of science fiction with Canada’s Premier Sci Fi Author Robert J. Sawyer who is one of only eight writers, and the only Canadian, to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year. He will be joined Sci Fi Author and Publisher Hayden Trenholm, winner of 2008 Canadian Science Fiction Aurora Award and owner of Bundoran Press Publishing House. Sci-Fi Author Liz Westbrook-Trenholm will also appear at NorthWords 2014.

Dave Bidini, musician, author of 12 books and the only person to be nominated for a Gemini, Genie, Juno and CBC’s Canada reads will take us into the world of hockey and music.

Other NorthWords guest authors include Todd Babiak, author of five novels, including a satirical novel and, most recently, a thriller; Monique Gray Smith, acclaimed author of a fictionalized recovery memoir; and, Billeh Nickerson who has authored five collections of poetry. We are also looking forward to welcoming 2013 Burt Award Recipient Tara Lee Morin.

Our guest authors will join NWT authors in readings, panel discussions, workshops, mentorships and open mike.

NorthWords 2014 theme is Brave New North in recognition of northern authors, both established and emerging, who are taking risks to tell the deeper stories of the North and finding new and different ways of getting those stories told.

 

Author Anita Daher visits Fort Smith

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Two-day Creative Writing Workshop

March 15 & 16, 2014, 9 am –  4 pm Aurora College (Room No. will be posted), Fort Smith, NT. Workshop participation is limited to 15. Please contact Patti to register at 867-872-4420 or pkayham@gmail.com

Public Presentation

Anita will also be giving a public presentation on her latest children’s book “IttyBitty Bits” on Thursday, March 13, 7:00 pm at the Mary Kaesar Library in Fort Smith. Bring the kids!

For more information go HERE.

In addition to our regular sponsors, NorthWords NWT would like to thank the Mary Kaesar Library in Fort Smith and Janie Hobart’s bed and breakfast.

NorthWords 2014 Guest Authors

 Brave New North

June 5 – 8, 2014, Yellowknife, NT

June 5, 2014,  Fort Smith, NT

 

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Robert Sawyer, Photo by Bernard Clark

NorthWords NWT is delighted to announce the guest authors for the 9th Annual NorthWords Writers Festival to take place in Yellowknife June 5 – 8, 2014 and in Fort Smith on June 5, 2014.

NorthWords 2014 will explore the world of science fiction with Canada’s Premier Sci Fi Author Robert J. Sawyer who is one of only eight writers, and the only Canadian, to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year. He will be joined Sci Fi Author and Publisher Hayden Trenholm, winner of 2008 Canadian Science Fiction Aurora Award and owner of Bundoran Press Publishing House. Sci-Fi Author Liz Westbrook-Trenholm will also appear at NorthWords 2014.

Dave Bidini, musician, author of 12 books and the only person to be nominated for a Gemini, Genie, Juno and CBC’s Canada reads will take us into the world of hockey and music.

Other NorthWords guest authors include Todd Babiak, author of five novels, including a satirical novel and, most recently, a thriller; Monique Gray Smith, acclaimed author of a fictionalized recovery memoir; and, Billeh Nickerson who has authored five collections of poetry.

Our guest authors will join NWT authors in readings, panel discussions, workshops, mentorships and open mike.

NorthWords 2014 theme is Brave New North in recognition of northern authors, both established and emerging, who are taking risks to tell the deeper stories of the North and finding new and different ways of getting those stories told.

 

One-on-One Online Mentorships

We still have some opening for our One-on-One Online Mentorship Program!

NorthWords One-on-One Online Mentorship Program will give writers, at any stage of their careers, an opportunity to connect with a professional author to get their writing/publishing related questions answered or to get feedback on their work.

The program which will  run to March 31, 2014 offers two types of Mentorships:

1. Talk to an Author

Participants can book an hour of email time with one of five professional mentors to discuss anything about writing, publishing, self-publishing, agents, the writing process, ideas for articles etc.

Mentors will not read you work in this type of Mentorship.

2. Get Feedback on Your WorK

Participants can submit a piece of prose of a maximum of 5,000 words or five double-spaced pages of poetry. The mentor will read your work and then spend one hour of email time with you to talk about how it can be improved.

Fees:  $20 an hour

For information on Mentors and how to apply please go HERE.

 

Two-Day Creative Writing Master Class with Hayden Trenholm

SONY DSCHayden Trenholm will present a two-day Master Class on short fiction and creative non-fiction (essays and memoirs) in Yellowknife on January 18-19, 2014. The workshop will cover a number of topics through lecture and in-class writing exercises, including narrative structure, crafting effective dialogue, research for writers, and creating vivid characters.  Other topics may include: story starters, overcoming writer’s block, turning off (and on) your inner editor and tips for generating muscular prose.

Participants should bring writing material and implements (or a laptop/tablet) and a photograph they are willing to share with the group. Participants may also bring two or three pages (500 words) of something they’ve written for use (including by others) during the workshop.

HOMEWORK: Prior to the workshop, participants are asked to record and transcribe about 2 minutes of overheard conversation – at work, at home, in a restaurant or rink. Ideally, the conversationalists should be unaware of your actions. Do not edit! Leave in every repetition, hesitation and fumble. Do, however, remove or change names that might identify the speakers.

January 18, 2014: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

January 19, 2014: 10 am – 4 pm

Aurora College, Room TBA (Room # to be posted on the whiteboard in the lobby.)

Fee: $65.00; (10% discount upon presentation of a NorthWords Membership Card.)

Registration: Yellowknife Book Cellar

Note: NorthWords does not issue refunds.

 

NorthWords Elects a New Board

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Cara Loverock is the new President of NorthWords NWT.

Some 15 people attended the NorthWords NWT AGM on Saturday, November 16. The highlight of the occasion was the election of a new Board of Directors to serve for the next two years. Following the AGM, the new board had a short meeting to elect the Executive. The board members for 2013-2015 are:

  • Cara Loverock (President)
  • Judy McLinton (Vice-President)
  • Matt Fournier (Secretary-Treasurer)
  • Marcus Jackson (Director)
  • David Malcolm (Director)
  • Patti-Kay Hamilton (Director)
  • Richard Van Camp (Director)
  • Batiste Foisy (Director)

 

Creative Writing Workshop & NorthWords AGM

Richard Van CampFirst, take in a Creative Writing Workshop with Richard Van Camp. In this creative writing workshop, Richard will walk you through the process of building characters and establishing setting and tone. He will answer individual questions about writing, marketing, agents and the business of making a living as a writer. Please bring your laptop, writing pads, pens and pencils as you will be working on individual writing exercises that honour wherever you are in your craft. This is going to be fun and inspiring!

November 16, 10 am – 2 pm, Room 307, Aurora College, Yellowknife
Fee: $50 (includes lunch)
Registration at Yellowknife Book Cellar
Please note, NorthWords does not give refunds.

Then, the NorthWords Writers Festival Society AGM:

This is your opportunity to find out what NorthWords is all about. Agenda items include President’s and Executive Director’s reports, 2013 Financial Statements and an election of directors to serve on the NorthWords Board. All eight positions on the Board are up for election and each director will be elected to a two-year term.

NorthWords memberships will be on sale just prior to the AGM or at the Yellowknife Book Cellar at any time.

November 16, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Room 307, Aurora College, Yellowknife

 

 

 

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Online Mentorships

NorthWords is pleased to announce the launch of the One-on-One Online Mentorship Prograrm.

NorthWords One-on-One Online Mentorship Program will give writers, at any stage of their careers, an opportunity to connect with a professional author to get their writing/publishing related questions answered or to get feedback on their work.

The program which will  run from November 4, 2013 to March 31, 2014 offers two types of Mentorships:

1. Talk to an Author

Participants can book an hour of email time with one of five professional mentors to discuss anything about writing, publishing, self-publishing, agents, the writing process, ideas for articles etc.

Mentors will not read you work in this type of Mentorship.

2. Get Feedback on Your WorK

Participants can submit a piece of prose of a maximum of 5,000 words or five double-spaced pages of poetry. The mentor will read your work and then spend one hour of email time with you to talk about how it can be improved.

Fees:  $20 an hour

For information on Mentors and how to apply please go HERE.

 

And the winners are. . .

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Gloria Song

NorthWords is delighted to announce the winners of 2013 Great Northern Canada Writing Contest.

The main prize goes to Gloria Song of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut for her moving piece of fiction The Mercy of the Loon. Gloria will receive a cash prize of $500 and her story will be published in above&beyond, Canada’s Arctic Journal. 

 

 

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Oli Anderson

The emerging writer’s prize goes to Oli Anderson of Yellowknife, NWT for his non-fictional account of a river journey Paddling the Coppermine River with Hearne and Matonabee. Oli will receive a cash prize of $250 and his story will be published in above&beyond, Canada’s Arctic Journal.

Congratulations to the winners and also to all those who entered the contest. A big thank you also goes out to our sponsors above&beyond, Canada’s Arctic Journal for publishing the stories  and De Beers for providing the cash prizes. The two winning stories will be published in the November/December issue of above&beyond.

NIGHTHAWK! by Jamie Bastedo wins 2013 NorthWords Prize

Nighthawk coverNorthWords NWT and DeBeers and pleased to announced that the 2013 NorthWords Prize has been presented to Nighthawk by Yellowknife Author Jamie Bastedo. Nighthawk follows the migration of a solitary nighthawk from the tropical rainforests of Columbia to the northern Tundra. Wisp is a vagrant, an individual who doesn’t follow the normal path of his fellow nighthawks and is determined to get farther north than any of his species ever has before. He and his sister, Willo, make their way over the terrifying high mountains of the Western Andes and down to the beaches of Panama where they have to outwit the volcano Popocatapetl, across the Arizona desert, Yellowstone, over Calgary and then the oil sands, and eventually to the Northwest Territories. Along the way, there are adventures involving a stray raven who decides to join them on the flight and provides a lot of the comic relief, as well as another vagrant who could eventually become Wisp’s mate.

Jamie Bastedo is a biologist turned storyteller who intimately connects readers of all ages with the magic and mystery of nature. He has written 12 award-winning books celebrating the North, including two climate change thrillers, On Thin Ice, and its sequel, Sila’s Revenge. Jamie’s recent non-fiction includes the Official Guide to the Northwest Territories Trans Canada Trail. His latest fiction (featured at this year’s Festival) is a young adult novel - NIGHTHWAWK! -  which captures a literal birds-eye view of migration all the way from the Amazon to the Arctic and was hailed by CM Magazineas “timely, refreshingly honest, and funny… an engaging adventure tale which will have a broad appeal.” Jamie’s newest fiction project follows a “screenager’s” perilous descent into digital addiction.

The $1,000 NorthWords Prize is sponsored by the De Beers and is awarded each year to an outstanding book set in the NWT and written by an NWT author.