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NOWW is the Time to Renew Your Membership!

June 30th, 2014

Memberships are $30.00 with a print subscription and $25 with an electronic (PDF) subscription to NOWW magazine. Student memberships (with PDF magazines) are $20.

Please show your support for NOWW’s efforts to build and support our writing community by becoming a member! Many of our programs and services, such as the annual writing contest, depend on membership fees.

Memberships run from July 1 to June 30 of the next year.

NOWW is also a registered charity. Donations beyond the cost of membership are tax-deductible.

Membership benefits include:

To join, you may click this link to download a form to print and fill in. Mail the form with your cheque to: NOWW c/o 143 Summit Street, Thunder Bay ON, P7B 3P2

OR

Pay for your annual membership or donation with your credit card by filling out the appropriate form and clicking on the button below. (Payment will be through the secure PayPal site.)

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2014-2015 Planning Meeting

June 5th, 2014

All NOWW members are invited and encouraged to attend our 2014-2015 planning meeting, Thursday, June 5 at 7 pm, in Room C233 in the Shuniah Building at Confederation College. Come have your say about upcoming programming, including readings, workshops, NOWW Magazine, and the Literary Awards Party.

If you are unable to attend but would like to volunteer, join a committee, or share any ideas for the upcoming year, please forward them to admin@nowwwriters.org and we will add them to the agenda.

16th Annual Writing Contest Winners Announced!

May 16th, 2014

On May 15, 2014, NOWW announced the results of their 16th Annual Writing Contest at their annual Literary Awards Party. And the winners are:

Speculative fiction
1. Fermi High: Tim Armstrong, Kenora, ON
2. A New Bell: John Pringle, Atikokan, ON
3. Memory Sticks: Sue Blott, Thunder Bay, ON

Creative Non-Fiction
1. Bayswater Revisted: Susan Rogers, Thunder Bay, ON
2. Hired Girl: Judith Johanson, Fort Frances, ON
3. Mould Beneath: Bonnie Tittaferrante, Thunder Bay, ON

Poetry
1. Frisbee: Mary Frost, Shuniah, ON
2. For Dear Life: Sherri Lankinen, Neebing, ON
3. Happy Birthday Dad: Vera Constantineau, Copper Cliff, ON

Fiction
1. A Good Boy: John Pringle, Atikokan, ON
2. Indians are from India: Mike Laverty, Sioux Lookout, ON
3. My Thin People: Sue Blott, Thunder Bay, ON

Congratulations to all our winners!

2014 Literary Awards Party

May 15th, 2014

Join us for NOWW’s 2014 Literary Awards Party on Thursday, May 15 at 6 pm in the Waverley Library Auditorium. Celebrate the year’s accomplishments and find out the winners of our annual writing contest! Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at Calico Coffee, Northern Woman’s Bookstore, and online.

Literary Awards Party
Tickets can be picked up at the door

Nominations Now Open for Kouhi and Burnford Awards

April 13th, 2014

Nominations are now open for NOWW’s 2014 Literary Awards: the Elizabeth Kouhi Award for outstanding contributions to the literature of Northwestern Ontario; and for the Sheila Burnford Builders Award, which can be awarded to an individual or an organization.

Please send a one-page letter stating the category, the nominee’s name, and why your nominee is deserving to admin@nowwwriters.org by April 30, 2014. Nominees need not be members of NOWW. The awards will be made at NOWW’s Literary Awards Party May 15, 2014. Past winners of the Elizabeth Kouhi Award are: Elizabeth Kouhi, Elinor Barr, Charles Wilkins, Thunder Bay Writers Guild, Rosalind Maki, Penny Petrone, Mary Frost, Jean E. Pendziwol, Dorothy Colby, Hazel Fulford, Joan Skelton, Bill MacDonald, and Sharon Irvine. Past winners of the Sheila Burnford Builders Award are: Thunder Bay Public Library, Sleeping Giant Writers Festival, Barb Matousek and Wendy MacDonald of the Sioux Lookout Literacy Committee, and the Founders of NOWW: Deborah deBakker, Rosalind Maki, Jim Foulds and Charles Wilkins.

In both cases, the award will not be made if, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, there is no suitable candidate.

Sue Blott’s Workshop Notes

March 1st, 2014

For anyone who missed Sue Blott’s workshop on Winning Writing, click here to read her very handy handout!

Announcing NOWW’s 16th Annual Writing Contest!

January 2nd, 2014

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop’s
16th Annual Writing Contest

Four Categories, Distinguished Judges, 12 Prizes!

For complete contest rules, including an entry form, click here.

Categories
Poetry: Judged by Roger Nash
Fiction: Judged by Ania Szado
Creative Non-Fiction: Judged by JJ Lee
Speculative Fiction: Judged by Robert J. Sawyer

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2014

Winners will be announced at NOWW’s year-end celebration, and on this website, on or before May 17, 2014.

Entry Fee: $10 per entry (limit 2 per category); FREE to NOWW members.

Playwriting Workshop: From Page 2 Stage

December 9th, 2013

Renew Your NOWW Membership and Save!

October 31st, 2013

Show your support for NOWW’s efforts to build and support our writing community by becoming a member! Many of our programs and services, such as the annual writing contest, depend on membership fees. And until October 31, join or renew your membership and get the early bird rate of just $30. The regular membership rate is $35.00. Student memberships are $20.

Memberships run from July 1 to June 30 of the next year.

NOWW is also a registered charity. Donations beyond the cost of membership are tax-deductible.

Membership benefits include:

To join, you may click this link to download a form to print and fill in. Mail the form with your cheque to: NOWW c/o 143 Summit Street, Thunder Bay ON, P7B 3P2

OR

Pay for your annual membership or donation with your credit card by filling out the appropriate form and clicking on the button below. (Payment will be through the secure PayPal site.)

Regular Member
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Donation to NOWW

What I’ve Learned About Writing From My Writers – Workshop with Douglas Gibson

October 26th, 2013

NOWW and Sleeping Giant Writers Festival present a very special workshop with editor, publisher and writer Douglas Gibson, “What I’ve Learned About Writing From My Writers.” Doug will speak about editing and publishing in Canada, and the writing life. The workshop is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Register by emailing Amy at admin@nowwwriters.org.

Date: Saturday October 26 at 1-3 pm
Place: Mary JL Black Library

(And don’t miss Doug’s show “Stories About Storytellers” at the Valhalla the night before, Oct. 25 at 7 pm!)

Upcoming Events

Preparing for NaNoWriMo: A Workshop with Brian Jones

October 28th, 2014

NOWW presents
Preparing for NaNoWriMo: A Workshop with Brian Jones
October 28, 7 pm
Waverley Library Auditorium, Thunder Bay
NOWW will be offering a free workshop entitled Preparing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which will include tips to help you prepare and give you strategies to help you get through the 30 days. The facilitator will be Brian [...]

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Being Your Own Publicist: A Workshop with Debbie Okun Hill

September 23rd, 2014

NOWW presents
Being Your Own Publicist: A Workshop with Debbie Okun Hill
September 23, 7 pm
Waverley Library Auditorium, Thunder Bay
NOWW will be offering a free workshop entitled Being Your Own Publicist: Media, Reading, and Book Promotion. The facilitator will be Debbie Okun Hill, who has been writing for over 30 years. Tarnished Trophies is her first full [...]

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Storytelling Workshop

August 24th, 2014

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop will be offering a free workshop about storytelling. The facilitator will be Brad Woods who is a storyteller based in Guelph. He has told stories at festivals, theatres, prisons, churches and pubs all over North America and the UK and has performed for every age group and in every type of [...]

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2014-2015 Planning Meeting

June 5th, 2014

All NOWW members are invited and encouraged to attend our 2014-2015 planning meeting, Thursday, June 5 at 7 pm, in Room C233 in the Shuniah Building at Confederation College. Come have your say about upcoming programming, including readings, workshops, NOWW Magazine, and the Literary Awards Party.
If you are unable to attend but would like to [...]

Read more...

2014 Literary Awards Party

May 15th, 2014

Join us for NOWW’s 2014 Literary Awards Party on Thursday, May 15 at 6 pm in the Waverley Library Auditorium. Celebrate the year’s accomplishments and find out the winners of our annual writing contest! Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at Calico Coffee, Northern Woman’s Bookstore, and online.

Literary [...]

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Spring Reading

March 25th, 2014

NOWW welcomes spring with fresh, bright readings from Marianne Jones, E.J. Lavoie, and John Pringle. We will also be having a poetry open mic, so bring along a poem to share! Readings are free and open to the public, so come on our and show your support for local writers!
Brodie [...]

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Clam Chowder and Chocolate-Covered Peanuts: A Reading

February 25th, 2014

This February 25, you could stay home and celebrate International Clam Chowder Day, or International Chocolate-Covered Peanut Day (although hopefully not at the same time!) Or, you could come out and enjoy a reading by some authors that are sure to satisfy all aspects of your palate. Featuring readings Taina Chahal, Alex Kosoris, and Dave [...]

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Winning Writing: A Workshop with Sue Blott

February 11th, 2014

NOWW presents
Winning Writing: A Workshop with Sue Blott
February 11, 7 pm
Waverley Library Auditorium, Thunder Bay
This workshop is designed to improve the work of those writers who enter their short stories, memoirs, and poems in writing contests. The timing of this workshop allows participants time to polish their work for entry in the NOWW annual writing [...]

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Winter Words: A Reading

January 28th, 2014

NOWW warms up your winter with a sizzling hot reading featuring Marion Agnew, Eleanor Albanese, and Jean E. Pendziwol. We will also be having a poetry open mic, so bring along a poem to share! Readings are free and open to the public, so come on our and show your support for local [...]

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Right Tight: A Workshop with Anthea Kyle

January 21st, 2014

NOWW presents
Right Tight: Workshop With Anthea Kyle
January 21, 7 pm
Mary J. L. Black Library, Thunder Bay
This workshop is for novice and experienced writers who wish to improve their writing skills by learning to edit their work carefully and avoid unnecessary words.
Anthea Kyle, Coordinator of the Writing Assistance Centre at Lakehead University,
will facilitate this workshop
This workshop [...]

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