Gloves Off Tuesday!

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Hi everybody,

At the meeting last night we got several “deer-in-the-headlights” looks when we mentioned that the next learning session will be a “Gloves-Off Critique.”
Sooo, here is the text of the announcement I sent out on May 4:
Our next learning session will be “Gloves Off Critique” on June 7. The format for a “Gloves Off Critique” is that only two pieces will be given critique. These pieces must have been submitted at least one week prior to the actual meeting as they will be emailed to the membership. The membership will come to the meeting having read the piece and prepared with their critique, so the piece will not be read at the meeting; the entire time will be devoted to critique and discussion.
If you’d like to submit a piece for Gloves Off Critique, send it to me, but clearly indicate that it is for Gloves Off Critique so that I won’t confuse it with pieces intended for the regular meeting.
Again, the submissions for Gloves Off Critique must get to me at least a week before the actual meeting so that I can get them mailed and so that the membership has time to read and consider them before the big night. Ergo, the submissions for the first Gloves Off Critique must get to me before June 1.
This ought to be fun. 

Some critique guidelines (and possibly a check list) will be sent out within the next few days to help us all prepare.

Remember: I’ve gotta have your piece in my hot little hands by June 1 — that’s only two weeks away — for it to be considered.

John
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The Spring Workshop with Self-Esteem Expert Murray Fuhrer

For the second half of our day, we are pleased to welcome Murray Fuhrer, self-esteem expert and certified master hypnotherapist where he will help us answer the following questions:

Are you ready to start living the life you were meant to live?

Are you willing to step out of fear?

Are you prepared to  Wake Up?

Do you long to be free  … truly free of fear, negative thinking, destructive attitudes, and repetitive patterns of behavior?   This is the chance to change your life…

Self-esteem expert Murray Fuhrer leads an intensive 3-hour workshop to help you achieve Extreme Esteem. Self-esteem is critical in coping with the basic challenges of life and maximizing your happiness.   Participate in insight-filled talks and informal discussions, experience powerful affirmations and special inner-life exercises designed to jumpstart your personal development.

Many of us lack confidence in our abilities and have low self-esteem, but you have a right to be happy and deserve success, friendship, respect, love and fulfillment.

UNLIKE OTHER SELF-ESTEEM EXPERTS…

 Murray teaches powerful, proven, reality-based techniques for personal change with NO hype or questionable “quick fix” systems. The Self-Esteem Guy provides real and solid help for all individuals looking to make permanent and positive changes in their life.

A BRIEF CAUTION

You will get out of this workshop what you are willing to put into it. Murray teaches that travelling the true path of enlightenment is a full-contact sport. “In this spirit, we will work vigorously together to apply the truths as soon as we learn them. My aim is not just to give you the tools you need to change your life – my aim is for you to leave the workshop already a happier, more peaceful human being.”

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Spring Workshop with Kimmy Beach!

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Writing and Editing: Quick Fixes and Recommended Readings. Perhaps you want to write a memoir, a collection of poems, or a young adult novel, but you’re not sure which guidebooks are best for you. Which classics of the genre would most help you? Which literary journals are the best to consult to see what’s being published now? Whatever your writing project is about, Kimmy Beach can guide you toward the best writing guides, literary journals, book publishers and—most importantly—other books to stack up on your To-Be-Read pile.
We’ll round out the morning with a fun editing exercise, which you can use in your future writing to determine which words can stay and which need to disappear to brighten your work.
By Friday, the 8th of April, please provide Lauranne [or whoever it might be, Lauranne} with your name and a one-sentence description of the current project for which you’d like further reading guidance. For example, your sentence might read, ‘I am writing a young adult fanstasy novel in which a young girl defeats an evil queen to free an oppressed land.’ Or ‘I am unclear about my project, but I feel it might be a memoir about my time as a caregiver.’ You needn’t be sure exactly what your work is about. Kimmy simply needs a vague, one-sentence idea of your project.”
KIMMY BEACH has published five books of poetry, is completing the first draft of a novel, and has a novella forthcoming. She has been teaching, editing, and mentoring emerging and established writers for over ten years with nearly a dozen guilds and organizations. Kimmy is a professional manuscript evaluator, and edits for literary presses across the prairies. She is currently serving as the 2016 Coach in Residence for the Canadian Authors’ Association’s Alberta Branch and is the Alberta/NWT Regional Representative on the National Council for the League of Canadian Poets. Visit her at kimmybeach.com or follow her on Twitter @kimmy_beach
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Author Joan Crate Reading at Sunworks Home and Garden Inc.  

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Calgary author Joan Crate will read from her second novel”Black Apple” at Sunworks on March 11, Friday 2016  at 7 p.m. Wine Cash Bar and complimentary snacks will increase the fun!!


A dramatic and lyrical coming-of-age book about a young Blackfoot girl who grows up in the residential school system on the Canadian prairies.


Torn from her Alberta home and delivered to St. Mark’s Residential School for Girls by government decree, young Rose Marie finds herself in an alien universe where nothing of her previous life is tolerated, not even her Blackfoot name. For she has entered into the world of the Sisters of Brotherly Love, an order of nuns dedicated to saving the Indigenous children from damnation. Life under the sharp eye of Mother Grace, the Mother General, becomes an endless series of torments, from daily recitations and obligations to chronic sickness and inedible food. And then there are the beatings. All the feisty Rose Marie wants to do is escape from St. Mark’s. How her imagination soars as she dreams about her lost family on the Reserve, finding in her visions a healing spirit that touches her heart. But all too soon she starts to see other shapes in her dreams as well, shapes that warn her of unspoken dangers and mysteries that threaten to engulf her. And she has seen the rows of plain wooden crosses behind the school, reminding her that many students have never left here alive.
Sunworks
4924 Ross Street
Red Deer
Phone 403-341-3455
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Writers’ Ink Spring Workshop

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Tickets on sale now!!

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Researching for a Period Piece by Annette Gray

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Please join us for our next Learning Tuesday on March 1 where award-winning author, Annette Gray,  will show you how to locate and research facts to incorporate into your Historical novel or non-fiction work.

Annette Gray is a Canadian born writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry with numerous published short stories and newspaper articles to her credit as well as two other books, Butterflies In The Dark and Twisted Heart. She is the coordinator/editor of an Alberta history book, The Days After Yesterday, and a contributor to the Women of Aspenland Project, a museum project documenting women’s history. Now residing near Markerville, Alberta, Annette has lived and traveled extensively in the Western States, enjoying the region’s rich history.

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Family Literacy Day

The Innisfail Public Library will be hosting an event to celebrate Family Literacy Day on 27 January.  Part of the event will be a display of local authors works to help promote local authors and give them some extra exposure.  We will be providing small booths for local authors from 4:00 pm to 7:30 Pm.  Local authors are invited to attend a panel discussion with various authors from 5:00 pm and also a presentation by Marina Endicott from 6:00 pm followed by a question and answer period. 

If you are aware of an local authors who would benefit by this invitation, please have them contact me at pmower@telusplanet.net.

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