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Call for Submissions – Conversations on Dying

Conversations On Dying

Genre: Creative non-fiction

What: Short to medium length pieces (2,000 to 4,000 words approximately) on end-of-life experiences. We’re looking for a rich mix of stories: those that illustrate what it means to die a “good death” as well as those that highlight some of the ways in which our health-care system is failing the dying.

Where: The website: Conversations on Dying. The piece: Janet Dies at Home, is an example of the kind of piece they’re looking for.

When: We’re hoping to post one story a week, between now and April 2016, when Conversations On Dying launches. If there is sufficient material and interest we may well continue to publish pieces after launch too.

Why: The aim is to contribute to the discussion on how we treat the dying in Canada in the 21stCentury. Between 70 percent and 86 percent of Canadians die without access to palliative care, and despite two decades of lobbying and research Canada is still without a federal palliative care strategy. Personal stories can impact the debate by drawing human stories out of the statistics.

How: Contact Phil Dwyer at phil.dwyer@sympatico.ca to pitch a story.

July 10 – GG awardwinning poet Jacob Scheier returns as Inkslingers’ Part Two host!

 

WRITE ● CRAFT ● READ

NEXT INKSLINGERS NIGHT: THURSDAY July 10th, 2014
Please note that we start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

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Inkslingers is delighted to announce that the July 10 guest host for our Workshopping segment will be Jacob Scheier. James and Sue had to miss the Inkslingers night that he facilitated in May, so they are thrilled he has agreed to come back in July.

Furthermore, Sue just finished Jacob’s 6 week poetry course, “Writing about Grief”, so she has had first-hand experience of Jacob’s insightful and skilled comments on new poems. For this reason as well, she is thrilled that he has agreed to facilitate again so soon.

Read more below.

INKSLINGERS offers a poetry evening the second Thursday of every month. This evening is designed to get poets and aspiring poets all writing, revising, and performing..

 

WRITE


The first hour (beginning at 7:00) will consist of writing exercises facilitated by Sue Reynolds designed to give you an hour to write poetry then-and-there. Bum in chair. Engaged and present and productive. This event is open to anyone as long as they have come to write. Bring a pen and paper.

Sue Reynolds has been leading writing workshops in Canada and internationally for 15 years. Many poems and short stories written in exercises with Sue have gone on to literary publication and to win prizes in competitions. (Recently, a short story begun by a participant in Sue’s Sanctuary won the $1000 Amprosia prize and one of the participants in the Novel Approach course she taught with James just signed a 2 book deal with Simon and Schuster for the project she wrote in that course). The costs of Sue’s workshops run between $80 to $300 per day, but she is leading these exercises gratis because she believes that much of the best poetry happens in that energy of writing community.

CRAFT

Jacob

The second hour (from 8:10 to 9:10) consists of workshopping poems that writers have revised to the place where they now want input from fresh eyes.

Bring 15 to 20 copies of a poem (no more than 30 lines) that you want to present for feedback. Each participant will have a maximum of 7 minutes to both read the poem and receive feedback on their work from those in attendance who wish to make constructive comments. (Further feedback may be offered in writing on the submitted copies).

We are normally able to review 7 or 8 poems during this hour.

The Craft portion of the evening is facilitated by a guest facilitator. We’re delighted to announce that Jacob Scheier is July’s Part Two Facilitator.

Jacob Scheier is a poet, essayist and journalist. He has lived in Toronto, Istanbul, New York City, Brandon, Manitoba and, currently, St. Thomas, Ontario as the writer-in-residence for Algoma University at St. Thomas. His debut poetry collection More to Keep us Warm (ECW Press) won a 2008 Governor General’s Award. He is also co-winner of a 2009 New York Independent Media Alliance award for best feature article: “The Anti-Bloomberg: Can I Get an Amen?: Co-written with John Tarelton: The Indypendent 14 August 2009. His poems have appeared in journals and magazines across North America, including Rattle, Geist and Descant. He has poems appearing in three anthologies this coming year, including one in the UK. His most recent poetry collection is Letter from Brooklyn (ECW Press 2013). Jacob is a regular contributor to Toronto’s NOW Magazine, and his first long form piece of literary journalism, “My Never-Ending Acid Trip” was published this past fall by the Toronto Star for their Star Dispatches ebook series.

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The final hour (from 9:20 to 10:20) is an open mic. Writers may read a poem they created in the first hour of the night, or may read something they bring with them for this purpose. Each writer will have 3 minutes to perform a poem. After each poem is read, the audience is asked to support each reader with kudos for aspects well handled, and any suggestions for ways to make reading the poem more effective. It’s all about learning the entire craft!

This portion of the evening will be facilitated by Creative James Dewar, host of Hot-Sauced Words Poetry Performances, Now in it’s sixth year (Third Thursday every month!).

In the event that we have more poets signed up than we have time available, the Craft and Open Mic slots will be allotted by draw.

154 Danforth Ave. (2nd floor) just east of Broadview)

Location: The Black Swan Tavern, second floor, north side of Danforth Ave., just east of Broadview subway station. (across from The Danforth Music Hall)

Black Swan Tavern

Next Inkslingers – January 9th! Nicki Ward is our 2nd part Host!

 

WRITE ● CRAFT ● READ

NEXT INKSLINGERS NIGHT: THURSDAY January 9th, 2014

 
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Inkslingers is delighted to announce that this month’s guest host for our Workshopping segment will be Nichola (Nicki) Ward Read more below.
 

INKSLINGERS offers a poetry evening (2nd Thursday every month) at the ever-gracious-to-poetry Black Swan Tavern – 2nd floor. This evening is designed to get poets and aspiring poets all writing, revising, and performing..

 

WRITE


The first hour (beginning at 7:00) will consist of writing exercises facilitated by Sue Reynolds designed to give you an hour to write poetry then-and-there. Bum in chair. Engaged and present and productive. This event is open to anyone as long as they have come to write. Bring a pen and paper.

Sue Reynolds has been leading writing workshops in Canada and internationally for 15 years. Many poems and short stories written in exercises with Sue have gone on to literary publication and to win prizes in competitions. (Recently, a short story begun by a participant in Sue’s Sanctuary won the $1000 Amprosia prize and one of the participants in the Novel Approach course she taught with James just signed a 2 book deal with Simon and Schuster for the project she wrote in that course). The costs of Sue’s workshops run between $80 to $300 per day, but she is leading these exercises gratis because she believes that much of the best poetry happens in that energy of writing community.

 
 

CRAFT

Nicki Ward

The second hour (from 8:10 to 9:10) consists of workshopping poems that writers have revised to the place where they now want input from fresh eyes.

Bring 15 to 20 copies of a poem (no more than 30 lines) that you want to present for feedback. Each participant will have a maximum of 7 minutes to both read the poem and receive feedback on their work from those in attendance who wish to make constructive comments. (Further feedback may be offered in writing on the submitted copies).

We are normally able to review 7 or 8 poems during this hour.

The Craft portion of the evening is facilitated by a guest facilitator. We’re delighted to announce that Nicki Ward has agreed to come back and facilitate as our guest host for the first Inkslingers of 2014. Nicki has hosted for us twice before – her finely balanced sense of rhythm, keen poetic intelligence and honed ear make her a stellar Part Two Facilitator. Don’t miss out!

 
 

READ


The final hour (from 9:20 to 10:20) is an open mic. Writers may read a poem they created in the first hour of the night, or may read something they bring with them for this purpose. Each writer will have 3 minutes to perform a poem. After each poem is read, the audience is asked to support each reader with kudos for aspects well handled, and any suggestions for ways to make reading the poem more effective. It’s all about learning the entire craft!

This portion of the evening will be facilitated by Creative James Dewar, host of Hot-Sauced Words Poetry Performances, Now in it’s sixth year (Third Thursday every month!) at the Black Swan Tavern.

 
 

In the event that we have more poets signed up than we have time available, the Craft and Open Mic slots will be allotted by draw.

154 Danforth Ave. (2nd floor) just east of Broadview)

Black Swan Tavern

Writing Prompt March 9th

R.M. Rilke once said, “I am afraid that if I lose my demons, my angels will take flight as well.”

Write about a demon who keeps coming back.

Writing Prompt April 11th

Write a scene between your character and a bank manager.

If a banker won’t work for your story, try it with any character who is forced to live with many rules.

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