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(Sunday, June 14, 2015) For
your information, I have essentially retired from most of my writing activities so you will probably find that
a lot of the information on this website is sadly out-of-date. I have tried to find a successor to take over, but
no one has come forward. I continue to maintain the most important element of this endeavor, which is the free
WD-List, which incidentally has been going since 1988. Most of my
energies are now directed to the Canaan Connexion,
which is a community news website covering the Clarence-Rockland area, east of Ottawa. If you have any questions,
concerns or comments, please send them to the coordinates below.
The Capital Crime Writers have changed venues. Click here
for their latest information.
Please check our list
of writing organizations and resources. If YOUR group has changed any information, please let us know... patrick[at]writersdeadline.ca.
Sandi Harmer is a member of the OIW.
Valley Writers Guild
(Now sending as attachment through WD-List.)
So, you're new to the Writers' Deadline!! and you find this site confusing? Apparently you are not alone.
One newbie called it "a confusing, cryptic mess"! To a neophyte writer it probably is... let's try to
Most people come to this web site because of the free mailing list
of events, news, information, jobs, etc.
Here is some background information and link outlines...
How we started:
Patrick Meikle started the Writers' Deadline!! in the late 1980s, before the Internet, as an Ottawa-based dial-up
service on the old electronic bulletin board service (BBS) when you needed a telephone line and a modem. He was
a member of several of the local writing groups and realized that while many of us shared interests in various
aspects of writing, or we were members of one or more groups, there was no one place where you could get information,
and for the most part, the organizations did not communicate with each other...
and so the Writers' Deadline!! BBS was born. After several years he was dubbed "The local connector",
by a writing colleague, who had just read the book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell (Ref.)
Let's start with
The number one attraction for people coming to the WD site is our free mailing list or "listserv". Technically
a listserv, or list server, is a small program that automatically sends messages to multiple e-mail addresses on
a mailing list. The WD-List is directed to writers and wannabes. It is FREE and offers resources and information
of interest mostly of a "writing" nature and is directed primarily to the Ottawa-area writing community.
The WD-List is FREE and offers resources and information mostly of a "writing" nature and is directed
primarily to the Ottawa-area writing community. This includes: events, poetry, readings, jobs, launches, markets,
meetings, discussion, lots of resources fresh from the Internet, a little humour and more! We encourage users to
participate by sharing their news with colleagues or by offering their comments, opinions or help on any of the
messages they find of interest.
These are pretty self-evident. If you are a real writer/researcher, you shouldn't need an explanation (grin).
(This is the message you will get when you join the list. We post it here
as a convenient reminder of what we are all about and of some of the "netiquette" we suggest.
Welcome to the Writers_deadline@listserv.storm.ca mailing list! [Last updated on: 13/Sept/2012]
Hello, and welcome to the Writers' Deadline!! mailing list, I am your moderator, Patrick Meikle.
HISTORY: The WD-List is an extension of my old Writers' Deadline!! BBS, an electronic bulletin board service that
was prevalent before the Internet (So we've been around electronically since about 1988/89!).
FREE SERVICE: This is a FREE service to anyone who wants to subscribe, and offers information that I hope will
be of value to you and the writing community in general.
CATEGORIES: The messages include: events (readings, book launches, meetings, etc.); I-Net resources, jobs, markets,
poetry, industry news on media and journalism, and the occasional humour to help us get through the day.
We also receive newsletters and other information from international sources in England, Australia, Hong Kong,
New Zealand, USA, etc.
Where possible, I will try to include a "slug" word in the subject line to let you know what the message
is about. ie: FYI, BOOK LAUNCH, READING, EVENT, POETRY, JOB, HUMOUR, etc. IF the topic is not of interest to you,
please... simply use your DEL button!
AND, we always prefix our subject line with: "WD" so you know the message is coming from a legitimate
MODERATED means LESS SPAM: The list IS moderated, which means that I try to filter out a lot of the junk mail and
try to keep the information pertinent to writing.
OTTAWA-BASED NEWS (mostly): Please be aware that this service comes from the Ottawa area, so is predominantly oriented
to that audience, however we have list members from coast to coast in Canada, the United States and internationally
who have subscribed to get the global information that comes through the list.
SHARE/PARTICIPATE: We encourage you to share writing-oriented information with your colleagues, as well as to participate
in the occasional discussion thread that may grab your interest.
E-MAIL ADDRESSES, SUBJECT HEADERS: Please be careful of certain words or phrases used in your e-mail addresses
and subject lines. Because of "SPAM" many messages may be "filtered" out as spam or junk mail
because of what may be deemed inappropriate words. And if you forget to put in a subject line, this is also a tip
off or could also be interpreted as coming from a hacker.
SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS: Please let us know if/when you change your e-mail address or if you are temporarily out-of-service
for things like holidays or long weekends. The mailing list software will automatically terminate your subscription
if there are too many "bounces" that come back from your e-mail address Internet provider.
MESSAGE VOLUMES: We may generate up to 30 or more messages on any given week... again if you think this is too
many for you to handle, or if the message does not pertain to your area of interest, simply use your DEL button!
You also have the option of receiving the information in "digest" form where several messages will come
to you together, rather than many individual ones.
IDENTIFY YOURSELF! If you do send a message, reply to a message or if you participate in a discussion thread, PLEASE
IDENTIFY YOURSELF at least with your full name. We will not post any messages otherwise.
EDIT YOUR REPLIES! When replying to a message PLEASE keep only that part of the original message that will identify
the theme. AND edit out the rest. (We do not need to see the full length of a newsletter or long missive repeated.
This clogs up the system and uses valuable bandwidth.)
QUESTIONS: If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to send me a message directly (patrick[at]writersdeadline.ca),
or to telephone (613-833-1547) if it is more urgent (I usually check my messages several times a day, but may be
away from time to time).
PLEASE KEEP THIS NOTE: You may want to keep this note handy for reference and if at any time you want to change
your list status (unsubscribe, etc.) you can send me and E-mail:
Finally, I occasionally add other useful items on our Web site so you may want to check it out from time to time
Thanks for coming on board... and enjoy!
-pwm aka Patrick Meikle Writers Deadline!! List moderator and Well noun righter and editer Rockland (Ottawa), Ontario.
patrick[at]writersdeadline.ca (613) 833-1547