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Long-time member, Paul Mackan Passes
Open Mic night at the Elmdale House Tavern

WD-List discussion on the benefits (or not) of connecting through LinkedIn

Algonquin's Joe Banks explains "GoJournalism" to Media Club
City of Ottawa 2011 55+ Short Story Contest winners
Email -vs- E-mail! Which is it?
Check out Patrick's Tips...
Meet Deborah Ranchuk, New Liskeard's unique publisher and entrepreneur
City of Ottawa 2011 55+ Short Story Contest now underway - Guidelines shown here
Valley Writers Guild: Get the latest Newsletter, and visit Mollie's Facebook page
Guerilla Magazine's Tony Martins addresses Media Club of Ottawa

Britton's Smoke Shop (Glebe) doing Sunday readings - OIW members on till December

A blog for writers
List member Randy Ray appointed to senior PR position with Vancouver firm
John Cook's play The Rooftop Guy, in this year's (2010) Fringe Festival

Paul Mackan's book Dream Girl, Dream was launched in May
It's an English-speaking world out there
Ottawa's M2 Magazine has ceased operations (was preceded by Monitor)

Writers' Deadline!! featured on Rosaleen Dickson's Web site
Ottawa Independent Writers - Social Networking Workshop - Interview link

Facebook Page - Freelancers Working Together
Children's writers? Difference between SCBWI and CANSCAIP
Prime Crime Books is now closed!

Introducing Storyteller Magazine's Book Self-Publishing Service

The Canada Reads lineup for 2010

Lights in the Dark is looking for your submissions to help their community.

*Sugar Mule: The Canadian Issue* (an international literary magazine) is now on-line
Ottawa Citizen Events Page, including "Literary Events", switches to a web-based system

Richard Bercuson: "Assume the position ...journey through prostate cancer"
Death of a literary institution - Storyteller Magazine
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Member Alert:
From Melanie Fogel:
"...someone had
photocopied one of my
books, in its entirety, and
placed it on the web!"

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Writers' Tips
from Patrick

Patrick Meikle after too many coffees!

If you want to write, set aside five minutes a day.

How to save a photo
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Long-time member, Paul Mackan, passes

Paul Mackan-ActorLong-time member, Paul Mackan, passes
Many of you have expressed shock and sadness at the death of our friend, colleague and list member Paul Mackan, who passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

We have been posting a few items on our obituary page (click here).

IF ANYONE has any thoughts that they would like to contribute, please send them on to me...

For those of you who wish to attend the memorial service on Friday, December 12, 3:00 p.m. (followed by a reception and tribute in the church hall), here is the church:

St. George's Church is located at 415 Piccadilly Avenue which runs off of Wellington Street West
and one block east of Island Park Drive. There is plenty of parking and there is an accessible elevator
into the church, off the parking lot. The church number is: (613) 728-0201.
(Click on the picture to go to the church website, which has a map.)

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An evening at the Elmdale House Tavern
Three of us WD-List members (Rosaleen Dickson, Hal Doran, Patrick Meikle) took in the "Open Mic" night at the Elmdale House Tavern recently.

We are heading back on Tuesday, April 10, and are inviting our colleagues to join us. (I'll send more info on the WD-List.)
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WD-List discussion on the benefits (or not) of connecting through LinkedIn

Here are some of the responses we received to the question:
Has anyone ever gotten any benefit from being active on Linkedin? (Yeah or Nay)
(Join in on the discussion and we will post your responses here.)

I received a call from someone last spring wanting my coaching services
for his business. He said he found me on Linked In. We spoke a few times
over the next months but the timing never worked out, it hasn't come to
fruition (yet!). To date it's the only contact I've received, but I know
someone who found a job through the site. As with any network, I believe
it is the participation--the contact (frequency and quality)--that makes
the difference. Sheila
Sheila MacLeod
*Hired Pen & Destination Coaching
Speaker, Life & Writing Coach, Writer, Author

Someone wrote in: "Good question !!!!"

Not me. I added my name upon request and other people have contacted me asking me to join (even though I already had) and that has been it. I'd
appreciate knowing what it's all about.
Heather Campbell
Author of: The Show Must Go On, Dear Hearts and Gentle People, Because You Asked, Sunny Side Up Columnist for "The Bancroft Times" Website:
Phone: (613) 582-3257


LinkedIn is an extremely valuable too for job opportunities and I encourage everyone I know to open a free account and fill out their profile as completely as they can ­ complete with photo.

I have had two very good contract jobs come through LinkedIn. Both
employers found me by doing a search, and both were great writing jobs
that were not posted anywhere online.

Something to think about anyway. :)
Andrea Tomkins

I am a member of Linkedin thanks to my son and through it I have become connected with many fine writers and poets. I do think membership is worthwhile and it's free. It is more professional than social.
Mollie Pearce McKibbon
Valley Writers Guild (VWG)
Her Blog: —penpaletteheart

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Algonquin's Joe Banks explains "GoJournalism" to Media Club
Algonquin College journalism professor, Joe Banks, brought both good and bad news about the state of today’s journalism to an attentive audience on November 21, as he spoke about GoJournalism, an initiative launched this September by Algonquin College.

The good news, he said, is that we still like our daily newspapers (one in five people in Canada still buy a daily paper) and that small papers are still the best place for a beginning journalist to start. “The bad news is that newspaper circulation has been steadily dropping for the last decade,” said Banks. Quoting Wikipedia, he noted that today the Toronto Star has a circulation of just over two million readers whereas three years ago it was three million, and that 17 large dailies show a similar downturn in circulation. There are job cuts as well, meaning fewer reporters are chasing fewer stories and we are losing good journalism.

“We’ve trusted our dailies to print what’s going on in the community,” he said, “but we will have to look elsewhere for the missing stories.”

Citizen journalism, or unpaid journalism, is what the papers’ management hopes will happen. But Banks hopes GoJournalism will fill that gap.

The project is based on a successful publicly-funded journalism model in San Francisco called So far GoJournalism is just in Ottawa and print media is the most interested in the idea but Banks also hopes to collaborate with the city’s electronic media, magazines and community associations.

GoJournalism is owned by Algonquin College’s journalism program and the driving force behind it is Joe Banks, who has taken a leave of absence from his teaching job at the college to work the project. He explained that GoJournalism is a website designed to marry freelance journalists with people interested in financing stories pitched by journalists.

Freelance journalists can post, on GoJournalism’s website, story ideas they want financed. Readers can also suggest story ideas and they, as well as existing news services, can fund story ideas already posted. Journalists who pitch ideas present credentials to prove they can write well and Banks vets them. Once a story is completed according to the contract the journalist invoices the college, which administers the account into which the funds are deposited, and a cheque is issued by the college and mailed to the journalist.

Before concluding Banks pointed out that the idea is growing elsewhere - Kelowna, B.C. has launched a website for journalists as well, called Media Cooler.

Lydia Peever, a recent Algonquin College print journalism graduate, and club secretary Rosemary Tayler introduced Joe Banks. He was thanked by club member Henry Heald. For more information on GoJournalism contact Joe Banks at or

Margaret Graham Awards
Annual Margaret Graham Awards were also presented that night. Club president June Coxon explained the history of the awards before asking Banks to talk about Algonquin College’s journalism program and Genevieve Bodin, assistant professor and coordinator of Ottawa University’s journalism program, to speak about that university’s program. This year’s award winners were Cara Song, from Algonquin College; Thierno Diallo, from Ottawa University; and Lauren Mitsuki, from Carleton University.
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City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest - 2011 winners
Back in April 2011, the City of Ottawa announced the eight finalists named to the 2011 Winners Circle for the 14th Annual 55+ Short Story Contest. Click here to see the results.

The guidlines and preliminary information was presented earlier and below... Click here...

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Email -vs- E-Mail! Which is it? (and website -vs- web site)

By Patrick Meikle

The dawning of the Internet has brought on many changes in the way we write, including several short cuts and acronyms such as "IMHO", "LOL", BTW, etc. Text messaging has even extended the brevity to the point that old farts like me (I'm apparently not that old according to some of my 80+yer-old friends and colleagues) when reading the younger generation's phone messages, almost need a translator as if we were learning a second language... instead of ESL, it should be TSL.

One of the constant conundrums that I have is "Should I use 'email' or 'e-mail'?"

There apparently is no simple answer... like the song says (You say eether, I say eyether; you say neether, I say neyether...) BTW, I personally like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong's rendition.

Email -vs- e-mail:

In an article from The Fiction Desk blog, "Spelling: email vs. e-mail":

You might say, ‘nobody knows how to spell e-mail,’ but you’d be wrong. Or would you?

The issue of email vs. e-mail clearly raises blood pressures across the world. At the time of writing, the spelling question is right at the top of the Wikipedia article on e-mail. Meanwhile, a group calling itself the Email Experience Council has declared the official term to be email. They’ve even got a petition. (You can read the rest yourself, here).

The article concludes by saying "At least there’s one thing that everybody is agreed on: whether it’s e-mail or email, it isn’t capitalised. Unless it’s at the beginning of a sentence, obviously.

An another article on the Motivated Grammar site, they write: "Stupid grammar rules I: Email vs. e-mail":

There’s a big debate amongst prescriptivists as to whether one should write the term for electronic mail with or without a hyphen — i.e., e-mail or email. That’s a really dumb debate. Why on earth should it matter?

WebProNews has yet another take on the subject: "E-mail" vs. "Email"

What is the correct form? Is "e-mail" for stodgy pedants and "email" for hip digerati? The bottom line? There is no consensus

So I think I will use "email"

Web site -vs- e-website:
Another spelling I have had problems with was "web site" -vs- "website". However now that AP has official changed "web site" to "website", I'll go with the latter. (SEE: AP Stylebook Finally Changes “Web site” to “website”)

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Meet Deborah Ranchuk from White Mountain Publications & Canadian Writer's Journal

By Patrick Meikle

(Ottawa - January 7, 2011) I had the priviledge and pleasure of meeting Deborah Ranchuk today, in a delightful 80 minute telephone call from New Liskeard in what we might call Northern Ontario (although for any of us who have spent time in the area, Sudbury for example, it is practically on the same latitude as Ottawa).

Deborah is the one person dynamo behind the White Mountain Publications and the Canadian Writer's Journal, the latter which in her words has been on a long hiatus, and is now being revived.

How did I meet her? Amazing what you can find when you are surfing the Internet, or doing a Google search. Can't really remember how I stumbled on her web sites... that was over four hours after I started this article and I don't remember much after three in the afternoon!

Oh yes - a senior's fart(ref.), as she would say! I just remembered. It all started with a conversation I had this morning with colleague and list member Melanie Fogel. I was asking Melanie about her "protegé, Pam Isfeld, when Melanie asked me if I knew anything about the 2011 55+ Short Story Contest that the City of Ottawa was running? She found the reference to the contest, but in looking for the guidelines, she could not find them anywhere. (Find out more about the contest check the next story.)

When I did a search for the contest using Google, I came up with the Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar, which is a book publication that Deborah puts together. And by the way, it's a BOOK, not a wall calendar, and sells for $21.95with taxes & shipping in Canada.

I called and left a message, and Deborah returned my call shortly thereafter. That's when the long conversation began.

We talked about everything from her involvment with the Canadian Author's Association, Niagara Branch, to her publishing and Internet interests, her mastery of web sites and and underlying HTML code, the development of a "PayPal" account for collecting money for online sales, and her Bahá'í Faith.

Her profile on the White Mountain Publications reads:

Deborah Ranchuk was born in southwestern Ontario, Canada. She moved to St. Catharines (ON) to attend and eventually graduate from Brock University (B.A.) With a B.A. from Brock, her interest in the publishing process has moved the parent company White Mountain Publications into publishing since 1992. She has served on the National Executive for the Canadian Authors Association since 1991, serving as CAA Treasurer 1998-2005. In July 2003 she became the 36th recipient of the Canadian Authors Association's Alan Sangster Award for service. Member of the Bahá'í Faith since 1980, she served on the St. Catharines (ON) Spiritual Assembly for 13 of those years before moving to New Liskeard in 1995. Her number one question on her FAQ page is: "Where is New Liskeard?" (Honest- that's the number one question...).

If you do a Google search using "Deborah Ranchuk", (keep the quotation marks) you will find a plethora of listings.

Deborah's main presence on the Internet is the White Mountain Publications (WMP) "a small Northern Ontario press specializing in non-fiction and poetry, as well as books for the Bahá'í community world-wide. Website includes all titles, descriptions, guidelines, contest rules, and ordering information; books are arranged by topic and alphabetically by title with links to each individual book."

The WMP site contains a mountain of information: thumbnails of the published books (including the Canadian Writer's Contest Calendar), Contract Services: Editing, Typesetting and Book Production, a Book Publishing Overview (lots of how-to's if you are thinking of publishing your book), Website design ("things to consider before you call ANY one"), and Writer's Submission Guidelines (ie. "NEVER send your only copy of your manuscript anywhere").

Deborah's other presence on the Internet is the Canadian Writer's Journal (CWJ for short) a digest-sized magazine for writers that has been produced here since we took it over in October 1996. "We started publishing every other month starting Feb 2001, but ran into a spell of bad health. In Sept 2009, we resumed publishing the CWJ as an annual".

"We're very proud of this independent Canadian periodical," says Deborah, "which is one of the few national magazines for writers in Canada now in bi-monthly production. Spread the word... Believe it or not, this is our ninth year doing the Contest Calendar, and it is more popular every year."

Her annual task, which which is very daunting, is the Canadian Writer's Contest Calendar, an annual publication listing Canadian writing contests and awards by deadline date. It contains full contest information and submission information, as well as contact links to verify updates. Index of contest names and more information available here. If you don't think this publication is a monumental effort, just take a look at the immense Table of Contents for the 2011 Edition.

And if you think we have a lot of links on our Writing Resources Page, take a look at the Writer's Links on the CWJ web site: Associations, for example, are broken up into National and Regional (by province); a section for various contest rules and guidelines; then a section of references (everything from a dictionary look up box, postal codes, acronym finder, and links to online dictionaries & thesaurus).

This site doesn't stop there, you will have to visit it yourself to appreciate the full value of this treasure.

As I mentioned at the top, the Canadian Writer's Journal site is now being revived after a long hiatus, so some of the links may contain older information, however the value of this resource is the Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar (the latest 2011 Edition) and its "Updates" page.

Also mentioned was Deborah's membership in the Bahá'í faith, so naturally there is a sizeable listing of Bahá'í material.

It is impossible to write about everything from an 80 minute conversation with Deborah Ranchuk. Next time I'll use my voice recorder to remember more details. Oh yes... if you want to contact Deborah you can reach her by email at: wmpub[at]

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City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest now underway - Guidelines shown here

Compiled by Patrick Meikle

See the results (winners) above... Click here...

(January 2011 - From the Ottawa web site:) The City of Ottawa’s 14th annual 55 + Short Story Contest invites submissions of original, unpublished short stories or memoirs, 2000 words or less, by Ottawa residents 55 years or older.

Eight finalists will be named to the 2011 Winners Circle, sharing recognition and prize money of $400. Contest winners will be recognized at An Afternoon of Reading on Wednesday April 27, 2011 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Heron Seniors’ Centre, 1480 Heron Road.

One of the winning stories will be selected for publication in the spring issue of Forever Young newspaper. Though contestants may submit multiple entries, they will only be eligible to win one prize.

An entry fee of $6.25 per story is applicable. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 15, 2011. This contest is co-sponsored by Colonel By Retirement Residence and the Forever Young newspaper.

For full contest details, you can pick up a brochure at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre, or call the Heron Seniors' Centre at 613-247-4808, ext.2. The contest guidelines follow:

2011 City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest

The City of Ottawa invites submissions of short stories or memoirs to its 14th annual contest.
Any adult 55 years or older,
living within the City of Ottawa is eligible to enter.

Eligible Entries:

*Original and unpublished works
*2000 words or less

  • Please submit to one of the following categories
  • Category E for Experienced:  If you are a professional or semi-professional writer (eg journalists, reporters, speech writers, free lancers) or belong to the Writers' Guild, you may submit to Category E
  • Category N for Novice:  If you are a senior beginner, you write as a part of life-long learning, as a hobby, self-interest or leisure pursuit (maybe taking writing courses), you may submit to Category N

Prize structure:
The authors of the 8 winning stories will be named to the "2011 Winners' Circle"
sharing prize money of $400.Prize structure

How to enter:

  • Attach a cover sheet with your:
  • Name
  • Address Postal code
  • Telephone number email (optional)
  • Story title
  • Approximate number of words
  • Category E or N
  • Ensure that your name does not appear on the story pages.
  • The title should appear on each page of the story.
  • Include a $6.25 entry fee for each story submitted.
  • Please make your cheque Payable to the City of Ottawa.
  • Multiple entries will be accepted but contestants can win only one prize.
  • Stories will not be returned.
  • Entries will only be accepted from January 2 – March 15, 2011.

Mail your submission to:

City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest
c/o Heron Seniors' Centre
1480 Heron Road,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 6A5

Deadline for entries is March 15, 2011 (please postmark your entries by this date)

Successful candidates will be notified by April 15, 2011.

Contest winners will be recognized at An Afternoon of Readings featuring the eight Winners of the City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest, to be held Wednesday April 27, 2011 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Heron Seniors' Centre, 1480 Heron Road. Public invited. RSVP- by April 26. Call 247-4808 ext 2.

One of the winning stories will be selected for publication in a spring issue of Forever Young, Canada's leading Newspaper for people 50 and over.


A special thank you to our generous sponsors:

  • Forever Young: Canada's Leading Newspaper for People 50 and over
  • Colonel By Retirement Residence - Dedicated to Gracious Retirement Living in Ottawa South

NOTE: You can also download the guidelines:

See the results (winners) above... Click here...

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Guerilla Magazine's Tony Martins addresses Media Club of Ottawa
By Patrick Meikle

The September 20, 2010 meeting of the Media Club of Ottawa (MCO), a the National Library and Archives, was not high on my agenda, but thanks to Rosaleen we decided to attend together. "It might be fun," she said, "and we might learn something." Rosaleen, you were dead on!

Billed as Magazine Writing - Part 1, with Tony Martins, founding editor and creative director of Guerilla Magazine, the event was one of the most interesting and engaging that I have attended at the Library and Archives in the past 16 months. Attendance was disappointingly small, but what lacked in size was more than made up in enthusiasm, as judged by the post presentation Q & A. MCO president June Coxon had to summarily stop the proceedings or we would likely have been booted out by the duty commissionaires.

However before we get into the meat of the matter, I must say that the Media Club does it up right. Their pre-meeting icebreaker includes coffee served with a light meal of sandwiches, cheeses, fruits and an array of chocolate-coated goodies. They start early enough at 6:00 p.m. so you can still make it on time if you are working, and if you miss your meal, they provide an energizing snack to get you through the evening… a good way to start.

Another smart MCO move was a general go 'round conducted by vice-president Rosemary Tayler. We were each given the opportunity to introduce ourselves and highlight whatever new project we were working on. One member outlined her study in psychology and stated she had come upon something totally new. Another noted that her writings had been influenced by a Cherokee medicine woman. Someone else talked about the three books she was editing for three fascinating people, molding their manuscripts for publication.

Enough rambling and on to the guest speaker, aptly introduced by Rosaleen Dickson.
Tony Martins is the founder, editor and creative director of Guerilla Magazine, a quarterly publication whose theme is "Ottawa culture at ground level". Martins did something that many might consider to be unusual ... he inaugurated the idea online in 2004, then in this age of new media when most contemporary publications, struggling in printed form and turning to the Internet for an online presence, he produced a printed version of "Guerilla" in 2009.

Martins' first effort was an unique blend of white space, photos and print, which resembled a magazine, but when opened, unfolded into a huge poster, reflecting his talent for creative detail and editorial layout. He has since published seven issues, distributinga print run of 3000 copies free to coffee shops and local galleries. So while social media were hitting the Internet devotee "we were going in the opposite direction" says Martins. You can see that he has a passion for the physical and tactile features of the print form, the feel of the paper, smell of the ink.

Guerilla is now promoted in three ways: online, in print and through live launch events whereby the content in the newest issue comes to life in an evening venue of music, art and entertainment, showcasing some of the actual characters and works seen on the printed page; singers, musicians and burlesque dancers . . . anyone?

The original web site was your typical print and graphics as seen through scrolling screens of endless dross. Now however, thanks to a Web guru and the free site-building software Joomla!, an open source content management system (CMS) developer, is interactive and employs various social media applications such as blogs, feedback forms, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr, to name a few.

When asked about the theme line "Ottawa Culture at Ground Level" Martins explained that Guerilla was a down-to-earth publication that the common person could understand, as compared with the high-minded and often esoteric arts publications that some editors promote (all these words are my interpretation of what he said). Another analogy comparing "Guerilla" to other publications was expressed by one audience member who suggested it was like Che Guevera's "guerrilla" -vs.- Jane Goodall's "gorilla". I think there is also a certain guerilla marketing strategy in the theme. To read what Guerilla says about Guerilla, click here.

While the printed version of Guerilla comes out quarterly, the online edition is updated regularly through g-GALLERY this week, with a new story each week and a wide audience informed largely by Facebook, and to a lesser degree, Twitter.

"This new media, and social media," says Martins, "is a powerful tool". He also opines that print media is not dead, and it will not die as there are still many people who prefer the printed word in hard copy. He also said that good content is the key. If it serves a purpose and has value, it will draw in a following. The number one factor is quality of content ... "content is king".

Guerilla is getting about 13 thousand hits per month, and the 3000 printed copies atr read by around 9000 people. Not bad for a publication that most in the room had never heard of before. (Attendees were given ample copies to take home and digest.)

For freelancers out there, Martins answered the Gordon Sinclair question: "How much do you pay?" An honorarium of$50 for a significant contribution in either story or photo form. Some may say "not much" but there is also the exposure in a very unique forum. "It's a chance to do something you can't do anywhere else," says Tony Martins.

Have a look at Guerilla online for a comprehensive view of Ottawa cultural links and note their Contribute to Guerilla link.
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Britton's Smoke Shop (Glebe) doing Sunday readings
By Patrick Meikle

For those of you who may be looking for a venue to sign your books, consider Britton's Smoke Shop, 846 Bank Street in the Glebe. Ted Britton tells me he has been doing the occasional book signings for quite a while, but in August 2010 started regular Sunday book signings, from 1 - 3 p.m. right in the store by the cash. He is even considering a Saturday venue, but given the busy time of the week, it may be difficult to block customer movement with a table on the store floor... although he adds it would be good for the author to have the extra people.

Established in 1966, Britton's Smoke Shop offers an array of fine Cuban and imported cigars, as well as various smoking paraphernalia. Britton's also carries a colossal collection of national and international magazines and almost a hundred different newspapers.

Back in the days before the Internet and when I was teaching my Freelancing For Magazines classes, I was spending about $100 a month on mags from Britton's.

Check out this news link from the Ottawa Independent Writers to see pictures of recent signings by OIW members Jennifer Cook and Margaret Virany. You will note "The signings are to take place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Sunday until early December" which means that this time and place is sewn up until 2011.

Here are some other suggested launch and signing venues as suggested by WD members... click here.
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A new blog for writers
Kelly James-Enger has launched a blog for freelance writers. She says, “Dollars and Deadlines is designed for freelancers who want to make more money in less time.” Check it out here:
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List member Randy Ray appointed to senior PR position with Vancouver firm
Our own Ottawa publicist and author Randy Ray, has been appointed senior public relations strategist for NextPhase Strategy Marketing Inc., a Vancouver company that specializes in branding, marketing and public relations.

Ray, who handles publicity for authors, small businesses and charities across Canada, will on a freelance basis help NextPhase's clients land media coverage. The company's Web site is: Information about Ray can be seen at:

Ray is publicity director for Ottawa Independent Writers, a 165-member umbrella group for members of the Ottawa-area writing community. He has co-authored nine books about Canada and is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, including The Globe & Mail, Forever Young, Capital Parent and Pharmacy Business.

His Web publicity Web site is: His author Web site is:
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John Cook's play The Roof Top Guy is in this year's (2010) Fringe Festival

Long-time WD-List member John Cook recently started up his own theatre company called Tale Wagging Theatre. He has a play in the 2010 Ottawa Fringe Theatre Festival. It is called: The Rooftop Guy. John has written the play and it is being directed by Teri Loretto.

"It’s Monday morning. Dave, a disillusioned employee at the Department of Instruments and Measurements (DIM) throws himself off a rooftop. Within an hour, his obviously distraught and saddened colleagues proceed to raid his office and pick it clean, including his collection of over one hundred fish figurines. But wait. Are things really as they appear to be?"

Anyone who has ever worked in an office environment will likely see many of their co-workers in the characters, and possibly even themselves.” (Fred Sherwin, Orleans Online).

Cook has garnered a reputation as a humourist who cleverly makes even the most mundane of household chores seem hilarious.” (Brynna Leslie, Orleans Star)

The cast features: Jen Jarvis (Gail), Aaron Williams (Jason), and Tom Charlebois (Dave). Stage Manager: Lena Triebe Assistant SM: Aaron Mellway

Tale Wagging Theater is based in Ottawa and is dedicated to producing quality Canadian productions and providing opportunities for new, emerging and established artists in a professional theatre environment.

Studio Léonard Beaulne- 135 Séraphin-Marion, University of Ottawa

Performances: June 17 at 9:30pm, June 19 at 11:00pm, June 20 at 2:00pm, June 23 at 6:30pm, June 25 at 6:30pm, June 26 at 8:00pm

Tickets: $10.00

  • Available at the door
  • At the Fringe office at 2 Daly Avenue, suite 100
  • In advance – call (613) 232-6162.
  • On-line ($2.00 surcharge) at

For more information you can visit the Ottawa Fringe Festival,
or go to and watch an interview with the play's director, Teri Loretto.
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Paul Mackan's book Dream Girl, Dream was launched in May
Colleague and FTNer, Paul Mackan, has just received word from that his book, Dream Girl, Dream, is now published and available.

When Paul was contacted he could only say: " Rejoice with me. I'm proud of it. I will delay the launch until April, I think, in the hope of more palatable weather." (Watch for a future announcement.)

However if you do not want to wait until spring, you can visit the PublishAmerica Book Publishing Company and purchase the book directly. The Web site is: They are listing it at $16.95 (probably in US funds).

Here is what they are saying about the book:
Paul Mackan's book - Dream Girl, Dream"She thinks as a child. She loves to think, does Saralee. Mostly of questions. Nothing unusual in that. Children can drive you batty with questions. But when she asks, “Why is God invisible?” the fat hits the fire! Mother can't answer; Father can't, and evidently God won't. So she issues God a challenge: OK for your side?I will never pray to you again until you tell me why!

Saralee is a stick-to-her-guns girl. She goes to bed prayerless and has a most fantastical dream: a figure made of fire sweeps her away on a great adventure with fish, fur, and feathers. The fire dons a straw “boater,” a pair of soft shoes, and does a song and dance. It's fun, scary and funny; whether it's true is up to you. Enjoy, enjoy!

God may never seem the same again! "

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It's an English-speaking world out there
The Ottawa Citizen's Dan Gardner wrote this piece in April and I misplaced it... thought it was worth a read. - pwm

With the reader's indulgence, I'd like to tell a story that may be of interest to those concerned by a bill -- now before the Senate -- that would bar anyone who is not fully fluent in French and English from being appointed to the Supreme Court.

...whenever I write about bilingualism and the difficulty a native English-speaker has learning another language, I get e-mail from bilingual francophones saying -- in English, bien sûr -- that they resent "Anglo whining." Just learn French, damn it! One Montrealer called me a lazy bigot.

"We live in a world where pop culture is overwhelmingly English..."

"...English is the language of elite science. As it is the language of elite finance, business, sports and anything else done internationally."

"That's just the way the world is. Everyone knows it. But the zealots pushing bilingualism to extreme lengths won't acknowledge it."

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Valley Writers' Guild is back on line and we are carrying their newsletters!See Mollie's Facebook page

Valley Writers GuildThe Valley Writers Guild (VWG) has been operating since 1990, encouraging and educating Eastern Ontario writers in the process of writing and getting published. They lost their old Web site a while back, when there was a change in membership, but thanks to current president, Mollie McKibbon, they are back on line at: They meet in Kemptville and cover the area between the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. They typically meet on the third Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. They are currently meeting upstairs at Jonsonn’s Independent Grocers in Kemptville, where there is plenty of free parking, and an elevator to access the second floor.

Next Meeting Dates:

  • Jan. 16, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
  • Feb.20, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
  • They hope to have Barbara Fradkin out, possibly in April, so watch for more news.

You can send an e-mail to molliemckibbon[at] for further information and you can also join her Facebook page, Write From The Heart, where she puts up challenges to encourage people to write, using a little idea. She writes:

"This is a group for writers who are interested in sharing their writing experiences and encouraging each other to continue writing, expecially, but not necessarily, in the Inspirational genre. Poets, playwrights, hymn writers, song writers, essayists and fiction writers are welcome to join the group. There will be some writing prompts posted once a week (more if I get really inspired)."

You can download the latest VWG newsletter here:

  1. Click here to get the May 2010 issue.
  2. Click here to get the Nov-Dec 2010 issue.

Ottawa's M2 Magazine has ceased operations (was preceded by Monitor)
For those of you who followed the local computer news and local computer outlets, you will remember Monitor magazine. It was a great resource to both the new user and the experts. It stopped publishing around two years ago and some of the staff started up M2 Magazine, "Capital Computer & Technology", with a slug line at the bottom of the cover: "From the editors and writers of Monitor Magazine'.

Unfortunately, M2 has also bitten the dust.

A simple note on the Web site ( says:
"M2 Magazine has ceased operations. Thank you for your readership."

Some of our list members worked with, or wrote for the publications, including Richard Bercuson, who writes:

"Patrick, Yes, sadly it died last month after the April issue. ...had lost a couple of big advertisers and it was becoming too much of a drain on (the editor)...

A real disappointment but a sign of the economic times in publishing. Funny thing though that at the end of this month there will be a press release about the launch of a new men's health mag for which yours truly will be a columnist. Stay tuned for that.
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Writers' Deadline!! featured on Rosaleen Dickson's Web site

List member Rosaleen Dickson has set up a portion of her Web site to highlight events listed on the Writers' Deadline!!

You can click on this link if you have missed seeing them:

And, while you are visiting Rosaleen's site, take a look at the virtual treasure that exists there... besides her family history and her own incredible background that is chronicled, you will find links to:

  • - her books, her poetry, her words of wisdom
  • - local and international writers, journalists and communicators
  • - then for those of you old enough to remember, click on such faces as Gordon Sinclair, Percy Saltzman, or Norman DePoe (if you can recognize them), and follow their links to more gems.

While the music plays in the background, take some time to visit the more than one hundred references... a worthwhile tour.
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Ottawa Independent Writers - Social Networking Workshop - Interviews
(Saturday, March 13, 2010) I hope to add more dimension to this subject in the near future and anyone who wants to add their bit, please send me an e-mail: patrick[at] In the meantime...

For those of you who attended the OIW sponsored workshop on Social Networking, you may remember that Carleton J-student Sannah Choi interviewed a number of us and recorded large parts of the session. This was for the program Midweek, which was aired on March 17.

Unfortunately, the recordings where boiled down to just a few minutes, and included bits from Dave Shaw and Randy Ray, with some brief clips from a couple of "unidentified" women.

The program was 1.5 hrs and can be found this week at:
See the link to March 17. You will probably need RealPlayer to listen to it.

You can listen to the piece by clicking on the MP3 logo below, or you can download the piece in MP3 format from this Web site by doing a Right-mouse click and using the "Save Link as..." option.

OIW-SN-Interviews for Midweek The file is: 100313-OIW-SN-Workshop.mp3
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Facebook Page - Freelancers Working Together
Freelancers Working Together is a "new Facebook group designed to allow freelance writers worldwide to share news, information, gripes and suggestions, to help each other in this difficult working environment", says list member Barbara Florio Graham. Conceived by Florio Graham, and sponsored by the Cassell Network of Writers (who is offering members a $5 discount on any new membership, including a year's subscription to Freelance Writer's Report), this is an interactive forum where members can exchange information, ask questions and provide answers. Find a link to the forum at and at

Florio Graham felt there was a pressing need for a forum that includes writers from all countries and all genres, regardless of membership in writing organizations, to help freelancers band together to improve their situation. She asked the Cassell Network to sponsor this by offering writers an incentive to join the group. But membership in the Facebook group is free to all, whether or not they take advantage of the special offer.

Click here to join.
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Children's writers? Difference between SCBWI and CANSCAIP
Is SCBWI the new name for CANSCAIP, or are they two different organizations?
We asked SCBWI member Rachel Eugster)

SCBWI and CANSCAIP are two different organizations. CANSCAIP (for those who don't know) is the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers, and can be found here: SCBWI, as I mentioned in my earlier message, is the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators ( for the local chapter, for the parent org.).

One difference is that CANSCAIP is specifically Canadian, while SCBWI is an international organization, with hundreds of chapters all over the world. So one advantage to joining is belonging to a professional organization that is recognized by children's publishers around the globe. Of course, the biggest markets for Canadian writers and illustrators are Canada and the U.S., but belonging to SCBWI also got me a book contract in the U.K.

Another distinction is that SCBWI has more of a presence in Ottawa, including annual events, while CANSCAIP seems (to me, at least) to be rather Toronto-centric. However, there is also a loose network that has occasional get-togethers for writers and illustrators who belong to either SCBWI or CANSCAIP (or both). That gives those who write or illustrate for children (and teens) a rare chance to network, talk shop, compare notes, and enjoy a little professional and social interchange in what we all know can be a very solitary effort! The acronym is pronunced like a British sneeze (ATICHOO), but I don't remember at the moment what the letters actually are, or how they were arrived at.

I'm on the exec committee for SCBWI Canada East, and would be happy to answer any other questions. I've been a member since the first Canadian chapter was founded 11 years ago (which split into two--East and West--roughly five years later).
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Prime Crime Books is now closed!
(Ottawa - January 7, 2010) This E-mail from Linda Wiken of Prime Crime Mystery Bookstore:

Dear customers & friends,

It is with regret but also anticipation that I'm closing Prime Crime as of March 13, 2010. I have attempted to find a buyer but been unsuccessful and feel I can't put if off any longer. I will miss the store and all of you but it's time to put my energy into other challenges.

I sincerely thank you for your support and friendship over the years. Stay tuned for news about upcoming sales and of course, my New Vistas party (NOT a retirement party).

Please be sure to use any credit notes or gift certificates by March 13th. Also, we will no longer be buying any books for the used section.

Again, thank you for loving crime fiction and in particular, supporting Canadian crime writing.

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Introducing Storyteller Magazine's Book Self-Publishing Service
(Ottawa, December 10, 2010) At Storyteller Magazine (Tyo Publishing) we've been publishing Canadian writers for over fifteen years. Now we're ready to produce your book as a partner in your self-publishing project.

Background History
More than a decade ago, Ottawa's Terry Tyo, publisher of Storyteller, asked himself why, whenever he wanted to read short stories, he was turning to American magazines and books to find them. And what he was finding was magazines and books devoted to only one type of story. Where was the variety? Although Canada has a reputation for great writers and a wide and literate audience, he couldn't find a Canadian magazine devoted to the short story that published mystery, or adventure, or even comedy. Thus was born the concept of Storyteller. Terry's reputation for excellence continues.

About Tyo Publishing
In 1994, we recognized that there were so few markets for Canadian fiction, that we launched Storyteller, Canada's Fiction Magazine. We featured over four hundred writers-many of them published for the first time-in the pages of Storyteller.

On behalf of our writers, we were honoured to win or be short listed for national writing awards including the Arthur Ellis Award and The Journey Prize.

Over fifteen years, we also found that there were gaps in Canada's book publishing industry: first, that there are many talented, aspiring writers with few venues to get published; second, that unfortunately not every writer is destined to sign a book deal.

It's with this same 'can-do' spirit that we've launched our contract publishing service. We invite you to see your book to completion and hope we can help you in your task.

How To Start
We start with a free consultation to understand your vision for your manuscript. Then our team goes to work to produce a professional layout and quality printed product that you'll be proud of. For more information on our self-publishing service, email us at, or call 613-822-9734 and we'll send you our information brochure.
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The Canada Reads line up for 2010

The annual battle of the books, Canada Reads, involves celebrity guests defending their choice of novel. They debate their choices every day for a week on CBC Radio One before choosing a single book they believe Canadians would enjoy reading. Five Canadian books will be celebrated for three months online, at public events and on air. It all leads up to a week-long show hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.

In this annual title fight, five celebrity panelists defend their favourite work of Canadian fiction. One by one, books are voted off the list, until one panelist triumphs with the book for Canada to read this year.

The contenders are:

  • Vancouver broadcaster Simi Sara defending Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott.
  • Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder of War Child Canada, defending The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy.
  • Quebec literary and cultural critic Michel Vézina defending Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner.
  • Hurdler Perdita Felicien will jump to the defence of Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • Roland Pemberton aka rapper Cadence Weapon is defending Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland

Last year's winner was Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes.

The half-hour Canada Reads debates aired on CBC Radio One and should be available via podcast.

To learn more about Canada Reads Click here. To read the announcement for this year's event, click here.
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Lights in the Dark is looking for your submissions to help their community.
(Ottawa, Wed, 18 Nov 2009) Lights in the Dark is a small group of people who have all been touched by suicide in some way. We want to create a resource of positivity for those dealing with the issues of suicide- people looking for hope or positivity, people dealing with the loss of a loved one to suicide, people considering suicide, really anyone going through a tough time.

Our vision is to create a daily ray of hope for people who need it. To those ends we are creating a blog called "Lights in the Dark: A resource of Hope" and we are hoping people will share with us how hey were touched by suicide through submissions of stories, testimonials , art, poems, meditations, music, videos, anything creative that might help someone dealing with the same issues.

We are approaching local schools to have children draw pictures and write about why they are happy to be alive today or about what makes them happy. We are contacting writers and artists groups in Ottawa and hoping we will receive creative contributions that will help people.

We are happy to credit submission as the author or artist prefers and add links to web pages or other sources or to post anonymously and we will remove any content at any time, upon request.

Those interested in contributing or who have questions can contact us by email at: submissions[at] We are hoping to get our site online soon but it is not live yet.
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*Sugar Mule: The Canadian Issue* is now on-line
Thanks to Susan McMaster for this item...

(Ottawa, Tue, 17 Nov 2009) *Sugar Mule: The Canadian Issue* is now on-line. This international literary magazine is based in the States, and the current issue was compiled at the request of editor Marc Weber, who shows a welcome interest in reaching beyond American borders to connect a community of poets and readers worldwide. The Canadian issue features well-known and established poets alongside an unusual selection of prize-winning and interesting mid-career and novice poets. Take a look, and if you like it, please circulate this information to your own email/Facebook list. Comments are welcome and will be passed on to the writers.

If this collection is well received, we plan to publish it as a book in future; please indicate your interest in knowing more about this by
means of an email to The more such emails we receive, the easier it will be to arrange for publication. A subject line of "Sugar Mule Book - pls send info" is all that's needed.

Also, if you are a poet yourself, the magazine is currently accepting submissions for its next issue, which will be a general issue, and
*Sugar Mule* reaches a wide audience.


Susan McMaster, guest editor, *Sugar Mule: The Canadian Issue*

Susan McMaster . 43 Belmont Avenue . Ottawa ON K1S 0T9 . 613-730-1497
Summer . 3575 Hwy 215 (Minasville) . Walton NS B0N 2R0 . 902-369-2186/
Sumac Editing //& Writing/ .
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Saturday Citizen "Literary Events" page, switches to a web-based system
Thanks to Listserv member Randy Ray for this item...

(Ottawa, Tue, 18 Aug 2009) In case you haven't noticed, the Citizen has changed the way it accepts events listings, which for those of us in the writing community, means book signings, readings, meetings and book fairs. Below is an email I received from Ute Mikula at the Citizen, who can be reached at: ( if you have questions:

``As of Saturday, August 22, 2009, we are switching to a web-based system and will no longer accept listings via e-mail. Please go to to complete your future listings. We'll enter any listings already received into our system. Meanwhile, go to to see the searchable database for yourself.''

The Ottawa Sun recently killed the events listings that once appeared daily in the paper, choosing instead to list events on its Web site where in my view they are not seen by as many people. -pwm

Click here to go to the Citizen Events listings.
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Richard Bercuson Book: "Assume the position - One guy's journey through prostate cancer"

Richard writes:
My new book "Assume the position" is now available. Subtitled "One guy's journey through prostate cancer," it chronicles my journey from early diagnosis to surgery and finally to two years post-op. All of the book's proceeds go to the Prostate Cancer Association of Ottawa which subsidized its publication.

There are cover testimonials from former federal minister Allan Rock, a pc survivor himself, as well as Dr. Chris Morash, a prominent urologist.

Further details as well as excerpts can be found on my new web site,

(Photo courtesy Chris Mikula, Ottawa Citizen)
The book is available through the web site and has been promoted at various cancer and prostate cancer events both locally and across Canada. It has been featured in the Ottawa Hospital's Challenge magazine and on the Canadian Author's Association podcast.

Readers of this listserv can obtain copies by writing to me at richard[at] Retail price is reduced to $10 + $2 shipping. Purchasing through the web site involves using PayPal which is slightly more.
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Death of a literary institution - Storyteller Magazine
(The Ottawa Citizen - December 11, 2008)
By Richard Bercuson

Some stories should be told. Such was the idea behind Ottawa-based Storyteller Magazine, which recently tiptoed into literary extinction. Its departure is bemoaned by lovers of short narrative fiction and most certainly by its writers.

Some stories should be told. Such was the idea behind Ottawa-based Storyteller Magazine, which recently tiptoed into literary extinction. Its departure is bemoaned by lovers of short narrative fiction and most certainly by its writers.

As Storyteller's long-time editor Melanie Fogel commented, today there are few venues left for short-story writers to have their work published.

"If you write crime stories, there's none," she said. "Same for romance or western. Maybe if you write speculative fiction or sci-fi, you have a few more options. But for straight narratives, telling a story where something is actually happening, which was the kind of stories we wanted, it seems to be gone."

Storyteller -- and Ms. Fogel will cringe at the cliché -- was the brainchild of Ottawa's Terry Tyo, a lover of short fiction. When the magazine shut down in October after 15 years, it left him with a house full of back issues yet a satisfaction that it had run its course.

"I really think we accomplished everything we set out to do," remarked the publisher of east end weeklies for the Transcontinental chain. "I can't say I have any regrets. We did a great thing for a long while and when it's time, it's time."

The unfortunate reality was that, in this country, short non-literary fiction had limited market appeal. Storyteller, billing itself as Canada's Short Story Magazine, retained a strong subscriber base till the end, even when it was no longer available in stores. For much of its existence, it sold about 3,000 copies per year when 5,000 for a book is considered a bestseller.

Marketing and paying for the venture were not for the faint of wallet, though Mr. Tyo said it either broke even or made a few dollars most years. Yet finding advertisers and attracting sponsors were always a challenges.

For a couple of years, provincial grants helped the cause. Surviving on grants was not, in his view, a way to function.

"I wasn't against grants generally," he says. "I just felt you have to stand on your own."

When it began, Mr. Tyo lived in Kanata but for the majority of its life, the magazine was based in his Alta Vista area home. ("Our virtual office," he adds. "No overhead.") There, he and the volunteer staff prepared the quarterly issues, fitting the 10 best stories into the only magazine of its kind in Canada.

Storyteller blossomed from a $20 ad in the Citizen in 1994. His phone rang non-stop for four days and within a couple of months, he was inundated with nearly 300 story submissions. Clearly, he'd hit on something.

Ms. Fogel, who teaches evening creative writing courses at Glebe High School where she's also working on a student anthology, used to pour through about 400 stories per issue.

"I think my proudest moments," she said, "came when writers would e-mail us about their books coming out. They'd thank us for being the first to publish them. Then we'd get acknowledgments in their books or web sites; they'd always have nice things to say about Storyteller."

For instance, Ottawa writer John Kupferschmidt's first short story, "Wanderer of refugee," won Storyteller's annual Great Canadian Story contest. Last year, he captured the Arsenal Pulp Press three-day novel contest for In the Garden of Men, now in bookstores.

Although submissions came from across the English-speaking universe, numerous Ottawa writers made it into the magazine, many having their first fiction published. Among them are crime novelists Mary Jane Maffini and Barbara Fradkin. I was among those rewarded a few times with the Fogel/Tyo Seal of Narrative Approval.

One year, I garnered the Mystery Writers of Canada Best Short Story award, the Arthur Ellis. No shadow of a doubt about it: Ms. Fogel's incisive and thorough editing was a large part of the award, as well as the successes of many other writers.

So when I learned of Storyteller's demise, I poignantly recalled a day in the fall of 1994. I'd driven to Slater and O'Connor streets to meet Terry Tyo and receive payment for my opus in the magazine's second issue.

He handed me two complimentary copies and thanked me. I beamed at my story's name on the cover and thanked him. Quite profusely, it seems now.

These days, Mr. Tyo claims he's enjoying spare time he hasn't experienced in ages.

Nevertheless, Storyteller's absence has become like another cliché. For short story enthusiasts, we didn't know what we had till it was gone.

Richard Bercuson is a teacher and writer.
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Member Alert:
What would you do if
"someone had photocopied one of your books... and placed it on the web! This very thing happened to WD-List member Melanie Fogel... in her words:
I haven't done a search on my name in quite a while, but recently had need to. To my surprise (and horror) someone had photocopied one of my books, in its entirety, and placed it on the web!

The site allows anyone to post anything, but claims if a poster infringes copyright, they'll take that post down. I've emailed them, so we'll see.

I won't mention the site now, as I don't want to give away copies of my book, but list members should take this as a word of warning. - Melanie Fogel, Freelance Editor & Writer
List member Barbara Florio Graham writes:
This is horrible, and one of the reasons why I subscribe to Google Alert (now Giga Alert). You get regular notifications of whenever your name, your book titles, etc. appear anywhere on the web.

I hope everyone knows that penalties for copyright infringement are serious. Info on my website: - Bobbi
Bobbi has a good suggestion. I often use this Google feature whenever I am doing an ongoing search, or whenever I want to get the latest information on a research topic I am working on. If you are not familiar with this Google feature, click here to find out more information.
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From the
If you want to write, set aside five minutes (5!!) each day.

Among the wealth of information in his talk at the Tony Hillerman Writers Weekend, author Bill O'Hanlon had a useful tip for those of us who have trouble finding the discipline to start/continue/finish a writing project. Set aside five minutes (5!!) each day for writing. This works best if it is at the same time each day so the writing habit begins. Do it unfailingly. No excuses. Write non-stop without editing--it's only five minutes. Work up to longer. (Click here to see the Wordharvest News.)

Save a photo from a web site:
A list member recently requested a copy of one of the photos that appeared on the WD web site. Unless you want the original photo (I usually crop and reduce the picture for the web site), here are the steps to save a photo, using a PC.
1 - simply put your cursor over the picture
2 - click on your right mouse button
3 - click on the "Save image as" option (this will present you with a file directory)
4 - save the photo in whatever file folder you choose.
5 - Try it yourself... Paul (stage right) is just waiting to be saved!

Save me!

Do you have a tip or comment? Send us an E-mail: patrick[at]

Other related journalism/news/writing-related sites:

* BBC writersroom (identifies and champions new writing talent and diversity across BBC Drama, Entertainment and Children's programmes. )
* Blogs for writers

- Dollars and Deadlines - (Kelly James-Enger has launched a blog for freelance writers. She says, “Dollars and Deadlines is designed for freelancers who want to make more money in less time.”
* Canadian Association of Journalists
* Canadian Newspapers, Radio & TV Directory
* Current Journalism Faculty at Carleton University
* EditFast Editors in Ottawa
(EditFast Editors, Proofreaders, Copy editors and Writers in Ottawa.)
* First Stage Talent Agency

(Are YOU a talented, experienced unionized or non-unionized narrator or actor?)
First Stage represents more than 100 talented individuals, covering a wide range of ages from teens to those in their senior years. It also has an 'extra' pool of some 50 people. Actors come from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

* Internet Sources for Journalists and Broadcasters (Hal Doran's bodacious site!)
* JournalismNet Canada
(The Investigative Guide to Internet Research)
* Ottawa and area book stores

The National Capital Freenet has a terrific resource page for: Ottawa Books, Retail Bookstores, Antiquarian Booksellers, Comics, Newsagents. - Ottawa, Gatineau, East Ontario & West Quebec.
* Ottawa Craig's List - writing/editing jobs
* Ottawa Public Library E-News
Ottawa Writing Groups & Resources -59 listed and counting!

* Places for Writers
* The State of the News Media
(a comprehensive look at the state of American journalism.)
( Russell Smith's Contest List lives! Click here. )
* University of Ottawa's Writing Centre
* White Mountain Publications is a small Northern Ontario press specializing in non-fiction and poetry, as well as books for the Bahá'í community world-wide. Website includes all titles, descriptions, guidelines, contest rules, and ordering information; books are arranged by topic and alphabetically by title with links to each individual book.
* Wordwrights Canada Candian Links Of Interest to Writers, includes:

  • National Writers' Sites
  • Provincial Writers' Organizations
  • Provincial Arts Councils
  • Writers' Courses, Retreats, and Workshops

* Writer Jobs in Ottawa - A listing of All Writer Jobs in OTTAWA, ON
(You can also find a huge list of Ottawa writing groups and resources by clicking on the "Ottawa Writing Groups/Resources" link, either below, or at the top of the page.)

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Venues for Book Launches and Readings
Back in August of 2010 when list member David Mullington put out a query as to where he could hold a book launch for his biography of Charlotte Whitton (CHARLOTTE The Last Suffragette) a number of colleauges came up with suggestions. Here is a list from that query (feel free to send in others):

Book Stores

Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street

Other Suggestions

Book Stop, 5-1 Jockvale Road, Nepean
Britton's Smoke Shop
, 846 Bank Street in the Glebe
Collected Works Bookstore, 1242 Wellington Street W.

Ottawa Public Libraries

Good Companions, 670 Albert Street
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
- bookings at City Hall: 613-560-2400, Ext: 22771
Shenkman Arts Center, 245 Centrum Boulevard,, Orleans

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