Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sundays for Writers

 This afternoon, I met with Cindy Carroll and several other members of the Guelph Write Now group for a poetry workshop.

We shared our poetry and discussed different techniques for writing and editing. Local poet, Matthew George provided many suggestions on how to improve our work.

Some of his tips...
  • After writing the first draft, go back and edit your work. Do not simply leave it. Some poems can require up ten or more edits before submitting to journals.
  • Matthew highly recommends Arc Poetry and Contemporary Verse 2. Other journals to consider are Antigonish Press and Fiddlehead. Read the poems in these journals before submitting your own work.
  • Consider entering the Annual Poetry Contest on April 14/15 sponsored by Contemporary Verse 2. The entry is $16 ($26 includes a one-year subscription). In this contest, you are given ten words and only 48 hours to write a poem that includes these words. 
  • Visit Guelph Spoken Word for information about local poetry events.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


My review of Kim Thuy's book, Ru, appears in today's Waterloo Record and Guelph Mercury.

Read the review.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dinner with Writers Ink

Last night, seven of us gathered at Symposium Restaurant for our March dinner meeting. Most of the discussion centered around Dennis Fitter's upcoming novel--Mexico City: The Golden Years--which will be launched in 13,400 ebookstores tomorrow. Dennis reflected on his decision to take the epublishing route.

Lots of food for thought!