Thursday, 3 April 2008

New Voices wanted by Literary Review of Canada


From south of the border, we hear about nothing but "change" these days. Whether Americans choose Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton or even John McCain as their next president in November, things are going to be very different in Washington from here on in.

What does this mean for Canada? Have we placed ourselves in opposition to the moralistic conservatism of the Bush White House for so long that adjusting to profound change in our neighbour may be quite a challenge? Will Canada too be a part of a continental wave of hope and energy, as we were during the 1960s?

The LRC (Literary Review of Canada) is on the hunt for new voices to explore these themes. Our monthly magazine showcases many of the most important fiction, non-fiction and public policy writers working in this country, names such as Lloyd Axworthy, Peter C. Newman, Margaret Atwood, David Malone, Andrew Cohen, Erna Paris, Roland Paris, Jennifer Welsh, Tom Flanagan, Janice Gross Stein, Ezra Levant, Sheema Khan, Patrick Watson, Philip Resnick, Peter Desbarats, Mark Kingwell, Desmond Morton and Conrad Black.

We will devote the coveted essay slot in our upcoming September issue to a thought-provoking new vision of Canada. We invite all interested writers to submit a 500-word abstract of their essential ideas for such an essay by April 30th and we will announce our choice at the end of May. The writer we choose will then have six weeks to produce a 3,000-word essay for a July 14th deadline.

Our only restriction: Contributors must be NEW to the LRC. If you have written a commissioned article for us before, we love you but we don't want to hear from you for this project. The theme is change, so we're looking for change in the voices we hear and include in the national conversation.

500-word abstracts should be submitted by April 30, 2008, by e-mail, to The subject line should read "New Voices."

For more information about the LRC, visit

BC Federation of Writers Workshops

A First Date with Screenwriting
Instructor: Michele Adams
9 am to noon
$75 for Fed members ($90 for non-members)
Registration fee includes complimentary notebooks & pens, and light refreshments.

Many novelists, short fiction writers, memoirists, and poets are attracted to the idea of writing
for the silver screen. Why? Fun, glory, money--because they "see" this narrative unfolding as
a film, because they want to be part of the primary storytelling mode of our culture, because
Vancouver is "Hollywood North"--or even all of the above! A feature script can be an exciting
creative achievement, but it's also a lot more than a great idea. Screenwriters need to develop
special skills to connect the images, emotions and words that will bring their visions to life on
the page; skills that, while they relate to the work of prose writers and poets, are in some
ways unique to the screenwriter's craft. In this morning workshop, we'll explore some basics:
writing visual, screenplay formatting and vocabulary, developing active protagonists, etc. --
with a special focus on transferring skills from other writing practice.

Michele Adams
is the author of Bright Objects of Desire, a collection of short stories,
published by Biblioasis Press. In 2006 her story "Infinite Speed" won the Fiddlehead fiction
prize and was also listed in Best American Short Stories 2006; her fiction has appeared in
literary journals, and has been adapted for short film and radio. In 2007 her novel manuscript
Grim Sausages was shortlisted for the Metcalf Rooke Award. Two of her feature scripts: Lady
and Sex Lives of the Saints , won the SFU Praxis screenplay competition; both have
subsequently been optioned and in development with production companies. She also works
as a script analyst and story editor, and teaches screenwriting for SFU's School for the
Contemporary Arts.

The Art of the Sentence Workshop
Instructor: Stephen Osborne

1 to 4 pm.
$50 for Fed members ($65 for non-members)
Registration fee includes complimentary copies of Geist, notebooks & pens, and light

Good writing begins with good sentences and Stephen Osborne knows where to find them
and how to write them. Learn about good verbs and bad verbs, and even those pesky
adverbs. This combination lecture-workshop will provide you with techniques to improve and
revitalize your writing immediately. Bring along a sharp pencil and you'll leave with some great
sentences in your pocket.

Stephen Osborne is the editor of Geist and author of Ice & Fire: Dispatches from the New
. He is a recipient of the Vancouver Arts Award for Writing and Publishing, the CBC
Literary Award for travel writing, the National Magazine Award for Outstanding Achievement
and the Western Magazine Award for Lifetime Achievement. He founded Pulp Press Book
Publishers (now Arsenal Pulp Press) in 1971. Read more about him at