Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Book News Vol. 5 No. 3





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In other news

VPL Writer in Residence

The Vancouver Public Library is pleased to announce that they will be accepting applications for their sixth writer-in-residence in 2010. Complete details can be found on their website.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

A rare first-edition, first-impression edition of Anne of Green GablesRead more. sold at a Sotheby's auction in New York for $30,000 US on Friday afternoon.











Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!
From all of us to all of you, we wish you a joyous and peaceful holiday, and of course, we hope that you have plenty of time to read books that will inspire, enrich and entertain you.
This is the last Book News of 2009. We'd like to thank each of you for your support of the Festival. We have some exciting events shaping up for the spring which we will let you know about as soon as we are able. And stay tuned for an announcement about a membership drive that will be very important for the Festival in 2010.
The VIWF office will be closed between December 19 and January 4. We look forward to hearing from you in 2010.
Sincerely,
Hal Wake, Camilla Tibbs, Sandra Millard and Ann McDonell
P.S. We're trying out a new format for Book News. Please let us know what you think.

Special Event

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Spoken World
Get your tickets before they're gone! Tickets for the Vancouver International Writers Festival's spoken word extravaganza with Ivan E. Coyote, Shane Koyczan, Ariana Waynes and Skeena Reece and Sal Ferreras are going fast. View highlights from Spoken World 2009 on YouTube.
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News & Features

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Wary book publisher plan to delay the release of electronic versions of their books in 2010. E-books and related issues will be the big story for the coming year. Full story.
Legal battles are looming over who owns the rights to publish e-books by writers like Wiliam Styron and Joseph Heller. Full story.
Kirkus, an outfit that gave pre-publication reviews to thousands of books is shutting down. Full story.
The posthumous publication of crime writer Steig Larrson's third novel in North America is some time off, so booksellers are bringing in the foreign edition. Full story.
Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English usage, the gracefully written bible of grammar, has a new edition coming out. Full story.
Rachel Cusk wonders if there really is something called 'women's writing'. Full story.
This piece about book publicity in the New Yorker would be really funny if it weren't so close to the truth. Full story.
Here is a best book list for 2009 from the Georgia Straight. Full story.
The Guardian lists the decade's best unread books. Full story.

Books & Writers

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There is a new collection of George Packer's essays first published in the New Yorker. Full story.
This is a rather mixed review of Tao Lin's Shoplifting from American Apparel. Full story.
Rhea Tregebov delighted audiences at the Festival this year and her novel The Knife Sharpener's Bell received kudos from the Globe and Mail. Full story.
There is a new collection of essays by the Nigerian master Chinua Achebe. Full story.
The Bedside Book of Beasts: A Wildlife Miscellany by Graeme Gibson has impressed the Guardian. Full story.
A lovely piece from Ann Patchett on a writer's life. Full story.
Stacey May Fowles reviews Of Hockey and Hijab, essays on Islam and Muslim life. Full story.
Richard van Camp's new collection of stories is reviewed in Quill and Quire. Full story.

Community Events

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VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Youth poetry slam featuring Brendan McLeod. Monday, December 28 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.
IAN FERGUSON
Reading by the award-winning playwright, humourist and author of How to Be a Canadian. Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 2:00pm. Lillooet Room (level 3), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall). More information at www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca.
ESCAPE CLAUSE: A SPECULATIVE FICTION ANTHOLOGY
Hear selected readings from Escape Clause, stories of wonder and delight, from speculative fiction writers. Featuring Linda Demeulemeester, Eileen Kernaghan, Casey Wolf, Ari Goelman, Clelie Rich, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, and Maryke Hendrikse. Monday, January 18 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.
GREG MORTENSON
The author of Three Cups of Tea is coming to Kidsbooks in January! His powerful presentation will highlight his new adult book, Stones Into Schools; Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, In Afghanistan and Pakistan. Adult tickets include a copy of the new book. For tickets and details, visit www.kidsbooks.ca.
ANN ERIKSSON
Join author in a discussion of her most recent book In the Hands of Anubis. January 21, 2010 at 7:00pm. Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art, 3696 W. 8th. More information at www.christiannehayward.com.
DOUGLAS BURNET SMITH
Author reads selections from Sister Prometheus: Discovering Madame Curie and from his forthcoming collection, Surface to Air. Monday, January 25 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.
2010 HAIKU INVITATIONAL
While the cherry blossoms bloom from March through May, you are invited to write your haiku with fresh inspiration. The poems will be judged during the summer and winners announced in the fall 2010. Winning poems will then be featured during the 2011 festival. So start planning now to submit your cherry blossom haiku this coming spring. The deadline for the next round of haiku submissions will be May 31, 2010. More information at www.vcbf.ca.
Produced by the Book News Collective.




Hal Wake
Artistic Director
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2010 Festival: 19-24 October inclusive
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Call for Submissions

Happy solstice everyone!

Last year the first Monday's Poem of 2009 was given over to a collaborative poem of couplets about snow ... some of you may remember last year's snow!

86 poets participated -- you can find the poem here: http://www.leafpress.ca/Mondays_Poems_2009/Snow/Snow.htm

Well this year it is temperature more than snow defines winter. We invite you to send couplets -- what's it really like out there on the streets/fields/forests ... or in those unprepared homes during this time of high fuel prices? The working title: "Cold".


Please do read last year's poem at the link above to get a feel for line length. Notice: no end-of-line rhyme for this project. We'll accept lines up to 5:00 p.m. on December 31, 2009. We invite you to pass this invitation along.

Ursula, Marianne, Suzanne



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WithinSight eNews - issue 1






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Issue 1 | Winter 2009
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Welcome to the first issue of WithinSight: mental health + substance use resources for multicultural communities!

WithinSight features BC resources about mental health, well-being, alcohol use and other drug use that are designed for multicultural and multilingual communities. In addition to keeping you up to date on new resources through our popular BC website HeretoHelp, we will feature other resources we like that can help you access resources in many languages. We will also profile resources we like that promote mental health and substance use dialogue among all British Columbians. Our goal is to bring these useful resources "within sight" of the service providers and communities that could be helped by them.

WithinSight is published by the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information and is delivered to your inbox every two months. It's funded by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.


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New Multilingual Webpages on HeretoHelp
The BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information is launching a new section of the HeretoHelp website. This new section will provide webpages in many different languages, including Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Farsi (Persian)/Dari, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Vietnamese. Mental health and substance use information in many languages will be easily accessible from the Here to Help homepage. Visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/r> to check it out!

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Cultures West: Promoting Mental Health for Immigrants and Refugees
The Spring 2009 issue of Cultures West, the magazine of AMSSA (Association of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC), focuses on immigrant and refugee mental health. This issue covers a broad range of issues, including multicultural services for children and youth, interpreting in mental health, postpartum depression in immigrant women and first-person perspectives. Be sure to check out the comprehensive list of multicultural mental health and substance use resources at the back of the magazine.

To access a PDF of the issue directly, visit www.amssa.org<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/y>.To order a print version of Cultures West, contact AMSSA at 604-718-2780 in Greater Vancouver or toll-free at 1-888-355-5560 outside of the Lower Mainland.


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SUCCESS Counselling Services
SUCCESS is a multi-service agency that promotes the well-being of all Canadians and Chinese immigrants. They offer many counselling services in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin). Their programs include:

 *   Individual, couples and family counselling
 *   Respectful Relationships and Relationship Violence
 *   Problem gambling counselling and a problem gambling hot line
 *   Chinese help lines staffed by trained volunteers, available every day from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Depending on the program, they accept self-referrals and referrals from other agencies or ministries. For more information on SUCCESS Counselling Services, including contact information for individual programs and referral processes, visit www.successbc.ca<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/j>.

While many SUCCESS services are based in the Lower Mainland, they have a service centre in Ft. St. John that can help answer individual enquires, connect people with community resource and orientate new immigrants. To contact the Ft. St. John office, call 250-785-5323.

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Diversity Health Fair 2010
AMSSA (Association of Multicultural Service Societies and Service Agencies of BC) will host Diversity Health Fair 2010 on May 29, 2010. This year's theme is "Promoting Healthy Living." The fair will feature health and dental screenings, cooking and fitness demonstrations, and other demonstrations and information in many languages. Admission is free! Diversity Health Fair will be held in Vancouver at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit the website at www.amssa.org/healthfair2010<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/t> or call 604-718-2780.




Let us know about your multilingual mental health or substance use programs, services, agencies, publications or events! If you have any ideas or suggestions for WithinSight, please send them to withinsight@heretohelp.bc.ca<mailto:withinsight@heretohelp.bc.ca>.

About Us | WithinSight is produced by the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, a group of provincial mental health and addictions agencies - AnxietyBC, BC Schizophrenia Society, Canadian Mental Health Association's BC Division, Centre for Addiction Research of BC at UVic, FORCE Society for Kids' Mental Health, Jessie's Hope Society, and Mood Disorders Association of BC. Since 2003, we've been combining our efforts to help individuals and families better manage mental health and substance use problems. BC Partners work is funded by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services. For more information, please visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/i>.

Disclaimer | This newsletter contains information collected from a variety of sources, individuals and organizations that we consider reliable. However, the information and links provided do not necessarily represent the views of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Under no circumstances shall BC Partners members be held liable for any damages, losses, demands or claims. WithinSight does not share your email address or use it for purposes other than delivering the e-newsletter. If you would like to know more about our efforts to protect your privacy, please contact withinsight@heretohelp.bc.ca<mailto:withinsight@heretohelp.bc.ca>.




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UBC is looking for a Senior Editor, please find the job description attached.


For further information, please contact Catherine Edwards, Director, Pacific Educational


Book News Vol. 5 No. 2


BOOK NEWS

Spoken World
The Vancouver International Writers Festival presents a spoken word extravaganza. Spoken word stars Ivan E. Coyote, Shane Koyczan, Ariana Waynes and Skeena Reece provide the word power, underscored by the improvised grooves of Sal Ferreras and his band Poetic License and the visual pyrotechnics of VJ Candelario Andrade. Details and ticket information
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

VPL Writer in Residence
The Vancouver Public Library is pleased to announce that they will be accepting applications for their sixth writer-in-residence in 2010. Complete details can be found on their website at www.vpl.ca/writer_in_residence.


If you are looking for suggestions of books to give for Christmas, the Advent Book Blog may be the only place you have to go.
http://adventbooks.wordpress.com/

Five of the largest publishers of U.S. newspapers and magazines plan to challenge Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle electronic-book reader with their own digital format that would display in colour and work on a variety of devices.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2009/12/08/rival-kindle-publishers-magazine-newspaper.html

Carol Ann Duffy, who stole the show at this year's Poetry Bash has written a new version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/laureate-pens-a-new-12-days-of-christmas-1835037.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/06/poet-laureate-duffy-christmas-poem

Ian McEwan has a new short story in the New Yorker called The Use of Poetry.
http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2009/12/07/091207fi_fiction_mcewan

PRIZES & LISTS

Petina Gappah from Zimbabwe has won the Guardian First Book Award. We have links to an article, a video and a short story.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/dec/02/guardian-first-book-award-gappah
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/dec/04/guardian-first-book-petina-gappah
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/dec/05/petina-gappah-awardwinner-short-story

Haruki Murikami has been awarded Spain's Order of Arts and Letters.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/japanese-writer-murakami-honoured-in-spain-1834682.html

The winner of this year's Journey Award, Yasuko Thanh, tells the story behind her winning story.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/a-writers-all-too-real-tale-puts-her-in-spotlight/article1390883/

For those with a taste for history the New Yorker has chosen the top ten books of 1709.
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2009/12/the-top-ten-books-of-1709.html

BOOKS & WRITERS

Memoirs fueled by alcohol seem to be a popular genre. Here are reviews of two new ones Corked by Kathryn Borel Jr. and Lit by Mary Karr.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-lit-by-mary-karr/article1388548/
http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=6690

When we hosted Barbara Kingsolver she was touring with her non-fiction book about growing her own food. Now she has a new novel called Lacuna.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-the-lacuna-by-barbara-kingsolver/article1388579/

Malcolm Gladwell may be one of the most popular non-fiction writers working in English. This is a review of his latest, What the Dog Saw.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-what-the-dog-saw-by-malcolm-gladwell/article1388984/

Don Gillmor dares to write nothing less than the history of the nation in novel form, with a legendary explorer up front.
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/734696--review-geoff-pevere-on-kanata-by-don-gillmor

An interview with Malalai Joya the author of A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice.
http://thetyee.ca/Books/2009/11/16/MalalaiJoyaCdnTour/

EVENTS

ROBSON READING SERIES
Readings from the anthology Hope In Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore library, Robson Square (800 Robson Street).

THE SWEET AND THE BITTER
Vancouver novelist Michael Turner (8 X 10) who appeared at the 2009 Writers Festival is branching out into film screenings, with a showing of James Clavell's shot-in-Vancouver and rarely seen independent film The Sweet and the Bitter. Thursday, December 10 at 7:30pm. Pacific Cinémathèque (1131 Howe Street). More information at
www.cinematheque.bc.ca.

STONE THE CROW
Book launch for poetry collection Stone the Crow, with readings and signings by author Chris Bose. Sunday, December 13 at 7:00pm. Grunt Gallery (116 - 350 2nd Ave. E.). More information at
www.kegedonce.com.

VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Van slam featuring Mike McGee. Monday, December 14 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at
www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.

FRENZY
Anvil Press presents the launch of Frenzy by Catherine Owen with performances by folk musician Chika Marston, novelist Dennis E. Bolen, and electronic-music composer Soressa Gardner. Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm, free. Café Montmartre, 4362 Main Street. More information at
info@anvilpress.com.

Upcoming

IAN FERGUSON
Reading by the award-winning playwright, humourist and author of How to Be a Canadian. January 4, 2010 at 2:00pm. Lillooet Room (level 3), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall). More information at
www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca.

GREG MORTENSON
The author of Three Cups of Tea is coming to Kidsbooks in January! His powerful presentation will highlight his new adult book, Stones Into Schools; Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, In Afghanistan and Pakistan. Adult tickets include a copy of the new book. For tickets and details, visit
www.kidsbooks.ca.

ANN ERIKSSON
Join author in a discussion of her most recent book In the Hands of Anubis. January 21, 2010 at 7:00pm. Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art, 3696 W. 8th. For more information:
http://www.christiannehayward.com/.

2010 HAIKU INVITATIONAL
While the cherry blossoms bloom from March through May, you are invited to write your haiku with fresh inspiration. The poems will be judged during the summer and winners announced in the fall 2010. Winning poems will then be featured during the 2011 festival. So start planning now to submit your cherry blossom haiku this coming spring. The deadline for the next round of haiku submissions will be May 31, 2010. More information at www.vcbf.ca.

Produced by the Book News Collective: Hal Wake, Clea Young, Brenda Berck, Ann McDonell and Sandra Millard.

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Hal Wake
Artistic Director
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2010 Festival - 19-24 October inclusive
Vancouver International Writers Festival
Suite 202, 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
p: 604 681 6330 x102
f: 604 681 8400
e: hwake@writersfest.bc.ca
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Thursday, 10 December 2009

Logo poster



 Please note: deadline has been extended...
Logo Competition for ConKER
(ConKER = Consumer for Knowledge Exchange and Research on Mental Illness).

This competition is seeking to find a suitable logo for our consumer research team. The winning item will be selected by a panel.
Closing January 31, 2010
(sorry no late entries accepted)
1st Prize $ 150.00
2nd and 3rd prizes $25.00 each

Please note the winning submission will become the property of CONKER and will be used to represent in representing the work of this group.

Please send all submissions to Merle Ginsburg, Program Coordinator of the Consumer Initiative Fund at merle.ginsburg@vch.ca or
Suite 200, 520 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC. V5Z 4H5.

Good Luck!




PossABILITIES

New Quarterly Newspaper for People with Disabilities Launched in Surrey  [back to top]
The Surrey Now newspaper, a Canwest publication, has recently announced the launch of PossABILITIES Now, a quarterly publication designed for people with a variety of disabilities. PossABILITIES Now will explore areas such as education work, community, relationships, lifestyle and many other aspects of life for people with disabilities. This newspaper-style publication aims to provide multiple perspectives, and will include a special paralympics edition. To get involved with PossABILITIES Now, either through booking adspace or editorial/distribution opportunities, contact Kim Rose at krose@thenownewspaper.com or 604-572-0064.


Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Federation Vox



Federation Vox
November 27, 2009


Federation News

All Aboard!
After a brief stop to let passengers off and on, the good old Fed Train is back on track and chugging along. It's been a bit of a rough ride in the Arts World this year, but The Fed has had one of its most energetic and successful years ever, due to the energy and commitment of Fed members, volunteers, staff and board.

Carla Reimer, who did a terrific job as ED, is settling into her new life in Ontario and has the Board's warmest regards and wishes for a fine future. Sylvia Taylor, Board Director for seven years and President for two, has stepped into the ED position, and brings a wealth of professional literary and administrative expertise.

So far this year, the Fed has:
•       welcomed more new members than ever before – 13 in the last month alone!
•       fundraised over $2,000 for Fed programming
•       maintained all its services and programs
•       hosted six literary & fundraising events throughout the province
•       showcased the Fed and its members at major literary events, including Word On the Street, Vancouver International Writers' Festival, Surrey International Writers' Festival, Powell River Writers' Festival
•       created and strengthened alliances and partnerships provincially and nationally
•       actively supported Arts preservation movements

The Fed Train needs everyone's mind and muscle to keep the engine stoked and the momentum building. Please contribute in any way you can, to keep us chugging for years to come.

New Members

Welcome to:
Bill Dovhey, Lois Quinlan, Diane Common, Sue Goldswain, Mike Hartner, Diane Jones, Valerie Parks, Dana Marie Ramstedt, Kathleen Milner, Katherine Wagner, Perry Wilson, Gordon Marx, Hendrik Slegtenhorst.


Job Opportunities

We are looking for an experienced writer who can synthesize healthcare related concepts and make them accessible to a number of audiences, including the general public. Must have experience writing for the web and in the healthcare field. Please respond with CV, cover letter, writing samples, hourly or contract rate. Serious enquiries only. Thanks
David J. Adams
Research Coordinator
UBC Department of Family Practice
David Strangway Building
#320 - 5950 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Phone:  (604) 827-4185 Fax:  (604) 827-4184


Call for Submissions

Working Title: Not a Broken Record
An Anthology of Writing to stop violence against women and girls
Deadline: January 15th, 2010
We are currently seeking submissions for an anthology of diverse voices which record the experiences and impacts of violence against women at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, a put-down; from the personal to the abstract. We invite submissions on a range of subjects, from violence in media imagery, pornography, beauty rituals, humour, language, myth, etc.; a variety of tones are also welcome, from the serious to the humorous.
We invite everyone - of all genders and backgrounds - to submit ONE work of fiction or non-fiction of no more than 2000 words, or a maximum of FOUR poems on the subject of violence against women and girls.  We are especially interested in non-fiction narrative.
All submissions can be sent by email as WORD or RTF attachments in 12 point Times New Roman font to Andrea Routley at loudspeakerfestival@gmail.com. Please include your name, brief bio, and contact information in the body of your email, as well as the attachment.  All narrative should be double-spaced; poetry single-spaced. Previously published work will be considered as long as author retains copyright.
Note: Work already submitted is still under consideration unless notified otherwise.
This is a charitable project; no remuneration. Contributors will receive two copies of the anthology. Proceeds will benefit anti-violence organisations.
Anthology will be published by Caitlin Press, forthcoming Fall 2010.


Conferences, Courses & Workshops

Salmon Arm
Saturday, November 28, 1 - 3 pm
THE BUSINESS OF WRITING
A two-hour workshop with GAIL ANDERSON-DARGATZ
Website: http://www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca
Gail Anderson-Dargatz discusses the business side of writing life; from finding an agent to self-promotion, Gail will offer tips on navigating the complex publishing industry.  For more information and to register, call 250-804-8888 or visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/csreg.

Sunday, December 6, 2009, 1 - 5 pm
TELLING FAMILY STORIES, MEMOIRS, LITERARY STORIES, OR FOLK TALES
Website:  http://www.jewishmuseum.ca/info/current_events/fall-workshops-09
This course will appeal to writers who wish to read and 'perform' their work more effectively or to those who would like to explore this exciting genre.  Cost: $35, $30 for Jewish Historical Society of BC Members.  Seating limited - register at info@jewishmuseum.ca or 604-257-5199.  Location:  Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver.

Alliance for the Arts Workshops:
Social Media / Introductory: Tuesday, December 1 from 9 am to 12 noon. Rebecca Coleman and Simon Ogden will reprise their popular workshop on helping you navigate the  the paradigm shift from traditional marketing forms  to social media. They will explore what it means to join a social network, the etiquette required and help you to choose the platforms that are right for you.
Social Media / Advanced: Tuesday, December 1 from 1 pm to 4 pm. In this afternoon follow-up of the morning's Introductory Workshop (separate registration required – enroll for either or both) you will move from theory to practice, as the facilitators share clear, concrete methods and tips for building your social media marketing plan using the most effective sites in the landscape of platforms: Blogs, Facebook, E-mail newsletters, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
Strategic Grant Writing: Thursday, December 3 from 1 pm to 4 pm. In our increasingly competitive funding environment, you need to know how to get your project noticed. There's no way around it – grant-writing is a competitive process. Making ART happen is a difficult task. Allyson McGrane will show you how, in order to succeed, you must be able to make your project… irresistible.
Managing Arts Organizations Through Lean Times: Friday, December 4 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Judi Piggott will show you how "the best way out is through" when navigating today's crisis in arts funding. This interactive session will focus on generating practical options for small and medium organizations to help us survive the 'meantime' and regain our footing for the future.

Out of Province

RYERSON UNIVERSITY WRITING CLASSES
Website: http://ce-online.ryerson.ca/ce_2009-2010/calendar/default.aspx?id=5&section=course&sub=subject&disc=%7b89831E51-A3AE-11D4-AE93-00E029501EB1%7d&mode=disc_list
Be the writer you've always dreamed of becoming.  Talented instructors help unlock and develop your talents in short fiction, novel, poetry, or dramatic writing.  Explore specialized genres.  Learn to tell your life story.  Enhance business writing skills.

May 1, 2010
ONTARIO WRITERS' CONFERENCE
Website:  http://www.thewritersconference.com/
What began in 2008 as the dream of a handful of organizers from the Writers' Circle of Durham Region became a full-fledged writers' organization in 2009.  Building on that success, the 2010 conference will have educational, challenging, and interactive workshops, panels, round table discussions, and lectures.

Awards and Contests

Sumission Deadline December 1, 2009
WEST COAST BOOK PUBLISHERS SOCIETY
Invites all publishers and British Columbian authors with titles that fit the awards criteria to enter the BC Book Prizes for books published in 2009.
In addition, publishers and members of writing and publishing organizations are invited to submit nominations for the annual Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 8, 2010. There is no fee to enter.
THE WRITERS TRUST OF CANADA announced winners of $127,000 in prizes for literature in the fiction, non-fiction, and short fiction categories. The event, at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, is one of the richest awards nights for literature in Canada.
Vancouver writer Annabel Lyon won the $25,000 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize for The Golden Mean, a novel about Aristotle and his one-time pupil Alexander the Great. Brian Brett, a writer from Salt Spring Island, won the $25,000 Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize for Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, an account of the author's small island farm and an impassioned plea for maintaining a connection to the hands-on lessons of rural living.Three more authors received awards for their excellence in literature: novelist David Bergen (Winnipeg), children's writer Marthe Jocelyn (Stratford, Ontario), and emerging writer Yasuko Thanh (Victoria).
GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD
Vancouver poet David Zieroth has won the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry for his eighth collection, The Fly in Autumn (Harbour Publishing, $18.95). All the winners were announced in Montreal on November 17.  The other nominees for the Governor General's Award for Poetry were David W. McFadden for Be Calm, Honey (Mansfield Press), Philip Kevin Paul for Little Hunger (Nightwood Editions), Sina Queyras for Expressway (Coach House Books) and Carmine Starnino for This Way Out (Gaspereau Press).
November 30, 2009
ONE COOL WORD MAGAZINE - WRITING CONTEST FOR POETRY & FICTION
Website:  http://www.onecoolword.com/
Judges will be Rita Wong and Patrick Friesen. Fiction Judge: Lee Henderson (2009 BC Book Prize Winner). 1st prize - $250, publication, year subscription and entry to all 2010 OCW parties. First place fiction also receives Lee Henderson's The Man Game. First place poetry also receives books by Rita Wong and Patrick Friesen. Runners up: publication, year subscription and entry to all 2010 OCW parties.  Entry fee: $20 (includes subscription valued at $25). Additional entries $5. Submit to: writingcontest@onecoolword.com. Guidelines on the website.
November 30, 2009
PRISM CREATIVE NON-FICTION CONTEST
Website: http://prism.arts.ubc.ca/contests.php
Prism international's Creative Non-Fiction Contest is now accepting entries. Fame and fortune await! Grand Prize is $1500. If you want to know which entries for the contest have succeeded in the past, please go to our previous winners in past issues, such as "The Death of Pedro Ivan," by Amanda Hale, which appears in PRISM (47:2). Or better yet, subscribe!

November 30, 2009
ONE COOL WORD MAGAZINE - WRITING CONTEST FOR POETRY & FICTION
Website:  http://www.onecoolword.com/
Judges will be Rita Wong and Patrick Friesen. Fiction Judge: Lee Henderson (2009 BC Book Prize Winner). 1st prize - $250, publication, year subscription and entry to all 2010 OCW parties. First place fiction also receives Lee Henderson's The Man Game. First place poetry also receives books by Rita Wong and Patrick Friesen. Runners up: publication, year subscription and entry to all 2010 OCW parties.  Entry fee: $20 (includes subscription valued at $25). Additional entries $5. Submit to: writingcontest@onecoolword.com. Guidelines on the website.
November 30, 2009
PRISM CREATIVE NON-FICTION CONTEST
Website: http://prism.arts.ubc.ca/contests.php
Prism international's Creative Non-Fiction Contest is now accepting entries. Fame and fortune await! Grand Prize is $1500. If you want to know which entries for the contest have succeeded in the past, please go to our previous winners in past issues, such as "The Death of Pedro Ivan," by Amanda Hale, which appears in PRISM (47:2). Or better yet, subscribe!
Call for submissions

November 30, 2009
PROSE & POETRY CONTEST -- THE NEW WRITER MAGAZINE
Website:  http://www.thenewwriter.com/
Established in 1997, this is one of the major annual international competitions for short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; and offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July (back copies available on TNW website). Check the website for more information and the guidelines. Writers can enter online at our secure credit card server at http://www.thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm. The entry form can also be downloaded from that page on the website and sent in the post with your entry. We can supply this year's printed Entry Forms on request, and in bulk to writers' groups and organizations.
    We are now seeking fiction and poetry and features from TNW subscribers over the years for our bumper celebration issue, Jan/Feb 2010.  If subscribers, past and present, would like to submit something for consideration, please email to the editorial office - editor@thenewwriter.com - marked '100th issue' in the subject line and if we like it, we'll use it.  Maximum words for short stories 2,000. Postal address:  The New Writer, PO Box 60, Cranbrook  TN17 2RE, United Kingdom. Phone: 01580 212626 - Email:  admin@thenewwriter.com.

November 30, 2009
SHORT STORY PRIZE 2009
Website:  http://www.fishpublishing.com/fish-international-short-story-prize.php
This contest is welcoming entries on any theme, in English, to a maximum of 5,000 words.  10 stories will be published in the 2010 Fish Anthology.  Entry fee: €20.  First prize is €3000 (of which €1000 is travel expenses to the launch of the Anthology.)

December 1, 2009
FICTION CONTEST:  NATIONAL CANADIAN PUBLISHER
Website: http://www.enfieldandwizenty.ca/
This year Enfield & Wizenty launches a fiction contest to celebrate our own survival, as we go into our third season as a national fiction imprint of Great Plains Publications. For this champagne-soaked third year, Enfield & Wizenty is offering a $5000 advance for the most outstanding submission of literary fiction that we receive. We will be reading fiction submissions (novels and collections of short stories) from now until December 2009. Short story collections should have appeared extensively in Canadian literary magazines. Please note that we're not interested in genre novels--crime, science fiction, romance etc. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but do let us know. Submit your query letter and sample to: Maurice Mierau, Associate Editor, Enfield & Wizenty, 345-955 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB  R3G 0P9 or by email to info@greatplains.mb.ca.

December 1, 2009
FIDDLEHEAD'S LITERARY CONTEST
Website: http://www.thefiddlehead.ca/
$1000 for best short fiction; $500 for two honourable mentions in short fiction. $1000 for Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem; $500 for two honourable mentions in poetry. The winning entries will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of The Fiddlehead (No. 243) and on our website. The winning authors will be paid for publication in addition to their prizes. Entry fee: $30 for entry in either category.

December 31, 2009
FREEFALL PROSE & POETRY CONTEST 2009
Website:  http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/pdf/2009ContestRules.pdf
$1000 in prizes to be won; first prize in each category is $300.  Maximum length 3000 words prose, or 5 poems per entry.  Entry fee of $20 includes one-year subscription (AWCS members $10, additional entries $5).

December 31, 2009
DELACORTE PRESS CONTEST FOR A FIRST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Website:  http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/writingcontests.
Open to US and Canadian writers who have not published a young adult novel.  Prize: $1500 cash, publication, and $7500 advance against royalties.  Guidelines on website.

November 30, 2009
PROSE & POETRY CONTEST -- THE NEW WRITER MAGAZINE
Website:  http://www.thenewwriter.com/
Established in 1997, this is one of the major annual international competitions for short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; and offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July (back copies available on TNW website). Check the website for more information and the guidelines. Writers can enter online at our secure credit card server at http://www.thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm. The entry form can also be downloaded from that page on the website and sent in the post with your entry. We can supply this year's printed Entry Forms on request, and in bulk to writers' groups and organizations.

We are now seeking fiction and poetry and features from TNW subscribers over the years for our bumper celebration issue, Jan/Feb 2010.  If subscribers, past and present, would like to submit something for consideration, please email to the editorial office - editor@thenewwriter.com - marked '100th issue' in the subject line and if we like it, we'll use it.  Maximum words for short stories 2,000. Postal address:  The New Writer, PO Box 60, Cranbrook  TN17 2RE, United Kingdom. Phone: 01580 212626 - Email:  admin@thenewwriter.com.

November 30, 2009
INTERNATIONAL FISH SHORT STORY PRIZE 2009
Website:  http://www.fishpublishing.com/fish-international-short-story-prize.php
This contest is welcoming entries on any theme, in English, to a maximum of 5,000 words.  10 stories will be published in the 2010 Fish Anthology.  Entry fee: €20.  First prize is €3000 (of which €1000 is travel expenses to the launch of the Anthology.)

December 1, 2009
FICTION CONTEST:  NATIONAL CANADIAN PUBLISHER
Website: http://www.enfieldandwizenty.ca/
This year Enfield & Wizenty launches a fiction contest to celebrate our own survival, as we go into our third season as a national fiction imprint of Great Plains Publications. For this champagne-soaked third year, Enfield & Wizenty is offering a $5000 advance for the most outstanding submission of literary fiction that we receive. We will be reading fiction submissions (novels and collections of short stories) from now until December 2009. Short story collections should have appeared extensively in Canadian literary magazines. Please note that we're not interested in genre novels--crime, science fiction, romance etc. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but do let us know. Submit your query letter and sample to: Maurice Mierau, Associate Editor, Enfield & Wizenty, 345-955 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB  R3G 0P9 or by email to info@greatplains.mb.ca.


December 31, 2009
2010 GRIFFIN POETRY PRIZE
Website:  http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/rules.php
Two categories, Canadian and International, comprise this $100,000 prize.  Each category has a $50,000 value.  The prize is for best collection of poetry in English published in the preceding year; books must be submitted postmarked no later than December 31, 2009.


Check websites for submission guidelines.

More information on awards, contests and submissions deadlines available on the Federation of BC Writers website at http://www.bcwriters.com/awards.php


Events | Lower Mainland & Sunshine Coast
Friday, December 4
GENERAL RICK HILLIER
General Rick Hillier recounts his role and experiences with the Canadian military in the new book, A Soldier First: Bureaucrats and the Politics of War. Friday, December 4 at 12:00pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, lower level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Thursday, December 10
Hope In Shadows - Anthology Reading / 2010 Calendar fundraiser
Downtown Eastsiders Helen Hill, Tom Quirk and Russ
Zillman read with two other contributors (TBA) at the UBC
Bookstore/Library, Robson Square (800 Robson Street). @ 7:00 p.m. –

Friday, December 4
CBC OPEN HOUSE AND FOOD BANK DAY
Website:  http://www.cbc.ca/bc/openhouse-foodbankday
Writer/broadcaster Bill Richardson and other CBC personalities will welcome the public to CBC Vancouver for a tour of their newly renovated, state of the art broadcast centre at 700 Hamilton Street.  Food Bank volunteers will accept donations at stations around the building.

Thursday, December 10, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
TWS READING SERIES
Website:  http://www.thewritersstudio.ca/readings/
The Writers' Studio at Simon Fraser University presents the TWS Reading Series 2009.  A new reading is held every month, featuring TWS members and alumni, local emerging writers and authors, and authors on book tours.  For more information: Eufemia at twsread@sfu.ca.  Location: Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway at Kingsway, Vancouver.
CBC OPEN HOUSE AND FOOD BANK DAY
On Friday December 4, writer/broadcaster Bill Richardson and other CBC personalities will welcome the public to CBC Vancouver for a tour of their newly renovated, state of the art broadcast centre at 700 Hamilton Street. Food Bank volunteers will accept donations at stations around the building. You can also donate online here, starting November 6.
Tuesday, December 1 at 7:30pm
GRAEME GIBSON AND MARGARET ATWOOD
Partners Graeme Gibson and Margaret Atwood will make a duo appearance as part of the Pacific Arbour Speaker Series in support of their two new releases: Atwood's The Year of the Flood and Gibson's Bedside Book of Beasts. Tickets are $18/$15. Capilano Performing Arts Theatre, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. More information at http://www.capilanou.ca/news-events/performing-arts/season-performances/Speaker.html.


Events / Central
Vernon
Saturday, November 28, 1 - 3 pm
BOOK READINGS & SIGNINGS
Fed members Kay McCracken and Deanna Barnhardt Kawatski will both read from their new books from 1 - 2 pm, followed by signings from 2 - 3.  Location: Gallery Vertigo, 1-3001 31st Street, Vernon

Salmon Arm
Saturday, December 5, 12 - 2 pm
BOOK SIGNING:  ALL I NEED NOW ARE SOME CHICKENS, A COW, AND A WIFE
New Fed member Dick Armfelt will sign copies of his new book, a compilation of letters his father wrote (mainly in the 1930s).  Kay McCracken will also sign copies of her new book A Raven In My Heart.  Hot apple cider and homemade cookies will be available.  Location: The Book Nook, 310 Ross St NE, Salmon Arm.


Upcoming
Saturday, January 16, 11 am
RWA MEETING
Website:  http://www.rwagvc.com/meetings.html
Join presenter Susan Lyons (www.susanlyons.ca).  Location:  Burnaby United, 7591 Gray Avenue, Burnaby.

Saturday, March 13, 11 am
RWA MEETING
Website:  http://www.rwagvc.com/meetings.html
Presenter Russ Crossley will speak on "Cliff Hangers".  Location:  Burnaby United, 7591 Gray Avenue, Burnaby.

Victoria
June 24 - 27, 2010
CANWRITE! 2010 - THE CANADIAN AUTHORS' ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Theme: "Applying Technology to Your Writing"
Website: http://www.canauthors.org/conference.html
Keynote speaker - Patrick Taylor, bestselling author of the Irish Country Doctor series.
•       John Chandler from Alandale Training Corporation will share computer tips and tricks to make your writing life easier;
•       Learn how to enhance presentations and book launches by creating Power Point presentations;
•       Find out how to increase sales through social networking (ie blogs, MySpace, Twitter);
•       Explore the world of EBooks;
•       Let Rodger Cove from the Vancouver Film School show you how to structure stories for the screen;
•       and more!
Early registration bonus - Patrick Taylor will accept six 1500-word pieces of fiction - to be submitted no later than May 15, 2010 - and give one-hour, one-on-one evaluations with the authors on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 as part of CanWrite!  See the website for all details and registration information.  At the Harbour Towers Hotel, 345 Quebec Street, Victoria.  Info: Jean Kay, Conference Coordinator, jkay@canauthors.vancouver.org.


Reading Series | Writing Groups

Mondays (ongoing), 8:00 pm
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Website: http://vancouverpoetryhouse.com/vanslam/
A poetry slam competition with frequent guest performers, the Vancouver Poetry Slam has been wowing audiences since 1996.  1st, 3rd, and 5th Mondays: Open Slam; 2nd Monday: Alternative Slam; 4th Monday: Youth Slam (ages 13 - 22).  Tickets are generally $5.  Location: Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial).

Second Tuesday of every month, 7 - 9 pm
WORD WHIPS - THE NORTH SHORE EDITION
Take a writing challenge!  Pandora's Collective provides the prompts, time to write, and the opportunity for sharing.  See what you can whip up!  Hosted by Fran Bourassa and Suzy Malcolm.  Location: Starbucks in Indigo Books, 1025 Marine Drive, North Vancouver.

Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES
Ready for a writing challenge?  Join guest host and Fed member Maureen Egan at the Britannia Library for "Word Whips".  They provide the writing prompts, 10-15 minutes to write each prompt, and the opportunity for sharing.  See what you can whip up!  Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver.

Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
PANDORA'S COLLECTIVE PRESENTS WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES
Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten - fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Fed members Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni. Britannia Library, Gallery Room,
1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/branches/details/britannia_branch
Contact: blnish_pandoras@yahoo.ca
or visit hmtp://www.pandorascollective.com/openmics.html

First and Third Wednesday of every month, 8 - 12 pm
THE SPILLIOUS SPEAK AND SING
This event is open to musicians and spoken word performers, poets and storytellers, and anyone who wants to take the mic.  Contact: Trevor Spilchen (trevorspilchen@yahoo.co.uk).  Location: The Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street @ 29th Avenue, Vancouver.
First Thursday of every month 7: - 9:00 pm
TWISTED POETS LITERARY SALON
Pandora's Collective, in the spirit of Vancouver, welcomes all poets. Come out and bring your best, favourite, newest, oldest poems, and share in an evening of literary surprises. Hosts: Fed members Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni

Third Thursday of every month, 7:00 pm
POETRY AROUND THE WORLD
Poetry Around the World invites poets, writers and artists to promote their cultural values through music, poetry, spoken word and art in a pleasant and friendly ambiance. This is a multicultural event, and everyone who wants to join in, is welcome.Chapters at Metrotown
4700 Kingsway, Burnaby. Contact:  luciag_esl@yahoo.com

Third Friday of every month, 8 pm - late
57 VARIETIES
Join hosts Rowan Lipkovits and Matthew Glick for an unplugged open stage/variety show.  No sign-up; do what you want, when you feel.  The venue changes constantly, so email rowan@butchershop.ca for more information.

First Saturday of every month, 7 - 10 pm
THE EASTSIDE WRITERS
Feature performances with open-mic event to follow.  Location: 20 West Hastings (Main & Hastings), Vancouver.

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From the desk of
Sylvia Taylor, Executive Director
Federation of BC Writers
604-683-2057
bcwriters@shaw.ca
www.bcwriters.com

Insights and Comments Needed!



Hi all,

We are looking for short, 1-4 sentence insights and comments related to people's experience with mental illness and/or their recovery process. These will be used in a resource toolkit titled: Making Sense of the Mental Health System: A Resource Guide for People with Mental Illnesses and Family Members. We may also use the comments in On Our Way: Recovery News, a newsletter of Vancouver Acute and Community Mental Health Services.

We need the comments by Friday, Dec. 11.

Please e-mail us back with them.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!


Wanted: Articles on Extended Leave



Hi all,

The next issue of On Our Way: Recovery News, a newsletter of Vancouver Acute and Community Mental Health Services, will be looking at extended leave from hospital, what it's like to be on it and how it does or does not relate to recovery.

We are currently looking for articles from people who have been on extended leave. It's very important that this perspective be included.

If you have this experience and would like to write something or would like to be interviewed for an article, please contact Renea Mohammed at renea.mohammed@vch.ca

Due to the difficult nature of this topic, we are able to provide a $20 honorarium to a limited number of people.

Thanks!


West Coast Mental Health Network--Arts, Crafts and Cultural Group





SOME CHANGES COMING UP:

LATERN MAKING WORKSHOP:
West End Community Centre will not have a latern-making workshop, so instead we will be going to the Gathering Place, 609 Helmcken Street, Wednesday, Dec. 16th.
We will meet just inside the doors at 1:45pm, workshop starts 2pm sharp!  If you come to this workshop you will recieve a "free" membership for the coming year.
We'll go for coffee afterwards, if you wish.

Trout Lake doesn't seem to know what they're doing....so...We will be going to Dr Sun Yen Gardens and march around with others with our laterns(you don't need a latern, but it's more fun).  Sun Yet Sen Gardens are at 578 Carroll St. on Dec. 21st (Winter Solstice) at 6pm.  There will be Chinese artifacts, Entertainment and free hot tea!

Hope to see you at both events...




'Frames of Mind' December 16 Screening: When Medicine Got it Wrong

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The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present:

When Medicine Got it Wrong

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 7:30pm
USA 2009. Directors: Katie Cadigan, Laura Murray
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Director Katie Cadigan's name will be familiar to long-time "Frames of Mind" patrons from People Say I'm Crazy, a film about her brother's struggle with schizophrenia, which we presented in 2004. Her heartbreaking encounters with elderly parents after screenings of that earlier film prompted Katie to make When Medicine Got It Wrong, a hard-hitting documentary providing historical context for our contemporary mental health care crisis. In 1974, when it was still accepted medical practice to blame parents for their children's schizophrenia, a small group of parents in California were the first to publicly challenge this belief. They formed Parents of Adult Schizophrenics (a forerunner to the National Alliance on Mental Illness), and openly challenged the medical establishment to recognize the medical nature of the ailment. Their committed activism led to increased research into the physiological origins of mental illness and significant changes in how schizophrenia is understood and treated. These battles were waged during a time of deinstitutionalization; mental hospitals all over North America were being closed, but the community care meant to replace them never materialized. Many of the severely ill ended up on the streets or in jails. Although these activist parents helped build an important new awareness of mental illness, a visit to Vancouver's own Downtown Eastside serves as a strong reminder that government and society have yet to fully catch up. Colour, Digibeta video. 53 mins.
Post-screening discussion with Joan Nazif and Susan Inman, members of the Family Advisory Committee of Vancouver Community Mental Health Services, and Dr. William MacEwan, Clinical Professor and Director, Schizophrenia Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Co-sponsored by the Family Advisory Committee, Vancouver Community Mental Health Services.
Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.
For more information, full reviews, trailers and ticketing information, visit our website or Facebook page
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Workshop Announcement -- Be a Better Writer




Workshop Announcement

Beginning January 1, 2010
I'll be sending out the regular newsletter in a few days, so please watch for it.
In the meantime, I have a writer eager to join four others in the ongoing Novel Writing Immersion Workshop beginning January 1, 2010. Please spread the word if you know anyone who may be interested in this program.
Writers in the two other ongoing workshops are making dramatic progress on their novels, and I highly recommend this program to anyone who is serious about finishing a novel.
In the Novel Immersion workshop you will be inspired to write a novel from first draft through to the finish, a page a day, five days a week.
To guide you through the novel writing process, I post weekly instructional lessons on writing craft and each week you receive feedback on your writing.
Other members of the group also provide their thoughts on your work, and you benefit from seeing the strengths and weaknesses in the work of others, and from reading my advice on how to resolve issues. I use published novels and film clips to illustrate the various principles, and a discussion thread (email discussion group) provides a venue for questions and answers. The result is personal and very much like a Master's seminar in creative writing.
You will learn technique from the novelists we discuss. They will inspire you to follow their example or try something new—the only rule is that you write regularly and post something every week.
Read what others are saying about the program here: Novel Writing Immersion Workshop.
If this program interests you, please CONTACT ME
Thank you and best wishes,
Pearl

http://www.be-a-better-writer.com/



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Men-tal'-i-ty call for submissions

Magazine Showcases Creative Works of People with Mental Illness [back to top]
men-tal’-i-ty, a full-colour quarterly publication showcasing the artistic works of individuals withy mental illness, is going national. Over the past year, men-tal’-i-ty, produced by the Missing Lint co-op, published its first five issues. As part of their efforts to go national, the Missing Lint co-op is selling subscriptions and advertisements for men-tal’-i-ty, and putting out a call for submissions. Subscriptions are $20 + gst for individuals. For more information, or to subscribe, visit www.mentalitymagazine.ca.