Free November Workshops from Simon Rose

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Canadian author and writing instructor Simon Rose is currently the Writer-in-Residence at the Airdrie Public Library in Alberta. In the month of November, his generous hosts are offering a series of free Zoom workshops:

  • November 8 – Writing for Publication– Simon Rose examines where to find ideas and turn them into a marketable venture. This includes novels, short stories, and non-fiction projects from concept to draft and looks at how the various markets operate when wishing to write material for publication.

 

  • November 15 – Writing for Children & Young Adult audiences – Simon Rose explores the art of writing for children and young adults. This session examines how to turn ideas into stories, story structure, developing characters, the creation of outlines, the importance of editing and revision, pacing your story, connecting with the reader, choosing settings, the role of adults in children’s stories, and more.

 

  • November 22 – Beyond Books: Developing your Career as a Professional Writer – Simon Rose examines the many options available for the modern professional writer, from writing novels, corporate material, speeches, magazine articles, nonfiction books, writing for hire, editing and coaching, public speaking, and more.

 

  • November 28 – Simon Rose author reading – Join Simon Rose, author of fifteen science fiction and fantasy novels, eight guides for writers, and more than 100 nonfiction books as he reads from one of his works and answers your questions.

Note: all of these workshops have limited registration. In order to secure a seat, visit the Writer In Residence Page.

Augur Magazine Workshops for October

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Canada’s Augur Magazine is sponsoring a series of Sunday workshops in October!
 
  • October 17th, at 2PM EST: Slipping Between The Streams: What Makes Poetry Speculative? hosted by poet Tiffany Morris.
 
  • October 24th, at 2PM EST: Stronger Stories: Beginnings That Make Impressions – hosted by Arley Sorg, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fantasy Magazine.
 
  • October 31st, at 3PM EST: Editing Speculative Short Fiction: An Overview – hosted by Andrew Wilmot, co-publisher of Anathema: Spec from the Margins, and an associate/acquisitions editor for Poplar Press.
 
Workshops will be virtual, and take place through Zoom Meetings.
 
Participants can register through Eventbrite, with paid ($15 CAD) and PWYC options. Register now: https://www.augurmag.com/augur-workshops/

Calendar Events for September 2021

Workshops

September 28, 2021-

Novel Surgery with Susan Forest

SF Canada member and Aurora-Award-winning novelist Susan Forest will be teaching an 8-week, in-person course on the art and craft of revision at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary. Students should have a “finished” manuscript in hand and be prepared to analyze its strengths and weaknesses, rebuild theme and character arcs, ask tough questions about logic and motivation, and cut, add, and move scenes around for greatest punch. Visit THIS LINK to register.

 

Events

September 16, 2021 – 6:00 – 7:30 pm (PDT)

Tyche Books will host a Virtual Book Launch for three Canadian authors who are releasing new works of speculative fiction this month. Register HERE to congratulate SF Canada members Jane Glatt, Rhonda Parrish on their latest works in print!

 

September 23, 2021 – 10:00 am – noon

Fall 2021 Richmond Hill Speaker Series

Limnologist and aquatic ecologist Nina Munteanu will be the first speaker of the prestigious Richmond Speaker series. On September 23, she will deliver a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour Q&A. Her work explores the many dimensions of water; her book Water Is…The Meaning of Water was Margaret Atwood’s first choice in the New York Times ‘Year in Reading.’ To buy tickets at Early Bird prices, purchase tickets on-line before September 7th. Follow THIS LINK for more details.

 

Markets

On Spec, the Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic, will have an open submissions period from September 1 – September 30, 2021. The magazine is open to speculative poetry and short stories under 6000 words, with a preference for work by Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Follow THIS LINK for more details on what they’re looking for and how to submit.

 

Nothing Without Us Too, an anthology of speculative fiction edited by SF Canada members Cait Gordon and Kohenet Talia C. Johnson, will open for submissions on September 30, 2021. Teaser submission guidelines have been released for those who might like to submit when the reading period begins in October. Although the majority of accepted stories will be by authors who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, the authors welcome writers from across the disability, mental illness, developmental disabilities, neurodiversity, Blind, and d/Deaf spectrums, and welcome those who manage what are known as “invisible” and “visible” disabilities and/or chronic conditions. Follow THIS LINK for more information and updates on this project as it unfolds.

 

Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine will have an open submissions period for speculative poetry and fiction from September 15, 2021 to October 1, 2021. For specific instructions on how to submit, see THIS LINK.

Dreams of the Moon by Lorina Stephens

SF Canada member Lorina Stephens is launching, Dreams of The Moon, a collection of 10 fantastica short stories.

Darkness and light. Wonder and sorrow. The ambiguity, sometimes, of reflected illumination.

In this new collection of both previously published and new short fiction, Lorina presents a progression from darker, sometimes horrific stories which explore religious mythology, mental health, and the beloved dead, to the more light-hearted explorations of spirit guides and illustrations made manifest.

“Dreams of the Moon is a good example of a collection of pieces relating to universal themes addressed in an eminently readable and relatable manner which I believe every reader will find interesting, entertaining, and above all, personally meaningful.” – R. Graeme Cameron

Learn more about Dreams of The Moon at an online launch tomorrow via a live Zoom presentation.

SF Canada Zoom Meeting & Lorina Stephens Book Launch

Time: Jun 8, 2021 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83475737519?pwd=TzZwclAwMEVLUGZrUklUVzNGRWhVZz09

Meeting ID: 834 7573 7519

Passcode: 321877

Lorina Stephens has worked all sides of the publishing desk: writer, editor, publisher. From freelance journalist for regional and national periodicals, to editor of a regional lifestyle magazine and then her own publishing house, she has been in the industry since 1980. Lorina has witnessed publishing evolve into the dynamic form of self-expression which exists today. For 12 years she operated Five Rivers Publishing as a house which would give voice to Canadian authors. Her short fiction has appeared in literary and genre publications, novels under her own house, Five Rivers Publishing, non-fiction under Boston Mills Press and an anthology co-edited with Susan MacGregor, Tesseracts 22: Alchemy and Artifacts.

Learn more about Lorina and explore her other titles at fiveriverspublishing.com.

Order your copy of Dreams of The Moon through Five Rivers, Amazon, or Kobo.

When Words Collide 2021

Save the dates this August 13 through 15 2021 for When Words Collide (WWC) the annual Canadian literary festival based in Calgary, AB. This popular event for fiction readers, writers, artists, and publishers is open for registration.

As with last year’s online event, WWC 2021 will be both online-only and FREE to attend with most panels and workshops taking place via Zoom. WWC is an inclusive event with programming covering a broad range of commercial and literary fiction, poetry, and more.

WWC has grown to become one of Canada’s largest literary events and is now celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2021.

Learn more about WWC at: whenwordscollide.org/About_WWC

Register to attend this year’s virtual conference here: whenwordscollide.org/Registration

A Virtual Campfire Tale with Mark Leslie

Join SF Canada member Mark Leslie for a virtual event tomorrow, Tuesday April 13, 2021 at 7 PM EST. Mark will be live reading “The Shadow Men” a short story meant to be read around a campfire.

Mark’s reading will be live streamed to YouTube and Facebook, with an interactive chance to ask questions as well as some prizes randomly drawn from those who comment.

Register in advance for an extra chance to win one of Mark’s audiobooks.