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/

Lessons from the ER: How Melissa Yi Balances Writing and Medicine


SF Canada member Melissa Yi, an emergency room physician and author, discusses how she balances being a writer and part-time doctor on the latest Kobo Writing Life Podcast . She discusses how her work experiences have made their way into her Hope Sze Medical Mystery Series and she shares some of her favourite emergency room stories.

The Kobo Writing Life Podcast shares free insights and inspiration for self-published writers. It features interviews with bestselling authors and industry experts, who share practical writing advice.

Melissa Yi is an award-winning writer. In her newest crime novel, Death Flight, Dr. Hope Sze boards an airplane with the love of her life—and a secret murderer. Human Remains, the previous Hope Sze thriller, was recommended by The Globe and Mail, CBC Books, and The Next Chapter as one of the best Canadian suspense novels. Yi was shortlisted for the Derringer Award for the world’s best short mystery fiction. Under the name Melissa Yuan-Innes, she also writes medical humour and has won speculative fiction awards.

Find Lesson #169 on the Kobo Writing Life Podcast and find Melissa’s books here.

SFC Statement on ChiZine and Professional Behaviour

In the last week, many people have reported financial irregularities and unprofessional personal behaviour by the owners of ChiZine Publishing. SF Canada has delisted this publisher from its market list and is in discussion as to further steps necessary to both uphold our mandate and assist the authors (members and non-members alike) who have been harmed. With unfortunate timing, the unfolding situation occurred too late for voting by members on a plan of action at our currently-running annual general meeting.

We do not have the resources or authority to act as a court or professional disciplinary body; however, SF Canada strongly believes that it is unethical for a publisher to withhold royalties or royalty statements, to pressure or bully an author, or to take advantage of staff, contracted editors, or interns. We recognize the important role of volunteer activity; but exploitation and degrading treatment of others have absolutely no place in our community.

We encourage CZP authors and others who experience similar issues now or in future to contact Writer Beware and/or the Writers Union of Canada; but we are supportive of all affected writers, whether they choose to come forward or not. We also encourage affected CZP authors to add their name to Dora Badger’s list for the purpose of promoting their other work outside of their CZP publications. A StoryBundle is also being created for this purpose; contact Doug Smith at http://www.smithwriter.com/email if you are an affected ChiZine Publications writer wishing to participate.

We are striving to continue our mandate of encouraging professional and ethical behaviour throughout the Canadian speculative fiction community. This occasion is a reminder to writers and publishers alike to be attentive to business practises, and to encourage associates and colleagues to ask for and give advice and help.

This statement has been issued by the President and Executive of SF Canada.

EssentialEdits.ca

SF Canada member Robert Runté has recently launched a new companion editing company to SFeditor.ca: EssentialEdits.ca.

Essential Edits is a collective of several editors who share work so that we can better match the client and their project to the right editor. Essential Edits offers services for general fiction, speculative fiction, and memoir, as well as coaching services to help writers identify issues that are slowing their writing progress or preventing them from finishing work. In addition, Essential Edits offers help in the non-fiction department, with theses or dissertations, non-fiction books, journal submissions, and research writing.

Teachers and instructors can also access assistance with test construction and editing as well as teaching and assessment help.