Friendship Anthology

  • DATE: Saturday, January 30, 2010 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
  • Location: J P Fitzpatrick’s south room
  • AMC Theatre complex – right opposite the doors of the theatre
  • click here for website of J P Fitzpatricks

Friendship: A Call for Submission workshop and Publishing Opportunity with James Dewar & Sue Reynolds

“No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.” Francois Mauriac

conversation friendsHow many times have you seen a call for submission and thought “I should write something and enter that!”?

But the due date comes and goes, and you’ve let another opportunity slide by. You know you have something to say about that theme, but the act of sitting down to put it in words eludes you. Procrastination is always about fear or distaste. Procrastination in writing is almost always about fear.

jack friendsThis workshop will give you a series of techniques for responding when a call for submission shows up in your inbox. From laying out a set of doable steps, to generating raw material, to refining your work and finally, actually sending it in, this workshop will give you a blueprint to make sure you don’t miss another writing deadline.

And the work produced in this workshop will be your beta test. Workshop presenters Sue Reynolds and James Dewar have been hired by Hidden Brook Press to edit an anthology of prose and poetry focused on the theme of friendship. Everything produced in this workshop will be focused on that theme, so that by the end of the day, you will have produced several raw pieces suitable for refining and submitting to this particular anthology.

Reynolds and Dewar have a number of fundamental beliefs about creating writing:

  • Everyone is innately creative
  • The most powerful tool a writer has is a deadline.
  • A writer’s most powerful support is community

dog friendsDrawing on these beliefs, they have created this workshop to encourage writers to commit to a time to produce work for this anthology. The day will consist of an exploration of the theme of friendship in all its facets and complexities – support, understanding, betrayal, jealousy, love and many more. Writing on the spot exercises will explore the themes through the forms of memoir, fiction and poetry. The last part of the day will cover submission guidelines for this particular anthology.

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” Henry Winkler

Please note: Participation in this workshop does not guarantee inclusion in the collection; however, it does guarantee a close reading of your submission and editorial feedback. Participation in the workshop is not a requirement for consideration for publication in the anthology.

CLICK HERE for Friendship Anthology Call for Submission Guidelines.

COST: $95 ($85 if you are a member of WCDR, HWEN, WEN, PWAC or a participant over age 59)

Pre-Payment required

Call 905-243-4836
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$95.00 Non-Member Price
$85.00 WCDR, HWEN, WEN, PWAC Member

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About the Editors

Sue 200Susan Lynn Reynolds is a writer and an accredited writing instructor in the Amherst Writers and Artists method. She has been teaching creative writing for over 12 years. Her novel Strandia won the CLA’s national YA Novel of the Year Award, and she won the Timothy Findley Creative Writing Prize three times for her short stories and poetry.Her area of specialty is the therapeutic use of journaling and memoir, and her thesis on that topic received the Canadian Psychological Association’s Award of Academic Excellence in 2006. She has been leading writing workshops for female inmates at Central East Correctional Centre for five years and received the 2007 June Callwood Award for Outstanding Volunteerism for that program. She is currently working on her Masters.

James Dewar 01 copyJames Dewar has co-edited three poetry anthologies and is a freelance editor for Metroland Newspaper group. He has edited and published six poetry chapbooks for emerging talents through CreativeJames Publishing and is working with Sue finalizing 3 more exciting projects for Piquant Press. In addition to teaching advanced creative writing at Durham College he also teaches a year-long workshop, A Novel Approach, with Sue, that guides writers to complete a novel in one year. His poetry has been published in several anthologies and literary journals. His first book of poetry, The Garden in the Machine, was published by Hidden Brook Press in 2007. He has been VP of the Writers’ Circle of Durham Region for 2 years. He particularly enjoys organizing and hosting his own reading series, Hot-Sauced Words, in Toronto, now entering its fourth year. James is also proud of his recent wins at spoken word poetry challenges.

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