Professional Writers Association of Canada

PROFESSIONAL WRITERS' ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
Southwest New Brunswick Chapter


LATEST NEWS: 2014


PWAC-SWNB Annouces Important workshop for writers and journalists

Ann Douglas, award-winning author and journalist, will be delivering a workshop titled “Surviving Contract and Copyright Minefields 101” at the Amsterdam Inn in Rothesay, NB on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The focus of this session is on how to dissect a contract and how to negotiate a better one. Anyone writing for magazines, newspapers, online, doing corporate work, or writing books will benefit from this workshop.

Douglas—the author of 28 books and numerous magazine articles—says, “Our industry is changing, and contracts are changing along with it. Freelancers can’t afford not to understand the implications of the contracts they are being asked to sign. Each contract negotiation represents an opportunity to improve or worsen working conditions for writers in our industry.” Her goal is to inform participants how to make the most of each opportunity by knowing how to negotiate professionally and effectively.

The day includes a limited number of 15-minute, one-on-one mini career consultations with Douglas during the morning (both in person and remote) and concurrent freelance networking and brainstorming sessions. Her presentation takes place during the afternoon. The day is sponsored by the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) Southwest New Brunswick Chapter, in association with the Canadian Freelancers Union (Gold sponsor), the Writers Federation of New Brunswick (Silver Sponsor), and the Atlantic Canada Farm Writers Association (Silver Sponsor).

Carmel Vivier, PWAC chapter president, says, “We are extremely pleased and privileged to have someone of Ann’s calibre giving this workshop. She will be sharing information that both new and veteran writers will find useful when it comes to reading contracts and information on copyright laws in Canada and how they apply to writers. You can expect to walk away from this day with information every writer should know.”

To register (and to hear more details about the workshop, including Ann Douglas giving an overview) visit http://canadianfreelanceunion.ca/index.php/events-en/contracts-workshop-2014. For more information contact Trudy Kelly Forsythe, info@trudykellyforsythe.com, 506-832-0338.


LATEST NEWS: 2014


PWAC-SWNB ANNOUNCES 2014 SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Quispamsis, NB – January 22, 2014 – The Professional Writers Association of Canada – Southwest New Brunswick chapter (PWAC- SWNB) will provide a $500 award to a Grade 12 student graduating from a high school in Southwestern New Brunswick in June 2014.

To be eligible for the prize, students must write and submit an original 1,000- to 1,500-word short story on a topic of his or her choice. The stories will be read and critiqued by a jury of professional writers from PWAC- SWNB who then select the top two entrants.

Applications are available at eligible high school guidance offices as well as on the PWAC-SWNB website www.pwacswnb.ca under NEWS. The deadline for entries is May 1, 2014.

Funding for the $500 award is provided by PWAC - SWNB.

PWAC – SWNB is a group of professional writers conveniently located throughout the southwestern part of New Brunswick from Sussex to St. Andrews and many communities in between, including Hampton, Saint John, the Kennebecasis Valley, Campobello Island, Grand Manan Island and St. Stephen. It is the chapter’s mission to offer freelance writers the opportunity to meet on a regular basis, provide network opportunities and assist members in finding new business opportunities. For more information, contact: Carmel Vivier, chapter president (506) 651-1768; carmelv@nbnet.nb.ca

(application form for download)

 

LATEST NEWS: 2014

PWAC SWNB POSTCARD STORY COMPETITION: My Favourite Christmas Memory - Announces Winner

Quispamsis, NB - January 22, 2014 - The Southwest New Brunswick Chapter of the Professional Writers Association held its third postcard story competition in December of 2013 inviting writers from Atlantic Canada to submit a piece of writing (fiction or creative non-fiction) of no more than 250 words on the theme of My Favourite Christmas Memory.

PWAC-SWNB is pleased to announce the winner of the Postcard Contest is Neil Sampson from Durham Bridge, New Brunswick with his entry “Winters’ Green.” His prize is a Mini KOBO eBook Reader supplied by PWAC-SWNB.

LATEST NEWS: 2013

PWAC SWNB MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS MEMORY POSTCARD STORY COMPETITION CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Saint John, NB – October 15, 2013 - The Southwest New Brunswick Chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada is holding its third postcard story competition. Writers from Atlantic Canada are invited to submit a piece of writing (fiction or creative non-fiction) of no more than 250 words on the theme of ‘My Favourite Christmas Memory’.

Deadline: December 30, 2013
Entry Fee: $5.00 fee per entry, cheque or money order made payable to PWAC-SWNB.
Prize: Kobo Mini eReader(retail Value $80)

The winner also will be invited to post the winning entry on the PWAC-SWNB web site http://www.pwacswnb.ca.
The writer retains copyright of their winning story.

Eligibility: This competition is open to all writers living in Atlantic Canada.

Submissions must be original, unpublished in any format, fiction or nonfiction, no more than 250 words and in English.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES

  • Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.
  • Submissions will be accepted in hardcopy only. Faxed and e-mailed submissions will NOT be accepted.
  • Include a separate cover letter for each entry with the title of story, your full name, address, phone number, e-mail address and word count. The author's name should not appear on the actual entry, but on the cover letter only.
  • Make cheque or money order, $5.00 per submission, payable to PWAC-SWNB.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be combined and paid with one cheque or money order.
  • Entries must be postmarked by December 30, 2013 to be eligible.
The winner will be notified by February 1, 2014 - please note that manuscripts will not be returned.

Entries and fees should be sent to: Ethel King - 624 Despres Rd., Cocagne, NB, E4R 2M6 - clearly mark "Postcard Contest" on the envelope.


LATEST NEWS: 2013


PWAC SWNB Member Ross Mavis Takes Home the Atlantic Regional Volunteer Award

We would like to congratulate outgoing Regional Director Ross Mavis on his winning the 2013 PWAC Regional Volunteer Award. Below is the nomination paper sent in by Trudy Kelly-Forsythe, Sandra Morgan and Carmel Vivier of the SWNB Chapter to nominate Ross as our Regional Volunteer.

Ross Mavis

Ross has made a valuable contribution to Atlantic Region writers and we are fortunate to have had him as our regional director for the past several years, until 2012.

Prior to taking on the role of regional director, Ross served as the president of the Southwest New Brunswick Chapter of PWAC. He served both of these leadership roles while continuing to operate a successful inn, spa and restaurant and freelance writing business.

During his years as regional director and chapter president, Ross has often been the voice of calm reason, providing insight before the chapter or region moves ahead on a project. He creates unity with his mild demeanour, gentle sense of humour and savvy. We've relied on his rational thinking that has guided our region and the SWNB chapter over the years.

He's organized numerous workshops, either at arm's length or through direct involvement, including the successful regional weekend workshop, Communicating for Cash, in Sackville, N.B., in 2010. It was his desire to hold a weekend of superior professional development to bring PWAC members from all of the Atlantic Provinces and he did that.

Ross generously offered his inn and restaurant as a venue for workshops and chapter meetings over the years, and for the last several years, Ross and his wife Willa have hosted a regional summer gathering at their home. This is a great opportunity for Atlantic Regional members, who are spread far and wide, to have the chance to gather together, talk shop and network in a large group. It's a Must Do event for many PWACers in Atlantic Canada.

While working at the national level as our representative and our link, Ross kept members in Atlantic Canada in the loop with regular newsletters, all the while maintaining an active role in the SWNB chapter. In that capacity, he's judged the chapter's short story contest, attended the PWAC AGMs as both a representative for the region and the chapter.

The SWNB chapter of PWAC has worked to increase its profile in the community and Ross has always been wholly supportive of these endeavours. His interest in promoting literacy and encouragement to students in southwestern New Brunswick has helped bring the chapter into high regard.

We respect the hard work that Ross has given to PWAC, both as a past president of the chapter and as our regional director. We believe wholeheartedly that he is well deserving of the 2013 Atlantic Regional Volunteer Award.

Respectfully submitted by Trudy Kelly Forsythe, Carmel Vivier and Sandy Morgan.


SOUTH WEST NEW BRUNSWICK PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA PRESENTS THE 2013 SHORT STORY AWARD

Saint John, NB – May 23, 2013 – This year's recipient of a $500 award in the annual short story contest presented by the South West New Brunswick chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (SWNB-PWAC) was from Sussex Regional High School.

The SWNB-PWAC 2013 Short Story contest was open to Grade 12 students attending schools in New Brunswick's Anglophone District South. Each participant wrote a 1,000 to 1,500 word short story on a topic of his or her choice, which in turn was read and critiqued by a jury of professional writers from SWNB-PWAC who then selected the top entrant.

The winner is Grade 12 student Allison MacKellar from Sussex Regional High School for her story "Mr. Henry's Last Supper." Ms. MacKellar will be presented with her $500 award at her high school graduation.

As professional writers, the SWNB-PWAC chapter members are aware clear, concise writing and being articulate plays a vital role in the future of young people today. Carmel Vivier, President of the SWNB-PWAC chapter, believes the ability to communicate through the written word is more important now than ever. With the use of social media on the rise, there is a tendency for people to forget or ignore the use of proper writing skills. We feel this short story contest provide students with the possibility of a financial reward by demonstrating their ability to communicate using proper writing skills.

Funding for the $500 award is provided by the SWNB-PWAC Chapter.

For further information on the annual Short Story Contest or SWNB-PWAC chapter, please contact Carmel Vivier at (506) 651-1768.


PWAC-SWNB PRESENTS WORKSHOP "HOP ON THE NARRATIVE TRAIN"

The PWAC SWNB Chapter is very pleased to announce one of our favourite authors/workshop presenters Sandra Phinney, will be giving a workshop on May 25th at the Kennebacasis Library, Quispamsis. The topic is Narrative Non-Fiction. This is a great tool for creating feature stories that grab the reader and keep them engaged. Sometimes referred to as 'creative nonfiction', 'literary nonfiction' or 'literary journalism', narrative nonfiction puts the pulse back into a story.

  • writers who want add a little something extra to their nonfiction writing
  • writers trying to 'find' their niche or genre
  • writers looking to take their nonfiction writing to the next level

Info: Narrative Non-Fiction Workshop
Presenter: Sandra Phinney
Date: May 25, 2013
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Place: KV Library - 1 Landing Court, Quispamsis, NB
Cost: $100 - PWAC members $125 - Non-PWAC members

This course can provide you with the tools necessary to take your writing to a whole different level, and gives you a new way to approach "story."

Due to limited seating, registration is on a first come, first pay basis and we really expect this workshop to fill up fast. To register and/or get a full workshop outline, contact Sandra Phinney at s.phinney@ns.sympatico.ca or by phone at 902 648-0462.


PWAC-SWNB ANNOUNCES 2013 SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Saint John, NB – February 27, 2013 – The Professional Writers Association of Canada – Southwest New Brunswick chapter (PWAC- SWNB) will provide a $500 award to Grade 12 students graduating from a high school in Southwestern New Brunswick this June.

To be eligible for the prize, students must write and submit an original 1,000- to 1,500-word short story on a topic of his or her choice. The stories will be read and critiqued by a jury of professional writers from PWAC- SWNB who then select the top two entrants.

Applications are available at eligible high school guidance offices as well as on the PWAC-SWNB website www.pwacswnb.ca under NEWS. The deadline for entries is May 1, 2013.

Funding for the $500 award is provided by PWAC - SWNB.

PWAC – SWNB is a group of professional writers conveniently located throughout the southwestern part of New Brunswick from Sussex to St. Andrews and many communities in between, including Hampton, Saint John, the Kennebecasis Valley, Campobello Island, Grand Manan and St. Stephen. It is the chapter’s mission to offer freelance writers the opportunity to meet on a regular basis, provide network opportunities and assist members in finding new business opportunities. For more information, contact: Carmel Vivier, chapter president (506) 651-1768; carmelv@nbnet.nb.ca

(application form for download)

 


 

LATEST NEWS: 2013

PWAC SWNB Announces Winner of Valentine’s Day Postcard Story Writing Contest

Saint John, NB – February 14, 2013 – The Southwest New Brunswick Chapter of the Professional Writers Association held its second annual postcard story competition this past winter. The contest invited writers from Atlantic Canada to submit a piece of writing (fiction or creative non-fiction) of no more than 250 words on the theme of love.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Postcard Contest was Michelle Monette from Hampton, NB with her entry "The Wedding Gift". The prize is $25.


LATEST NEWS: 2012

PWAC SWNB VALENTINES DAY POSTCARD STORY COMPETITION CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Saint John, NB - November 14, 2012 - The Southwest New Brunswick Chapter of the Professional Writers Association is holding its second ever postcard story competition. Writers from Atlantic Canada are invited to submit a piece of writing (fiction or creative non-fiction) of no more than 250 words on the theme of love.

Deadline: January 14, 2013
Entry Fee: $5.00 fee per entry, cheque or money order made payable to PWAC-SWNB.
Prize: $25 gift card from Benjamin Books, Rothesay NB
http://www.benjaminsbooks.nb.ca

The writer retains copyright of the winning postcard story.

Eligibility: This competition is open to all writers living in Atlantic Canada.

Submissions must be original, unpublished in any format, fiction or nonfiction, no more than 250 words and in English.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES

Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled. Submissions will be accepted in hardcopy only. Faxed and e-mailed submissions will NOT be accepted. Include a separate cover letter with the title of story, your full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count and number of pages of entry. The author's name should not appear on the actual entry, but on the cover letter only. Multiple submissions are welcome. Make cheque or money order, $5.00 per submission, payable to PWAC-SWNB. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order. Entries must be postmarked by January 14, 2013 to be eligible. Winner will be notified by February 14, 2013. Manuscripts will not be returned. Entries should be sent to: Ethel King - P.O. Box 20025, Station "A", Saint John, NB E2L 5B2 - clearly mark Postcard Contest on the envelope.


PWAC-SWNB PRESENTS WORKSHOP AS PART OF HAMPTON’S NATUREFEST

Freelancers invited to join award-winning freelance writer and photographer at writer’s workshop The Nature -- and Successful Business Practices -- of Freelancing

Hampton, NB – August 24, 2012 – Writers from across the Maritimes will descend upon Hampton on Sept. 22 to sit at the feet of one of the area's most renowned and successful business writers, Sandra Phinney. Author, magazine and travel guide writer, editor, writing coach, writer-in-residence, award winning journalist and teacher Phinney has written the script on the business of becoming a well paid and sought after freelance writer.

Sponsored by the South-West New Brunswick branch of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), the workshop “The Nature -- and Successful Business Practices -- of Freelancing,” will be held at the Bamara Inn in Hampton, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at a cost of just $150 ($125 for PWAC members).

“If you want to make money or more money as a freelance writer, this is a must attend workshop,” says PWAC-SWNB president and one of the workshop organizers, Carmel Vivier, “Ms. Phinney is a dynamic presenter with a wealth of information. You will come away enthused and with the right tools to do the job.”

Phinney will explore how writers can expand their freelance portfolio, looking at the opportunities in the magazine world, the hidden markets of trade journals, and using hobbies as a springboard into niche publications. She will discuss queries that work, selling an idea -- taking a different slant -- to a variety of markets and the gold mine of corporate writing. In the afternoon, she will focus on how to become business savvy as a freelance writer by organizing work flow, determining what your time is worth and whether or not your assignments are making or costing you money, when the right time might be to register for HST, negotiating tips, the latest marketing tools and networking tips.

Registrants will have ample opportunity to practice those networking tips following the workshop. A wine and cheese social ($10) and dinner ($25) will be held at the Inn, giving attendees a chance to socialize with other writers, including the presenter Sandra Phinney. Registration fee includes lunch, break refreshments and several hand-outs. Please register promptly as space is limited. To register or for further information, please contact Trudy Kelly Forsythe at trudan@nbnet.nb.ca.


PWAC SWNB POSTCARD STORY COMPETITION: A Postcard Home

Saint John, NB – July 13, 2012 – The Southwest New Brunswick Chapter of the Professional Writers Association held its first ever postcard story competition in June of this year inviting writers from Atlantic Canada to submit a piece of writing (fiction or creative non-fiction) of no more than 250 words on the theme of Canada: A Postcard Home.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Postcard Contest was Neil Sampson from Durnham Bridge, New Brunswick with his entry “Christine”. His prize is a $25 gift card from Benjamin Books, Rothesay NB
http://www.benjaminsbooks.nb.ca.


SOUTH WEST NEW BRUNSWICK PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA PRESENTS SHORT STORY AWARDS

Saint John, NB – June 14, 2012 – Two Grade 12 students from Belleisle Regional High School and Harbour View High School are this year’s recipients of a $500 award in a short story contest presented by the South West New Brunswick chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (SWNB-PWAC).

The SWNB-PWAC 2012 Short Story contest was open to Grade 12 students attending schools in the south west region of New Brunswick. Each participant wrote a 1,000 to 1,500 word short story on a topic of his or her choice, which in turn was read and critiqued by a jury of professional writers from SWNB-PWAC who then selected the top two entrants.

Each of the following Grade 12 students will receive their $500 award at their high school graduation. The winners are: Lynn Reicker (Belleisle Regional High School) for her story The Three P`s of Panicky Piano Performance ; and Nicole Cunningham (Harbour View High School) for her story The Wave.

As professional writers, the SWNB-PWAC chapter members are aware clear, concise writing and being articulate plays a vital role in the future of young people today. Carmel Vivier, President of the SWNB-PWAC chapter, believes that the skill to communicate through the written word is a valuable asset to students as they prepare to enter the work force and the competition in finding employment. With the use of social media on the rise, there is a tendency for people to forget or ignore the use of proper writing skills. Venues such as the short story contest provide students with the possibility of a financial reward by demonstrating their ability to communicate using proper writing skills.

Funding for each of the $500 awards is provided by the James Venner Russell Foundation. Miss Mary Kirk McKean, a well known History and German teacher at Saint John High School for 34 years, was a life-long patron of the arts. She established both The McKean Family Foundation and, in memory of her long standing friend, The James Venner Russell Foundation to assist in the promotion of art and culture in the Saint John area.

For further information on the Short Story Contest or SWNB-PWAC chapter, please contact Carmel Vivier at (506) 651-1768.


May 1, 2012

PWAC SWNB POSTCARD STORY COMPETITION: A Postcard Home

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

POSTCARD STORY COMPETITION

The Southwest New Brunswick Chapter of the Professional Writers Association is holding its first ever postcard story competition. Writers from Atlantic Canada are invited to submit a piece of writing (fiction or creative non-fiction) of no more than 250 words on the theme of Canada: A Postcard Home.

Deadline: June 1, 2012

Entry Fee: $5.00 fee per entry, cheque or money order made payable to PWAC-SWNB.

Prize: $25 gift card from Benjamin Books, Rothesay NB http://www.benjaminsbooks.nb.ca/

The winner will be invited to read their entry at a special evening of song and word celebrating Canada Day at the Vintage Bistro in Hampton, NB. The writer retains copyright of the winning postcard story.

Eligibility: This competition is open to all writers living in Atlantic Canada.

Submissions must be original, unpublished in any format, fiction or nonfiction, no more than 250 words and in English.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES

Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled. Submissions will be accepted in hardcopy only. Faxed and e-mailed submissions will NOT be accepted. Include a separate cover letter with the title of story, your full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and number of pages of entry. The author’s name should not appear on the actual entry, but on the cover letter only. Multiple submissions are welcome. Make cheque or money order, $5.00 per submission, payable to PWAC-SWNB. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order. Entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2012 to be eligible. Winner will be notified by June 15, 2012. Manuscripts will not be returned. Entries should be sent to: Ethel King. For address email: ethelk155@gmail.com


PWAC-SWNB PRESENTS WRITERS WORKSHOPS AT SAINT JOHN REGIONAL LIBRARY

Saint John, NB - February 27, 2012 – How to write the Pitch of your Life for non-fiction book proposals to appeal to book agents and editors plus Online Strategies for Writers will be presented at two workshops in the Saint John Regional Library on April 21.

Montreal award-winning non-fiction author Julie Barlow will present a morning workshop dealing with the six elements of a non-fiction book proposal. She will also show how to write the book you want while meeting the demands of the publishing market.

Later in the day, Kim Eagles, a corporate trainer in Moncton who bills herself as a “professional organizer, trainer and social media nut” will present Online Strategies for Writers. This session is designed to demystify online platforms and Social Media. Kim will introduce participants to key Social Network Channels and offer practical applications for them to use online tools to support and grow their business goals.

“The South West New Brunswick Chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada is bringing these top-notch presenters to Saint John because we recognize that professional development is important for the success of all writers,” says PWAC-SWNB chapter president Carmel Vivier. “Anyone who has even thought about writing and publishing a non-fiction book or is interested in developing an online strategy to promote an existing book or writing business will find these sessions of great value.”

Both workshops take place in the Saint John Regional Library on April 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A lunch break and refreshments are included in the price of $175 for members of the Professional Writers Association of Canada or $200 for non members.

For more information, including how to register, visit www.pwacswnb.ca/events.htm or contact Trudy Kelly-Forsythe at 832-0338/ or email:  trudan@nbnet.nb.ca


PWAC-SWNB ANNOUNCES 2012 SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Saint John, NB – February 27, 2012 – The Professional Writers Association of Canada – Southwest New Brunswick chapter (PWAC- SWNB) will provide two $500 awards to Grade 12 students graduating from a high school in Southwestern New Brunswick this June.

To be eligible for the prize, students must write and submit an original 1,000- to 1,500-word short story on a topic of his or her choice. The stories will be read and critiqued by a jury of professional writers from PWAC- SWNB who then select the top two entrants.

Applications are available at eligible high school guidance offices as well as on the PWAC-SWNB website www.pwacswnb.ca under NEWS. The deadline for entries is May 1, 2012.

Funding for the $500 awards is provided by the James Venner Russell Foundation. Miss Mary Kirk McKean, a well known History and German teacher at Saint John High School for 34 years, was a life-long patron of the arts. She established both The McKean Family Foundation and, in memory of her long standing friend, The James Venner Russell Foundation to assist in the promotion of art and culture in the Saint John area.

PWAC – SWNB is a group of professional writers conveniently located throughout the southwestern part of New Brunswick from Sussex to St. Andrews and many communities in between, including Bloomfield, Hampton, Saint John, the Kennebecasis Valley and St. Stephen. It is the chapter’s mission to offer freelance writers the opportunity to meet on a regular basis, provide network opportunities and assist members in finding new business opportunities. For more information, contact: Carmel Vivier, chapter president (506) 849-2136; carmelv@nbnet.nb.ca

(application form for download)

 


 

NEWS: 2011

NATUREFESTIVAL OF WRITING JOINS HAMPTON’S NATUREFEST 2011

August 18, 2011 (Hampton, NB) The Professional Writers Association of Canada – Atlantic Region is pleased to take part in Hampton’s inaugural four-day NatureFest event with NatureFestival of Writing on Sept. 24.

NatureFestival of Writing takes place at the Bamara Inn in Hampton, NB, and includes a choice between two full-day writing workshops, followed by a sumptuous dinner event with Atlantic writers/authors and a wine and cheese social with readings by local authors and a short presentation by Author Deborah Carr on the Life and Legacy of Naturalist Mary Majka.

The two workshops – Write in Nature with Deborah Carr and Write Green; Make Green with Carmel Vivier and Trudy Kelly Forsythe – take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

During Write in Nature Carr invites participants to leave structure and rules at home and join her for a full day of writing with nature as their inspiration. Participants will learn to marry observation with imagination, using techniques that easily transfer to any genre. This workshop is about forgetting self and listening to the voice of nature and learning to see your surroundings with fresh perspective and then write about what you experience.

During Write Green; Make Green, Kelly Forsythe and Vivier will discuss cultivating great story ideas; rooting out markets to pursue for publication; the essentials of a query letter; copyright and contracts; and more. Participants will go on a story finding mission at the Hampton EnviroFair then spend the afternoon working on query letters and brainstorming markets for their submissions. This workshop is for anyone with an interest in writing about nature and the environment, and in making money doing so.

Register before Sept. 9 and take advantage of our Early Bird Discount. Purchase events separately, or treat yourself to a full day and save $10. The rates are: Workshop: $125 Early Bird ($140 after Sept. 9); Dinner only: $35; Wine & Cheese Social only: $10; Workshop, Dinner, Wine & Cheese: $160 Early Bird ($175 after Sept. 9). Refreshments and a picnic lunch are included in the basic workshop fee.

Seating is limited so don’t delay! Email Carmel Vivier at carmelv@nbnet.nb.ca to register. All registrations must be made in advance. No refunds after September 9th.

About NatureFest: NatureFest is an annual celebration of nature and appreciation of the environment through various workshops, presentations, and exhibits, all in an environmentally-friendly manner. The anchor events are the already established and popular Locavore Banquet and EnviroFair, being held Friday September 23 and Saturday September 24 respectively.

About Trudy Kelly Forsythe: During her 22-year career as a professional writer, Trudy has written for magazines, radio, newspaper and the World Wide Web as well as for corporate and government clients. She writes regularly about agriculture, the environment, co-operatives and business. She is a contributor to Prose to Go, a collection of non-fiction stories by Canadian writers published in May 2011 by Bridgeross Communications. www.trudykellyforsythe.com

About Carmel Vivier: A professional writer and journalist with over 20 years experience, Carmel is very versatile in her writing style and uses her photography whenever possible to augment her articles. An award winning photographer and writer, she has written for magazines, newspapers, government agencies and the World Wide Web. Carmel has publishing credits in Canada, the UK, Ireland and United States, and is the author of Shipwrecks Off the East Coast and co-author of Scenic St. Martins – Jewel of the Bay of Fundy. She is the newsletter editor for the Atlantic Canada Farm Writers’ Association. www.carmelvivier.com

About Deborah Carr: Writer, Speaker, Author and Writing Coach, Deborah explores topics that range from peregrine falcons and shorebirds to caribou and salmon, from bakers and woodcarvers to taxidermists and fisherwomen. Her articles have appeared in Saltscapes, Outdoor Canada, Nature Canada, Wildlife Canada, and Atlantic Salmon Journal, among others, and her photography often accompanies her words. She encourages others to explore the joys of writing through her own Nature of Words creative writing workshops. She is author of Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka (Goose Lane Editions 2010), which was shortlisted for the Atlantic Booksellers’ Choice Award earlier this year. www.deborahcarr.ca

For more details, visit www.natureofwords.com or contact Carmel Vivier at carmelv@nbnet.nb.ca; Deborah Carr at writer@deborahcarr.ca or Trudy Kelly Forsythe at info@trudykellyforsythe.com.


SOUTH WEST NEW BRUNSWICK PROFESSIONAL WRITIERS ASSOCATION OF CANADA PRESENTS SHORT STORY AWARDS

Saint John, NB – June 15, 2011 – Two Grade 12 students from Belleisle Regional High School and Kennebecais Valley High School are this years recipients of a $500 awards in a short story contest presented by the South West New Brunswick chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (SWNB-PWAC).

The SWNB-PWAC 2011 Short Story contest was open to Grade 12 students attending schools in the south west region of New Brunswick. Each participant wrote a 1,000 to 1,500 word short story on a topic of his or her choice which in turn was read and critiqued by a jury of professional writers from SWNB-PWAC who then selected the top two entrants.

Each of the following Grade 12 students will receive their $500 awards at their high school graduation later this month. The winners are: Gillian Graves (Belleisle Regional High School) for her story The Two Professors; and Kyle Mason (Kennebecasis Valley High School) for his story Size Matters.

As professional writers, the SWNB-PWAC are aware writing well and being articulate plays a vital role in the future of young people today as they prepare to enter the work force and the competition in finding employment. Carmel Vivier, President of the SWNB-PWAC, believes by providing venues such as the short story contest, we can inspire students to polish their writing skills and raise their confidence level – the financial reward is an added bonus for the winners.

Funding for the $500 awards is provided by the James Venner Russell Foundation. Miss Mary Kirk McKean, a well known History and German teacher at Saint John High School for 34 years, was a life-long patron of the arts. She established both The McKean Family Foundation and, in memory of her long standing friend, The James Venner Russell Foundation to assist in the promotion of art and culture in the Saint John area.

For further information on the Short Story Contest or SWNB-PWAC, please contact Carmel Vivier at (506) 849-2136.


PWAC-SWNB ANNOUNCES 2011 SHORT STORY AWARD

Saint John, NB – March 28, 2011 – The Professional Writers Association of Canada – Southwest New Brunswick chapter (PWAC- SWNB) will provide two $500 awards to Grade 12 students graduating from a high school in Southwestern New Brunswick this June.

To be eligible for the prize, students must write and submit an original 1,000- to 1,500-word short story on a topic of his or her choice. The stories will be read and critiqued by a jury of professional writers from PWAC- SWNB who then select the top two entrants.

Applications are available at eligible high school guidance offices as well as on the PWAC-SWNB website www.pwacswnb.ca under NEWS. The deadline for entries is May 1, 2011.

Funding for the $500 awards is provided by the James Venner Russell Foundation. Miss Mary Kirk McKean, a well known History and German teacher at Saint John High School for 34 years, was a life-long patron of the arts. She established both The McKean Family Foundation and, in memory of her long standing friend, The James Venner Russell Foundation to assist in the promotion of art and culture in the Saint John area.

PWAC – SWNB is a group of professional writers conveniently located throughout the southwestern part of New Brunswick from Sussex to St. Andrews and many communities in between, including Bloomfield, Hampton, Saint John, the Kennebecasis Valley and St. Stephen. It is the chapter’s mission to offer freelance writers the opportunity to meet on a regular basis, provide network opportunities and assist members in finding new business opportunities.

For more information, contact: Carmel Vivier, chapter president (506) 849-9511;  carmelv@nbnet.nb.ca
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PWAC – SWNB NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE

SAINT JOHN, NB – January 11, 2011 – The Professional Writers Association of Canada – Southwest New Brunswick chapter elected its executive for 2011 at its monthly meeting yesterday.

Quispamsis author, Carmel Vivier is the new president replacing Rothesay writer Emma May Innis-Weisseneder, who was voted in as vice president. Sandy Morgan of St. Andrews was re-elected as secretary and Trudy Kelly Forsythe of Hampton remains in the position of treasurer.

Vivier says she is honoured and pleased to be selected as the new president of the PWAC – SWNB chapter.

“This is an exciting time for freelance writing with new media popping up, Bill-C32 issues and the fact that home office and freelance work is becoming more popular as companies look at staying viable in the sluggish economy,” Vivier says. “One of our chapter's goals this year is to have a website presence to provide an easier way for potential clients to find us.

“We are also excited about the scholarship fund we will be passing out again this year in collaboration with the James Venner Russell Foundation and the high schools in the southwestern part of the province,” she continues. “There is also the possibility of some workshops in the planning stages for the early fall of 2011.

“This is a really active group of writers and I'm really looking forward to working with everyone to make 2011 a writing success.”

Vivier is a writer and journalist with over 13 years of writing experience. An award winning photographer and writer, she has publishing credits in Canada, the UK, Ireland and United States. She is the author of Shipwrecks Off the East Coast and has recently been offered two more creative non-fiction book publishing contracts dealing with Maritime history to be published in 2011.

PWAC – SWNB is a group of professional writers conveniently located throughout the southwestern part of New Brunswick from Sussex to St. Andrews and many communities in between, including Bloomfield, Hampton, Saint John, the Kennebecasis Valley and St. Stephen. It is the chapter’s mission to offer freelance writers the opportunity to meet on a regular basis, provide network opportunities and assist members in finding new business opportunities.

For more information, contact: Carmel Vivier, chapter president carmelv@nbnet.nb.ca

NEWS FROM THE PAST: 2010

FIRST PWAC – ATLANTIC WORKSHOP HUGE SUCCESS

Registration open for online video archive of sessions about getting work with the federal government and marketing your business (including using social media)

SACKVILLE, NB – July 14, 2010 – Organizers of Communicating for Cash, a two-day series of professional development workshops for writers and other content creators in Atlantic Canada and beyond, are heralding it a huge success.

Professionals from Ontario and all four Atlantic provinces gathered in Sackville for workshops, networking and socializing, while others from across the country participated in two interactive online sessions. Communicating for Cash was organized by the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), Atlantic Region.

On Saturday morning, freelance writer, author and trainer Paul Lima kicked off the series with a marketing session. He stressed that freelance writers, and any independent practitioner, need a clear, focused business vision before they develop a marketing plan. Once they do that, he said, they should use traditional marketing tools – networking with friends and business associates; advertising and promotion; cold calling and mailing; and generating repeat business, testimonials, and referrals – in an organized, scheduled manner.

“They should also harness the power of the web,” Lima said. “A website optimized for search engines is crucial; a business-focused blog is recommended. And if independent practitioners are going to blog, they should learn how to use social networking tools, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and even YouTube.”

Saturday afternoon, Lima presented a session on Search Engine Optimization while author and editor Marion Soubliere presented Getting Work with the Federal Government. It’s something she said can be a mystery for many small business owners, however, it's not as difficult to get contract work with the Canadian government as most people think.

“The trick is knowing what you, the vendor, are supposed to do as part of the procurement process,” Soubliere said. “The information is out there, but many business owners don’t know where to find it. Plus, writing proposals to bid on government tenders is only one way to get government work. There are other less time-consuming ways, like getting on source lists and supplier databases, subcontracting to companies that already have government contracts, or getting contracts through temp agencies.

On Sunday, Johanna Bertin, author of Don Messer the Man Behind the Music, shared the research tools and techniques she developed and the interviewing skills she used to draw out the personal details that made the book such a rich, intimate portrait of the New Brunswick legend. Akoulina Connell, Goose Lane Editions managing editor, presented A Package with Punch: How to Make a Successful Non-fiction Submission to a publisher. “Writing for a living necessitates keeping up on trends, styles and technological improvements,” said Ross Mavis, PWAC regional director. “There is no better investment than taking pertinent and affordable workshops to keep your writing fresh and marketable. PWAC arranges these to help members and non members alike."

Fredericton-based Golden Coast International Inc. filmed Soubliere’s government and Lima’s marketing sessions and anyone who missed them can now go to www.pwacatlantic.ca to purchase access to the on-demand video archives. They will be available for viewing starting on July 15, 2010.

Along with the top-quality professional development and an abundance of networking opportunities and social activities, another highlight of the weekend, was the official establishment of PWAC Atlantic, a chapter of members spread throughout the region from Newfoundland to New Brunswick, and its website www.pwacatlantic.ca.

Sponsors of the event were the Canadian Freelance Union, the Quebec/Atlantic chapter of the Editors Association of Canada and the Moncton Area Freelance Writers. Other supporters were Golden Coast Incorporated/George Butters, Goose Lane Editions, Strong&Free, Jennifer Fiander - Canadian Disability Resources Database, Marion Soubliere, Paul Lima, Johanna Bertin, Allison Finnamore, Ross Mavis, Carmel Vivier, Jennifer Power Scott and Trudy Kelly Forsythe Freelance Writing Services.

For more information, contact: Ross Mavis (506) 763-2118 info@pwacatlantic.ca


SOUTHWEST NEW BRUNSWICK PROFESSIONAL WRITERS' ASSOCIATION OF CANADA PRESENTS SHORT STORY AWARDS

SWNB – June 15, 2010 – Three Grade 12 students from St. Malachy’s Memorial High School, Belleisle Regional High School and Sussex Regional High School are this year’s recipients of a $1,000 awards in a short story contest presented by the South West New Brunswick chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (SWNB-PWAC).

The SWNB-PWAC 2010 Short Story contest was open to Grade 12 students attending schools in the south west region of New Brunswick. Each participant wrote a 1,000 to 1,500 word short story on a topic of his or her choice which in turn was read and critiqued by a jury of professional writers from SWNB-PWAC who then selected the top three entrants.

Each of the following Grade 12 students will receive their $1,000 awards at their high school graduation later this month. The winners are: Adam Pottle (St. Malachy’s Memorial High School) for his short story Retirement; Shawnee Totton (Belleisle Regional High School) for her story Peaches are Poison; and Brian Fanjoy (Sussex Regional High School) for his story Beauty Unnoticed.

As professional writers, the SWNB-PWAC are aware writing well and being articulate plays a vital role in the future of young people today as they prepare to enter the work force and the competition in finding employment. Emma May Innis-Weisseneder, President of the SWNB-PWAC, believes by providing venues such as the short story contest, we can inspire students to polish their writing skills and raise their confidence level – the financial reward is an added bonus for the winners.

Funding for the $1,000 awards is provided by the James Venner Russell Foundation. Miss Mary Kirk McKean, a well known History and German teacher at Saint John High School for 34 years, was a life-long patron of the arts. She established both The McKean Family Foundation and, in memory of her long standing friend, The James Venner Russell Foundation to assist in the promotion of art and culture in the Saint John area.

For further information on the Short Story Contest or SWNB-PWAC, please contact Emma May Innis-Weisseneder at (506) 849-2833.

 
 

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last updated 29 November 2012