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Seize the opportunity to try your hand at long-form fiction, and share your stories at weekly workshop sessions. Throughout the course, students will gain practice in various aspects of fiction writing. By the end of the course, students will complete an outline and a portion of their novella or novel.

CEJN 120/D1
Mondays.  Jun. 23, 2014 to Aug. 11, 2014.
17:45 – 20:15
Cost: $255 CDN
Taught by author, instructor and creativity coach Elizabeth Johnston. She is the author of No Small Potatoes, a creative non-fiction book about food security. Elizabeth has had over 100 articles published in newspapers and magazines, her poetry is included in the anthology, A Room at the Heart of Things, and her most recent project is the creation of the video poem, Keepsake.


To register in person, go to Concordia’s Centre for Continuing Education located at
1600 Ste-Catherine West, First Floor (FB 117) or call the Centre at (514) 848-3600.
You can also contact the Centre by email:
As well, full registration details are available from the Centre’s website:


Here are some comments from those who have taken workshops with or been coached in writing by Elizabeth:


  • ·         Brava to a real great teacher! I have found that you have helped me immensely, and certainly inspired me to actually begin what I have wanted to do for some time. All of your suggestions and exercises have been most helpful, and getting the participants involved with criticism of others’ work is both interesting and worthwhile. Virginia LeMoyne, Montreal, Qc
  • ·         You have the ability to unlock whatever ‘treasures’ are in my mind. Your guidance and direction were just what I needed. Marilyn Golden, Pierrefonds, Qc
  • ·         Elizabeth is very patient. she makes class fun! A very generous and warm teacher. David Turpie, Montreal, Qc
  • ·         I was very inspired by your method of focusing our writing on everyday subjects. It surely made me very attentive in class, and I was able to produce beyond my own expectations. Gwen Goring, St. Hubert, Qc
  • ·         Thanks, Elizabeth, for radically changing my life! Marianne, Montreal, Canada
  • ·         Your compassion and caring nature is greatly appreciated by my sensitive self. Dawn Ford, Montreal, Quebec
  • ·         Elizabeth was an incredible source of insight and inspiration. Lisa Starbard, Massachusetts


Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program

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Momentum for your mountain stories

Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program

August 15 – October 15, 2014 (off-site manuscript development)
October 31 – November 21, 2014 (on-site)
Apply by June 15, 2014

Faculty: Tony Whittome, Marni Jackson

If you’re seeking focused time to work on a project in the field of mountain and wilderness writing under the guidance of experienced faculty editors, this residency is for you.

About the Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program
Immerse yourself in the writing project of your choice in the company of five other emerging and established writers with similar interests. Projects may range from feature articles to poetry, or fiction, but must be in the area of mountain or wilderness culture, which includes writing with a focus on adventure, history, or the environment.

Along with private studio time in our exclusive Leighton Colony, you’ll benefit from individual consultation with two faculty editors experienced in book and magazine publishing, as well as from regular workshop discussions with fellow writers.

Access the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival
Participants will receive complimentary tickets to the Book Festival activities of the annual Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival — the premier platform for mountain writers. Be inspired by readings, lectures, panel discussions, book launches, and signings. Take the opportunity to network with other writers, editors, publishers, and other Festival guests.

Argo Featured Reading: Daniel Canty & Oana Avasilichioaei

Argo Featured Reading #24:
Daniel Canty & Oana Avasilichioaei

(reading from Wigrum, by D. Canty and tr. by O. Avasilichioaei, as well as new work by Avasilichioaei)
@ Argo Bookshop (1915 Ste. Catherine West)
Thursday, March 20th, 7PM

Daniel Canty has produced many innovative works in literature, film, design, theatre, as well as the visual and media arts, and he is well known for his collaborations with other creators from these fields. In addition to his recent literary work (Wigrum, 2011; Le Livre de chevet, 2009), he has produced site-specific installations in libraries and former train stations (Bruire, 2013; Le Tableau des départs, 2010), and produced award-winning films, librettos, and myriad other projects.

“It’s October 1944. During a brief respite from the aerial bombardment of London, Sebastian Wigrum absconds from his small flat and disappears into the fog for a walk in the Unreal City. This is our first and only encounter with the enigmatic man we come to discover decades later through more than one hundred everyday objects he has left behind. Wigrum’s bequest is a meticulously catalogued collection of the profoundly ordinary: a camera, some loose teeth, candies and keys, soap, bits of string, hazelnuts, and a handkerchief. Moving through the inventory artifact to artifact, story to story, we become immersed in a dreamlike narrative bricolagedetermined as much by the objects’ museological presentation as by the tender and idiosyncratic mania of Wigrum’s impulse to collect them.” (Wigrum, tr. by Oana Avasilichioaei, Talon Books)

Poet, translator and editor, Oana Avasilichioaei’s books include We, Beasts (Wolsak & Wynn, 2012, winner of the QWF’s A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry) and feria: a poempark (Wolsak & Wynn, 2008). Her most recent translation is Wigrum, a novel by Daniel Canty (Talonbooks, 2013) and she was the editor of the Quebec poetry feature in Aufgabe 12 (New York, 2013). Her current work-in-progress is Limbinal and she can be found at

“With undeniable verve, Oana Avasilichioaei upends expectations of literature and poetry in the fascinating collection We, Beasts. The books is a fairy tale; a book within a book; a collection of verse; a mediation on language, real and imagined and a sly social commentary all in one.”… “Her incantatory ‘songs’ and the insertion of a chapbook of ‘spelles’ give a feel of ancient power to the often medieval imagery.” (Jonathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Press)

Announcing new interdisciplinary offerings at The Banff Centre

Announcing interdisciplinary opportunities in arts and tech

From the initial spark of an idea to a full scale production, The Banff Centre is the perfect place for interdisciplinary artists to create. The Centre is pleased to announce new offerings for composers, choreographers, visual artists, writers, performance artists, photographers, filmmakers, dancers, playwrights, musicians, directors, and those involved in other new and emerging art practices.

Now accepting applications: 
Interdisciplinary Arts Residency

Application deadline: June 2, 2014This latest residency is designed to support artists, collectives, and companies in the creation, investigation, and production of new work that crosses disciplines and genres. Utilizing the various artistic facilities on campus, artists will be able to explore projects that blur boundaries.

Artists at various stages of artistic practice are encouraged to apply, whether they are at the conceptual stage, ready for development and production, or preparing for presentation. Adjudication is based on artistic merit and the ability of The Banff Centre to help realize the project.

Apply today!

Call for presenters: Convergence

An International Summit on Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology
November 27 – 30, 2014

Pour voir en français s’il-vous-plait cliquez iciThe Banff Centre is seeking national and international presenters on subjects related to interdisciplinary arts practices that engage with digital arts for an upcoming arts summit Convergence.

Convergence is dedicated to exploring what happens when contemporary professional practices in all forms of music, visual and digital art, film, theatre, dance, literature, or interdisciplinary arts cross-pollinate with emerging production and dissemination technologies.

Learn More

QWF Workshops

Workshop leader: JASON SELMAN
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Quebec Writers’ Federation Office, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Suite 3
Workshop fee: $80 for QWF members; $85 for non-members
Cost of QWF membership (annual) and workshop: $105
Payment is due within one week of registration to confirm your spot.
To register, email:

Workshops with spaces still available

8-Week Workshops

Email to register.


TUESDAYS, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. – March 11 to May 6, 2014 (No meeting April 15)

Location: 1 Weredale Park, Westmount, Quebec, (Corner Atwater & René Lévesque, behind St. Stephen’s Church) | Map


TUESDAYS, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. – April 8 to May 27, 2014

Location: Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore, 211 Bernard West, Mile End, Montreal


Intensive One-Day Workshops

Email: to register.

One-day workshops will take place in the QWF Office, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3, Westmount, Quebec.

SATURDAY, April 5, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Publishing 2.0 Tips and Traps

Time is running out to register for The Writers Union of Canada (TWUC) one-day workshops in February called Publishing 2.0 Tips and TrapsThe Toronto workshop is already sold out but there is still space in Montreal on February 17 and Ottawa on February 18.


You won’t want to miss out on this full day of professional development advice for writers in all phases of their careers. Authors Mary W. Waltersand Caroline Adderson, along with author and executive director of TWUC, John Degen will discuss writing in the digital age. The workshop will consider both the Traditional Path to Publication and Independent Publication including topics such as working with agents and editors, keys to successful submissions, crowdsourcing, contract terms, royalty rates, copyright, managing your digital rights, design work, distribution, and promotion.

Workshops run from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The registration fee is $95.00; TWUC members pay only $80.00. Both prices include any materials and lunch.


Register online at


Please feel free to share this information along to anyone you think might be interested.


Don’t delay, register today!


All-genre workshop

February 22nd, 2014

“Writing the Between”

Betsy Warland’s

Montreal Workshop

All-genre workshop 10AM – 5PM

Betweenness is usually something to avoid – the devil and the deep blue sea, between a rock and a hard place – yet writers need to engage with it.

Whether it’s between doubt and confidence, cultures, drafts, languages, time frames, genres, race, writing projects, different art forms, conflicting memories, identities, truth and fiction, betweeness is a dynamic site.

Betsy will establish a conceptual framework and provide a series of exercises to enable you to identify and access the greater narrative potential found in writing into, and out of, the betweenness in your writing. 

There will be one short pre-workshop exercise to complete and bring to the workshop.

Cost: $90

Fee due: February 1st, 2014

Location: the Plateau (Mont Royal Metro)

For registration and further details contact:
Use in Subject line: Montreal Workshop 

Publishers’ PD Seminar with Cynthia Good on editorial direction – Jan 15 2014

Join us on Wednesday January 15th at the Atwater Library Auditorium for a presentation of ‘Acquiring Wisdom: Insight for Editorial Direction’ by Cynthia Good, Director of the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College. Doors open at 4pm; presentation to begin at 4:15. Coffee and cookies will be served. Everyone welcome! RSVP to



Cynthia Good, Director of the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College, has been in the publishing industry for thirty-five years. She was appointed the first editorial director of Penguin Books Canada in the early ‘80’s. There, she was responsible for establishing a publishing program which grew into one of the most successful in Canada. Under her leadership the roster included such writers as John Ralston Saul, Michael Ignatieff, Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, Timothy Findley, Stuart McLean,Peter Robinson, Guy Gavriel Kay, Will Ferguson and many others. After twenty years with Penguin, Ms. Good resigned in 2003 when she was president and publisher. Following her years at Penguin, she became fiction-editor-at-large for Walrus Magazine, and consulted for a variety of public and private organizations until conceiving and developing the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College. She continues to consult for publishers and speak widely on the subjects of writing and publishing.

In addition to several academic awards, Ms. Good has received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for outstanding volunteer service. Most recently she has been chosen as one of the 100 Alumni of Influence by University College.

She was awarded an Honorary Degree by Mount Allison University in 2006 and was appointed Trent University Ashley Fellow for the 2007/2008 academic year where she is now Adjunct Professor.

She is currently on the Toronto grant review team for the Trillium Foundation and lives in Toronto.

Publishing 2.0 Tips and Traps – REGISTER NOW

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is holding a series of one-day professional development workshops for writers called Publishing 2.0 – Tips and TrapsRegistration is now taking place for workshops in Moncton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto in February 2014.

Authors Mary W. Walters and Caroline Adderson, along with author and executive director of TWUC, John Degen will discuss writing in the digital age. The workshop will consider both theTraditional Path to Publication and Independent Publication including topics such as working with agents and editors, keys to successful submissions, crowdsourcing, contract terms, royalty rates, copyright, managing your digital rights, design work, distribution, and promotion.

Workshops will be held from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The registration fee is $95.00; TWUC members pay only $80.00. Both prices include any materials and lunch.


For registration go to


Please circulate this message to anyone you think will be interested in attending. We will be distributing paper brochures in a few weeks.