February Member of the Month: Robin McGrath

Robin McGrath

Robin McGrath

Robin McGrath was born in Newfoundland, just prior to Confederation. She failed two years of high school, but went on to take a PhD under the supervision of James Reaney at the University of Western Ontario, where she later taught. She was an associate professor of English at the University of Alberta before resigning in 1993 to return to her home province to write full time.  In 2006 she moved to Labrador with her husband, Judge John Joy.  She writes a non-fiction book review column for The Telegram and a social commentary column for the Northeast Avalon Times and is a feature writer for Labrador Life. Robin is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Visual Artists’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Book Arts Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a letterset printer and printmaker and the author of over twenty books. Honours and awards include the Henry Fuerstenberg Canadian Jewish Poetry Award, 1999; the Children’s Book Centre Choice 1999; the Commonwealth Book Award Shortlist, 2003; the Geldert Medal of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, 2004; the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage and History Award, 2004; and the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction, 2010. She is on the Board of the Labrador Creative Arts Festival, and the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Newfoundland Quarterly, and is a volunteer with Them Days Magazine and Archive and the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre.

What inspired you to become a writer?

Most writers say they’ve known writing was their calling since they were kids.  Not me. I did a bit of academic writing but that’s all, until one day I was telling Al Purdy a story about one of my neighbours, and he clapped his hand over my mouth and ordered me to write it down for him. That was the first piece of creative writing I ever had published. So it’s not what inspired me, it’s who. Al did.

What is your genre?

I don’t have one. I choose the genre according to the material I have on hand. I write poetry, fiction, non-fiction, doggerel, drama, cartoons, you name it. I don’t think that’s helped my career—I may be seen as a dilettante. I can’t help it, that’s the way it works for me.

What is your writing process?

It depends what I’m writing. Poetry tends to come spontaneously—it just erupts and then I revise and polish. Fiction, I think through until I’m sure I have it pretty-well all clear in my mind, then I write it down as fast as I can and worry about the fine tuning later.Non-fiction, I research for ages, assemble my material, and work very slowly and systematically, revising and fact checking as I go. When I have to review a book, I read it with a pencil in my hand, I scribble  notes in the margins and on the end pages, I don’t read anything else until I’m finished, and I write the review immediately, revising it later when I’ve had more time to think. I almost always work ahead of deadlines so I have time to revise and proof-read. Every time I’ve ever sent in a piece of work as soon as I’ve finished it, I’ve regretted it.

What books have influenced your writing style the most? 

I’ve no idea—I’ve read so much. If I’m planning to write fiction, I will often read some Alice Munro before I begin, just to set the bar high. If it’s non-fiction, Joseph Mitchell. Poetry, John Steffler or Michael Crummy or Mary Dalton, so I don’t lose my Newfoundland voice.

Do you ever experience “writer’s block” and if so, how do you prevail?

I switch genres. If a story isn’t coming together or a poem isn’t emerging, I’ll start a research article on saw mills or Inuit map making or something totally different. I think if I got really stuck, I’d write a cook book.  I have to cook every day regardless of how uninspired I am. I like cooking, but I really like eating, so I think that would get me going again.

Are you currently working on any writing projects?

Since I have two newspaper columns, I always have something that needs doing. But I usually have a larger project on the go also, and at the moment it’s the text for Geoff Butler’s illustrated “Ode to Labrador.”

Do you have a favourite writer and if so, who and why?

When I read a really good book, I always have a crush on the author for a while. This week it’s Gary Saunders since I just finished “My Life with Trees,” a really wonderful book. Next week or next month it will be someone else.

What book(s) are you currently reading?

I don’t usually have more than one book on the go at a time, but I was reading Kate Taylor’s Madam Proust and the Kosher Kitchen and then lost it under the bed, so I started a science fiction paperback I found at the library, The Postman (I think it was a movie with Kevin Costner). Then yesterday, a copy of White Eskimo turned up in the mail and I can’t wait to get at it. This isn’t Harold Horwood’s White Eskimo, this is an account of Knud Rasmussen’s Fifth Thule Expedition by Stephen R. Bown. I think The Postman will go back to the library unfinished and Madam Proust will have to wait.

What advice would you give your younger writing self, based on your experiences now?

Study grammar—it’s a slog but it’s necessary. You can break the rules once you know them. And revise and proof-read until you’re sick to death of it. Writing’s a job, not just a calling, and jobs require hard work.

Do you have any advice for emerging writers? 

Once you’ve done the best work you can, send it out to publishers.  A rejection letter or even dead silence is a critique of sorts, and until you know what works and what doesn’t, you’ll keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Even worse, you might not find out until too late that your work is really good and publishers want it. Hold it back long enough to polish it but then send it out. Give it a chance. And develop a thick skin.


Spring Tides Call for Expressions of Interest

DEADLINE EXTENDED

Spring Tides is an annual reading series held between March and June showcasing new and established writers. The series presents four to five readings – usually two in St. John’s and others around the province – each featuring two writers. Each featured writer reads for approximately 20 minutes and participates in a brief Q & A following the reading. WANL provides an honorarium of $125 to each reader.

WANL seeks expressions of interest (EOI) from writers who would like to participate in this series during 2016. Preference will be given to writers who have a recently published book. (Please note: Submitting an expression of interest does not guarantee you a reading spot in this series.) Should you have a launch scheduled for the Spring of 2016, please let us know where and when.

Eligibility

  • Participation in this series is open to WANL members in good standing.
  • Writers who read in this series in 2015 are not eligible.

 Submissions guidelines

Expressions of interest must include:

Mailing address, telephone and email;

  • An up-to-date list of publications and invited readings;
  • The locations, and months between March 2016 and June 2016 you are available to read.

Submissions that do not contain ALL of the requested information will be deemed ineligible. Readers will be chosen and confirmed in late February 2016.

EOIs should be submitted to the attention of the Readings Committee at:

Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
223 Duckworth Street, Suite 208
St. John’s, NL, A1C 6N1
Email: wanl@nf.aibn.com

Submissions deadline EXTENDED: Received by 4PM February 12, 2016

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Spring Tides Reading Series Call For Local Volunteer Organizers

WANL’s Readings Committee is interested in hearing from WANL members who would like to act as local organizers for a Spring Tides Reading in their community. Expressing interest does not guarantee that a reading will be held in your community, but will help the committee get a sense of where there might be support for an event. Interested volunteer organizers should contact wanlassist@nf.aibn.com.


January Member of the Month: Tina Traverse

Tina Traverse

Tina Traverse

Tina Traverse is a passionate writer, avid reader, a self-proclaimed Autism Warrior Mom and Proud Newfie Gal.

Tina hails from a quaint little hamlet on a quaint little island known as Canada’s youngest province, Newfoundland. The desire for writing came at an early age when she wrote her spin on the Bible’s Good Samaritan story for her third-grade class. When she fell off the traditional publishing path, Tina stumbled onto an exciting new path called, self-publishing. It’s been a thrilling journey, publishing not only her work, but being a part of numerous anthologies.

In her spare time, Tina enjoys leisurely strolls in the great outdoors, playing Thomas the Tank Engine with her youngest son and being beat at Wii bowling by her teenage son.

Tina lives with her husband of too many years to count in a scenic town by the bay.

What inspired you to become a writer?

My first introduction to writing came when I was eight years old and wrote my version of the biblical story of the Good Samaritan. From that moment, I fell in love with writing. 

What is your genre?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. I would say Urban fantasy romance with thriller and horror elements. 

 What is your writing process?

When an idea for a story pops into my head, I allow it to take shape in my mind, playing it out like a movie before sitting down at the computer to write it. After the first draft, I will go through several subsequent drafts before sending it off to my editor. Once my manuscript returns, I apply the changes the editor has noted, and after a couple more read throughs, I will publish it.

What books have influenced your writing style the most?

I grew up reading a variety of books in a variety of genres, however as a teenager I enjoyed Danielle Steele novels. At that age, I enjoyed her stories and style of writing and wanted to write stories similar to hers. 

My preference for the romance genre changed to thrillers and mystery novels as I became older. 

Do you ever experience “writer’s block” and if so, how do you prevail?

Yes, I get writer’s block all the time. Sometimes, to overcome it, I take a break from the writing until the ideas start flowing again. If this doesn’t work, I will write an outline detailing the events of each chapter which usually helps with releasing the ideas of what I want to happen next. 

Are you currently working on any writing projects?

 Yes, I am. I published my current set-in-Newfoundland novel, Scarlet Desire: Covet, which is book one of the Scarlet Desire trilogy, in July. I’m currently working on book two, Scarlet Desire: Impulse. 

Do you have a favourite writer and if so, who and why?

My favourite writer is Stephen King. While I do enjoy his books, he is my favourite because of his personal story. When I gave up on writing because of self-doubt, learning about how he overcame his struggles to become one of most popular and respected authors out there inspired me to start writing again. 

What book(s) are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Triton the Aegean Chronicles by a fellow self-published author, Yelle Hughes. 

What advice would you give your younger writing self, based on your experiences now?

Based on my experiences, the advice I would give my younger self would be:

  • Make sure the plot and characters are intriguing, consistent and developed. 
  • The manuscript will have to go through several drafts before it’s submitted to a qualified, honest editor. 
  • Then it will need to go through a few more drafts before it can be published. 
  • Pick a cover artist who knows what they are doing and will work with you and your vision of how you want the cover to appear. 
  • Most importantly, though, find a supportive network of fellow authors who are willing to give advice and share their experiences and do the same for them.

Do you have any advice for emerging writers?

The advice I would offer to emerging writers is the same advice I would give my younger self. The only thing I would add is when filled with self-doubt, remember even the most successful writers have insecurities. Just be willing to accept that this is a natural part of the writing process and through time, you will get better. Writing is about growth and enjoying your passion. 

 

 


Call for Submissions for the 2016 Newfoundland & Labrador Book Awards

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) and the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (LAFNL) invite submissions to the 2016 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards (NLBAs). The NLBAs celebrate and honour excellence in writing by authors in Canada’s easternmost province.

Eligible submissions are adjudicated by independent juries recruited and facilitated by WANL. These awards cover a two-calendar-year publishing period, with pairings of Fiction and Children’s/Young Adult Literature presented in even years, and Poetry and Non-fiction presented in alternate years. The Newfoundland and Labrador Fiction Award and the Bruneau Family Foundation Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award will be awarded in 2016.

Submission requirements:
Residency

  • The awards are open only to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The author must have lived in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least 36 months of the last 5 years.
  • The residency period for the 2016 awards is the five calendar years 2011-2015.

Eligible works

  • Published between January 1st, 2014, and December 31st, 2015.
  • Books must be single-authored.
  • Anthologies and audio books are not eligible.
  • Books that have been translated are eligible. However, in the case of a translated book, the award is to go exclusively to the author.
  • Books that have been taken from dictation are also eligible, but, again, only the prime creator of the work will be given the award.
  • Books that contain other media in addition to writing (photos, CDs, graphics, etc. by the writer or other artists) are eligible provided there is only one writer. The award will be given only to the writer of the book’s text and only for the writing.
  • Self-published books are eligible provided they are professionally produced, i.e., printed by a commercial printer.
  • Members of WANL’s Literary Awards Committee are not eligible.
  • Revised editions will be considered when the following conditions are met:
  • The book has not been previously submitted to The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards; and
  • In the opinion of the Literary Awards Committee, the book contains new material to the extent that it is not merely a re-issue of a previous publication.

Submission procedures:

  • Include four (4) non-returnable copies of each book
  • Include a signed letter stating the category entered and confirming that all submission requirements have been met
  • Include the entry fee payment of $20 per submission/title, to:

Newfoundland & Labrador Book Awards
c/o Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
Haymarket Square, Suite 208, 223 Duckworth Street
St. John’s, NL, A1C 6N1

Ineligible and/or incomplete submissions will not be returned and the $20 entry fee will not be refunded.

Submissions deadline: Postmarked by January 15, 2016

The Newfoundland & Labrador Book Awards are sponsored by the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and administered by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador under the distinguished patronage of The Honourable Frank Fagan, CM, ONL, MBA, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Funders of the 2016 NLBAs include: Bruneau Family Foundation

Partners of the 2016 NLBAs include: The Telegram, Perfect Day Canada


WANL’s 2016 Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers Call for Applications

Call for Applications

The Writers’ Alliance invites applications from individuals interested in its 2016 Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers. Applicants to both the mentor and apprentice positions are being sought. The apprentice position is designed for writers who have a substantial work-in-progress and who are committed to the creative development of their writing. The mentor position is designed for writers with a history of publication and a commitment to the craft of writing. Each apprentice will be matched with a mentor to work on a one-to-one basis over an intensive five-month period beginning in Spring 2016, pending funding.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY
Who can apply as an apprentice?

  • WANL members in good standing with a substantial work-in-progress in any genre
  • Individuals prepared for a disciplined, focused period of work during which writing is a priority
  • Individuals who did not participate in this program in 2015
  • 18 years and older.

Who can apply as a mentor?

  • WANL members in good standing who are working in any genre
  • Individuals who have a significant publication history and some mentorship or teaching experience
  • Individuals who did not participate in this program in 2015.

Mentors are expected to contribute 25 hours to in-person conferencing (where possible) and 25 hours to reading/prep work, or some combination thereof, to this program. Remuneration will be up to $2,000, funding pending. The program is provided at no cost to apprentices. A committee will select and match mentors and apprentices.

HOW TO APPLY
For an apprentice position, please submit the following in triplicate:

A typewritten, double-spaced, ten-page sample of your work on 8.5 x 11 white paper (poetry submissions are exempt from the double-spacing requirement); include length of manuscript to date (i.e., word count or number of poems)

  • A statement of what you hope to achieve during the mentorship and how you think it will assist you with your manuscript;
  • A summary of your recent writing history, how long you’ve been writing, and your publication credits, if any.

For a mentor position, please submit the following in triplicate:

Your C.V., including publication credits;

  • A cover letter stating your mentoring or teaching philosophy and any previous mentorship experience;
  • Genre(s) you are interested in mentoring.

Incomplete applications will not be eligible. Email submissions will NOT be accepted.

A committee will select and match apprentices with mentors. Before final acceptance, successful apprentices may be asked to provide their full manuscript. Successful applicants will be notified in March 2016.

Send applications to:
Mentorship Program
Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
223 Duckworth Street, Suite 208
Haymarket Square
St. John’s, NL
A1C 6N1

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Postmarked no later than January 27, 2016

This Program is made available through generous funding by: Canada Council for the Arts  &  RBC Royal Bank Canada


December Member of the Month: Annie Daylon

Annie Daylon

Annie Daylone December Member of the Month

Annie Daylon is a Newfoundlander, born and raised on the Avalon Peninsula where the majority of her latest novel, Of Sea and Seed, is set. The idea for this novel emerged when her ninety-three year old father told her a true tale of a little girl who had survived the 1929 tsunami.

Annie was a long-time teacher before she delved into writing. Her novel Castles in the Sand won the 2012 Houston Writers Guild Novel Contest and received the B.R.A.G. Medallion for excellence in indie publishing. To date, she has written forty short stories and has won, or been short-listed in, several contests. Her work appears in literary magazines and anthologies in Canada and the United States and she’s recently released a picture book titled The Many-Colored Invisible Hats of Brenda-Louise.

Annie is a member of the Federation of British Columbia Writers and the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador. She lives in the British Columbia Fraser Valley with her husband David and their dog CoCo.

What inspired you to become a writer?

I have always loved books and language. I knew I would be a writer ‘someday.’ It wasn’t until my husband was diagnosed with cancer that I clicked into the idea that the only time we have is ‘today.’

What is your genre?

I am a multigenre author. In the last eight years, I have written three novels, many short stories, and one picture book. My current novel (OF SEA AND SEED, The Kerrigan Chronicles, Book I) is a literary family saga, set in the 1920s on the island of Newfoundland. My last novel (CASTLES IN THE SAND) is a suspense-filled story of a homeless man, set in Vancouver in 2010.

What is your writing process?

I write first thing, daily. My approach is to write a complete first draft, no edits. I do my research, I write an outline, and then I fall into the story, sometimes veering from the outline.

What books have influenced your writing style the most?

There are many influences: The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber; The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx; The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins; Fall on Your Knees by Anne-Marie MacDonald; Who Has Seen the Wind by W. O. Mitchell.

Do you ever experience “writer’s block” and if so, how do you prevail?

I don’t think of it as writer’s block; I think of it as a problem to be solved. The solution is always time. Ideas need to percolate.

Are you currently working on any writing projects?

Oh yes! I am now working on Book II of The Kerrigan Chronicles (50 000 words in) and another suspense novel (30 000 words in.)

Do you have a favourite writer and if so, who and why?

I’m an avid reader and enjoy many authors, including Anne Tyler, Alice Munro, and Lisa Moore.

What book(s) are you currently reading?

In addition to a book about the business of writing, I am currently reading Where White Horses Gallop by Beatrice MacNeil  and The Children of Men by P. D. James.

What advice would you give your younger writing self, based on your experiences now?

Start now. It takes a long time to develop a craft.

Do you have any advice for emerging writers?

Learn your craft and be persistent.

You can follow Annie on her website: www.anniedaylon.com


2015 NLCU Fresh Fish Award Winner

 

 

The Honourable Frank Fagan and Allison Chaytor-Loveys present the Fresh Fish Award to author Susie Taylor. Photo courtesy of Denise Dunne.

Congratulations to Susie Taylor, the winner of this year’s NLCU Fresh Fish Award for her novel Dispelling the Myths. The 2015 winner was announced on November 10 at Government House in St. John’s at a ceremony hosted by The Honourable Frank F. Fagan, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador and Her Honour Mrs. Patricia Fagan.

Taylor was presented with a cheque for $5,000, a credit for $1,000 in professional editing services, and an engraved miniature replica of “Man Nailed to a Fish” by sculptor Jim Maunder for her winning manuscript. Runners-up Sharon Bala, for her novel The Boat People, and Eva Crocker, for her short story collection, Barrelling Forward and Other Stories, each took home $1,000 cash prizes.

Here’s some of what the jury said: “Dispelling the Myths is a thoroughly engaging coming-of-age novel. Daisy’s journey through high school brings it all back with uncomfortable vividness: the profound social unease, the unpredictability of teen friendships, the unsettling sense of never really knowing who you are, the baffling unreasonableness of adult behaviour. That vividness could almost be unpleasant, only it’s not—it’s funny, witty, with a sophisticated control of tone that allows the author to balance the authenticity of the main character’s point of view with situations that will be understood differently by the reader.

The novel has several distinctive strengths. One is the element of abruptness, the sudden change of topic. There is no pedestrian filling-in of dead time with mundane details: when one scene is over, we leap a little into the next one, and the result is an energetic pacing that propels the narrative forward… Another strength is the concise and trenchant clarity with which the social realities of teenage life are expressed…. Style is consistent and authoritative; characters are individualized and feel real; the world of the novel feels entirely credible and we are rooting for Daisy as she navigates her bumpy path through it. This is fine, smart, poignant, entertaining novel.”

Susie Taylor was born in England, grew up in Ontario and moved to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2002 where she lives in the historic town of Harbour Grace. Taylor graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.A. in Fine Arts in 2000 and subsequently, as she puts it, “worked many, many retail jobs.”



2015 WANL Annual General Meeting

Roanie Levy to present on future of Access Copyright

Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Annual General Meeting

October 25, 2015 3:00 pm

Cox & Palmer Second Space
LSPU Hall
3 Victoria Street
St. John’s

Access Copyright Executive Director Roanie Levy is the featured guest speaker at the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s (WANL) AGM on Sunday, October 25 in St. John’s.

Roanie will be discussing Access Copyright’s ongoing efforts to transform and make the use of paid or licensed content significantly more convenient than relying on free content.

Roanie will also touch on the licensing challenges currently facing Access Copyright, including the impact of the education sector’s “fair dealing” guidelines, which promote the copying of content without compensation for creators and publishers.

If you’re a WANL member or an affiliate near St. John’s, we hope to see you on Sunday.


2015 Newfoundland and Labrador NLCU Fresh Fish Award Shortlist

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2015 NLCU Fresh Fish Award!

Sharon Bala (St. John’s)

for her novel, The Boat People

Eva Crocker (St. John’s)

for her short story collection, Barreling Forward and Other Stories

Susie Taylor (Harbour Grace)

for her novel, Dispelling the Myths

Their work was chosen from submissions of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.

The 2015 nominees will read from their short-listed works at Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s, on Monday, November 9, at 7 PM.

The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at Government House on Tuesday, November 10, and will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and $1,000 towards professional editing services. Runners-up each receive $1,000. This event is hosted by The Honourable Frank F. Fagan, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador and Her Honour Mrs. Patricia Fagan.

The biennial award is presented by the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in partnership with the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.

This program is generously supported with funding by

NLCU

RELEASE: ArtsNL offers condolences on the passing of former council member and visual artist Gerry Squires

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador sends out its deepest condolences to Gerry Squires’ family. Gerry was, and still is, an important figure in the arts community of Newfoundland and Labrador, and his passing will be seen as a huge loss to all.

ArtsNL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ArtsNL offers condolences on the passing of former council member and visual artist Gerry Squires

October 5, 2015 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL wishes to offer heartfelt condolences to the family of Gerry Squires on the sad occasion of his passing.

“Newfoundland and Labrador has lost a great artistic talent in Gerry Squires,” said executive director Reg Winsor today. “Gerry was not only an exceptional visual artist; he was a passionate and pensive commentator and activist for the provincial arts and cultural sector. He also spent a number of years involved with ArtsNL as a member of Council, and we were deeply thankful for his contributions and very dedicated efforts in that capacity.”

Gerry Squires’ body of work included the dramatic Newfoundland and Labrador landscape paintings in both acrylic and oil that he was perhaps most well known for. But he was also a skillful sculptor and recognized for his lithography and stained glass work.

Squires spent several years as an illustrator for the Toronto Telegram which often published his line drawings of historic churches and street scenes. Returning to the province in 1969, he lived in Exploits Valley and Bonne Bay before moving to Ferryland in 1971. There, he settled in the iconic lighthouse where he worked as an artist in residence and educator for Memorial University. In 1992 the university presented him with an Honourary Doctorate, complementing the education he received from Danforth Technical School and the Ontario College of Art & Design. He established Headland Studios in Ferryland as well, which gave him space to focus on his steel sculpture work in tandem with his painting.

Gerry relocated again in 1983, this time to Holyrood. A year later ArtsNL would present him with the Ted Drover Award for Achievement in Visual Arts and he was also inducted into its Arts Hall of Honour in 2007. Gerry Squires was invested into the Order of Canada in 1999 and received a Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal in 2003, as well as being made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

His work is found within the provincial art gallery’s permanent collection, the National Gallery of Canada, and at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to name but a few collections. The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador organized a retrospective show in September 1998 called Gerald Squires: Journey that revisited his then four decade long career. Over the years that Gerry worked as a professional artist, his work was included in more than 300 solo and group exhibitions.

Media enquiries:

Joshua Jamieson, Communications Officer, ArtsNL

Phone: 709.726.2212 ext. 203; Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)
E-mail jjamieson@nlac.ca; visit: http://www.artsnl.ca

 

ArtsNL is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual contribution of $2.1 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.

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Deadline Extended: The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) invites applications for an Executive Assistant

The deadline has been extended to October 15.

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL)
invites applications for an Executive Assistant

Position: Part-time, one-year maternity leave replacement

Location: St. John’s, NL

The Organization: WANL is a non-profit, membership-based organization that supports writing and writers in NL. As the provincial literary sector organization, WANL has numerous programs and services to assist writers in all stages of their career, increase public awareness of the province’s authors and literary arts, and to help build the provincial literary industry.

Responsibilities: The Executive Assistant reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for: communications (weekly e-bulletin, quarterly newsletter layout, maintaining website, updating social media), membership (maintaining membership renewals and database), and general office operations. The EA also assists with event planning and promotion, the administration of WANL programs and services, and provides assistance to various committees. The position operates out of the Writers’ Alliance office in St. John’s. Some evenings and weekends are required.

Qualifications: Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; strong computer skills (MS Word, Access, Excel, website maintenance, FB, Twitter); preferably experience with desktop publishing (Adobe InDesign); strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to multitask and prioritize duties; attention to detail; facility in managing enquiries from the public and members about writing and/or WANL initiatives; enthusiasm for the local writing scene; and basic knowledge of the publishing industry. The ideal candidate possesses an energetic and upbeat attitude, initiative, the ability to work alone and also as part of a team.

Remuneration: $15/hour, 25 hours/week

Please send your cover letter, resume, including 2 references, to:

Hiring Committee, c/o Alison Dyer
(e-mail) wanl@nf.aibn.com with subject line: EA Position
(or mail): 208-223 Duckworth St., St. John’s, NL A1C 6N1

We thank all those who apply. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.




Member of the Month Series

We are looking for members to feature on our web site for the Member of the Month section for December and onwards. If you are interested, please e-mail wanlassist@nf.aibn.com, with the necessary details listed below.


Member of the Month

 


2015 Visiting Author Series

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Please note: Author Barry Dempster’s reading events have been cancelled.



2015 Postcard Story Contest Longlist Announced

Congratulations to those who made the longlist!

Thank you to all who entered the contest. We had 90+ submissions!

Angela Antle (CBC) and Greg Malone (author and actor) were the judges and worked really hard to narrow down the submissions as there were many great entries.

Click here for the Longlist.


The 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards Winners

Congratulations to all finalists of the 19TH Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards for Poetry and Non-Fiction!

Winners:

E.J. Pratt Poetry Award: Carmelita McGrath, Escape Velocity (Goose Lane Editions)
Non-Fiction Award: Andrew Peacock, Creatures of the Rock (Doubleday Canada)

Runners-up:

E.J. Pratt Poetry Award: Mary Dalton and Michael Crummey
Non-Fiction Award: Janet Merlo and Alan Doyle

Winning authors each received a cash prize: $1,500; runners-up each received $500.

We would like to thank our sponsors:

The Jimmy Pratt Foundation

And, thank our supporters:

The Telegram
Perfect Day
Newfoundland & Labrador Teacher’s Association

 

The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are presented by the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and administered by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador under the distinguished patronage of The Honourable Frank Fagan, CM, ONL, MBA, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. Only books written by residents of Newfoundland and Labrador (living in the province three of the past five years) are eligible for the award.

 


Volunteer Opportunity at WANL: Resource Library

WANL is looking for a volunteer to help manage the Resource Library; containing books, magazines, etc, donated by publishers and authors in and around the province.

The volunteer would come in once a month to update the Library database to keep it current, keep track of and maintain the list of books borrowed and assist with general maintenance of the Library.

If you are interested, please e-mail wanlassist@nf.aibn.com with the Subject “Resource Library Volunteer“.


2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards Readings

Join us for readings to celebrate the 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards!

The Non-Fiction finalists will read:

Alan Doyle for Where I Belong: From Small Town to Great Big Sea (Doubleday Canada)

Janet Merlo for No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP (Breakwater Books)

Andrew Peacock for Creatures of the Rock (Doubleday Canada)

When: Tuesday, May 19, 8 PM
Where: The Ship Pub, Duckworth St, St. John’s

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The E.J. Pratt Poetry Award finalists will read:

Michael Crummey for Under the Keel (House of Anansi)

Mary Dalton for Hooking (Véhicule Press)

Carmelita McGrath for Escape Velocity (Goose Lane Editions)

When: Tuesday, May 26, 8 PM
Where: The Ship Pub, Duckworth St, St. John’s

Please come out in support of this great Newfoundland and Labrador literary event.

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The winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 27th at Government House.

Winning authors each receive a cash prize: $1,500 for first place; each of the other shortlisted authors will receive $500.

We would like to thank our sponsors:

The Jimmy Pratt Foundation
The Telegram
Perfect Day
Newfoundland Teacher’s Association

The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are presented by the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and administered by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador under the distinguished patronage of The Honourable Frank Fagan, CM, ONL, MBA, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. Only books written by residents of Newfoundland and Labrador (living in the province three of the past five years) are eligible for the award.






The 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards Finalists

The juries have read and debated and now have named the finalists for the 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador book awards, given this year for Non-fiction and Poetry.

The shortlist for the Newfoundland and Labrador Non-Fiction Award is comprised of three very different books—but all are first books for their authors.

 Alan Doyle for Where I Belong: From Small Town to Great Big Sea (Doubleday Canada)
Janet Merlo for No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP (Breakwater Books)
 Andrew Peacock for Creatures of the Rock (Doubleday Canada)

Three acclaimed, accomplished Newfoundland poets are shortlisted for the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award.

Michael Crummey for Under the Keel (House of Anansi)
Mary Dalton for Hooking (Véhicule Press)
Carmelita McGrath for Escape Velocity (Goose Lane Editions)

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 27th at Government House. Winning authors each receive a cash prize: $1,500 for first place; each of the other shortlisted authors will receive $500.

Public readings of the shortlisted authors will be announced soon.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are presented by the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and administered by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador. Only books written by residents of Newfoundland and Labrador (living in the province three of the past five years) are eligible for the award.


2015 WANL-Winterest Emerging Writers’ Workshop

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – CLOSED


 

2015 WANL-Winterest Emerging Writers’ Workshop

Emerging writers are invited to take part in an intense, inspirational learning opportunity this August.
Winterset in Summer Literary Festival, in partnership with the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL), invites applications from individuals interested in participating in a full-day Emerging Writers’ Workshop on August 6, 2015 in Eastport.

The workshop is free of charge for those writers selected to participate by WANL’s adjudicator. It will consist of two sessions:

Morning Role Call: Developing Character by Detail”, and “P.I.P.P. in the Afternoon: Passion, Inspiration, Practicality and Perseverance.”

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from two award-winning Canadian writers:

Richard Gwyn, columnist and author including the highly praised biographies of Pierre Trudeau and Joey Smallwood, and founder of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival. His biography of Sir John A. Macdonald, The Man Who Made Us, won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction in 2008.
Cassie Stocks, author of Dance, Gladys, Dance and Winner of the 2013 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour Writing.

The workshop is supported through Winterset’s Outreach program, which encourages the development of emerging writers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

To learn more about Winterset in Summer, visit www.wintersetinsummer.ca/.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

Who can apply to attend the workshop?

The workshop is for emerging writers currently residing in Newfoundland and Labrador. “Emerging writer” for the purpose of this workshop is defined as someone who has published few or no professionally published books. Applicants may have authored articles, essays, poems or short stories published in print or online, but this is not a requirement.

When and where is the workshop being held?

The one-day workshop is Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 9 AM to 4 PM. It will be held in Happy Adventure on the Eastport Peninsula, and occur as part of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival. The festival will offer emerging writers the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of our country’s finest authors.

What is included?

The one-day workshop is free of charge to selected participants. Lunch and snacks will be included; however, travel and accommodations are the responsibility of those selected to attend.
A travel and accommodation subsidy of $50 is available from WANL upon request.

All participants will receive a free ticket to the New Voices Panel on Saturday afternoon at 2:30; this panel focuses on new writers and their challenges and successes in becoming published.

How do I apply?

Space is limited. Interested writers must complete an application form and provide a short statement (250 words or less) on why they would benefit and what they hope to gain from the workshop.

Deadline: June 1, 2015 (Successful applicants will be notified in mid-June.)

Full details and application form, click here .


The 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) in partnership with the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador is calling for submissions to one of the country’s most lucrative literary awards for unpublished writers: the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers.

The Award, generously sponsored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union, is intended to serve as an incentive for emerging writers in the province by providing them with financial support, recognition, and professional editing services for a book-length manuscript in any genre.

The winning author will receive: a cash prize of $5,000; $1,000 towards professional editing services; and a miniature replica of “Man Nailed to a Fish” by sculptor Jim Maunder.

The runners-up will each receive $1,000.

Click here for more details.


2015 Come From Away Reading Series: Eden Robinson

Internationally acclaimed author Eden Robinson (Monkey Beach)

will be reading in:

North West River, Labrador
March 22 – 24 (details to come)

Grenfell Arts and Science Extension Atrium, Corner Brook
Thursday, March 26, 8 PM

Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s
Friday, March 27, 8 PM


The 3rd Annual WANL Postcard Story Contest

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The 3rd Annual WANL Postcard Story Contest

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with Broken Books and the Newfoundland Quarterly, is now accepting submissions of original, unpublished stories of 250 words or less that include the word ‘broken.’ This year’s judges are author/actor Greg Malone, and Angela Antle, host of CBC Radio’s ‘WAM.’

THE RULES
• The contest is open to all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador over the age of nineteen (19).
• Stories (fiction, non-fiction, or creative non-fiction) must be in English.
•  Word count must be a maximum of 250 and must include the word “broken”.
• Stories must be unpublished (in print or online) and not currently submitted to any other contest or publication.
• Entries must be typed, double-spaced in 12pt font.
• Only one submission per participant.
• Blind judging: do not indicate your name on the story itself. Instead, provide the following information on a cover page, or in the body of an e-mail: author’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, story title, and word count.
Deadline: April 24, 2015 e-mail date or postmarked

 

SUBMISSION ADDRESSES
Mail:

Postcard Story Contest
Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
Haymarket Square
208-223 Duckworth Street
St. John’s NL A1C 6N1

E-mail:

-Use the subject line “Postcard Story Contest”.
-Provide contact information and title of story in the body of the e-mail.
-Attach story as a Word or PDF document.
-Send to wanlcontest@gmail.com

 

PRIZES
Winner: $250 & publication of story in the Newfoundland Quarterly (Summer 2015 issue)
Runners-up: $50 Broken Books Gift Certificate & publication in the Newfoundland Quarterly (Summer 2015 issue)
Finalists may be requested to engage in an editing process with TNQ editor prior to publication. The contest winner and runners-up will be announced at an event in mid-June.

THE FINE PRINT
WANL, Broken Books, and TNQ staff, contract employees, and board members and are not eligible. TNQ takes first serial rights of winning entries only for print. All other rights remain with the author.
For further information, contact the Writers’ Alliance: 709.739.5215, wanlassist@nf.aibn.com.

 

 

                                                         

The WANL Quarterly face-lift celebration & Readings by 2014 WANL Emerging Writers Apprentices

The New WORD

Come check out the newly redesigned WANL Quarterly in person! We are very proud of the new WORD and can’t think of a better reason than that to have a get-together…

The 2014 WANL Emerging Writers Mentorship Program

…And since last year, we didn’t have an opportunity to formally congratulate those who were selected for the 2014 WANL Emerging Writers Mentorship Program, we thought you’d probably love to hear readings by the 2014 Mentorship Program Apprentices!

Glenn Deir (mentored by Ed Riche)
Matthew Lewis (mentored by Paul Bowdring)
Niquae McIntosh (mentored by Shoshanna Wingate)
Heather Paul (mentored by Annamarie Beckel)

So, come on down and get a glimpse and feel of the newly redesigned WANL Quarterly and stay to hear some wonderfully-crafted words and insightful thoughts, from last year’s Apprentices and Mentors about the WANL Emerging Writers Mentorship Program.

Hey, you might even win a raffle prize!

When: Sunday, March 1, 8 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: The Ship, Duckworth St


WANL Seeking EOI for Manuscript Evaluators

The Writers’ Alliance is pleased to announce it will again be offering a Manuscript Evaluation Service to members. The program is designed for writers at all levels who are interested in having their manuscript evaluated by a professional, established writer. All genres of writing, and manuscripts of any length, are welcome. The service is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Alliance is updating its pool of qualified evaluators and is seeking applications from interested individuals.  Evaluators are expected to provide specific comments on content, writing technique, steps to take to develop the manuscript, and responses to three questions submitted by the author. Applicants must be members of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Preference will be given to those individuals with the following:

a. experience with professional editing and manuscript evaluation
b. experience with adjudicating writing competitions and contests
c. book and/or magazine publications
d. review publications

Please submit a CV, including those genres you are interested in evaluating, to:

Alison Dyer, Executive Director
Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
208-223 Duckworth Street, Haymarket Square
St. John’s, NL A1C 6N1

Or submit by e-mail to: wanl@nf.aibn.com

WANL gratefully acknowledges: the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, Department of Business, Innovation, Tourism, Culture, and Rural Development; and the City of St. John’s for their support of WANL’s essential programs and services for writers and the literary sector.



2015 Spring Tides Reading Series Call for Expressions of Interest

Spring Tides is an annual reading series held between March and June that showcases new and established writers. The series presents four to five readings – usually two in St. John’s and two to three elsewhere in the province – each featuring two writers. Each featured writer reads for approximately 20 minutes and participates in a brief Q & A following the reading. WANL provides an honorarium of $125 to each reader.

WANL seeks expressions of interest (EOI) from writers who would like to participate in this series during 2015. Preference will be given to writers who have a recently published book. (Please note: Submitting an expression of interest does not guarantee you a reading spot in this series.)

 

Eligibility
1) Participation in this series is open only to WANL members in good standing. If you are not a current WANL member or your membership has lapsed, you may join or renew at the time you submit an EOI.
2) Writers who read in this series in 2014 are not eligible.

Submissions Guidelines
Expressions of interest must include:

1) Mailing address, telephone and email;
2) An up-to-date list of publications and readings;
3) The month(s) between March and June 2015 that you are available to read.

Submissions that do not contain ALL of the requested information will be deemed ineligible.

 

EOIs should be submitted to the attention of the Readings Committee at:

Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
223 Duckworth Street, Suite 208
St. John’s, NL, A1C 6N1
E-mail: wanl@nf.aibn.com

 

Readers will be chosen and confirmed in late February 2015.

Submissions Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2015 (postmark date)


Spring Tides Reading Series Call For Local Volunteer Organizers

The WANL Readings Committee is interested in hearing from WANL members who would like to act as local organizers for a Spring Tides Reading in their community.

Expressing interest does not guarantee that a reading will be held in your community, but it will help the committee to get a sense of where there might be support for an event.

Interested volunteer organizers should contact wanlassist@nf.aibn.com by Friday, January 23, 2015.


Member’s Directory page

On our Member’s Directory page you will be able to include

(1) a small jpeg photo
(2) a 300-word bio
(3) your name
(4) location (city/town)

If you are interested, please respond to wanlassist@nf.aibn.com with the above information.

Once your information is received, it will be placed on the Member’s Directory page and you will subsequently be sent a password

and log in instructions with details on how to access and edit your information.

Once you have received your member-specific password and log-in instructions, you will be able to log in to change the password
to something easier to remember and change your username.

Should any new information arise, such as new e-mail address, location, etc, you will be able to access your information to update it as need be.

For those of you who have already submitted information, please look out for an e-mail with log in details and instructions sent to your inbox next week.


2014 Heritage and History Book Awards and WANL Holiday Party

WANL will be hosting the 2014 Heritage & History Book Awards at their annual Holiday party.

There will be brief readings by the shortlisted authors followed by an awards presentation to the winners forFiction and Children’s/Young Adult literature.

Congratulations to the Shortlist!

Fiction

The Strangers’ Gallery, Paul Bowdring (Nimbus Publishing)
Finton Moon, Gerard Collins (Creative Books)
Say Nothing Saw Wood, Joel Thomas Hynes (Running the Goat Books & Broadsides)

Children’s/YA Literature

Saltwater Joys, Wayne Chaulk (Flanker Press). Illustration, Dawn Baker
The Wonderful Dogfish Racket, Tom Dawe (Flanker Press). Illustration, C. Anne MacLeod
Almost Home: The Sinking of the SS Caribou, Jennifer Morgan (Breakwater Books)

The awards will precede the WANL holiday party.

All are welcome. Admission is free.

When: Tuesday, December 9, 7 PM
Where:
The Ship Pub

The 2014 Heritage and History Book Awards are sponsored by the Historic Sites Association and co-presented with WANL. The 2014 Heritage & History Book Awards Ceremony will take place at the WANL annual Holiday party.

The Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, or HSA, is a volunteer, non-profit organization with a mandate to present the province’s history and heritage.

In 2004 the HSA established a two-part award for excellence in the use of Newfoundland and Labrador history in the creation of a writer’s work. The HSA is proud to support the work of writers in this province through the Heritage and History award.


2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards

Call for Submissions

The Newfoundland & Labrador Book Awards honour excellence in writing. These juried awards cover a two-calendar-year publishing period, with pairings of Fiction and Children’s/Young Adult Literature awarded in even years, and Poetry and Nonfiction awarded in alternate years. Winners are announced in the spring. The winners receive a cash prize of $1,500; each runners-up receive $500. The E.J. Pratt Poetry Award and the Nonfiction Award will be given in 2015.

 

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS
1. The awards are open only to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.
2. To meet the residency requirements, the author must have lived in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least 36 months of the last 5 years. The residency period for the 2015 awards is the five calendar years 2010-2014.

Click here for details on How to Apply.

Deadline: January 9, 2015 (postmark date)


2015 WANL Emerging Writers Mentorship Program

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Call for Applications              

The Writers’ Alliance invites applications from individuals interested in the 2015 Emerging Writers Mentorship Program. Applicants to both the mentor and apprentice positions are being sought. The apprentice position is designed for writers who have a substantial work-in-progress and who are committed to the creative development of their writing. The mentor position is designed for writers with a history of publication and a commitment to the craft of writing. Each apprentice will be matched with a mentor to work on a one-to-one basis over an intensive five-month period beginning in March 2015, pending funding.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

Who can apply as an apprentice?

WANL members in good standing with a substantial work-in-progress in any genre;
Individuals prepared for a disciplined, focused period of work during which writing is a priority;
Individuals who did not participate in this program in 2014.

Who can apply as a mentor?

WANL members in good standing who are working in any genre;
Individuals who have a significant publication history and some mentorship or teaching experience;
Individuals who did not participate in this program in 2014.

Mentors are expected to contribute 25 hours to in-person conferencing (where possible) and 25 hours to reading/prep work, or some combination thereof, to this program. Remuneration will be $2,000, funding pending, to be paid in two instalments: half at the commencement of the mentorship; half at its completion. The program is provided at no cost to apprentices.
Click here for details on How to Apply.

Deadline: January 12, 2015 (for both apprentice and mentor positions)


2014 WANL Annual General Meeting

On October 26, WANL held its AGM, electing the following Board of Directors:

President: Denise Flint
VP: Chad Pelley
Secretary: Paul Whittle
Treasurer: Emily Deming

Member at Large: Lynette Adams
Member at Large: William Pryse-Phillips


The Battle of the Genres

The Battle of the Genres Wokshop + 2014 AGM & Professional Development Weekend

Friday, October 24 – Sunday, October 26

Schedule

Date: Friday, October 24, 7:30 PM
Venue: Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s
Event: Public Reading by 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize Finalist Sue Goyette

Date: Saturday, October 25, 9 AM – 5 PM
Venue: Canon Wood Hall, Military Rd, St. John’s
Event: Professional development workshops

Date: Sunday, October 26, 1 PM
Venue: Eastern Edge Gallery
Event: Annual General Meeting & Election of WANL Officers, following screenings of three Cinepoetry shorts (by local poets & filmmakers) and readings of the three filmed poems by Danielle Devereaux, Leslie Vryenhoek and Shoshanna Wingate

Workshops

Turning Up the Heat: The Sizzle of Self-publishing in the Romance Genre
with Victoria Barbour

Getting Away with Murder: Forensics and the Fiction Writer
with JoAnne Soper Cook

Medical Myths and Errors in Fantasy and Science Fiction
with Susan MacDonald

The Impulse to Tell All: Writing the Memoir
with Greg Malone

Imaginings: A Poetry Workshop
with Sue Goyette

What’s the Magic Potion for Being a Successful Children’s Writer?
moderated by Charis Cotter with local publisher Marnie Parsons, children’s author Susan Chalker Browne, and illustrator Anne MacLeod

 


For more information:

E-mail or call Nikki, wanlassist@nf.aibn.com or 709.739.5215
*E-mail or call Alison, wanl@nf.aibn.com or 709.739.5215

*Travel subsidy available for members, first come basis. E-mail or call Alison for full details.


 

How to register:

Download the Registration Form to sign up and Event Brochure for full details on the 2014 AGM/PD Conference Weekend activities.