Registration open for Providence Bay Writers' Camp, Manitoulin Island

Registration is now open for the July 2015 Providence Bay Writers' Camp (for grown-ups!) on Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron.

Bring your fiction up to the next level in morning workshops with Gail Anderson-Dargatz and enjoy everything the island has to offer later in the day.

The camp runs July 19 to 24.

Workshop space and accommodation is limited, so book now. For details, see Providence Bay Writers' Camp. To register, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andrea MacPherson guest blogs

"Don’t force it.  Theme will come when you are focused on the language, on creating the exact image or moment you envision." -- Andrea MacPherson, from her guest blog. Click on guest blogs to your left to view. Scroll to the bottom to see our complete list of guests.

Andrea MacPherson is a poet and novelist, and has written five books:  two novels, Beyond the Blue, and When She Was Electric, and three poetry collections, Ellipses, Away, and Natural Disasters.  She is as Associate Professor of English and creative writing at the University of the Fraser Valley, where she is also the Faculty Advisor for Louden Singletree, UFV’s literary magazine.

Ian Weir guest blogs on writing that first draft

"As someone once astutely observed, when you finally finish a novel, what you’ve learned to write is that novel. You have no idea how to write the next one." Ian Weir on the writing process, from his current guest blog. Click on guest blogs to the left to view.

Ian Weir’s first novel, Daniel O’Thunder, was a finalist for four awards, and was selected as one of the top historical novels of 2011 by The Library Journal. His new novel, Will Starling, was recently named a “Globe 100” Best Book of 2014.

Among his extensive television credits, Ian was creator and showrunner of the one-hour CBC adventure/drama series Arctic Air.  Previously he was writer and executive producer of the critically acclaimed gangland miniseries Dragon Boys, and creator and showrunner of the long-running teen drama series Edgemont.  Otherwise he has written nearly 150 episodes for two dozen series, ranging from ReBoot to Flashpoint.  He has won two Geminis, four Leos, a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award and a Jessie. His stage plays have been produced across Canada, as well as in the U.S. and England, and he is the author of ten radio dramas.

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