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Replay of Write Your First (or Next!) Book writing summit

Did you hear about the Write Your First (or Next!) Book writing summit?

Last week, my friend Traci Skuce wrapped up a jam-packed two-week masterclass series for writers. I was one of the featured speakers. It included everything from how to get over writer’s block to organizing your writing projects. From Wild Writing to Writing from the Soul. Writing from the body. It included aligning your story. Revising it. Getting it out into the world.

On February 5th there’s a FREE 48-hour replay. For 48 hours you’ll be able to view any or all of these 24 amazing speakers. Register here:

Deadline for Short Prose Competition extended till Feb 22.

A message from the Writer’s Union of Canada:

The deadline for the Short Prose Competition has been extended! The Writers’ Union of Canada is accepting submissions until Monday, February 22, 2021.

Unpublished works of fiction and nonfiction up to 2,500 words in English are eligible, and writers may submit multiple entries. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner, and the entries of the winner and finalist will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration.

Members of The Writers’ Union of Canada who meet the eligibility criteria may enter. If you have no more than one book published (traditionally or self-published) and are not currently under contract for a second book, you may enter.

Submit now at

Not eligible? Please feel free to forward this message to eligible writers you know.

Thank you,

The Writers’ Union of Canada

More book reviews added for Lost Lagoon/lost in thought

More book reviews have recently been added to my Web site. To read these review exerpts along with links to the original, see the Books page for Lost Lagoon/lost in thought.

Here is an excerpt from Geist:

The miracle of Lost Lagoon / lost in thought: prose poems (Caitlin Press) is that although Warland does all the talking during this walk, you come away feeling like you’ve been closely listened to.

We have a Giveaway winner!

Sarah Turner is the lucky winner of our Lost Lagoon Ebook giveaway held earlier this month.

Congratulations Sarah!

Call for submissions — Anthology

Don’t Tell: What Families Hide

Family secrets can have power to hold shame, to breed fear of exposure, of ostracism. They can create unusual bonds and shape the direction of family members’ lives and can span generations. On reflection, some family secrets may appear humourous; others may still yield emotional pain, lingering trauma, and estrangements.   

How do family members describe and consider these secrets? How are these secrets managed and who performs this task?

Submission guidelines:  Stories of secrets in the writer’s family can be of up to 3,500 words. Poetry will also be considered. Deadline for receipt of submissions is April 10, 2021.                                                                                              

Co-Editors: Donna McCart Sharkey and Arleen Pare.  Please send your enquiries and stories to Donna McCart Sharkey at:

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