2010 Archives

Young dancer turns experience into story for anthology

Emily Finkelstein’s short story “Adage,” based on her experiences as a dance student, has been accepted for publication in Writings: Volume 2, the 2010 anthology of the Canadian Authors Association (Montreal Branch). It focuses on a young dancer’s struggle to reconcile the opposing values of her family and her ballet master.

“Adage” is an excerpt from Emily’s memoir-in-progress titled That’s My Cue, based on the blog Dance Diary, about her experiences in ballet school and, more recently, as a professional dancer. After its launch in September 2008, Dance Diary garnered considerable attention, and Emily has since been awarded a Government of Quebec arts grant to write her memoir.

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Saturday, December 11th, 2010

“Nearly” — a poem by Jan M. Csillag

Jan M. Csillag has lived part of her adult life in England and part in Toronto. She has taught children in the early grades to read, enjoy books and write stories. As a teacher she was able to combine her love of storytelling, writing and illustrating. She enjoys painting, sketching, reading, writing and travelling with her husband. Jan is currently studying creative writing at Koffler Centre of the Arts with instructor Allyson Latta, and continues to discover a love of the written word.

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Friday, December 10th, 2010

Mary E. McIntyre Sees Poem & Short Memoir Published

Stouffville-based writer Mary E. McIntyre recently added a short memoir as well as a poem to her growing list of publication credits.

“Ugly Like a Scar,” a poem on the topic of teens in family conflict, appears in Live Lines (2010, Pearson Canada), a grade 9/10 textbook. It shares the book’s pages with poetry by the likes of Margaret Atwood and Dennis Lee.

Read  Mary’s earlier blog post about the thrill of receiving her first copy of Live Lines.

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Memoir Writing: The Muse and the Music

Guest Post by Ann C. Walker

I had known since spring of this year that the 100th anniversary of the founding of my high school band was coming up. Information and registration forms were sent months in advance, from Wisconsin, USA,  to my home in Santiago, Chile, asking me, as a former band member, to share my experiences. The problem was, I really didn’t feel I had any memories to contribute. It seemed that throughout the years I had remembered more about singing in the choir and performing in musicals than learning how to play the flute.

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Tilya Gallay Helfield’s memoir “Blink” garners prize

Tilya Helfield of Toronto, Canada, recently earned first prize in the non-fiction category of the 2010 OASIS Journal competition for her short memoir “Blink.” Tilya’s story will appear in the most recent edition of OASIS Journal, an annual anthology that showcases creative writing by international writers age 50 and over. It’s published by Tucson, Arizona-based Imago Press.

The ninth annual edition of OASIS is also the largest so far, at more than 400 pages. Imago Press publisher Leila Joiner received a total of 60 fiction entries, 92 non-fiction, and 272 poems, from which she selected the most promising pieces to be sent on for blind-judging—by Robert Longoni (Fiction), Dan Gilmore (Poetry), and me (Non-fiction). Of the 92 non-fiction entries, most of them memoir, less than half went on to the second level of judging.

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Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Writing Memoir: You Are in the Room with Me

by Adrian the Elder, Guest Blogger

I love to record everything I see, and the method I chose for most of my life was photography. It never occurred to me then, not even for a moment, to write anything down.

Why bother doing that when all I had to do was take a photo? No fuss, no bother, just instant memory recall and gratification. As a professional photographer, when you make a shot you know immediately whether it worked or not; it’s either good or it failed. There’s no equivalent of a spell-checker to help you out.

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010