Toronto-based writer Lynette Dathorne’s story “Scenes from My Youth,” an excerpt from her memoir-in-progress, has been named first runner-up in the Nonfiction category of the annual OASIS Journal anthology competition in Tucson, Arizona. “Scenes from My Youth” will be Lynette’s first published story.
“The year was 1953,” she says, “and the focus of my submission was on my family leaving British Guiana for London, England, when I was thirteen years old and my experiences at school when I arrived. The major theme of my memoir is what it was like growing up in London as a black girl during the fifties and sixties.”
Monday, September 26th, 2011
Christine Barbetta is enjoying some long dreamed-of success with her writing. Yesterday her poignant short memoir “My Cemetery Misdemeanour” appeared on the Globe and Mail‘s Facts & Arguments page. (The photo above will make sense when you read her story.) This follows on the heels of another of her short memoirs, “An Act of Grace,” being named a finalist in the Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. And just days ago she was thrilled to learn that she’s been awarded a writer’s grant from the Writers’ Community of Durham Region. I asked Christine to share some background on her writing and reflect on this bounty of encouraging developments:
Friday, March 25th, 2011
Susan Siddeley’s humorous ”After You, Mr. Mayor” has won first prize in a British contest, the first-annual Malton Literature Festival short story competition. The tale is based on her memory of an incident that occurred years ago while she was living in Jamaica. She is particularly pleased with the win because the story presented a unique challenge: writing in a “Jamaican voice.”
Susan currently divides her time between residences in Toronto, Canada, and Santiago, Chile, where for more than a decade she has been coordinator of Los Parronales Writers’ Retreats. She completed “After You, Mr. Mayor” during writers’ workshops she invited me to lead at Los Parronales in February 2010.
Monday, February 28th, 2011
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.
Saturday, December 11th, 2010
“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.
Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
by Ann C. Walker, Guest Blogger
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.
Thursday, December 2nd, 2010