Former workshop participant Mayank Bhatt writes with news that two of his stories will be published within a few months of each other, one in the latest edition of TOK: Writing the New Toronto (Diaspora Dialogues), and the other in the second volume of Canadian Voices (BookLand Press).
Here’s what Mayank has to say about his recent successes.
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
I fit my grandmother-sized brain into the head of an angry, frustrated teen. Why do that? you might ask. The exercise was in response to the Writers’ Circle of Durham Region’s broadcast email from Susie Berg of Pearson Educational Publishing. In the fall of 2009 the publisher was looking for poetry for their May/June edition of applied language arts, English 9-10, Poetry Module, “Live Lines.” The topic: teens in family conflict, and the poem had to appeal to 15-year-olds, most of them boys, and could have no profanity. I threw on a “hoodie,” slammed shut my office door, shoved iPod ear pieces into my ears, slouched in front of my computer, and wrote a poem titled “Ugly Like A Scar.”
Friday, April 16th, 2010
Mary Judith Ress is pleased to announce the publication of her novel Blood Flowers. Her publisher iUniverse has designated it an ”Editors’ Choice.” The book is available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNobel.com.
Sunday, April 11th, 2010
This announcement is a bittersweet one, because Jane did not live to see her book in print. Sadly, she passed away on August 1, 2009, at 82 years of age.
Born in Poland, Jane was just 13 years old in 1940, when following the invasion of her country by first Germany and then Russia, she and her family were deported to Siberia. Escape from Russia is a fictional rendering of their struggle to survive and transcend this harrowing ordeal.
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
Tilya Gallay Helfield’s short memoir “Stars” will be published on-line in the November edition of the literary journal carte blanche on November 18, 2009 at www.carte-blanche.org.
“Stars” is one of the chapters in a collection of creative nonfiction stories that she has been working on. Other short stories and essays written by Tilya have appeared in The Fiddlehead, TV Guide, Viewpoints, Monday Morning, Winner’s Circle Anthology and on www.theoccupiedgarden.com.
Tilya is a talented visual artist and writer who has participated in some of my online memoir workshops.
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
Polish-born Jane Boruszewski, of Syracuse, NY, took part in several of my online courses through Ryerson University in Toronto between 2004 and 2006, sharing short memoirs and fictional stories based on her life experiences. She was enthusiastic about the writing process, and her sweet nature and determination to write inspiring and often beautiful stories about some of her difficult life experiences – especially in a language that was not her first – endeared her to me and to others in these groups. Between 2003 and 2007, she was delighted – as were her supporters here in Canada, with whom she kept in contact – to see several of her stories appear in OASIS Journal.
OASIS Journal editor Leila Joiner will dedicate this year’s issue to Jane’s memory. The story posted on the Days Road Writers’ Workshops blog earlier today was one of Leila’s favourites among Jane’s contributions.
Jane will be missed by all of us who knew her.
Monday, September 28th, 2009