Canadian Writer Events Links from the old dmoz

  Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival   Speakers, seminars, and general information.   Cabot Trail Writers Festival   Details of the festival, including authors, activities, sponsors. Archives of previous festivals.   Eden Mills Writers’ Festival   An annual one day event coordinated with The Guelph Jazz Festival, features authors readings and discussions of their works.   LitFest   Edmonton International Literary Festival. Established in 2002 as the successor of the Alberta Book Fair, which was an annual trade fair for almost 20 years.   Ottawa International Writers Festival   Ten day writers festival every September, in Ottawa, Ontario. The … Read more

Alltop in Decay

Alltop – Top Writing News. Looking at Alltop, the Writing section which my site is a part of, is sad. I was so pleased and proud to be one of the sites asked to join originally. But, now that is tarnished as Alltop seems to be yet another website which has been sold and left to fall into linkrot. On this Writing category page there are three sites which obviously are no longer active. Two are the same site, a double listing, even. No one seems to be looking, fixing or caring what happens the Alltop. I’m sad to see … Read more

I Don’t Know…

I don’t know what I’m doing with my sites right now. So don’t ask me. I have more domains than energy, time, passion and… brains. I’ve got most of them in suspended animation while I decide where I’m going next. I’ve had an adventure with blogging, more than ten years of it, so it doesn’t seem surprising that something needs to change. Me, most likely, since no one else wants to do it. So this blog and all the others are in turmoil and hiatus at the same time. Meanwhile… did you know Canada Post has a Haunted Canada collection … Read more

Writers Needed for Christmas in Canada

EXCITING NEWS FOR WRITERS! From Janet Matthews Canadian Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul We need your stories for a brand new Canadian title… Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas in Canada! 101 Stories about the Joy and Wonder of the Holidays, Canadian Style! I’m very excited to let you, as writers, know about this great opportunity to get published. I’m hoping you will forward it to your members, include it in your newsletter, and/or post it on your website. Here’s why: In October we released O Canada The Wonders of Winter,and the publisher was so pleased they’ve … Read more

Find Your Passion By Answering These 50 Questions

50 questions to help you find your passion: 1. What is working well for you in your current life — what do you find fulfilling, meaningful, enjoyable, and important? I still have my independence, a place to work which I have been re-creating to get rid of clutter. I find those to be enjoyable and important. 2. What isn’t working well for you in your current life — what drains you, makes you stressed and anxious, or wastes your time? Conflict and stress over conflicts drains me. 3. If you were financially secure and didn’t need a paycheck, how would … Read more

Daisy Yellow’s Creative Experiments

Daisy Yellow is an art journalist with regular posts with Creative Experiments, Kick Start your Art Journal and Art Journalling 101. Use familiar stuff in a new environment This is easy. Take your show on the road. If you draw mandalas at night before bed, draw at a cafe. If you mostly shoot photos of your kids, photograph iron gates or weathered doors. If guitar is your thing, get friends together to play at your house. Use new stuff in a familiar way Build on something you know how to do. If you paint flowers with watercolors, paint the same … Read more

Now that I’m dead, I want to tell you a few things

Every letter on Dead Advice begins with the same first sentence: “Now that I’m dead, I want to tell you a few things.” Imagine, for a moment, that you have just died. If you had to look back over the arc of your life as it stands today, what stories would you tell? What lessons would you share, what things might you regret or confess? via Dead Advice. Now that I’m dead, I want to tell you a few things. First of all, your feet are just not that interesting. Neither is the sidewalk. Look up. Pick up your feet … Read more

Great Things to do While Unemployed (or Underemployed)

I read a sensible post about things you can do while you are unemployed. It was sensible. Probably practical even. But, it did not deal with the issue of keeping your soul alive, your spirits up and your creative energy high while you go through the ups and downs of being unemployed. Being without a job is bad enough. You need that nice, lovely pay cheque. (Yes, that’s Canadian spelling). However, the worst part about being unemployed is how it makes you feel. Some days you just don’t want to do anything. You don’t want to talk to anyone or … Read more

Start Your Own Tourism Business

Another home business idea for a writer is a tour guide. You can run the business from your home, in your town or city. Research the history and locations and write up the guide which you will use to tell people about the area as you give the tour. Tourism and travel are things we think about outside of our local area. We think about going somewhere and seeing the sites, the tourist traps, finding a great place to stay, to eat and to shop. How seldom we think about the tourism and tourists in our own area, right under … Read more