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Call for Literary Works

Deadline October 30, 2017

Northword’s Seeking Literary Entries for New Issue
Northword’s Literary Journal’s newest artist call for their next issue is out and the theme is “Whispers.” Deadline is approaching fast on October 30, 2017. Send original poetry/prose/art to northword@hushmail.com

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ACWB is Centre Stage with Julie Rowe

Read this month’s Arts Council Wood Buffalo member feature in the May edition of snapd Wood Buffalo, on stands now!

Wood Buffalo is home to a small but well-published group of authors. One of these literary artists, ACWB member Julie Rowe, is publishing her thirteenth novel this month, Viable Threat. Julie has lived in Fort McMurray since 1976, graduating from Father Mercredi, and is now a contract instructor at Keyano College. Although she has a Medical Lab Technology diploma and worked as a lab tech before starting a family, Julie is a writer. “I’ve been writing since junior high, mostly poetry then. I wrote as a way to express my feelings and, after my kids came along, to give myself something engaging to do that wasn’t about parenting. I moved from poetry to short stories, then to personal essays and magazine articles, which sold to magazines like Today’s Parent and Canadian living.” Julie is not one to shy away from a challenge, which led her to her first book deal. “One day I read a particularly horrible romance novel and said to my friend, Mary, “This was so awful, I could write something better.” She dared me to do it, and I accepted the challenge,” Julie remembers. “It took me a year and a half to write that first 200 page book, and it was awful. I’d fallen in love with writing, however, and started another book, then another and another…I wrote for ten years, completing more than a dozen manuscripts, before I sold my first book…which came out in November of 2011.” Currently Julie is in the middle of a five book romantic thriller series contract, Outbreak Task Force. The first book, Viable Threat, is set to release on May 22, 2017.

After several years of experience, Julie is passionate about supporting other artists in achieving their goals. “A lot of people helped me during the years before I sold my first book, so I’d like to pay that forward where I can,” Julie says. She is currently mentoring some local young writers, she teaches an online workshop about discovering your writing voice, and she will be instructing bookfolding art at The Art Foundry. Aside from writing or practicing your art every day, Julie advises artists to submit your art/writing to opportunities so that your work gets out there; take as many classes and workshops as you can, as learning is key; and go to conferences/conventions so that you can meet fellow artists, industry professionals, and consumers – network! You can keep up with Julie on her website www.julieroweauthor.com, on Goodreads, and on Twitter and Facebook.


Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards nominations


Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is pleased to announce the launch of the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards. This is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts and builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to the region. Artists, arts educators, arts administrators, students, and other creative individuals can be nominated in 12 categories spanning a variety of disciplines. Nominations will be accepted August 16 – September 16, 2016.


“The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards is an important opportunity to recognize the achievements of those organizations and individuals who champion the arts in our region,” says Constance Scarlett, ACWB Executive Director. “Often our artists are recognized outside of our community, and the Arts Council really wanted to provide an opportunity to showcase the best of our arts sector within Wood Buffalo.”


Starting August 16, nominations are open in the areas of Arts Administration, Arts Education, Creative Collaboration, Traditional Aboriginal Arts, Fine Craft, Media Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Literary Arts. The program also includes a category for artistic youth, aptly called Rising Star. Artists can nominate themselves, or have someone nominate them.


The Arts Awards, aka “The Buffys”, will be handed out during a showcase event on October 22, 2016. The focus of this event is to celebrate the achievements of our local artists through high energy, poignant performances that highlight all that our vibrant arts community has to offer. The theme for this year’s awards showcase is “The Midnight Circus”, which promises to provide a breathtaking back drop for the evening’s entertainment. Scarlett says that “the Arts Showcase is an important piece of this program. It not only provides a paid opportunity for local artists, but it gives the wider community the opportunity to see some of region’s top artists right here in Fort McMurray.” Tickets will be available for the public to come enjoy a night of entertainment and support the arts. “The Board of Directors was determined to make the event accessible to as many residents of Wood Buffalo as possible, which is why tickets are being sold for only $25,” states Scarlett. “This vision of a high-caliber local arts event for the entire community is only possible because of the tremendous support of our sponsors” she says, a group that includes Suncor, Don Scott McMurray Law Office, McMurray Métis, Balsom Communications, and Birdsong Connections.


The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards invests in the future of our growing arts community. The recognition received by each award winner will raise their profile, build their portfolio, and allow them to compete and thrive as an artists within our community and beyond the borders of Wood Buffalo. Nomination application guidelines and forms can be found at http://www.artscouncilwb.ca/programs/wood-buffalo-excellence-arts-awards/2016-arts-awards-nominees/.

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Muscle & Heart – Fort McMurray Fire Stories

Everyone from Fort McMurray and area has a story to tell about the Fort McMurray Fire. It’s been wonderful to see friends to exchange stories with, but why not use our stories to help others? Your story may be sad, funny, about someone brave, or generous, the kindness of strangers and family, the silly thing(s) you packed, or humour from your evacuee experiences.
Submit your story for “Muscle & Heart- Fort McMurray Fire Stories”, to be included in a book. All proceeds to be donated to residents who lost their homes.
Please email to: Dee Bentley, (35 year resident and author/editor), who will compile the stories and make the book available on Amazon.
Submit stories up to 1,500 words, to: Dee Bentley at mrs.d.bentley@gmail.com Make sure to include the basics: who, what, where, when, and how.
Graphic Art or photo contribution is also needed for the cover and back of the book. Please send your idea.
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CALL FOR AUTHOR SUBMISSIONS – Chicken Soup For the Soul Canada edition

The Spirit of Canada – Chicken Soup for the Soul

In 2017 Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Our Canadian writers and readers will be focused on what Canada, and being Canadian, means. Send us your stories about what it means to be a Canadian, whether you’re talking about hockey or camping, Celtic fiddle music and step dancing or singing “O Canada,” or any of the other things that make you so proud—and grateful—to be Canadian.

The deadline date for story and poem submissions has been extended to MAY 31, 2016. The book will be published in May or June 2017, in time for Canada Day 2017!

Please visit our Story Guidelines page, which will answer many of your questions about subject matter, length, and style.

Submit your story here.

As always we want dramatic, heartwarming or inspirational stories that touch the hearts of our readers and remind them of principles they can use in their own lives. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

• Have you had an experience that made you really proud to be a Canadian?
• Do you have a local hero—or a well known Canadian hero—who inspired you?
• Do you live in a community that has suffered a challenge—and experienced the kindness of neighbours or first responders who showed up to make a difference?
• Are you, or is one of your family members, in the Canadian military? Do you have a story you can share? And then there is Canada’s traditional role in the world as peacekeepers… <br• are=”” you=”” an=”” immigrant=”” or=”” the=”” child=”” of=”” immigrants=”” who=”” have=”” come=”” to=”” this=”” great=”” land?=”” <br=””>• Share stories from First Nations.
• Tell us your story involving Canadian music, languages and traditions.
• Share stories that illustrate Canadian ingenuity, diversity, tolerance, and spirit.
• Tell us your favourite holiday stories—Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving and other holidays, and how you do them in Canada.
• Write about sports and activities like camping or canoe tripping, hiking in the Rockies, water skiing and snow skiing, skating and, of course, hockey. And pond hockey. And heading to the cottage.
• Share your stories that have occurred in the Canadian far north. Did any of them involve wildlife? Talk about Canada’s geographic diversity and stories from small towns to big cities.
• Did you travel the world with a Canadian flag on your backpack?
• Do you obsess over the weather?
• Write about unique Canadian expressions.

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“Love Your Voice” writing workshop with author Julie Rowe

Love Your Voice (updated & revised!)

Instructor: Julie Rowe

March 7 – April 1

Fee: $60


For more info or to register go to: http://bit.ly/1Kmj9GW

Every writer wants a fabulous voice. For most popular authors that achievement seems effortless. But for the rest of us, it’s often hard to tell what makes our voice special…and how to capitalize on our natural strengths.


Includes a critique of the first three chapters of your book (up to 50 pages)!


This workshop examines the seven key elements that make up an author’s unique voice:

  1. Emotion – How much? What kind? How do you show it?
  2. Core Story / Theme – The gut-level core idea that inspired your novel in the first place.
  3. Setting & Description – Where you set your story and how you chose to describe the environment is a critical element of Voice.
  4. Pacing – An art of its own and a crucial factor in any writer’s Voice.
  5. Conflict – What do the characters want and why can’t they have it.  Deep, difficult conflict brings your Voice to life.
  6. Characterization – Who you choose to write about and how you develop them is a pivot point of your Voice.
  7. Mechanics – It’s not just understanding the rules of writing, it’s how you chose to use and when you decide to break them.


Participants will see specific examples of how all these elements work in the distinctive voices of various authors. Writing exercises will follow the discussion of each ingredient.  These exercises will give participants the tools to refine, polish, and – depending on the kind of writing they want to pursue – possibly even change their Voice.


About the instructor: Julie Rowe

Full-time author, freelance writer, and workshop facilitator, Julie Rowe’s debut novel, Icebound, was released by Carina Press on Nov 14, 2011. Ten novels and eight anthologies have followed. Her most recent titles are the MEN OF ACTION boxed set and VIRAL JUSTICE book #3 of the Biological Response Team series.

Julie’s articles and short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today’s Parent magazine and Canadian Living. Julie facilitates business writing and communication workshops at Keyano College in her home city, and has presented writing workshops at conferences in the United States and Canada. She’s also a strong supporter of life-long learning and moderates a free announcement loop for the promotion of online classes, workshops and webinars.

You can find her at www.julieroweauthor.com , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JulieRoweAuthor.


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The Biological Response Team series, available now from Carina Press!

Carla White

Women Band Together In Support of International Women’s Day

Carla White presents a party night that celebrates and connects women

Professional speaker and author, Carla White, will celebrate International Women’s Day by bringing together a group of local women for a fun night out that includes wine, relaxing and entertainment. In Carla’s words, “My mission is to inspire and empower others to live their best life by tapping into their strengths, believing in their extraordinary potential and letting go of limiting thoughts and feelings”. She brings out the event as Showing Up for Happiness 101 as a hint of what to expect for the evening.

On Tuesday March 8, wine and snacks will be served at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library from 6:00-8:30pm. In an inviting, social, atmosphere, women will arrive to mingle and connect for International Women’s Day. In her own words, Showing Up Radio Talk Show Host, White, says “I am energized when I hang out with positive, upbeat people who want to grow, learn, and have a ton of fun’. The event seeks to empower women in a way that recognizes their achievements while encouraging collective collaborations.

Wood Buffalo Regional Library, Arts Council Wood Buffalo and Girls Inc are proud sponsors of the celebration on International Women’s Day. Showing Up for Happiness 101 attendees will receive a signed copy of the Amazon Best Selling book, Success University for Women.

With the event led by a theme of success and happiness, this turnout by women for women will be a positive nod towards women encouraging each other, supporting each other, and inspiring each other. Tuesday, March 8, an evening that is created to awaken and re-energize women – it will be a networking event for women while sharing laughs and insights with Carla White.

Carla wears many hats that range from speaker, author, radio talk show host and entertainer. She helps people transform and re-energize their lives. In her seminars, live events, and retreats, she guides individuals to explore their thoughts, beliefs, and their potential. Her breakthrough programs help many individuals and groups get clear with their vision as they overcome any roadblocks to success and happiness.

Attendees are able to purchase advanced tickets only at www.eventbrite.ca. To know more about Carla White, check out her website at www.Carla-White.ca.

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FREE poetry workshops

Words in Motion Poetry Workshops

January 14 – Adults; Program Room                              7-8:30 pm

January 23 – Youth/Young Adults; Study Room A     1-2:30 pm

Wood Buffalo Regional Library

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is partnering with Arts Council Wood Buffalo and the Wood Buffalo Regional Library to host 2 poetry writing workshops. If you are interested in submitting a piece, these workshops are great opportunities to learn some useful tips and tricks for exploring your creative writing side. Dr. Ryan J. Cox, English Instructor at Keyano College, will facilitate the Adult workshop on January 14 from 7:00-8:30 P.M., in the Program Room at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library. Pattie Dwyer, Learning Through the Arts Instructor, will facilitate the Youth/Young Adults workshop on January 23 from 1:00-2:30 P.M., in Study Room A at the Library.

To register and to find more information, please visit rmwb.ca/wordsinmotion.

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November 21-22, 2015

10 am to 5 pm

Designed for performance artists looking to cultivate a deeper relationship with themselves, enhance their craft, and connect with their peers in the artistic community.

Artists will learn wellness tools, including breath and focus exercises, which they can confidently use in their own artistic practice.

Limited space, register at artistwellnessretreat.eventbrite.ca.

$120 non-members

$100 ACWB members

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Charmaine Hammond Literary Workshops – October 22 & 24, 2015


Charmaine Hammond Writing Workshops

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is thrilled to announce their upcoming writing workshops with local legend Charmaine Hammond as a part of 2015’s Family Literacy Month. For more information please e-mail us at info@artscouncilwb.ca

Youth Writer’s Workshop

Date: Thursday October 22nd 6-9pm

Location: Conference Room @ The Redpoll Centre

MacDonald Island

1 C.A Knight Way


Ages 10-17 | 25 Seats Available | $20/Each or $15/Each for multiple Family members

Participants will learn how to identify stories for their books and bring these stories to life through their writing. This workshop is based on interactive writing and art exercises and helps young writers learn the process of writing from start to finish. All materials and light refreshments will be provided.

To reserve your spot please register online at



Author’s Success Program

Date: Saturday October 24th 10am-5pm

Location: Diamond Ball Room BC

MacDonald Island

1 C.A Knight Way

Ages 17+ | 30 Seats Available | $40/ACWB Members or $50/Non-Members

Writers and aspiring writers will master the tools to launch or re-launch their book (or play, screenplay, short stories, or poetry) sell their work, create a global presence, secure media and much more! All materials and lunch will be provided.

To reserve your spot please register online at