After attending the LAST Ontario Writers' Conference in the Spring of 2016 (meaning the last conference EVER to be held again) and hearing the devastating news about the organization folding, I am happy to share good news with you today.
It is official and I can tell you all about it.
Today, October 1st marks the return of...
However, there are some changes to their format: There will be no actual conference. This is sad, BUT there will be other events that we can meet up at and enjoy a great evening with our writer friends again. Yay!
Susan Swan, a Toronto novelist is an amazing speaker. She has been a published author and creative writing teacher for over 30 years. She has published novels in 15 different countries and has had her novels translated into eight different languages. A few of her novels have been made into motion pictures (shown in 32 countries) and they have also won many literary awards. She is a graduate of McGill University and has taught at University of Toronto, York University, Guelph University and Humber College.
Remember Resolution #8?
8.) Write more short stories (not just novels) and submit them to contests. You can’t win if you don’t enter the contest. You need a publication resume. Apparently. This is the perfect way to accomplish that task. ~ Lori Twining
To see all my 10 Writing Resolutions For This Year, go HERE.
Conquering Resolution #8
In order to write more short stories, I decided I needed to learn how to write them properly. If I'm going to enter these short story writing contests, I want to win. I don't want to be throwing my money out the window (yes, most contests have a fee, so hopefully, you have another job, besides being a writer, so you can pay your entry fee).
How do I go about winning a writing contest?
Obviously, I should seek advice from the best: Ruth E. Walker and Dorothea Helms (a.k.a. The Writing Fairy). These two amazing ladies created the "Write To Win Workshop". So, I drove through a heavy Grey-Bruce County snowstorm on Saturday, all the way to Trent University in Oshawa, for a five-hour workshop, that offered many tips and secrets on how to write contest-winning fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Was it worth my time?
You betcha! I learned quite a few things. Lots of secret things. Things I'm not willing to share with you, because, quite honestly, why should I? Remember, I want to win the contest, so if I told you everything that these two ladies told me, then, I would have too much competition. Can't have that now, can we? Because I want to win.
Although, I will share a few reasons why you should take the workshop too.
Top 10 Reasons To Take the "Write To Win Workshop":
I love reading everything... books, magazines, blog posts and even manuals. I believe if you want to improve your writing skills, you MUST be a voracious reader.