NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2009
POWELL RIVER WRITER’S CONFERENCE
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE?
The latest buzz is our newest fall contest: So You Think You Can Write? The Powell River Writer’s Conference has teamed up with the Powell River Tourism Board to promote tourism! We are conducting an incredible contest entitled “So You Think You Can Write?” All entries cost $10 (unless you have already paid your annual fee, then your entries are free), which also gains the author a year membership in the writer’s conference. Stories are limited to 300 words, and poems to 20 lines.
The subject? Why people should visit Powell River – Howe Sound to Lund, actually. All entries are due by September 18, 2009. Local travel magazine editors will review all entries and reduce the final numbers to the final 10 entries. The authors will present their entries at the fall (October 17th, 2009) workshop at VIU, in front of 3 judges (like Canadian Idol). The winner’s entry will be published! Please mail all entries to: Powell River Writer’s Conference
4300A Scotia Place, Powell River, BC V8A 2X2.
Please enter the contest yourself AND please help us get the word out. For more information, people can call Jennifer at 604-485-0564 OR you can visit the Writer’s Conference website for complete details at www.prwriters.org. Students are especially encouraged to enter and are NOT charged the entry fee – the school must be clearly marked on the entry for the fee exemption.
We will be at the Blackberry Festival on August 21st, and have community advertising on 97.3FM, 95.7FM and Channel 4 TV. We have requested money from The Rotary Club of Powell River to assist us with additional marketing. Further, we have been granted a complimentary airline ticket for Sylvia Taylor (you may remember her from our spring conference) to conduct our fall workshop.
FALL 2009 WORKSHOP
Our Fall workshop is on October 17, 2009. The cost is $50 and we will have lunch options for purchase. The workshop is from 9am to 3pm, conducted at Vancouver Island University, Powell River Campus.
The subjects of the workshop:
- How to write an articlette, and get paid good money for it. What is an articlette? A small “snippet” of an article, between 100 to 150 words, which magazines use as filler spaces. Some of these articlettes are very lucrative, and may be a good source of income for those who wish to know more about it.
- How to write a query letter. Most publishing editors read the cover letter and may read the manuscript (if the cover letter is sufficient). The query letter is the most essential part of selling your manuscript. The workshop will include how to write an effective query letter, and how to better approach publishers with your work.
- The finale of the contest “So You Think You Can Write”.
The registration form will be up on the website soon to attend the workshop. Get your contest entries in!
Congratulations Wayne Lutz on the release of his new book!
We’ve long known Wayne for his regional “Up the Lake” series but there’s a side to his literary talents we’ve not seen before. He has released his second Sci-Fi novel: Inbound to Earth
Available at Amazon.com or at www.powellriverbooks.com