Winnipeg Free Press / Writers’ Collective Spring Contests Now Open!

We are pleased to announce our spring contests: Short  Fiction (for adults and students) and Marie Barton Postcard Fiction!

The entry deadline is SUNDAY MAY 4, 2014 at MIDNIGHT



Short Fiction

Adult: 1st place $200; 2nd place $150; 3rd place $100.

Senior student: 1st place $150; 2nd place $100; 3rd place $50.

Junior student: 1st place $150; 2nd place $100; 3rd place $50.

+ one Human Spirit Award, $100 (from both Student categories)

Marie …

Inside Publishing: The Bios, part Deux


I know you were all excitedly awaiting this second batch! If you’re like me, you love the biographies, so here’s more to satisfy your craving :)


Inside Publishing is happening Saturday April 12, 2014, 11am – 3:30pm, Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

All Sessions Moderated by Joanne Kelly


After a short lunch break to feed those who are staying all day, the fun resumes with Poetry: 1:30 pm featuring, Kristian Enright.

Winner of both the 2013 John Hirsch

Inside Publishing: The Biographies, part One


As promised, here are the beautiful biographies of our sensational authors and publishers speaking at this year’s Inside Publishing!


IP happens Saturday April 12, 2014, 11am – 3:30pm, Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

All Sessions Moderated by the wonderful Joanne Kelly! 


The morning will start with Graphic Novels: 11 am, featuring David Alexander Robertson

David is a Swampy Cree, is a bestselling graphic novelist and writer. He focuses on educating youth about indigenous history and contemporary …

Inside Publishing – A Slight Change

Hello there writerlies,


Good news and Bad news for you today.

The Bad news is Anita is not able to make it tomorrow. She’s a bit under the weather after her eye surgery this week and won’t be able to make it out for tomorrow’s Inside Publishing. We’re sorry to miss out, but do wish her a speedy recovery!

The Good news is Deborah Froese, another up and coming Peanut Butter Press author is all set to go.


Look see:

Deborah Froese is …

Board Nominations – 2014/15

One of the most important tasks of our Annual General Meeting on May 12 is to elect the Board of Directors for the coming year.

Board members, all volunteers, play an active role in the development and operations of The Writers’ Collective. The Board guides the work and development of The Writers’ Collective, including making decisions about programming and finances. This year, six individuals are nominated to the Board. We have four continuing Board members and two new members to add to our team!

Nominations …

Inside Publishing, Saturday, April 12, 2014

IP logo

Offered in partnership with the Winnipeg Public Library, Inside Publishing is the free and open-to-all “glimpse behind the curtain” of the book industry. In four jam-packed 50-minute sessions you’ll get the inside scoop from the authors, editors, and publishers of four different books. We’ll look at various genres, hear about habits, processes, what really fires an editor’s rockets, and a whole lot more. 

* Moderated by Joanne Kelly *
 Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium
, 251 Donald Avenue in downtown Winnipeg

Saturday, April 12, 11

Request for Proposal: Brand and Web Development

The Writers’ Collective of Manitoba is seeking qualified consultants to provide the following services:

  1. Brand development, including logo and positioning statement (tagline)
  2. Website update to allow us to take our publication, Collective Consciousness, from a print to an online format; as well as ongoing website hosting and support

Bidders may submit a proposal for one or both of parts (1) and (2) above.

Download the RFP document.



Volunteer Opportunity: Website Editor

The Writers’ Collective is seeking an energetic, web-savvy individual to assist us with managing and updating our website.


  • Plan, write and post updates to The Writers’ Collective website at least once a week, working with the Program Coordinator and e-news editor. Updates will include Writers’ Collective and member events, new contests, and markets (information to be shared with bi-weekly e-newsletter)
  • Make occasional posts about Writers’ Collective activities (at direction of Program Coordinator)
  • Post updates to Twitter and Facebook
  • Review comments; approve or delete as

Pleased to (re)Meet You

“The Writers’ Collective – what’s that?”

Maybe you’ve had this experience. You’re telling a friend about the contest you just entered, or inviting them to an open mic where you’ll be speaking, or sharing your experience as a Board member with this great organization – The Writers’ Collective. You’re met with a blank stare.

It can be hard for a small organization like The Writers’ Collective to get its name out there and to come up with a pithy, memorable way to describe itself – …

Seeking Board Members

We are looking for energetic individuals who believe in the power of the written word to be part of The Writers’ Collective Board.

We are a working Board. Board members, all volunteers play an active role in the development and operations of The Writers’ Collective. We collaborate with and support the Program Coordinator. We take on individual and group projects that help The Writers’ Collective continue its work – everything from brainstorming new programs to assisting at events.


What you need

  • Be a member