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The Writers’ Collective is looking for a Program Coordinator.

The Program Coordinator is primarily responsible for member and partner relations and organizing and administering Collective programs and events. Applicants must be dedicated, reliable, community minded, able to work independently and with different groups of people.  Experience in preparing grant applications is an asset, as is experience with the local writing and publishing community.  Should have multi-tasking skills, excellent communication (both written and verbal) and networking skills. Must have facility with various computer programs including Excel spreadsheets.  Experience with financial transactions would be an asset.  Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends.  Commitment to and interest in the local writing scene is an asset.

This is a contract position, with a minimum one year commitment required.  Hours are flexible, range from 25 to 30 per week.  Annual contract fee is $17,700.

Contract work to begin as soon as possible. Please send resume with references and cover letter to:  Writers’ Collective, 4th Floor Library, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9.  Applications may also be submitted by email to: .  Applications must be received by Friday, February 25. Any questions or clarifications, please email . Thank you for your interest, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.


WORKSHOP: The Book of The and Another Book of The: Idea Generation – The Indispensable Core of Creativity with Robert Kelly PhD – University of Calgary

Saturday, March 5, 10 am to 1 pm, Gallery 1C03 (University of Winnipeg), $20 for Writers’ Collective members, $40 for non-members, Email  to register.

Bring your ideas and sense of humour as artist and educator, Robert Kelly leads us through an exploration of the many dimensions of creativity with focus on the dynamic of idea generation and invention.  Join us in an active process of idea generation and development as we explore strategies for engaging in creative culture through cooperative design. Experience the joy of collaborative creativity with fellow workshop participants as we generate infinite possibilities through various methods of idea generation including a designer‘s version of “speed dating“. We will also examine the concept of creativity and its vocabulary through contemporary creativity theory and creative practice. Be prepared to think, laugh, and share as we explore the world of creativity and idea generation where outcomes are unknown throughout this 3 hour workshop.


Educator and artist Robert Kelly is an associate professor in the Faculty of Arts and an adjunct associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. He is co-editor of the book entitled Creative Expression, Creative Education: Creativity As A Primary Rationale For Education. He is currently researching and developing two new volumes on creativity in education focused on developing personal and professional creativity entitled Creative Journey and the methodology of creativity in educational practice entitled Educating For Creativity.

Robert has received numerous awards for teaching excellence and is featured on the University of Calgary’s Great Teachers website. He is currently pioneering four new courses on creativity in educational practice in the new Masters of Education program at the University of Calgary.  Robert Kelly has done numerous keynote presentations, lectures and workshops across Canada on the topic of creativity.

As artist, his most recent work is his conceptual Minutia installation showing in March at Gallery 1C03 at the University of Winnipeg consisting of eleven books of concrete poetry on lecterns, based on the sentence fragment “the first time I heard the sound of a page turning.” His other major bodies of work include his painted Concept of Raven series and his newly developed White Noise outdoor installation project.




pê-âcimohk[i]: kiskino mâto tapanâsk[ii] – Digital Stories of the Intergenerational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors

Where: 519 Selkirk Avenue – Urban Circle Training Centre (New Urban and Inner-City Studies off-campus location)

When: February 16, 2011, 12:00-1:00 pm (light lunch will be provided)

Indigenous storytellers are now carrying their narratives into digital media domains. Through digital stories, we will explore the intergenerational effects on professional First Nations women in Winnipeg whose mothers attended residential school. A ‘digital story’ is a short video approximately 3-5 minutes in length. The presenters will be showing and discussing their own digital stories, produced as part of a research project by the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence.

[i] pê-âcimohk is a Plains Cree word that means “come and witness/hear a story”. [ii] kiskino mâto tapanâsk is a Plains Cree phrase that means “the crying wagon/school bus”.

Winnipeg Public Library / Aboriginal Writers’ Collective of Manitoba: Resistance/Rebellion Readings, February 17 @ 7 pm
“My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.” ~ Louis Riel, 1885

Join us for this free adult program and get ready for this year’s Louis Riel Day celebrations as St. John’s Library hosts members of the Aboriginal Writers’ Collective of Manitoba performing original work under the theme “Resistance/Rebellion.”

St. John’s Library, 500 Salter Street, Thursday, February 17. No registration required. Just drop in! Call:  986-4689 for more information

The MEA presents Dr. Zbigniew Izydorczyk for a newly extended full day seminar exploring linguistic secrets: Back to HEL: History of the English Language.

This full day of fun with language, happens at the University of Winnipeg, Rm. 2M70, Saturday, February 19th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With his usual flair, Dr. I. promises to read aloud and to explore:

·         The legacy of the Early Modern projects of “correcting, improving, and ascertaining the English tongue”;

·         The process of standardization of written English;

·         The history of linguistic correctness; and

·         The rise of prescriptive grammar.
Added to this food for thought will be lunch and refreshments. Space is limited (and highly coveted). Please RSVP (if you’d like to eat) and REGISTER NOW if you’d like to join the other smart people who’ll be there.

Cost:   Members: $90; non-members: $135; students: $75; student non-members: $110.

They are 3 ways to register:

1) Send a cheque to the MEA mailbox.

2) Register and pay using TelPay.

3) RSVP by e-mail ( with subject “Will attend”) and pay at the door.

For details on registering through options 1 & 2 follow this link: http://www.manitobaeditors.ca/Docs/Events/Poster_HistoryEnglish2011.pdfbelow to see the event poster.

Aqua Books presents Mondo! Poetry festival, featuring Africadian poet George Elliott Clarke

Aqua Books, Winnipeg’s Cultural City Hall, is pleased to feature Governor General Award-winning Canadian poet, playwright, cultural activist and literary critic George Elliott Clarke. Clarke will be the featured poet in our annual poetry festival, Mondo! Poetry. In celebration of both Clarke and of Black History Month, Aqua Books will host various events and performances daily from February 15th – February 19th, 2011.

All events take place at Aqua Books, 274 Garry St. (between Portage and Graham). All events are free, except for the Readers’ Theatre presentation of Beatrice Chancy on Saturday, February 19th at 7:30, which is $5.00.

For more information, please visit www.aquabooks.ca, or email Kelly Hughes at .

Tuesday, February 15, 7:00 – Marathon Reading of George Elliott Clarke’s Execution Poems. Thirty-four Winnipeg poets and performers will read the poems from this complex, challenging, and important book. Readers include T’ai Pu, Ismaila Alfa, Kate Vermette, Aisha Alfa, Nereo II, Charlene Diehl, Kerry Ryan, and others. This is a free event.

Wednesday, February 16, 7:00 – George Elliott Clarke curates Africville Photo Exhibit. This exhibit is housed by the Nova Scotia Archives. George Elliott Clarke will display and discuss photos from this important and fascinating exhibit that document a lost but not forgotten community. Clarke, himself an Africadian poet, has spoken and written extensively about Canada’s Africadian communities and history, and his commentary and insight into these photographs will be a one-of-a-kind event. This event is free.

Thursday, February 17, 7:00 – George Elliott Clarke public reading. George Elliott Clarke reads and performs, in his own engaging and inimitable style, new and unpublished work. This is a free event.

Friday, February 18, 7:00 – Kelly Hughes Live! featuring George Elliott Clarke, with live jazz.

Saturday, February 19, 2:00 – Screening of “One Heart Broken Into Song,” introduced by George Elliott Clarke. One Heart Broken Into Song is a 1999 film, written by George Elliott Clarke and directed by Clément Virgo. This is a free event.

Saturday, Februrary 19, 7:30 – Readers’ Theatre Presentation of Beatrice Chancy, featuring George Elliott Clarke. This Readers’ Theatre will be presented by various talented local Winnipeg actors; Clarke himself will play one of the roles. This event costs $5.00.

About George Elliott Clarke and Mondo! Poetry:

George Elliott Clark was born in Nova Scotia, and is a seventh-generation Canadian of Africadian and Mi’kmaq heritage. He is an award-winning poet, novelist, playwright, librettist, and professor, and has been awarded numerous literary accolades. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has received an Order of Nova Scotia as well as the Bellagio Award from the Rockefeller Center in New York City. His poetic novel, Whylah Falls, was a CBC Canada Reads book, and his book George and Rue was shortlisted for the prestigious international IMPAC award.

Mondo! Poetry is Winnipeg’s only annual poetry festival, and is a week-long celebration and exploration of the life and work of a Canadian poet. This year’s celebration of George Elliott Clarke will feature a full program of screenings, performances, theatre, music, and literary readings. Previous Mondo Poetry poets include Al Purdy and Robert Kroetsch.


Quoi? Lecture publique, micro libre, tous peuvent lire
Où? La librairie Aqua Books, 274, rue Garry
Quand? 22 février 2011, 19 h 00
Qui? Poète invité : Laurent Poliquin, et les gens du public qui veulent lire

En février il fait bon passer une veillée à se réchauffer au soleil des mots et des histoires. En écouter des histoires, mais aussi en raconter, raconter ses propres histoires. Un auteur est invité, ce soir-là ce sera Laurent Poliquin. Il vient de publier à Paris et sera très heureux de nous présenter ses poèmes. Ensuite, tous ceux qui veulent lire leurs textes (longs ou courts) le pourront. Après chaque lecture, bien sûr, on applaudit!

Alors oui, on lit en français chez les Anglais. C’est à «l’hôtel de ville culturel» de Winnipeg, la librairie Aqua Books, 274, rue Garry. Haut-parleurs! est une initiative de la librairie Aqua Books et du Collectif Post-néo-rieliste dont le but est d’encourager l’émergence de nouveaux talents de la littérature du Manitoba français.

Haut-parleurs! c’est une occasion de voir et d’entendre des écrivains donner vie à leurs mots. Haut-parleurs! c’est une salle au plancher craquant, c’est un bruit diffus de circulation, c’est une voix qui nous envoute, ce sont des rencontres, des surprises, des retrouvailles. Haut-parleurs! c’est le 22 février 2011, à 19 h 00, à la librairie Aqua Books, 274, rue Garry.

ANNUAL FREEDOM TO READ MARATHON, Presented by The Manitoba Writers’ Guild and The Winnipeg Public Library, February 25th, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Millennium Library

This cross-country initiative founded by the Book and Periodical Council encourages Canadians to reflect upon and reaffirm their intellectual freedom.  Participants can exercise their rights by doing a 10-minute reading from a selection of banned or challenged books.  A variety of banned/challenged books will be provided to choose from, or participants are welcome to bring their own banned selection.  Ten minute slots can be reserved by calling 986-6779. For more information on Freedom to Read visit:http://www.freedomtoread.ca/

Yellow Dog Reading change of date: Louise B. Halfe and Beatrice Mosionier will now be reading on February 28th at the Yellow Dog Tavern – Monday February 28, 7:30 PM, Yellow Dog Tavern (386 Donald next to the Carnegie Deli)

The Manitoba Writers’ Guild continues its third season of readings at the Yellow Dog Tavern featuring writers from Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland in 2010-2011. Individual admission is $10.00 at the door, reservations recommended. Reservations can now be made at   or by calling 204-944-8013. The series features 20 minute readings by two authors, followed by a conversation illuminating the lives and work of the featured writers.  For a full list of readings visit:http://www.mbwriter.mb.ca/.

Beatrice Mosionier (formerly Beatrice Culleton) was born in 1949, in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada. She attended George Brown College (1970) in Toronto, and Banff School of Fine Arts (1983). She was raised in foster homes, as were her brother and two sisters, because of her parents’ alcoholism. Following the death of two sisters to suicide, Beatrice decided to write In Search of April Raintree. First published in 1983, it has become a Canadian classic. Beatrice is the author of several children’s book including: Spirit of the White Bison, Christopher’s Folly, and Unusual Friendships: A Little Black Cat and a Little White Rat. Her second novel, In the Shadow of Evil, was published in 2000. Her most recent book is the memoir Come Walk With Me, published by Portage and Main Press in 2009.

Louise Halfe, Sky Dancer, was born in Two Hills, Alberta. She was raised on the Saddle Lake First Nation and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Halfe made her debut as a poet in Writing the Circle: Native Women of Western Canada, the acclaimed anthology of life-writings by Native women. Halfe’s first book of poetry, Bear Bones and Feathers, won the Milton Acorn Award for 1996 and was short-listed for the Spirit of Saskatchewan Award. Blue Marrow, published by McClelland and Steward in 1998, is a mixture of prose and poetry resurrecting voices from the past. Blue Marrow was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award. Louise’s third book of poetry, The Crooked Good, published in 2007 by Coteau, won the Saskatoon Book Award and the Saskatoon Publishers Award and was short listed for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.The Crooked Good is an epic poem based on the Cree Legend of the Rolling Head, interwoven with the lives of four generations of women. Louise served as the first aboriginal Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan from 2005-2006. Her work is widely published in anthologies and magazines.

CMU School of Writing Application Deadline: March 1, 2011

Now in its fifth year, the School of Writing has helped hundreds of writers receive creative support and guidance. The School of Writing at CMU functions with small classes that work closely and intensively together, and feature peer editing and workshop ping. Along with the classroom experience, students have one-on-one meetings with instructors to work on manuscripts. Classes meet every day for five days. Students will encounter well-known authors who visit for special readings and seminars. There is time for writing and reflec tion on CMU’s beautiful north campus. The week concludes with a keynote speaker and a banquet. There are four courses in 2011: Fiction (taught by Marina Endicott), Creative Nonfiction (Myrna Kostash), Life Writing (Joanne Klassen), and Preaching (Allan Rudy-Froese).

Applicants for the School of Writing should be 18 years old or over. Classes are limited to ten students. In order to apply for all the courses except Life Writing, please submit an application form and a portfolio of the writing you would like to develop during the School. (An excerpt is fine; length is approximately 5-10 pages typed, double-spaced.) No portfolio is needed for Life Writing.

Tuition for the 2011 School of Writing at CMU is $575, tax included. This includes five days of lunches and coffee breaks and the Friday evening banquet. Some financial support is available; see our website for details.

The application deadline is March 1, 2011.

More information is available on the CMU website:  www.cmu.ca/schoolofwriting

READING: Jennifer Still & Holly Luhning, Wednesday, March 2, 7 pm at McNally Robinson.

A thrilling reading of fiction and poetry that will mark the first of our prairie reading tour from our newest books: Quiver (Jennifer Still, HarperCollins) and Girlwood (Holly Luhning, Brick Books), respectively. The event will be followed by a Q&A book chat with the ever-charming and award-winning Winnipeg poet and reviewer, Ariel Gordon.

“Girlwood” grows out of a decidedly Winnipeg landscape; the title is a play on the author’s childhood home located on Girdwood Crescent, an East Kildonan townhouse development built along the CPR rail line in the 70′s. But the haul of Still’s content is much more internal. The poems follow the rhythms of the tracks into the psyche of a girlhood, a self-becoming, that travels far beyond physical boundaries deep into the wild entanglement of mother-daugher connection. In Girlwood, Jennifer Still’s second collection, her poems come of age: they take the dare; they cross out of sapling and into maturity’s thicket. But the poems don’t leave the girl behind, they bring her along: as sylph, as raconteur, as witness, as pure, unstoppable bravado.

Holly Luhning’s debut novel, Quiver (HarperCollins 2011) has been described by Eden Robinson as “a gripping psychological thriller that has combined the complexity and careful detail of a novel with the beautiful and terrible simplicity of drama.” Holly Luhning has received a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award, and her collection of poetry, Sway (Thistledown Press 2003), was nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award. Holly lives in Toronto.

Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg-based writer whose first book of poetry, Hump, was published in spring 2010 by Palimpsest Press. How to Prepare for Flooding, a collaboration with designer Julia Michaud, is forthcoming from JackPine Press in 2011. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.

WORKSHOP: Writing for Online Publications with Shel Zolkewich
Saturday March 5, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, in the Burns Creative Classroom, 210-100 Arthur Street (in the Artspace building)

Cost: $30 for members, $35 for non-members (includes a MWG membership to the end of June 2011)

The publishing world is changing. At one time, print was king, but as we see more and more newspapers fold and magazines reduce page counts, another format is taking over. Some see it as a sad situation, but let’s look at it as an opportunity to jump into the ever-growing field of online publications. We’ll take a look at the various forms of online publications and opportunities for online work, and walk through the steps you need to know to sell your services.

To register please email  or call 204-944-8013 with your name and send your cheque made out to the Manitoba Writers’ Guild to:
218-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg MB, R3B 1H3.  Thank you!

Shel Zolkewich writes about the outdoors, travel and food when she’s not playing outside, on the road or eating. Her recent adventures have included harvesting walleye aboard a commercial fishing boat on Lake Winnipeg and making a long overdue trip to Ukraine with her dad Merv.  She writes for Up! Magazine, Going Places, Travel Manitoba, Manitoba Canola Growers, West Magazine, Homesav, the Winnipeg Free Press, AOL.ca,  The Globe & Mail and EnRoute.  Visit Shel’s website at: http://shelzolkewich.com and visit her on twitter:http://twitter.com/shelzolkewich

WAC: Call for Nominations for the 2011 Winnipeg Arts Council Awards, Deadline April 5

The 5th annual WINNIPEG ARTS COUNCIL AWARDS will be presented at THE MAYOR’S LUNCHEON FOR THE ARTS, a celebration that recognizes and promotes the arts, artists and partnerships that make Winnipeg a centre for cultural achievement. The Luncheon will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at the Fairmont Winnipeg.

Three awards will recognize excellence and creativity in the arts:  the ON THE RISE Award, the MAKING A MARK Award and the MAKING A DIFFERENCE Award. Each award recipient will receive a cash prize of $2,500.  The ARTS CHAMPION Award will honour an individual, a business or an organization that has demonstrated sustained support to the arts in Winnipeg. The award will be a unique work of art.

The ON THE RISE Award recognizes the demonstrated promise of an emerging, professional Winnipeg artist in any discipline. The jury may consider nominees of any age who have recently embarked on an artistic career.

The MAKING A MARK Award applauds an established professional Winnipeg artist in any discipline, who is receiving critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in Winnipeg and beyond.

The MAKING A DIFFERENCE Award celebrates the contribution of a Winnipeg artist or arts administrator to the growth and development of the arts in any discipline in Winnipeg. This award will likely go to someone well-established in their field.

The ARTS CHAMPION Patron Award will honour an individual, an organization or a business that has demonstrated sustained support to the arts in Winnipeg.

NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: Nomination packages, including signed, original nomination forms and supporting material must be received at the Winnipeg Arts Council no later than 4 pm, Tuesday, April 5, 2011. For more information and to download the nomination guidelines, please visit our website http://www.winnipegarts.ca/index.php?/wac-arts-award/.



The Writers’ Collective Board attended the tribute to Michael Van Rooy at Aqua Books on February 11. We shared some memories of Michael and read his short story “Four Gobstoppers,” published in Prairie Fire. The event was covered by the Free Press and the article can be found here: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Writers-honour–116109219.html

A fund has been set up for Michael’s family. For information about making a donation, contact Aqua Books.

There will be another tribute to Michael in March, organized by Thin Air, Turnstone Press and McNally Robinson. “Michael Van Rooy: The Writer,” an evening of readings and stories, will take place Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant at McNally Robinson. More details to come.

Please note that we do not have access to the most up-to-date mailing list at this time. Please let us know of any changes or additions that are necessary to bring us up to date.



“Monty Haaviko Rule #76: In the end plans still come down to luck, improisation and free form jazz.” ~ Michael Van Rooy



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