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Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators

Thu 05 Sep, 2013 - ELAN Classifieds

Let's prove that this quote by Stephen Fry is true. I'm currently building a bookshelfie (picture one takes of oneself in front of a bookhelf) gallery and am looking for people to submit their pictures to show the world that books are still alive and lovec (see the gallery here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/100792925@N03/.)

In exchange for your picture, I will glady link back to or showcase your work on my social media (my facebook page has an average reach of 500/people/week).

If you'd like to join in on the fun, send your bookshelfie to scbecauseican@gmail.com. Include your first name and location as well.

Thank you very much!

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Bryan Lee O'Malley launches Seconds

Start Date: Thu 31 Jul, 2014
End Date: Thu 31 Jul, 2014

Community Events

 

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Monique Polak: Tips to keep kids reading during summer break

Mon 21 Jul, 2014 - Member News

Monique Polak stopped by BT Montreal recently and shared some tips for parents to keep their kids reading and writing over summer break. Click here to see what she has to say!

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Telefilm Canada: MIPCOM 2014

Mon 21 Jul, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

CANADA PAVILION AT MIPCOM 2014
Cannes, France, October 13 to 16, 2014

Call for entries

Telefilm Canada is currently soliciting applications from Canadian production and distribution companies for MIPCOM 2014. MIPCOM is an international market for funding, co-producing, buying and selling entertainment products intended for all platforms. MIPCOM offers greater opportunities for meeting people, enjoying visibility, and experiencing a wide range of distribution platforms than any other industry event in the world.

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MAI Mentorship Program

Mon 21 Jul, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 
Creation and career development 
Eligible entries until September 2nd, 2014

The MAI’s mentorship program offers services for artists and non-profit organisations in the fields of performing, multidisciplinary or visual arts from Montreal’s culturally diverse communities. With the intent to foster professional development, the mentorship program facilitates exchange and participation between artists and their collaborators from within the artistic community. It also helps to promote and make the artists’ work accessible to the public in Montréal. 

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Jump-Start Your Art & Artist Grants and Loans Information Session

Thu 19 Jun, 2014 - Workshops

Jump-Start Your Art & Artist Grants and Loans Information Session *ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE*
Thursday July 17, 2014
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Cost : Free ($2 for handouts)


Are you an artist seeking to make a living from your creativity and talent, but don’t know how? This orientation session outlines the support services available to artists through YES and other arts organizations, and touches upon key things to consider in building a career or business in the arts. Topics include: getting to know your industry, marketing/ promotion, governance, developing relationships with key stakeholders, understanding the funding landscape and essential grant-writing tips. After the workshop, there will be the opportunity for a one-on-one consultation session to establish the YES resources that best suit your needs.

The Artists’ Program is open to artists of all ages and artistic disciplines, and offers a range of services to help artists develop the tools, skills and strategies to turn their artistic passion into an economically viable profession. To best meet the diverse and particular needs of our artist clients, this program works closely with our Entrepreneurship and Job Search departments, which offer many workshops and other services pertinent to artists.


If it is your first time visiting YES, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the workshop.

For more information please call 514-878-9788 or visit us at www.yesmontreal.ca

YES is situated at 666 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 700

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ONLY ONE MORE DAY TO ENTER THE VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY CONTEST!

Mon 14 Jul, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

ONLY ONE MORE DAY TO ENTER!

Vallum Award for Poetry 2014

Online/Postmark contest submission DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2014

1st Prize: $750, 2nd Prize: $250 + publication in Vallum

2014 Contest Judge: George Elliott Clarke

Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2014. Some of the best poets in the world have graced the pages of Vallum: Contemporary Poetry. Get your word on!

ENTRY FEE: $25 CDN for Canadian residents, $25 USD for international entrants, which includes a free one-year subscription to Vallum. Entries accepted both by Paypal and by postal mail.

For more information please visit: www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html

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Start Writing Your Book

Tue 03 Jun, 2014 - Workshops

Start Writing Your Book

Short Story, Flash Fiction, Prose-Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction

An eight-week writing course for women

 

Led by Ilona Martonfi

Editor/ Poet/Teacher

Producer of The Yellow Door

& Visual Arts Centre Readings

Tel (514) 939-4173

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The Final Countdown

Thu 10 Jul, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

Last chance to submit to the Vallum Award for Poetry 2014! We are still accepting original and previously unpublished submissions for our annual poetry contest.

First Prize: $750, Second Prize: $250, + publication in Vallum: Contemporary Poetry. Deadline: July 15th, 2014. Contest Judge: George Elliott Clarke. Some of the best poets in the world have graced the pages of Vallum. Get your word on!

Entry Fee: $25 (includes a 1 year subscription to Vallum. Entries accepted by Paypal and by posted mail. For more information visit: www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html

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Writing for Children

Wed 25 Jun, 2014 - Workshops

Writing for Children

Writing a children's story requires a vivid imagination,

good speech, enthusiastic creativity

and the ability to put yourself in the mind of a child

An eight-week writing course for women

 

Led by Ilona Martonfi

Editor/ Poet/Teacher

Producer of The Yellow Door

& Visual Arts Centre Readings

Tel (514) 939-4173

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Louise Penny gives Bishop's University convocation address

Wed 09 Jul, 2014 - Spotlight

Louise Penny, author of several bestselling mystery novels, recently received an honorary doctorate of civil law from Bishop's University. The village in which her Inspector Armand Gamache books take place, Three Pines, is patterned after the sense of place found in the Eastern Townships, where Penny is based and where Bishop's University is also located.

In her convocation address, Penny offers her thoughts on success, aspiration, and hard work, but she also offers some striking observations on her personal journey with alcoholism. See below for the full speech.

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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Graphic Novel Book Club #4: This One Summer

Start Date: Wed 09 Jul, 2014
End Date: Wed 09 Jul, 2014

Artistic Events

7-9 p.m. at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard ouest


Join us at the store to discuss Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s newest collaborative work! Published in May and already receiving acclaim, This One Summer is a beautiful, intelligent coming of age story focused on a preteen girl old enough to witness the angst surrounding her, but not quite old enough to be invited in. Mariko Tamaki's slow burning tension and unromantic nostalgia is perfectly matched by Jillian Tamaki's purple ink washes and character-focused illustrations.

Hosted by store staffer Marcela Huerta. Refreshments will be provided and discussion will be lively! Come one, come all! The event is free and there is a 20% discount on This One Summer starting now!

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Creative Writing Workshop Starts July 7th

Sun 22 Jun, 2014 - Workshops

Creative Writing Workshop
July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 18, 25
Montreal
Whether you want to explore poetry, fiction or non-fiction, this workshop gives you the opportunity to stretch and grow in your writing.

Each week, you'll be given different exercises and assignments that you can explore to see where they lead you. It's an adventure!

You'll also participate in writing workshops where you'll get and give feedback in a fun and supportive environment.

When: Monday evenings July 7 - Aug. 25
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Where: Near Lionel Groulx Metro (participants will receive address upon registration)
Cost: $197 (regular fee)
Get a $50 discount when you register by June 26th at 5pm (EST). Early birds pay only $147

For more info and to register, please contact: 

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Between the Pages: Montreal's literary scene under the microscope

Fri 04 Jul, 2014 - Spotlight

Between the Pages is a new show featuring Montreal-based writer Dimitri Nasrallah in the host's chair. In an episode filmed recently at the Atwater Library, Nasrallah sits down with local scribes Heather O'Neill and Christopher DiRaddo, along with Programming Director of the Blue Metropolis Festival, Gregory McCormick.

As Nasrallah says in his introduction, "we look to writers to update the urban landscapes of our imaginations, and Montreal is no exception." This half-hour episode dives into literary representations of the city's linguistic and cultural mix, and how writers' stories have been marked and shaped by Montreal's own stories.

See the full video below the jump.

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Artists wanted for multidisciplinary web project: Map your songs...make our dreams

Thu 26 Jun, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

From multidisciplinary artist Khadija Baker:

Map your songs…make our dreams, is a multi-disciplinary web project (animation, audio/video) involving participative storytelling and animation to create active spaces of empathy and greater understanding. It explores the social aspects of violence in the Arab world and specifically how it affects women and children. 

The project embraces stories and interviews from women and children from Syria who live in refugee camps at Kawergosk Syrian refugee camp in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, near Erbil city.  The project includes a local community-building component that serves to unite parents in Montreal with mothers in the Middle East. In this work, I explore stories of displacement and loss and strive to create connection with viewers/participants as witnesses to the lived experience and to promote ways violence survivors mange to keep alive. In addition, I will examine the effectiveness of arts in passing knowledge and incites alternative ways for peacemaking discussions.

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PWM seeks Administrative Assistant

Thu 26 Jun, 2014 - Job Opportunities

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT JOB POSTING

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal seeks a full-time bilingual Administrative Assistant to start the week of September 15, 2014 for a 6 month contract. Duties include: reception, member relations, fundraising and communications support, as well as maintenance, coordinating supplies, and general office work.

We are looking for a quick-learner who is reliable, responsible, and able to work on multiple tasks. Excellent communication, organizational and computer skills are required. Past office experience and work with arts groups are all definite assets, as is familiarity working with Excel spreadsheets.

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AELAQ launches special reading fund

Thu 26 Jun, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

AELAQ launches special reading fund to support public readings by authors published by members of the Association of English-Language Publishers of Quebec

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des
                          Arts du Canada

With the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) is thrilled to announce the launch of a new program to support readings by Quebec writers who have been published by AELAQ members.

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Write On Q! Playwriting Competition

Wed 25 Jun, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

Once again, Infinithéâtre organizes its QuébecPlaywriting Competition. The biggest literary prize in English Language Québec with $5,000 in prizes. 

We are looking for original works with the potential to shake up the Québec theatre scene!

Submit your new plays to Write-On-Q! and know they will be read and considered for production in future seasons. 

Plays developed by Infinithéâtre have been performed in and around Montréal Stratford Ontario, New York, Tokyo, Cairo, Toronto and in Ottawa at the NAC! 

Unproduced English or Bilingual plays written by Québec writers are eligible to be submitted.

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Novella Writing Workshops begins June 23rd

Tue 03 Jun, 2014 - Workshops

Seize the opportunity to try your hand at long-form fiction, and share your stories at weekly workshop sessions. Throughout the course, students will gain practice in various aspects of fiction writing. By the end of the course, students will complete an outline and a portion of their novella or novel.

This class is held in the Continuing Education department at Concordia University and is open to all. No prerequisites. No experience necessary.

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