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Newsletter: 12/4/11: Some Things to Note + MORE Figment Themes

Hi everyone,

More on That Writing Contest

In my last e-mail [missing], I brought your attention to a writing contest offered by Black Cat Ranch. I wish to add an endorsement from CL.

On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 11:17 PM, CL wrote:

Hi SU, I attended the retreat at Black Cat a couple of times and really enjoyed it. Nice rooms, good people and the food was great. I’d recommend it to anyone. CL

I wholeheartedly agree with CL. The Black Cat Guest Ranch is a marvelous retreat. The meals are homemade, and well made. Featured are a hot tub, hiking and riding trails, rooms for meetings (writers’ workshops, etc.) and sleeping, a grand-hall dining area, other provisions and friendly hosts, all set at the base of the Rocky Mountains by Jasper. If you are interested in a retreat, perhaps to do some writing, the Black Cat is a impressive place to do it. Alpine fields and flowers are supposed to be spectacular in late Spring.

The contest, if you recall, “is a short story contest. Black Cat Guest Ranch fans can submit a short story of maximum 200 words to mail@blackcatguestranch.ca. Stories must be set at the Black Cat. The prize is a weekend for two at the Ranch, including meals”. To get an idea of what Amber is looking for, read some of her 365 Daily Stories. Sorry, I do not know when the contest ends. Assume it is the end of April. And, note, just because you may not have been to the Black Cat does not mean you can’t set your story there (and I am sure Black Cat is not above narrative poetry). The Black Cat site has plenty of place names, photos and descriptions which you can write a story around. You might even write a story describing why you would like to stay at the Ranch.

Too bad Black Cat doesn’t offer a group win. A writing workshop or retreat would really be a treat for us.

Author in the Library

Calgary author Barb Howard is reading from her short story anthology, Western Taxonomy, at the Tofield Library on April 14. See the library website for details.

Poems and Blogs to Books

For those of you who write poems, I receive poems from a Saskatchewan Grade 10 student, Amy Gabb, from her blog, Spellcheckaholic. You might want to check it out.

Also, we had a discussion during a meeting a couple of months or so ago about blogging and book publishing. You might be interested in this post from WordPress.com. One of the advantages of being part of a writing group is that we would be thrilled to support and assist you in your efforts.

Figment Continues

Good news … or not.

The response to Figment’s Daily Themes was so great, that Figment continues the series, without missing a beat. So, yep, here are the next batch of Figment Daily Themes from last week.

Enjoy.

And remember to keep writing and have fun doing so.

Yours writing,
Shawn

Att: April 2-6, 2012 Figments

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