The WCDR SLAM – April 13th Monthly Network Meeting

The WCDR SLAM is back!


To win the $100.00 PRIZE and the coveted cheesy trophy, get ready to enter the WCDR SPRING SLAM!

A SLAM is usually a contest where poets memorize poems and compete with each other on stage. Performances are scored by judges and the performer with the highest score wins. There are different kinds of SLAMS and if you google it you will see some of the most avant garde writing performance contests available these days.

We want to give as many members as possible the opportunity to compete so we’ve modified the rules and have included them below. ANY form of writing is permitted: poetry, prose, humour, grocery list, monologue, stand-up routine, whatever…

Here are the most important things to keep in mind:
1. Only WCDR members may enter the WCDR SPRING SLAM! on April 13th.
2. Due to time constraints the number of contestants is limited to SEVEN
3. Auditions will be held Monday April 8th at FILL IN LOCATION starting at 7:00 to identify the LUCKY SEVEN
4. Poetry Slam rules (with some amendments) apply (see below)

Please review the rules, pick your best 3 minutes of writing and get ready to WOW the membership this July!

THE 10 RULES OF the WCDR SPRING SLAM:
1. You are only allowed to perform ONE piece of material
2. The piece you read/perform must have been written by you
3. You must perform the piece by yourself. No other humans or life forms are allowed on stage during your performance
4. Your performance of the piece must be THREE MINUTES or less in length. (This includes EVERYTHING you say. The clock starts when you engage with the audience. i.e. make eye contact, wave, start talking. All performers are given a 10 second grace period, BUT once you go 10 seconds over the 3 minutes you are penalized for every 20 seconds you go over)
5. Only your voice and body may be used in the performance. No props of any kind are allowed. (except the microphone, mic stand and anything containing your reading material. See note on memorization)
6. No costumes. No nudity.
7. No musical accompaniment.
8. Although some singing is permitted, the singing must not exceed 25% of the performance. Judges have final say in this regard.
9. You are not permitted prompting from anyone
10. No racist, sexist or unusually profane language is allowed.

NOTE: The organizers and judges have the right to disqualify (or penalize scores during the auditions) for anyone who contravenes these rules. Penalties are based upon the severity of the infractions.

JUDGING:

The LUCKY SEVEN finalists at the Monday, April 8th Auditions will be chosen by THREE JUDGES based on the following CRITERIA:
1. Quality of writing
2. Quality of Performance
3. IMPACT on the audience

At the April 13th WCDR SLAM the judges will NOT SCORE the performances, but will make brief comments (for fun and entertainment value) to help the audience make up their minds. (Think American Idol)

At the end of the competition each audience member will be given a ballot containing the name of all 7 slammers and asked to secretly circle the one name they think should win the WCDR SPRING SLAM TROPHY and PRIZE MONEY.

Ballots will be collected and tallied by an independent group of WCDR members not involved in the competition. While the ballots are being counted one of Canada’s finest Slam Poets, VALENTINO ASSENZA, will perform 3 of his best known pieces.

It’s WINNER TAKE ALL!

FIVE SECRETS OF SLAM:
1. Although MEMORIZATION is not mandatory, it is highly recommended
2. MOVE YOUR BODY AND HANDS
3. USE YOUR VOCAL RANGE
4. TIMING is CRITICAL – Your performance MUST BE 3 minutes or less
5. PRACTICE with a MICROPHONE

If you have any questions please contact Naomi at roundtable@wcdr.org

Gwynn Scheltema & Ruth E. Walker of Writescape – March 9th Guest Speakers


Gwynn Scheltema & Ruth E. Walker of Writescape at the March 9th Monthly Network Meeting!

Secrets of Finding Great Characters

Discover how serendipity, imagination and real life can combine to help you discover compelling characters for your stories. Be inspired by two accomplished writing coaches and workshop facilitators. Be prepared to write. And be prepared to surprise yourself on Saturday March 9, 2019.

About Gwynn Scheltema

GWYNN SCHELTEMA was born in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, Africa, and her writing is shaped by that remarkable and rich landscape. . As a freelancer, she has been a columnist, ghost writer and course developer. As a poet, fiction writer and professional editor, Gwynn has won several awards for her writing including the 2007 Timothy Findlay Creative Writing Prize. Gwynn is producer and co-host of Word on the Hills, a weekly radio program on Northumberland Radio 89.7FM.

About Ruth E. Walker

RUTH E. WALKER was born and raised in Toronto, is a long-time Durham Region resident. Published in Canada, the US and the UK, Ruth’s poetry and fiction have won a variety of awards and competitions. Since 2008, she has been an artist in residence in education through an Ontario Arts Council pilot project, working with elementary and high school students. Her novel Living Underground is published by Seraphim Editions and her next manuscript is on its way to agents.

Together, Gwynn and Ruth launched Writescape in 2008, starting with workshops and writers retreats and now adding a focus on coaching and book editing services. For details: writescape.ca or info@writescape.ca

Master Class with Donna Morrissey – November 17, 2018


Donna Morrissey Facilitator:Donna Morrissey
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Durham College - Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby (just northeast of Highway 401 and Thickson Road)
Room: 11-11
Cost: $100 for members, $110 for non-members

Writing from Withing Your Characters

Sometimes we show and sometimes we tell – the art is in ‘when?’ Learn: -when to show and when to tell. -techniques for bringing backstory forward. -techniques for presenting history without turning your story into a history lesson. -to show who your characters are (don’t tell). -how to bring forward your character’s emotions through: narrative, dialogue and associative thinking.

Writing Good Scenes

Each scene is a mini short-story. Learn: -the three components of a good scene. -the three types of changes a scene must bring. -when a scene is finished -how scenes move a story forward

About Donna Morrissey

Donna has written six nationally bestselling novels. She has received awards in Canada, the U.S., and England. Her novel Sylvanus Now was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and she was nominated for a Gemini for best writing for the film Clothesline Patch. Her fiction has been translated into several different languages. Born and raised in Newfoundland, she now lives in Halifax.

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Jenny Madore – October 13th Guest Speaker


Jenny Madore at the October 13th Monthly Network Meeting!

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Writing for a Living - Profitable Tips for Writing Novels

Whether you focused on publishing traditionally, independently, or a hybrid combination of both, non-fiction or fiction, there are certain practices that propel your writing and raise earnings. This workshop discussion covers what you write, why, how fast, and for what audience. We will discuss the power of genres, niche markets, and hot cells both in the planning stages and in production. I will share my tips and tricks for practical marketing/branding suggestions you can put to work, regardless of genre or market. And, of course, how to make money doing it. If you're serious about writing books for a living and ready to step your career up to the next level, this is a meeting you won't want to miss.
About Jenny Madore
Under the name JL Madore, Jenny has published seven full-length novels and one five-part serial since attending Heather Hamilton-Senter's WCDR Master Class spring 2017. In that time, her income has increased 1000% over the sales for the two years prior, she's been awarded best new release on Amazon 3 times, been #1 in her genre sub-category countless times and has learned a ton about what it takes to build momentum as an author.

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Annual Membership: $65.00
Full-time Student Membership Fee: $25.00

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Step 2. Pay

If paying by cheque, please send to:
The Writers’ Community of Durham Region Bayly Postal Outlet P.O. Box 14558 75 Bayly Street West Ajax, ON L1S 7K7
If you've chosen to pay now online: Click the “Add to Cart” button below. Your purchase will show up in the shopping cart that will appear at the top of the column on the right. If you make a mistake and want to remove an item, just click the green arrow in the tiny shopping cart and your purchases will be removed. When you are ready to pay, click the “Check out with PayPal” button at the bottom of that purchase screen and it will take you to the PayPal site. PLEASE NOTE: you do not have to pay with PayPal – the first screen will give you the option of paying with a credit card instead.
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Heather Tucker – September 8th Guest Speaker


Heather Tucker at the September 8th Monthly Network Meeting!

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Heather Tucker

Sparking Creativity Through Play

“Ask yourself frequently, ‘Am I having fun?’” - Stephen King Writers ‘work hard’ at honing their craft. Taking time to 'play' is as necessary as mastering dialogue or using proper grammar. Play wakes up the brain, sparks imagination and unleashes creativity. It frees the writer to take risks, conquer fears and discover new possibilities in their stories. For the writer, play helps us quiet the editor, tap into our unique voice and unearth sensual details that bring our stories to life. In this ‘playshop’ participants will: • put crayons to paper • learn strategies for incorporating creative play into their writing life • play together with plot twists, settings and dialogue to unearth fresh, quirky details that make stories memorable • de-stress, relax and have a little fun
About Heather Tucker
Throughout an eclectic career Heather Tucker has gathered stories— from working as a nurse in Ethiopia, Columbia, France, Belgium and Northern Ontario, to her experience as a teacher, bereavement counsellor, public health and psychiatric nurse. Heather worked extensively developing educational resources until discovering that playing with words was more fun than working with them. She is the winner of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the New York Literal Latte and the WCDR short prose competitions. Her debut novel, The Clay Girl, was the American Booksellers Association debut pick, a finalist for the Atlantic Book and Kobo Emerging Author Award and was voted by readers into the top ten on the Canada 150 best books list.