A friend drew my attention to this: 2015 Conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. Thanks Nancy!
Youth Writing Contest winner
Chelsea Comeau impresses Valerie B.-Taylor award judges with her short story “Daniel”
Chelsea Comeau is a writer whose work has appeared in Quills and CV2. In 2014 she attended the Banff Centre’s Writing With Style Programme with Lorna Crozier, and she attends annual retreats in Honeymoon Bay with Patrick Lane. In January 2015, she was chosen as the Canadian winner of Leaf’s Press’ Overleaf chapbook contest.
Now she can add the Federation of BC Writers’ 2015 Youth Writing Contest to her growing list of literary credentials. We have a feeling Chelsea will be a young writer to watch in the coming years – and to read. Her winning entry “Daniel” will be published in the Spring edition of WordWorks Magazine, which comes out late March.
To all the entrants in this years contest, congratulations! The judges were impressed with the originality or your ideas and the quality of your work. We hope you will keep on writing and submitting your stories.
Lots of successful writers do it this way, including the great Vladimir Nabokov. Interesting factoid about Nabokov- he spent the first three hours of every day writing while standing a lectern, the next three seated at a desk, and the final three lying on the couch. He also did all his drafting on index cards.
If you are a neurotic writer (like me), it can silence your inner critic(s). No cursor blinking at you judgmentally during the first draft . . .
Deep thoughts from the talented and amazing Jen Ryan . . .
“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” – Confuscius. Probably. The Internet says it’s him – though there is some contention over whether he said ‘slow’ or ‘slowly’ – and I’m just going to go with that, because I like the quote and I don’t really care who said it first. It goes well with my ‘keep moving forward’ mantra.
So, what’s so great about this quote? It gives you permission to be gentle with yourself, while still encouraging you to get ‘er done. Being gentle with yourself is paramount; beating yourself up and jeopardizing your well-being will NOT get you where you want to go. Ever.
That said, you still want to get where you’re going, which brings us to the matter of not stopping. Eyes on the prize, people! You just don’t have to rush. It truly isn’t a race…
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Composing in longhand is easier for many, including this guy
Handwriting makes you smarter. Apparently writing long hand helps cognition in ways typing does not . . .
Seven famous writers reflect on failure.