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Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival - October 22nd was, indeed, a day to remember.....

The first ever Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival is now a happy memory.

The morning workshop titled "Memoir Writing" led by Dr. Ross Pennie was much appreciated by his students as was the afternoon workshop facilitated by Brian Henry, titled "How to Get Published." Both classes enjoyed full attendance.

We were entertained in the morning by pianist, Denis Morel, and at the piano in the afternoon by Ken Little. Throughout the day Mime Artist, Fran Perkins, brought a smile to all who attended.  Below is photo of Fran with our beloved instructor, Hilda Ross.

In place flash writing competition took place throughout the day.  Prize winners were Elizabeth Creith of Thessalon in the adult category and Lauren Bastien of Elliot Lake in the category for children under the age of fourteen.

Elizabeth won copies of books written by local authors Gloria Jean Hansen, Blair Sterling and Audrey Austin plus $20 gift certificates from one of our sponsors, Viking Fish & Chips.

Lauren won two journals, a Cross pen and $30 gift certificates from our sponsor, Viking Fish & Chips.

Winner of the free draw open to all who bought a cup of coffee from another of our sponsors, J. Breen Coffee, is Deborah Ranchuk of New Liskeard.  Deborah won a new coffee maker.

Penpourri, Anthology of Stories and Poems was launched at the Festival.  All but a few copies were sold.  Authors whose works appear in Penpourri in alphabetical order are Audrey Austin; Jurgen Braunohler, Agnes Davies, Ian Gibson, Shirley Green, Gloria Jean Hansen, Fran Jensen, Sheila Jeanne Lampman, Goldie Luckey, Bernie Makarchuk, Paul McIlvried, Hilda Ross, Jane S. Rowan, Frank Spence, Erna S. Amand and Laura Vegeris.

Cover design of Penpourri is by local poet, artist and author Susan Krupp.

We had a little disappointment with regard to the Book Fair in that we had hoped for a larger community turnout but all authors made some sales and it was a pleasure for all to meet one another, some for the first time.   Authors participating in the Book Fair were Elliot Lake Writers' Workshop; Gloria Jean Hansen, Susan Krupp, Robert Kucey, Anne K. Albert, Patricia C. Lee, and Audrey Austin of Elliot Lake. Out of town participants were Sherry Isaac from Halton Hills; Janet Stobie and Patricia from Dunsford;  Heather Campbell, Professional Writers' Association from Nairn Centre; Mary Belanger and Lucy from New Liskeard; Deborah Ranchuk, White Mountain Publications from New Liskeard.

Hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Paul McIlvried, podium presentations in the Theatre provided wonderful free entertainment throughout the day.  Presenters were Kate Matuszewski of Elliot Lake; Sherry Isaac of Halton Hills; Laura Vegeris of Elliot Lake; Blair Sterling of Blind River; Jurgen Braunohler of Elliot Lake; Heather Campbell of Nairn Centre; Patricia Lee of Elliot Lake; Merrie Lindsay of Elliot Lake; Paul McIlvried of Elliot Lake; Gloria Jean Hansen of Elliot Lake; Greg Laurenceson of Elliot Lake; Janet Stobie of Dunsford; Goldie Luckey of Elliot Lake; Mary Belanger of New Liskeard; Elizabeth Creith of Thessalon; Bruce McFee of Elliot Lake; Frank Spence of Elliot Lake; Hilda Ross, Linda Wilkins-Parker and Fran Jensen of Elliot Lake; Angie Gallop of Thessalon; Fran Perkins of Elliot Lake; Dr. Ross Pennie of Hamilton; Bernice Makarchuk, Shirley Green, Brian Court and Audrey Austin all of Elliot Lake.

Following the festivities at the Civic Centre a Gala Dinner took place at the Renaissance Centre.

We were honoured to have as our head table guests Member of Provincial Parliament, Mr. Mike Mantha; Mayor of Elliot Lake, Rick Hamilton and his wife, Cindy Hamilton; Dr. Ross Pennie and his wife Lorna Pennie;  Bob Alexander MacLellan and his wife, Erika MacLellan of radio station Moose FM; Kate Matuszewski, Arts and Culture Coordinator for City of Elliot Lake and her friend, Heather Clouston.

Below are a few photos taken at the Gala Dinner.

We were all greatly entertained by our after dinner guest speaker, Dr. Ross Pennie from Hamilton.

A special thank you to our sponsors without whom there would have been no Festival.
Ontario Arts Council

Community Futures Development Corporation

Retirement Living


City of Elliot Lake

Algo Mall

Viking Fish & Chips

Thank you to all who attended and all who participated in
The Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival, Saturday, October 22nd, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre

The excitement builds.  Only one more sleep!

I hope to post some photos taken at the Festival on this blog one day next week.

Hope to see you at the Festival tomorrow.   Below is the Mission Statement of Elliot Lake Writers' Workshop.

Saturday, October 22nd is going to be a day to remember.    Thank you for supporting your local authors.  :-)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival, Saturday, Oct. 22nd 9 am to 5 pm; Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre

How wonderful to announce that the Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival, now just a few days away, has almost filled the classroom with 18 out of 20 seats already sold for both the morning, Memoir Writing Workshop with Dr. Ross Pennie and the afternoon How to Get Published Workshop with Brian Henry.

Dinner tickets are sold out.

We hope you will come along to enjoy the day.  There is free admission; free entertainment  by pianists Ken Little and Denis Morel plus the mime artistry of Fran Perkins ; free entry into the writers' competition with prizes for children and adults; Buy a cuppa coffee and enter the free draw where some lucky person will win a coffee maker; free open-mike readings all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditorium at the Civic Centre hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Paul McIlvried.

Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to meet and speak with authors from as far away as Toronto, Dunsford, Hamilton, New Liskeard, Cobalt and Thessalon as well as authors from Nairn Centre, Webbwood, Blind River and, of course, the many talented Elliot Lake writers, members of Elliot Lake Writers' Workshop who are celebrating the launch of their first ever anthology titled Penpourri, Anthology of Stories and Poems.

It is going to be a day to remember and we hope you will come along to share with us as we celebrate the joy of writing.  :-)

Friday, October 14, 2011

A short story published ....

If you like writing poems or short stories check out

Here is another avenue to provide exposure for your work.

I am very pleased that one of my short stories will be published there next week.

And this weekend I will be busy entering yet another Wynterblue Publishing's WynLit 24 Competition which is always fun and always a challenge.  Check it out at

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival

Excitement builds as planning for the Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival continues. We look forward to welcoming authors from Toronto, Dunsford, New Liskeard, Hamilton, Nairn Centre, Blind River, Cobalt, Webbwood, Thessalon, Gore Bay; and, of course, our wonderful writers in Elliot Lake.

The launch of Penpourri, Anthology of Stories and Poems will be happening at the Festival..

And we look forward to welcoming the community to attend to enjoy the all-day authors' open-mike readings in the auditorium; to participate in the writing competitions for children and adults; to meet the authors in the Book Fair; to enjoy the entertainment including Ken Little and Denis Morel at the piano and Mime Artist, Fran Perkins. all taking place throughout the day. All these activities are FREE to the public and we anticipate a large turnout to celebrate the first ever Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival; Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre in Elliot Lake.

Gala Dinner follows at 6 pm (cash bar 5 pm) at the Renaissance Centre.

Dinner tickets are sold out but there are a very few workshop tickets still available. Please email me for further info or tickets.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

We were blessed to celebrate Thanksgiving with family this year out on Dunlop Lake.   Weather was outstanding and so were the amazing fall colours.  I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival, Saturday, October 22nd

The weather in Elliot Lake is outstanding this week and the fall colours are breathtaking.

My friend and I enjoyed walking around town this morning distributing promotional posters for the Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival happening Saturday, October 22nd, to local businesses who were kind enough to put the posters up in their shop windows.

Later today I took a Dudley walk along the boardwalk and the Horne Lake trail; very beautiful.  The calm, clear waters of Horne Lake mirrored the reds, yellows and oranges of the trees above the rock face.

It's the time of year when many plants in the garden need to be cut back and that's my priority tomorrow to spend some time in the backyard doing what needs to be done before this beautiful weather is replaced by winter.

I love the changing seasons.