Upcoming Events

Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program: We are now accepting submissions to the program. Deadline will be November 3, 2017. Since funds are tight, we will only be accepting 3 applicants, this year. Read details hereGood luck to all applicants!


Thompson: A Used Book Sale! Boreal Discovery Centre, Thompson MB. Saturday, October 14th, 2017,  10am – 2 pm


Also, this weekend, member Teresa-Lee Cooke is launching her book, “A Union of People and Song – A Tribute to Einar Nordstrom“. The launch will be held on Sunday, October 15 at 2:30 p.m. Atrium at McNally Robinson Booksellers.


Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail is returning to the University of Manitoba campus for an evening of poetry reading and dialogue with President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard.  Micheal O’Siadhail (pronounced mee-hawl o’sheel) has published 16 collections of poetry over the span of nearly four decades. Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Marshall McLuhan Hall at the U of M Fort Garry campus. Copies of One Crimson Thread will be available for purchase and signing for $20. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend. A reception will follow.

RSVP to rsvp@umanitoba.ca or by phoning 204-474-9071.


On Thursday October 19 at 7:00 pm, Oscar- and Grammy-winning songwriter Paul Williams and screenwriter and author Tracey Jackson will  discuss their book Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life. Following a book discussion there will be a public Q&A and signing.  For more event information, contact: John Toews | McNally Robinson Booksellers, events@grant.mcnallyrobinson.ca | 204-453-0424, ex 227


Save the date: Our AGM will be held on Sunday, October 22 from 2-4 pm in the Burn’s Family Classroom (Guild Office) . We’ll have baking, beverages and door prizes (such as books, free membership), plus you get to vote in new board members.


The next Writers Circle critique group will meet on Thursday, October 26, from 7-9pm. To reserve your spot, please contact Susan (suejoro@gmail.com). Sorry, we can only accommodate 6 participants per session.


Speaking of critiquing, a Blue Pencil Session with Gretchen Derige has been arranged for Sunday, November 26 from 2-4 pm. We can take 6 participants so please contact the Guild office to reserve your spot (204-944-8013). Participants should email (manitobawritersguild3@gmail.com) up to 10 pages of fiction you would like critiqued at least a week before the session, so Gretchen can review your work and give advice on Nov. 26th. No poetry for this session, please. We will have a facilitator for a Poetry Blue Pencil Session in the new year.


Pajama Party! We’ve been throwing around the idea of a 24 hour writing marathon during NaNoWriMo. We’ve booked the classroom for November 18/19 from noon on Saturday until noon on Sunday. For a $5-$10 fee, we will provide beverages (non-alcoholic), chili (a pot with meat and one without) and buns, baking and munchies, as well as toast and muffins for breakfast. Please let the Guild office know if you are interested in participating in this fun writing event. We can probably accommodate 10 participants.


Public Reading Grants: The Manitoba Arts Council will be taking over the administration of the program. A link will be provided soon, or you can contact Martine Friesen (mfriesen@artscouncil.mb.ca ) or the MAC office at 204-945-8630)

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