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VOICES OF THE WORLD

Electronic Bulletin for Multilingual/Immigrant Writers
March 23, 2009, number 8
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Noticed anything different in this edition of our bulletin? Yes, we’ve got a new name for it! A name that Edward Porper suggested at one Steering Committee meeting. The bulletin has new editors too: beginning now, Monika Igali and Therezinha França Kennedy are the ones in charge of diving into the ocean of writing-related information and picking the best of the best for you. Rita Espeschit is still instrumental in the creation of this newsletter and graciously offered to stay on until the new editors feel comfortable enough to fly solo.

Writers Beyond Borders Reports
WRITERS BEYOND BORDERS GENERAL MEETING
On March 14th, we had a general meeting of immigrant and multilingual writers, when the steering committee presented the outcome of their discussions: a name, objectives and a structure for our new organization. Everyone present at the meeting agreed to the proposals, and the association has been born and baptized: Writers Beyond Borders (WBB). We’ll post all the information on the website as soon as we have the proper format.

As for the projects, so far we have enough people involved to keep at least five projects in motion: Website, Newsletter, Writing Groups, Get Published and By-Law. Other projects still need more participants to go ahead. The list of project ideas, with the name and email address of each project’s initiator is available on our website at www.writersbeyondborders.ca. If you’d like to join any of the projects, active or inactive, please contact its initiator.

WEBSITE
We are currently working on the Writers Beyond Borders website (www.writersbeyondborders.ca) and we need your help to do it. Send us information that you want to be on your profile, such as a brief biography and a picture. Also, if you have a personal website or blog please send us the link.  Please contact Argelia Gonzalez at argelia@ualberta.ca.

WRITING GROUPS
The first meeting of the Writing Groups project took place Thursday, March 19th. It was a nice event in which Jalal Barzanji, Mario Flecha, Francien Verhoeven, Eugene Ip, Thereza Franca Kennedy, and Julio Munhoz read and talked about the theme "distance". We had very positive feedback from all participants.

The “Writing Groups” project is open for more participants coming from the Writers Beyond Borders association. More than one Writing Group can be created, as far as there is an initiator for the group and a minimum of two (better 3) participants.
Our next meeting will occur on March 25th, at the NorQuest College, from 7 to 9 pm. At this meeting, we’ll be showing the editing tool that will be used by this writing group as an additional means to meet and exchange ideas over the Internet, besides the face-to-face meetings that are schedule to occur (initially) on a monthly basis (April 14th is the next). Contact Mario at mflecha@telus.net for directions for the NorQuest meeting, as the classroom # isn't known yet.

Opportunities
BURSARIES AVAILABLE FOR “WRITING ACROSS BORDERS” – A GET PUBLISHING EVENT
May 1-2, 2009, MacEwan Robbins Health Learning Centre, 109 Street and 104 Avenue, Edmonton
Get Publishing Society is offering bursaries to individuals who are interested in attending its event “Writing Across Borders”, but who cannot afford to pay the full registration fee. Bursaries will be awarded in order of request until the bursary fund is used up. The two-day event will cover topics such as translation opportunities, multilingual markets, query writing, marketing books, copyright, taxes, grants, and much more. For more information on the event, see www.getpublishing.ca For information on bursary opportunities, contact Cheryl Mahaffy at mahaffyc@shaw.ca or  (780) 479-3524  by March 31.

Contests/publications
WRITERS’ UNION OF CANADA WRITING FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION
Deadline: April 24
The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to launch its 13th annual Writing for Children Competition, which invites writers to submit a piece for children up to 1,500 words in the English language that has not previously been published in any format. A $1,500 prize will be awarded to an unpublished Canadian writer, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three publishers of children's books.  For complete details, visit http://www.writersunion.ca/av_pr160309.asp (WGA)

THE ISABEL MILLER YOUNG WRITERS AWARD
Deadline: May 1st, 2009
Young writers up to 18 years of age are invited to submit their work of poetry or fiction to this contest that will award 500 dollars in cash prize of in scholarships to attend the next YouthWrite. Selected entries will also be published in a special chapbook produced by the Edmonton Public Library and the Writers Guild of Alberta. More details at www.epl.ca/YouthWritingContest

Upcoming events
WRITER’S CORNER – GUEST AUTHOR CHERIE DIMALINE
Sunday, March 29, 1:30 pm
Stanley A. Milner Library (7 Sir Winston Churchill Square – Downtown)
Cost: free
Do you need some encouragement, and the fine company of other writers?  Drop by the Writer’s Corner at the Stanley A. Milner Library. This month’s Guest author is Cherie Dimaline. Cherie’s work has been featured in a number of national magazines and anthologies. Her first book Red Rooms debuted in the spring of 2007 and received the Fiction Book of the Year Award at the Anskohk Literary Festival. Cherie is also the editor of SPIRIT, an indigenous arts and culture magazine and is at work on her second book. Come and talk about your writing in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, and listen to the suggestions of professional writers in our community.  No experience is necessary.  For more information, visit www.epl.ca

News
COALITION TO KEEP CANADIAN HERITAGE SUPPORT FOR LITERARY AND ARTS MAGAZINES
Canadian literary and arts magazines are in danger of losing a key federal funding source. On February 17, 2009, Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore announced in a speech he made in Montreal (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pc-ch/minstr/moore/disc-spch/20090217-eng.cfm) that the Canada Magazine Fund and Publishing Assistance Program will be merged to create the Canada Periodical Fund. Moore indicated that eligibility for funding could potentially be restricted to those magazines with an annual circulation above 5,000. With notable exceptions, the circulation of virtually every Canadian literary and arts magazine, large and small, is below 5,000.

The Coalition to Keep Canadian Heritage Support for Literary and Arts Magazine feels strongly that to render these magazines ineligible for this support would be unjust. To quote Andris Taskans, editor of Prairie Fire, to do so would be "a slap in the face"---not only to the magazines themselves but to the many writers that they publish, many of whom began illustrious, international careers in these seminal if modest publications. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=53103444468#

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Important notes:
1. EAC indicates information from Edmonton Arts Council’s weekly electronic notices. To join EAC, check their website at www.edmontonarts.ab.ca
2. WGA indicates information from the online bulletin of the Writers Guild of Alberta. To join the WGA, visit www.writersguild.ab.ca