North Shore Writers Festival

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Getting Started, Getting Published – Panel Discussion

The North Shore Writers Association has a mandate to help writers get started and get published, so to assemble a panel of writers to talk about the topic of beginning as a writer. The panel today had Fran Bourassa, Gerhard Winkler, Sylvia Taylor, Lynn Crymble and Bernice Lever talking about all sorts of things.

The panel talked about topics like how each of the writers began as writers, what kind of doubts about their writing they’ve had since then (and what they’ve done about them), the value of writing organizations and groups, and the trials of getting published.

We had a 12-year-old and a physician who’d worked with the Hudson’s Bay Company 50 years ago ask questions and get big-picture advice, and people trying to find out how to stop getting lost in the manuscript. Lynn answered questions about her time spent planning versus writing the novel. Sylvia talked about writing prompts and avoiding internal editors (with the idea of having a lovingly-titled “barf draft”). Gerhard told stories of getting good honest feedback (even when they told him to kill the story). Fran encouraged the audience to not get hung up on getting published and start small.

Thanks very much to the North Shore Writers Association for leading such an informative and entertaining talk!


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Getting Started and Getting Published – A Writers’ Panel

Have you dreamed of publishing a piece of writing but can’t quite figure out how to get past the blank page? If the answer is yes, the North Shore Writers Association’s session on Getting Started and Getting Published at this year’s festival is for you. Local published authors will share their own writing and publishing experiences, and help you to get that project started, finished and out to the public.

Panelists include arts reporter and poet Fran Bourassa; Lynn Crymble, who published her first novel, It Can Happen to You, in 2009; poet Bernice Lever, who has published several volumes of poetry; Sylvia Taylor, an award-winning freelance writer and editor; and Gerhard Winkler, whose essays and short stories have been published in several chapbooks and anthologies.

The panel runs from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Welsh Hall West at the North Shore Writers Festival on April 21st.