Monday, September 15, 2014

Windsor International Writers Conference

Hi Sylvia,
I'm not sure if you remember me or not. We talked a few times a few years back. I am friends with Kimberly Batchelor Davis and she suggested I contact you. I am in charge of putting on a writers conference this November.
 The Windsor International Writers Conference, a not-for-profit event, is taking place at the St. Clair Conference Centre November 13-16th, 2014. The website for the conference is wi-wc.orgThe theme is "Writing Across Boundaries." We are going to explore the ethics needed to write, how to incorporate different cultures and ethnic groups into stories, women in writing, and we will look at who gets to write stories of different cultures and heritages. We will also have speakers showing us the skills of really good storytelling, how to write accurately and do research for writing, and how to relay points of view without becoming didactic. Our theme and the topics we are discussing makes us quite unique.
The mandate of the Windsor International Writers Conference is based on one premise: that all peoples and nations must have the right to preserve their heritage, art, culture and books for future generations. If these things are destroyed and the history is forgotten, then that people will disappear.
Based on this premise, the WI-WC will make every endeavour in its conferences to always present information:
  1. to promote the craft of writing and advancing skills, not only in writing, but in accurately and properly researching a story.
  2. to use ethics and morals when writing.
  3. to take care to preserve the dignity of any culture, heritage, or group of people.
  4. and above all, to promote the art of being a really good story teller.
Based on that, I've asked Michael Greyeyes to speak. Michael is a professor at York and often discusses the depiction of First Nations in writing and how he feels the "Indian-ness" should be removed. I've also asked Carol Rehme to speak. She is a master oral storyteller for seniors and an award-winning author as well. Naomi Ragen is an Israeli writer who looks at the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish faith and their treatment of women. Sheila Malovany-Chevallier and Constance Borde translated the book "Second Sex," a book that became famous during the feminist movement in the 60's. Rick Sykes teaches media communications and journalism and won best teacher of the year. We also have award winners Nino Ricci, poet Ron Silliman, Bruce Cameron (8 Simple Rules for Dating my Daughter) and screenplay maven William Pace (A League of Their Own). Gord Kirkland and Tracy Beckerman are also on board ... and there are a lot more. 
We will be having information about different ethnic groups, the Underground Railroad etc. Henry Ford Museum and Hitsville USA.

We believe that the professionals we have gathered will make a huge, positive impact on writers, both amateur and professional, teachers and especially students. The cost for adults is $385.00. We have lowered the cost to $225.00 for students and this includes most meals. We are also having group rates for ten or more people. 
 Any monies earned at this event will be going right back into next year's conference. It will also become a major fundraiser for the Raindance Film Institute and Arts Centre that is on both sides of the Canadian/US border. Profits will go into further Arts programs for children and adults alike, especially the underprivileged. (We already have Alexander Mishnaevski, former principal violist with the Detroit symphony Orchestra and one of the top ten violists in the world,  planning Master Classes for Music students.) 
All of us involved in the conference are volunteers. 
Can we advertise this to your members? Also, if you have a brochure we would gladly stuff the brochure in our tote bags. I would be happy to discuss this further with you. If you have any questions do not hesitate to call me at 519 730 0315. I look forward to hearing from you.

Pam Goldstein
chairperson Wiwc, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

11th Annual Motown Literary Meet & Greet B&N WSU Aug 9th #motownlit

11th Annual Motown Literary Meet & Greet B&N WSU Aug...

Event Details

Essence of Motown Literary Meet and Greet is geared to kick off our conference season in an effort to raise funds and register people for the conference.

In August, we dedicate our usual writers discussion at Barnes and Nobles readers writers & community to come together in an effort to increase awareness for the needs in Metro Detroit.

We invite non profits, libraries and authors with purpose to come out to speak about their project and network with the local literary community. For people with events this will be your chance to commune and speak with leaders in the literary community, meet local authors and display your fliers and materials on our promotional table.

For us, we hope you come with donations for our conference. We are hoping this year to making our writing portion free through grants, but we still need location fees, lunch sponsorships, tables fees and so forth so we use the Meet and Greet as our initial fund raiser.

This year, there will be only five author slots available. Payment for these slots will consists of 5 books by the author and $20 dollars.

Schedule of Events will include:

  • MEETING local authors
  • NETWORKING with local community leaders
  • GIVING to help strengthen the Metro Detroit literary community
  • WINNING books, ereading devices & more!

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The Literary World of Sylvia Hubbard

Wednesday, July 2, 2014





When we are asleep, we dream. Are dreams a connection to the unconscious mind? Are they omens of things to come - both good and bad? In our dreams we can be anything we want to be. We are looking for stories about your dreams and the impact they have had on your life. What have you learned from your dreams? Did your dreams come true? Did a dream strengthen your faith or help you change the direction your life was headed in? Did a dream serve as a warning about something that was going to happen? The deadline for story and poem submissions is December 31, 2014.

Hope and Miracles 
Everyone has experienced events in their lives that cause wonder and astonishment and give them hope for a better future. Why did these things happen? Were they answered prayers? Did divine intervention have something to do with it? Share your inspirational true stories with us to remind us that each day holds hope and that a miracle can happen at any time. The deadline for story and poem submissions is October 30, 2014.

Living a Life of Purpose by Volunteering 
We're making another book about volunteering! How has your life been changed by volunteering? Have you been a volunteer in a hospital, a school or in your community? What have you done with your life that makes you feel good and has also made this world a better place? What have you done to make a difference in the lives of others? Or do you want to thank a volunteer who helped you? Share your true stories about how you found purpose, passion, and joy in your life or how a volunteer helped you. And by volunteer, we mean an unpaid position, so save those stories about paid heroes in your life for another book! The deadline for story and poem submissions is December 31, 2014.

Stories about the Christmas Season 
Our holiday books are very popular. We do a new edition every other year and so we are now collecting stories for our Christmas 2015 book. Share your special stories about the holiday season - including Chanukah and Kwanzaa - from inspirational and joyous, to heartwarming and humorous. Remember all of the stories in our Christmas books are "Santa Safe" - we don't want to spoil the magic for children. The deadline for story and poem submissions is August 30, 2014.

Support for Therapists/Mental Health Professionals 
Therapists and mental health counselors listen to people's problems all day. But where's the "chicken soup for the soul" for them? Who supports the therapists and mental health professionals? We're looking for stories from therapists and mental health professionals about how you get through your day. How do you separate your clients' pain from your own life? Share your advice and support with your colleagues. And if you have been client of one of these fine professionals and you want to tell them how much they helped you, for moral support, please submit your story as well. The deadline for story and poem submissions is December 31, 2014.

Thanks to My Mom 
We are collecting stories of thanks written by sons and daughters of all ages about their moms and stepmoms. Tell us what your mom has done for you and why you are grateful to her. Is she always right? Do you still turn to her for advice? Have you turned into your mother even though you vowed you never would? Share your best stories-ones that will make us laugh, cry, or nod our heads in recognition. We are not looking for general tributes (we know your mom is terrific) nor are we looking for biographies or eulogies. We are looking for specific anecdotes about what your mom or stepmom did for you-something you want to thank her for. The deadline for story and poem submissions is September 30, 2014.

The Power of Forgiveness 
Have you ever noticed how forgiving someone frees you to move on with your life? It can be a major decision though, especially if you feel you were seriously wronged. For the "New Year New You" 2015 season we plan to publish a book about the power of forgiveness. Let us know how forgiving someone changed your life. It can be something small like forgiving a rude driver who cut you off, or it can be something big like forgiving someone who caused a major negative event in your life. How did forgiving someone change your life in a positive way? Were you able to reestablish a relationship after forgiving? Did letting go of your hurt feelings heal you and bring you a sense of peace? Help others find the same resolution by sharing your story. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is June 30, 2014.

Time to Thrive 
This title deliberately has a double meaning: 1) You need to make time in your busy life to thrive; and 2) It's time to thrive-no more putting off those life changes you know you should make. If you have a story about taking time to thrive, i.e. pursue a passion, find your purpose, improve your wellbeing, or if you realized it was time to thrive and you did something about it, we want to hear from you. Were you stuck in the same old routine for years? Did you feel that your life had no purpose? What did you do to transform yourself and create balance and meaning in your life? Did you start a completely new career, have a travel adventure or find a new hobby? Was it a new love interest or an attitude adjustment that helped you thrive? We want to hear your stories. Stories can be serious or funny, but we definitely want them to inspire our readers to take that first step towards happiness, fulfillment, and growth. The deadline for story and poem submissions is December 31, 2014.

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