• Memoirs Group – April

    Posted on March 20, 2017 by in Writers Groups

    PenThe next meeting of the Memoirs Group will be on Wednesday 5th April,  6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the St. Catharines Public Library, Kiwanis room, 54 Church street, St. Catharines. Contact Al Thomson for more information.

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  • Niagara Reads

    Posted on March 19, 2017 by in Events

    Niagara Reads

    An Evening of Poetry

    An Evening of Poetry jointly sponsored by the St. Catharines Public Library and the Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association, will be held on Wednesday, April 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Mills Room of the library, 54 Church Street.

    You will enjoy several of our local poets giving readings from their own work. Brock students will be introduced by Adam Dickson from Brock University and the winners from the Fresh Ink Poetry Contest will be introduced by staff of the St. Catharines Library.

    We hope you will join us for an enjoyable evening.

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  • Poetry Group – April

    Posted on March 18, 2017 by in Writers Groups


    The next meeting of the Poetry Group will be Wednesday, 19th April from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 33 Queenston Street, St. Catharines (in the library). For details, contact Anne Osborne 905-735-0843.

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  • Saturday Morning Author Series

    Posted on March 17, 2017 by in Workshops

    Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association

    And The St. Catharines Public Library

    Present The Saturday Morning Author Series

    St. Catharines Public Library 54 Church St., St. Catharines

    Rotary/Bankers Room

    Date: Saturday April 22, 2017

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Where Do Poets Get Their Ideas?

    Ellen S. Jaffe

    Ellen S. Jaffe, author of two poetry collections, Water Children and Skinny-Dipping with the Muse, will explore this subject, reading and discussing some of her own poems to show the vast and varied wellspring into which poets dip their pens. The seminar will include a writing exercise, so participants can see for themselves how ideas and images develop. (The exercise will be fun for both beginners and experienced writers: Ellen believes that each time we sit down to write, we face a new beginning.) Ellen books, including a guidebook on writing will be available for sale.

    Please register in advance either with our Program Coordinator, Charlotte King at gctoasties@gmail.com or with the St. Catharines Library by April 15, 2017.

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  • Fiction Writers Group – April

    Posted on March 16, 2017 by in Writers Groups

    TypewriterThe next meeting of the Fiction Writers Group will be Sunday 23th April from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 33 Queenston Street in St. Catharines (in the library). Contact Chris Paxton at 905-327-1512 for more information.

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  • Fiction Writer’s Workshop

    Posted on March 15, 2017 by in Workshops

    Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association

    Writing for Children and for Young Adults – the world’s hottest market

    Presenter: Brian Henry

    Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Location: St. Catharines Public Library, 54 Church Street, Mills Room

    If you want to write the next best-selling children’s books or just want to create stories for your own kids, this workshop is for you. Learn how to write stories kids and young adults will love and find out what you need to know to sell your book.

    Special option: You may, but don’t have to, bring 2 or 3 copies of the opening couple pages (first 500 words) of your children’s book or young adult novel (or 1,000 words if that will get you to the end of your picture book or to the end of your first chapter.) If you’re not currently working on a children’s story, don’t worry, we’ll get you started on the spot!

    Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He teaches at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers and is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published.

    Guest speaker Anne Shone is a Senior Editor at Scholastic Canada. Anne has worked in book publishing for close to twenty years, concentrating on children’s books for the last fifteen. In that time, she has worked with many of Canada’s top children’s book authors and illustrators.

    Recent highlights include: picture books (Scribble by Ruth Ohi, What Is Peace? by Wallace Edwards and Mittens to Share by Emil Sher, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher); novels (Speechless by Jennifer Mook-Sang, Young Man with Camera by Emil Sher and Bounced by Ted Staunton); and nonfiction (Colossal Canada: 100 Epic Facts and Featsby Elizabeth MacLeod and Frieda Wishinsky and The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace by Linda Granfield and illustrated by Brian Deines), to name just
    a few.

    Fee for CAA members: 38.94 + hst = 44 paid in advance or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 at the door.

    Fee for the general public: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 at the door

    To register, please make out a cheque to Brian Henry and mail it to:
    Brian Henry, 110 Reiner Road, Toronto, ON M3H 2L6

    Brian Henry’s website is Quick Brown Brown Fox

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  • Niagara Member Has Short Story Published

    Posted on December 16, 2016 by in News

    Canadian Authors Niagara member Sharon Frayne recently had a story published on the site, commuterlit.com. It was a story that she shared at the November meeting, and then tweaked after some comments and suggestions from the group. The story is now called Sing We Joyous All Together and can be viewed here: http://commuterlit.com/2016/12/monday-sing-we-joyous-all-together/

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