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Writing Place: An Exploration

Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre

The Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre in Regina Beach is having me back September 18 to 20 to facilitate a weekend workshop, Writing Place, which will be an opportunity for writers of all skill levels to explore the concept of place in writing.*

I’ll invite participants to consider special places that inspire their writing, if there are particular places they write about.  We’ll look at the emotional and psychological places we write from, too, and talk about the genres we find to be the best place(s) for our writing.  I’m also curious to see if there are places in the writing process where writers regularly get caught or stuck.  And I’m prepared to offer a few suggestions and opportunities to try writing exercises to help us get unstuck.

On the final day we’ll look at how we place our writing into the world, if at all, and we’ll have time to create a mini-chapbook, art card, post card, poster, or some other document to showcase our work.  In essence, we’ll create a short first draft, and revise, edit, and publish it.  Then, we’ll share it with the community at a public reading (at which there may be a very special guest).

So, please join me in creating a safe and respectful environment where we can play with words and language and share our art in community.  Registrations will be taken by the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre beginning September 8.

* The maximum number of participants in this workshop will be 16.

Presented with funding support from the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the Canada Council for the Arts.



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Midwinter at the Beach!

Blue sky out the studio windowIt’s very different being here, in Regina Beach, in the middle of winter.  I’d forgotten.  Yesterday was clear skies and balmy weather.  This morning, it was white on white on gray.  It took me longer to clear the snow off my car than it did to drive to the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre where I am again serving as writer-in-residence.  I am so pleased to be back for another stint!  It’s such a great gig!  I love being out here, even with the snow and winter and all that means on the Prairies.  But it’s really quite lovely.  Yes, I mean that.

Looking out the kitchen windowI’m not staying in our rustic cottage at Lumsden Beach this time.  That would require a prairie constitution I don’t quite have.  I mean, if I had to, I could stay in an uninsulated place, chop wood, haul water, etc.  But I don’t have to.  I have made the acquaintance of many wonderful people here in Regina Beach and one such wonderful person, Audrey, offered me the luxury of her spare room. This is the view from her kitchen window this morning.  Beyond those trees is the lake, long frozen over and dotted with fishing shacks.  A couple of them will be attacked with art during the Ice Fishing Derby & Winter Festival the first weekend in March.  I look forward to seeing how the Shack Attack transforms the fishing shacks.

2014-02-19 11.45.50Though the view out my office could be considered rather glum today, I’m loving it.  There’s nothing quite like a storm in the country.  And I have a great view of the countryside from this second storey perch!

I’m here for four weeks this time.  The call for submissions to the anthology we’ll publish this fall has resulted in a nice stack of reading for me.  I will be reading through it, suggesting edits to the contributors’ work, if needed, and divining a way to put it all together.  And doing the administrative work on it, too.

I’ll also be teaching a couple of classes while I’m here.  One is a make-up class from the fall.  I was unable to teach The Realm of Nonfiction because I came down with the flu at the end of my previous session here so I’m offering it next Wednesday, February 26 at 7 pm in the Cultural Centre.  Two weeks after that, on March 12, I’m offering a session on Marketing Your Work, which really should be entitled Sharing Your Work, because that’s how I have to look at it or I’d never send anything out!  And I’ll be doing a Women’s Words & Art Workshop with the Lumsden & District Arts Council for International Women’s Day on March 8.

And now I shall read.

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We’re publishing a book!


Another part of being a writer-in-residence is producing a community art work.  When I was here in the spring, we published a chapbook, Tales from the Lake, featuring the work Call for Submissionsof local writers.  This time, we’ve pumped it up a level and plan to publish a full book featuring local writers!  Here’s the call:

Call for Submissions

Do you have a relationship with the south shore of Last Mountain Lake? Are you a writer who lives in or near the area served by the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre (LMLCC)? If so, you may be interested in contributing your work to an upcoming anthology to be edited by writer-in-residence, Bernadette Wagner, and published by the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre in Spring 2014.

Submission Guidelines

    1. Submissions are open to all residents and full- or part-time cottagers in the area served by the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre (Regina Beach, Kinookimaw, Buena Vista, Lumsden Beach, Lumsden or Bethune).
    2. Submit only original work written in English.
    3. No multiple submissions. Submit only one piece of fiction or nonfiction or 3 to 5 poems for consideration.
    4. Open theme, any genre.
    5. Prose word count cannot exceed 7500 words. Our preferred word count is in the range of 5000 words. Poems cannot exceed 66 lines. Our preferred line count is around 33.
    6. Submissions should be formatted as Word Document files (.doc, .docx) or in Rich Text Format (.rtf) in Times New Roman or Helvetica fonts.
    7. Submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter that includes your name, your preferred 50-word bio and your complete contact information, including mailing address, email, and telephone numbers.
    8. Send your submissions to lmlcc.wir@gmail.com. Or, mail to:

Bernadette Wagner, Writer-in-Residence
Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre
Box 70, Regina Beach SK S0G 4C0

    We will confirm receipt of your work within one month.
    9. Deadline for submissions is midnight of FEBRUARY 15, 2014. Our reading period begins immediately afterwards. The editor will work with you from February 15 to March 15 to improve your work, if need be. Letters of acceptance or regret will follow.
    10. Contributors will be paid in contributors copies only for the exclusive first print rights to their work as part of the anthology.


Call for Submissions in PDF.


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Good Books on Writing

I thought it would be useful to develop a list of recommended books about writing for my writing students.  And so, I posted the question on Facebook.  I am pleased to report that the list spans more than two pages.  Even more surprising was how many of them I’ve already read!  Best surprise is that some of them are available in the ABE Books current sale and I’ve ordered them!  I have also sent the list to the local librarians in Regina Beach, Lumsden and Bethune with a request that they make them available in their library during September and October.

And now, with thanks to Brenda Schmidt, John Oughton, Andréa Ledding, Maureen Bush, Betty Jane Hegerat, Nora Gould, Marian Shatto, Nairn McKay, Jonny Pigeau, Amanda Davies, Aydon Charlton, Beth Gobeil, Carla Braidek, Kathleen Whelan, Catherine Owen, David Bolduc, Don Wren, Dave Margoshes and Lisa Kuzma for the help, here is the list of good books on writing:

Addonizio, Kim. Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within. W. W. Norton & Company, 2009. ISBN: 0393334163 (ISBN13: 9780393334166).

Atwood Margaret. Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing. Cambridge University Press, 2002) ISBN: 1844080277 (ISBN13: 9781844080274).

Bender, Sheila and Killien, Christi. Writing in a Convertible with the Top Down: A Unique Guide for Writers. Blue Heron Publishing, 1997.ISBN: 093608538X (ISBN13: 9780936085388).

Cameron, Julia. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. Tarcher, 2002 (first published 1992). ISBN: 1585421464 (ISBN13: 9781585421466).

Chandler, Raymond. Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler. Delta, 1987 (first published 1981). ISBN: 0385295316 (ISBN13: 9780385295314).

Dillard, Annie. The Writing Life. HarperCollins, 2009 (first published 1989). ISBN: 0060919884 (ISBN13: 9780060919887).

Forster, E.M. Aspects of the Novel. Mariner Books, 1956 (first published 1927). ISBN: 0156091801 (ISBN13: 9780156091800).

Friedman, Bonnie. Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life. Harper Perennial, 1994 (first published 1993). ISBN: 0060922001 (ISBN13: 9780060922009).

Glover, Douglas. Attack of the Copula Spiders: Essays on Writing. Biblioasis, 2012.ISBN: 1926845463 (ISBN13: 9781926845463).

Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. Shambhala, 2006 (first published 1986). ISBN: 1590303164 (ISBN13: 9781590303160).

Goldberg, Natalie. Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life. Bantam, 1990. ISBN: 0553347756 (ISBN13: 9780553347753).

Heighton, Steven. Workbook: Memos & Dispatches On Writing. ECW Press, 2011. ISBN: 1550229370 (ISBN13: 9781550229370)

Hirshfield, Jane. Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. Harper Perennial, 1998 (first published 1997). ISBN: 0060929480 (ISBN13: 9780060929480)

Hodgins, Jack. A Passion for Narrative: A Guide to Writing Fiction. McClelland & Stuart, 1993 (Revised 2001). ISBN: 0771041888 / 0-7710-4188-8.

King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Pocket Books, 2002 (first published 2000). ISBN: 0743455967 (ISBN13: 9780743455961).

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anchor, 1995 (first published 1994). ISBN: 0385480016 (ISBN13: 9780385480017).

Le Guin, Ursula K. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew. The Eighth Mountain Press, 1998. ISBN: 0933377460 (ISBN13: 9780933377462).

Leonard, Elmore. Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules Of Writing. HarperCollins, William Morrow, 2007. ISBN: 0061451460 (ISBN13: 9780061451461).

Lopate, Phillip. The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present. Anchor, 1997 (first published 1994). ISBN: 038542339X (ISBN13: 9780385423397).

Lopate, Phillip. To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction. Free Press, 2013. ISBN: 1451696329 (ISBN13: 9781451696325).

Oliver, Mary. A Poetry Handbook. Mariner Books, 1994. ISBN: 0156724006 (ISBN13: 9780156724005).

Oliver, Mary. Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse. Mariner Books, 1998. ISBN: 039585086X (ISBN13: 9780395850862).

Owen, Catherine. Catalysts: Confrontations with the muse. Wolsak & Wynn, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-894987-59-2.

Pressfield, Steven. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. Grand Central Publishing, 2003 (first published 2002). ISBN 0446691437 (ISBN13: 9780446691437).

Pressfield, Steven. Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work. Black Irish Books, 2012. ISBN: 9781936891030.

Rilke, Rainer Maria and Kappus, Franz Xaver and Norton, M.D. Herter (Translator). Letters to a Young Poet. Norton, 1993 (first published 1929). ISBN: 0393310396 (ISBN13: 9780393310399).

Sarah, Robyn. Little Eurekas. Biblioasis, 2007. ISBN-10: 1-89723-129-6 ISBN-13: 978-1-89723-129-6.

Smyth, Ethel. Female Pipings in Eden. P. Davies, 1934. LCCN: 34017982.

Stenson, Fred. Thing Feigned for Imagined: A Self-Directed Course in the Craft of Fiction. Banff Centre Press, 2002 ISBN: 0920159931 (ISBN13: 9780920159934).

Strunk, William Jr. and White, E. B. The Elements of Style. Longman Publishing Group, 1999 (first published 1918). ISBN-10: 0205313426 (ISBN13: 9780205313426).

 Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. Penguin, 2006. Group (first published 2003). ISBN: 1592402038 (ISBN13: 9781592402038).

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One’s Own. Penguin, 2012 (First published Hogarth Press, 1929). ISBN: 0241961904 (ISBN13: 9780241961902).


Here’s the PDF version.


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