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The Love of Writing

In Writing (all kinds) on March 9, 2017 at 5:15 PM

By Saad Zafar

One of my teachers once told me that I should read more in order to be able to write better. Another one of my teachers told me that I should write more in order to be able to write better. I’m neither a voracious reader nor a prolific writer. I do enjoy writing. More so than reading.

There is a profound satisfaction that comes from seeing your written words on a page. And knowing that those words originated from your consciousness and flowed through the ink from your pen onto paper. And those words are a representation of a part of your consciousness.

As enjoyable as reading can be, it really can’t compare to writing. While it is true that writing can be considered more “work” than reading (since writing is more active whereas reading is more of a passive act), there are moments when — if you’ve been writing long enough — that you enter a zone whereby the words flow out of your pen so easily and with such minimal effort that it’s the closest that writing can ever come to be a passive action.

It is in those moments that the intensity of the writer’s satisfaction is at its zenith. They’re rare. But they’re enough of an incentive to make the writer continue to try and seek them out through writing.

Creating Things: Profile of Roger McTair (Originally Published on Impowerage.com)

In book reviews, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on February 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Roger McTair Creates Magic - Photo Courtesy of Seneca College's Website

Roger McTair Creates Magic – Photo Courtesy of Seneca College’s Website

Roger McTair is a director, poet, professor and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He has had short stories air on CBC Radio and BBC Radio.

He was born in Trinidad and Tobago on October 7, 1943. Not having much to do while growing up galvanized his love of creating things.

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End Piece: an uplifting experience (Originally Published in Concordia University Alumni Magazine)

In Education, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on April 29, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Since I was seven years old I knew I wanted to write. My master’s degree in media studies from Concordia helped me reach that goal — and much more. Read the rest of this entry »

Digital Journals and Numerology Just Published

In book reviews, Business, Creative Writing, Writing (all kinds) on February 25, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Use numerology to express yourself to yourself

Use numerology to express yourself to yourself

This book is meant to emphasize how powerful keeping a journal can be with the aid of numerology. I started writing one at the age of seven and keeping a journal has been a constant for me – more than some friends, some jobs and some family members. I used to get a thrill selecting my journals to write in. Now I have decided to try something new by using the computer that I already spend so much time on and money on to show how powerful keeping any journal…even a digital journal can be. Using the principles of numerology can also help in chronicling your life. It can be bought at http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

New Book – Journalism Stories Collection

In book reviews, Business, Writing (all kinds) on February 19, 2016 at 3:00 AM
You can buy journalism stories through my e-store

You can buy journalism stories through my e-store

I have come out with a new book of journalism stories I have written over about a span of five years, most since I have been back from Montreal to Toronto. You can buy Journalism Stories Collection at this website: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged. I have eight other books I have written there titled, What Happened to the Afro? How to Write Creative Non-fiction, Spiderwoman, My Roxanne, Being Healthy: Selected Works from the Internet, Do Not Know, My Story of Transportation and eSpirituality Chats. You can buy them all.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2015 open for entries‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on October 15, 2014 at 3:00 AM

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Romesh Gunesekera, Chair of the 2015 judging panel, with last year’s winner, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Open for Entry

Writers have two months to enter their short story.

Each year, we select five winning writers from five different Commonwealth regions who share a total prize money of £15,000. The overall winner receives £5,000, one of the highest amounts for an international short story prize open to unpublished writers. Regional winners receive £2,500. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Join the Writers’ Circle” at Indigo Bookstore’s Bay & Bloor Location on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Please join authors Cynthia Reyes, Teresa Madaleno, Donna Kakonge and poet Sheila Stewart for a discussion around writing at Indigo Bookstore.

Address: 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M4W 1A5

Date: Monday, February 17, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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Cynthia Reyes

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and,

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“Join the Writers’ Circle” at Indigo Bookstore’s Bay & Bloor Location on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Please join authors Cynthia Reyes, Teresa Madaleno, Donna Kakonge and poet Sheila Stewart for a discussion around writing at Indigo Bookstore.

Address: 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Date: Monday, February 17, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

All are welcome!

Note: For more information about the authors, please Google the following names:

Teresa Madaleno

Cynthia Reyes

Sheila Stewart

and

Donna Kakonge

If you’d like to let us know you’ll be there, please RSVP here for free tickets:

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Synapse: Writing Insight From Gotham

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 14, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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When film critic Roger Ebert died April 4, he was lauded for many things – his versatility, longevity, savvy, wit. But one virtue in particular stood out. As Chicago photographer Art Shay put it, “Even with movies he panned, he invariably found something worth going to see in them.”

Take his review of a film that regularly made his “worst films” lists: Adam Sandler’s The Waterboy. Ebert called Sandler’s character “insufferable,” described the plot as an “exhausted wheeze of a sports movie formula,” and gave the film one star.

Nevertheless, he praised the performance of actress Kathy Bates, writing that she “makes her character work as a comic creation, and knows the line between parody and wretched excess.” And he resisted the urge to hurl insults at Sandler. Instead, he wrote, “I suggest he (Sandler) is making a tactical error when he creates a character whose manner and voice has the effect of fingernails on a blackboard, and then expects us to hang in there for a whole movie.”

What Ebert demonstrated in that review and countless others is what the critic Judith Crist called mutual regard, and she included it as one of her four essential elements of any good work of criticism. (The other three are passion, frankness, and specificity.)

Mutual regard, she said, is showing respect for the creator of any work you’re evaluating, as well as respect for your readers.

When Crist talked of mutual regard, you never suspected the notoriously acerbic critic was trying to tell other would-be reviewers, “You kids play nice.” Rather, she cautioned writers to balance their obligation to be honest, even blunt, about a work’s quality with their obligation to acknowledge the effort, and struggle, invested in it by fellow artists.

In her famous review panning the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton film Cleopatra, Crist identified a litany of its failures: The script: “a mélange of clichés and pompous banalities.” The sets: “Cardboard and paint.” Liz Taylor: “Fishwife.”

But even though the movie was a four-hour epic that she called an “extravagant exercise in tedium,” she still found much to praise: the “lilting speech of Richard Burton;” the “fine performances” in minor roles by Roddy McDowell and Rex Harrison; the costumes that were “nothing short of sensational.”

And she conceded some moviegoers would enjoy the film. “Certainly,” she wrote, “if you want to devote the best part of four hours to looking at Elizabeth Taylor in all her draped and undraped physical splendor, surrounded by elaborate and exotic costumes and sets, all in the loveliest of colors, this is your movie.”

Though we don’t always identify it as such, mutual regard is something Gotham teachers train our students to use. When Gotham students are workshopping something, they must open their comments by identifying one thing that works in the piece they are reviewing. We don’t require this solely to put writers at ease in our classrooms, nor because writers often struggle to identify what works in their own writing, though both of those are true. We require it because mutual regard is essential to editing one’s own work, to reading the work of others, and to becoming a successful writer.

Mutual regard shows that you recognize the inherent merit in creating a work of art. It gives readers a sense of where your standards lie, as it allows them to compare your evaluations of what works against your evaluations of what does not. And it lends you authority, by demonstrating that you have put thought into your evaluations, and weighed things fairly.

We live in an age of ever-more criticism – a cursory search for reviews of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, for example, yielded 40,900 results, and that doesn’t count the opinions we’ll hear on Facebook or Twitter or out to dinner with friends. Writers who manage to rise above the noise, as Crist and Ebert did, understand that mutual regard is key, because ultimately it cultivates between writer and reader something crucial – trust.

Cheers,

Kelly Caldwell
Associate Dean of Faculty
Gotham Writers’ Workshop


UPCOMING CLASSES

Late Spring/Summer classes are available either in NYC or online.
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WRITE-INS

The Write-In is now in Brooklyn! Starting June 1, we’ll be hosting Saturday afternoon Write-Ins at Two Moon Cafe in Park Slope. Now you can have your weekend coffee with a side of writing inspiration. Sign up in advance or drop in.

We’ll still be hosting our Friday night Write-Ins in Manhattan.

SUMMER WRITERS’ WEKEEND
Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23

Why stay in the city (or travel here) when you could be at the beach?

Three good reasons:
1. Manhattanhenge
2. Shakespeare in the Park at the Public Theatre.
3. Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit.

And now, the Summer Writers’ Weekend!
Register for one class for $125
Two classes for $225
Three classes for $300
(Plus a $25 registration fee covering all classes.)

That sounds as refreshing as an ocean breeze.

Register here.


The Care and Treatment of Sacred Things, Part I
by Kelly Caldwell

It’s usually the first question on the first day of my New York City Memoir workshops: “Can you talk… about drawing from your life experience to write, and discovering that which is sacred and off-limits material?”

Only this time, it came not from a novice student, but through my iPod headphones from a veteran writer and host of the radio show, Writers on Writing (KUCI-FM, Irvine, California). And as Marrie Stone put the question to Molly Gloss, her novelist guest, she fused “sacred” and “off-limits” into a single term, winding the ideas together like the twin strands of DNA.

I expect this concern in my level 1 workshops, from writers eager to tell their stories but unwilling to sacrifice something precious in the process. Hearing it posed by a professional like Stone, though, I knew: Not only fledgling writers believe that when something is sacred to you, writing about it could be sacrilege. (Continue reading.)


This past week we started asking our Facebook fans some writerly questions. Maybe you read them—maybe you even answered some.

THE QUESTION: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure movie?
Our favorite answer was from Sara Johnston: “Independence Day. Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman: what’s not to love?” (Yes! And don’t forget Harry Connick, Jr.—kick the tires and light the fires.)

We also loved Rosalie Capri’s response: “Sixteen Candles…auto-mo-bile.”
(We’re sure the actor who played Long Duk Dong would be proud.)

THE QUESTION: Name an author, dead or alive, who you’d like to sit next to on an airplane.
With more than 100 responds, this was a tough one to decide.
Here are our top three:

Jennifer Allen wrote, “William Golding in the window seat and Aldous Huxley in the aisle. I’d gladly suffer the middle seat for that flight.”

“Jane Austen—I really hate her work so I’d be interested for her to try to explain what I’m missing,” wrote Tom Peach.
(Let’s face it: Austen’s Mr. Darcy simply doesn’t exist off the page.)

Janel Blessing added, “Truman Capote. We’d get airplane drunk.”
(That would be an entertaining flight for sure.)

THE QUESTION: What is one book you’ve never been able to finish?
Anna Setti wrote, “Anna Karenina. She got on my nerves.”
(At least Anna’s no Scarlett O’Hara or Amanda Wingfield.)

Want to join the conversation? Like us on Facebook.


Annie Proulx writes literary fiction brilliant enough to win major accolades and accessible enough to win a wide audience. She specializes in short stories, including “Brokeback Mountain.” She didn’t begin writing until her 50s, and as you’ll see, she doesn’t believe in rushing things.

Here’s a peek at what the author of The Shipping News advises:

  1. Proceed slowly and take care.
  2. To ensure that you proceed slowly, write by hand.

Continue reading. 


Are you ready to get Lit?

Gotham is hosting an event at Lit Crawl NYC on Saturday, May 18 in Brooklyn. We’ll be stationed at Ceol, an awesome Irish pub in Cobble Hill (191 Smith Street, between Baltic & Warren Streets) from 6:15-7:00pm.

For those of you who have enjoyed our Write-Ins these past few months, we’ll be doing something similar – only built for a much larger audience.

So come out, drink up, and write.


 


Every two weeks, Gotham’s Brandi Reissenweber answers questions submitted by readers of The Writer magazine. Here are some of the questions that she’s recently answered:

Q: I usually find ideas from real life that would make great short stories. How can I make it fiction instead of just retelling the real event? Answer

Q: Do I really need to bother with a cover letter when submitting my short stories? Answer

Find more Ask The Writer Q&A here

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Self-Publish Your Way Around The World This May – Let Your Words Reach The World!!!

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2012 in review

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 30, 2012 at 3:57 PM

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 69,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Boxing Day

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 26, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Last Day To Get How To Talk To Crazy People Before the 24th – ENTER CODE FELICITAS

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How To Talk To Crazy People + More On Sale Now

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Taste of Water Book Launch at Supermarket in Kensington – December 2, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

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How To Talk To Crazy People Book Launch – Great Event!!!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on November 26, 2012 at 3:00 AM

The book launch at Accents on Eglinton Bookstore at 1790 Eglinton Ave. West at Dufferin in Toronto, Canada was a fantastic event and all of the 21 people in attendance agreed. Everyone received a free .pdf copy of the book in attendance as a holiday gift of thanks. The former publisher of the book was not there. The book is now published by me…Donna Kakonge.

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Book will come out soon on Amazon, iBookstore and on Barnes & Noble.

Thank you to all of those who came out tonight and showed your support by being honest.

Book Review: Mikaya Heart’s My Sweet Wild Dance

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 30, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Rachel Muenz Does a Review of Mikaya Heart\’s My Sweet Dance – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

By Rachel Muenz

Mikaya Heart’s My Sweet Wild Dance is not an artistic masterpiece, nor is it meant to be. It is, however, a clear, well-written and honest coming of age story that most readers should find interesting at the very least. Read the rest of this entry »

My Books Available @ Accents on Eglinton – 1790 Eglinton Avenue West @ Dufferin Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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 Accents Bookstore on Eglington at 1790 Eglinton Ave. West is having a Pop-Up Shop on Saturday, December 15th from 1-6pm. The pop up shop will feature art, books, fashion, beauty products and more highlighting the work of diasporic African, Latin, and Caribbean people. We are contacting you to find out if you’re interesting in vending and selling your products at this pop-up shop.

I will be there selling my books, as well as How To Talk To Crazy People.

It is also available at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/kakonged?searchTerms=How+To+Talk+To+Crazy+People and soon on Amazon.

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CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust suspends operation of distribution reinvestment plan

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on January 29, 2012 at 3:00 AM

MONTREAL, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ – CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust (“CANMARC”) (TSX: CMQ.UN) announced today that in light of the entering into of the previously announced support agreement among CANMARC and Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust, CANMARC will suspend, effective immediately, the operation of its distribution reinvestment plan (the “DRIP”). As a result, the previously declared distribution of $0.07917 per unit of CANMARC for the month of January, 2012 which will be paid on February 15, 2012 to unitholders of record as at January 31, 2012 will not be eligible for reinvestment pursuant to the DRIP. Read the rest of this entry »

Life Rattle – Three Quarters

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on January 3, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Here is the link for the show on Life Rattle Radio:

http://www.liferattle.ca/radio/show1185.html

World of Words (Originally Written in 2009)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Since I was seven years old I knew I wanted to write – and I knew a master’s degree in Media Studies from Concordia would help. Read the rest of this entry »

Help with Academic Writing Style

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on December 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM

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The Meaning of That Word, Love

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on November 25, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Mikaya Heart is a Minister of Holistic Healing and an author, writing books and articles on subjects as varied as lesbianism, orgasm, politics, and shamanism. My Sweet Wild Dance, which is the story of her personal journey from anger to joy, won a Golden Crown Literary Award. Her latest book is The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm for Women. She is a coach in the art of being fully alive, using shamanic methods to help her clients live in trust and access Universal energy, facilitating positive change in all areas of life. (www.mikayaheart.org)

By Mikaya Heart

Many of us, women especially, believe that sex is primarily about another person, and that really good sex is about an experience of one-ness, which might also be called love, with that other person. We tend to believe that the experience of one-ness is inextricably tied up with our partner. That can get us into a lot of trouble, since assigning the power of creating such a sensation to another person is always false. Any and every perception of reality is to do with the person who is doing the perceiving. You may be able to tune into a completely different experience of reality than the person you are standing or lying next to, and the fact that you feel a great deal of love (or one-ness) is a tribute to you. Love always flows from inside. Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing Exercise – 5

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Writing (all kinds) on July 27, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Dinosaurs

I’m onto a new journal. This one has lined paper. I have been a writer since the age of seven. There was a Chinese teacher of mine in grade two who wrote “outstanding” in red pen on my class assignment about dinosaurs. She wanted to get it published. My Dad came to the school to speak to her about it. I waited the rest of the school year, thinking it would get published. Summer came and I still had my story from Mrs. Chen. Read the rest of this entry »

Diaspora Dialogues – Friday Nights

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 28, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 29: Friday Nights with Diaspora Dialogues

Our Friday Nights series brings you an eclectic sampling of some of our best writers and performers – for free!

Don’t miss this final night of our popular and jam-packed series with the Toronto Public Library’s Keep Toronto Reading festival. Featuring readings by Antanas Sileika (Underground), Jacob McArthur Mooney (Folk), Adebe DeRango Adem (Ex Nihilio) and emerging writer Joyce Wayne; spoken word by Angelica LeMinh; and a short reading from Rebecca Applebaum’s play Complex. Hosted by Dalton Higgins. Read the rest of this entry »

Something to Write About!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 8, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Jennifer Winters Writes About Writing - Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Winters

Written by: Jennifer Winters

Writing can truly be the essence of a new beginning for people. Read the rest of this entry »

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose: Book Review

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on May 1, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes about Reading Like a Writer - Photo Courtesy of Author Francine Prose

By Chris Temelkos

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose delves into the importance of reading each piece of literature, not only for pleasure but to gain a deeper knowledge of the language and word use of the author and learn something new about each character and scene with every read. Read the rest of this entry »

A Wish After Midnight

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on March 28, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Zetta Elliott is the Author of A Wish Before Midnight - Photo Courtesy of the HappyNappyBookseller.com

A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT
By Zetta Elliott

“When we contrast the condition of blacks in the 19th century with that of blacks living in the 21st century, we’re inclined to think the difference is like night and day. But speculative fiction reframes the past, creating a kind of literary lens that enables us to look more closely at the shifting definition of freedom. Have we really crossed the finish line? I think a lot of us still have a long way to go…” Read the rest of this entry »

Diapora Dialogues

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 26, 2010 at 8:17 AM

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Young Writers from the Edge
Join us this March as high school students in Etobicoke, Danforth-Crescent Town, Jamestown and Malvern present their brand new creative writing at reading events in their neighbourhoods. Read the rest of this entry »

Classes at Aangen Centre Canceled

In Beauty, book reviews, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 4, 2010 at 6:13 AM

Writing and Self-Publishing Workshops Still Being Offered Personally by Donna Kakonge - Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

I was planning writing and self-publishing workshops through Aangen Community Centre in Toronto. Those classes have now been canceled. If you would be interested in still receiving instruction from me concerning writing and self-publishing, please email me at: dkakonge@sympatico.ca.

From Worldwide Freelance Writer

In book reviews, Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on November 25, 2009 at 7:58 PM

FEATURE ARTICLE
 
Five Ways To Shine As A Professional Writer
 
By Dana Blozis
 
With the growth of social media and marketing techniques like
online article marketing, it seems that everyone is a writer of one
sort or another. In fact, I've read a handful of articles that
assure the reading public that anyone can write. While this may be
technically true, those of us who write for a living know that it
isn't as easy as it sounds. There is much more to the craft than
meets the eye.
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Writing Workshops and Self-Publishing Offered at Aangen Community Centre

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on November 19, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Hello everyone in Toronto!

Please check out this site and scroll to the bottom for workshops I will be offering starting on February 21st and happening once a month. Here is the link: http://www.aangen.com/workshops.asp. Join in the fun!

Sesame Street Anniversary with Google

In Beauty, Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on November 9, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Sesame Street - November 9, 2009

I have been thoroughly enjoying the Google themes for the Sesame Street anniversary. Sesame Street was a big part of my childhood with my brother and sister. It is wonderful that it continues on to this day.

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Excerpt from Digital Journals and Numerology

In book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on October 18, 2009 at 3:26 AM
Digital Journals and Numerology is One of Donna Kakonge's 31 books - Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Digital Journals and Numerology is One of Donna Kakonge's 31 books - Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Introduction

This book is meant to emphasize how powerful keeping a journal can be with the aid of numerology. I started writing one at the age of seven and keeping a journal has been a constant for me – more than some friends, some jobs and some family members. I used to get a thrill selecting my journals to write in. Now I have decided to try something new by using the computer that I already spend so much time on and money on to show how powerful keeping any journal…even a digital journal can be. Using the principles of numerology can also help in chronicling your life.

To buy this book, please visit http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

Want the best Canadian writing? Read short fiction

In book reviews, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 29, 2009 at 5:21 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About the Canadian Giller Prize - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About the Canadian Giller Prize - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

A couple of weeks ago, British Giller judge Victoria Glendinning bashed Canadian writing in the Financial Times of London. She said our stuff is too homogenous and that it’s easy to get grants and be published if you’re Canadian, no matter how bad your writing is.

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Canada’s university magazines beat the U.K.’s in word economy

In Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 24, 2009 at 6:25 AM
Rachel Muenz Compares the Word Count of Stories Between Countries - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Compares the Word Count of Stories Between Countries - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

Apparently, Canada doesn’t think its university students can handle long articles. Either that or it just uses language more efficiently than its U.K. counterparts.

Based on a random selection of five articles each from five Canadian online publications for students and five from publications in the U.K., Canadian articles are over 120 words shorter than those in the U.K.

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Simple writing is best for everyone

In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 12, 2009 at 3:46 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About Simple Writing - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About Simple Writing - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

Every English teacher I’ve ever had has always said using plain, clear language is best in any kind of writing. Authors don’t make readers think by language that’s impossible to understand, but by the complex themes and ideas they write about.

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