Category Archives: Art Show

When Words Matter

You still might have time to attend When Words Collide in Calgary. For the August 14-16 writers’ conference, registering early was important. In fact, if you email now, you will be put on the waiting list! But at least you have a chance of attending.

Wordfest celebrations do have presentations for writers, but this conference is truly a great one for writers or those who dream of writing. As well, given the range of topics and the expertise, what phenomenal value for your money!

Having participated previously, I remember the countless presentations and panels on the art, craft and business of writing. Whether you have published or are still hoping to publish, the weekend offers something for everyone regardless of expertise and genre. If you want the scoop on events and presenters, just check out the program on the website: http://www.whenwordscollide.org.

There are so many great panels and presentations, but I will be on the following panels with these other fine presenters:

Editing Tricks Faye Holt, Ella Beaumont, Nowick Gray, Arlene F. Marks, Barb Galler-Smith (M) Catching your own goofs before you send your manuscript to your beta reader, or worse, Amazon. Developmental, structural, copyediting or proofreading: Do you need an editor before you self publish? What kind? Or have you been burned: I’m not going to let an editor touch my words!

To Blog or Not to Blog: Answer This Question Faye Holt, Maraya Loza Koxahn, Ella Beaumont, Ryan McFadden Should writers spend their little time writing their book or splitting it with a consistent blog. Panellists discuss benefits and best practices to hosting a blog.

Memoir or Autobiography?  Brian Brennan, Faye Holt, Vivian Hansen, Maraya Loza Koxahn Should your memoir start with your birth? Or is that your mother’s story? Memoir focuses on a significant event or series of events that illustrate a concept. Or do they? Panellists discuss what to include and what to leave out of memoir: the line between memoir and autobiography.

If you have registered, check the schedule for dates and times. Hope to see you there.

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September Art Walk

Last November, I had the pleasure of meeting Faye Reineberg Holt at a craft show in Calgary where we were both selling our wares – she her books and me the art that had been donated to canadian artists for the poor.

canadian artists for the poor is a non-profit organization that began in 2008 in order to break the cycle of poverty. We host various fundraising events, such as the Calgary Art Walks on Stephen Avenue each summer and give to charities working with those living in extreme poverty. For example, we have given to an orphanage in Kenya.

We have four Art Walks each summer, and the last one of the season will be taking place on Thursday, September 4th from 10 – 5. If you haven’t walked down the pedestrian mall Stephen Avenue lately, you should make plans to come. It’s a wonderful part of our city with many patio restaurants along the way.

The Art Walk has many local painters and photographers who come to show and sell their work. Many styles of art at a variety of price points are available. Some artists create onsite. It’s an inspiring way to spend the day. Of course, there is no fee to come, but feel free to stroll along and offer a word of encouragement to the local artists and take home a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

It’s a win-win-win event. Local artists gain exposure and sell their work. The charities we give to are supported (the entry fees the artists pay go to charity) and the buyers take home an amazing piece of art.  Special thanks goes to the downtown association who makes these Art Walks possible.

For more information, please visit our website at www.artistsforthepoor.ca

Julie Chandler
Executive Director