WRITE YOUR MEMOIRS
Surrey's Poet Laureate, Renee Sarojini Saklikar
Surrey Libraries is holding its 30th annual Young Adult Writing Contest this summer. A Memoir category has been added this year, along with a memoir writing workshop for teens by local award winning author, editor and educator Sylvia Taylor called “Beckoned by the Story”.
This is a specialty area for Taylor who has not only taught memoir for 15 years, but has also penned her own memoir called The Fisher Queen. This marks her 13th year as a judge of the Young Adult Writing Contest. She describes it as an “honour to have the opportunity to see writing that is mature, developed, creative and insightful” but also notes it is difficult to judge because the quality of the writing is so consistently high.
Taylor describes young adult memoir as an “emerging genre” and points to the inclusion of a separate memoir category in the contest as evidence of a growing respect for it.
“People respond differently to memoir than to fiction. It has a greater impact. There is this rare phenomena that happens when a movie or a book is based on a true story; the reader feels like they know that happened to a real person and can connect with that. It heightens everything you just read or saw” Adding that it's a fundamental human construct to identify with a real person over a character, she says memoir is a “powerful vehicle for bringing personal and universal insights to the reader”
For more information about the contest or the workshop see surreylibraries.ca. Sylvia Taylor also has ongoing memoir classes at sylviataylor.ca
Surrey International Writing Contest
Flex those fingers, writers! The 25th annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Contest is coming.
Surrey's Poet Laureate, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, launched her legacy book project Surrey Stories Connect:: Teens and Seniors Write Surrey on May 12 at City Centre Library. The intergenerational and intercultural exchanges in the book serve to highlight just how much has changed in Surrey, geographically and culturally, and yet reminds us how similar we all are. Saklikar hopes that this book will serve as a model going forward for others as well as to “nurture new ideas for connection and exchange through the written word and story-sharing across and among this city's diverse community”
Inquire at the library about getting a free copy.
WANT TO WRITE FOR SPOTLIGHT on the ARTS
What a We Want:
1) 300 to 900 word short stories (fiction or non-fiction). We also accept short poetry works.
2) Do you have new book, or anthology, in the market? Let us know. We may be interested in an interview, or review.
3) Tell us about your latest awards, or publishing successes. These will be shared with readers when space is available.
4) Letters. Again, based on space, we may be able to feature them. Focus and brevity are key here.
How We Want It:
1) E-mail, in plain text format, to firstname.lastname@example.org attn. editor
2) No PDF files, scanned images of a book, or sound files of you reading the story. Messages formatted in HTML are fine, but if you know how to turn it off, we prefer plain text.
3) Send it from the e-mail address at which you want us to correspond with you. No multiple email addresses.On the Subject line: Spotlight: Title of Story (or Poetry piece). NOT "Submission".
In the body of the message, what we want is as follows: