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February 15, 2024

Why is AI (artificial intelligence) content generally frowned on in the writing community?

By L. V. Gaudet

Aside from the question of quantity over quality, there is the question of originality. AI is not some sentient super-being from a science fiction story come to life. It is as sentient as your Alexa that will say, “Who, who, who,” in response to your, “Who let the dogs out.”

Patti Grayson author of the Twistical Nature of Spoons

February 7, 2024

Patti Grayson: Reading The Twistical Nature of Spoons

Book Chat Review by Steve Oetting

As a Guild member that has never attended a Book Chat, I had no idea what to expect. I have to say it was both highly informative and thoroughly enjoyable. It was hosted by Susan Rocan and had eight other members in attendance.

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February 6, 2024

Tell Me What You Really Think

A report on the January 9 Critique Circle by Amanda Le Rougetel

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February 2, 2024

A Darling Canadian Poetry Night

By barb janes Who could resist an invitation to a place called The Darling Bar? Who could resist a cross-pollination of the theatre, literature and poetry communities in Winnipeg? Theatre Projects Manitoba in partnership with ContemporaryVerse 2 hosted a brilliant salon on January 9.  The Darling Bar (171 McDermot Ave in Winnipeg’s Exchange District) had a warm welcoming vibe on the chilly night of January 9, as a who’s who of the city’s creatives gathered. …

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January 25, 2024

First Thursdays with MWG

By barb janes

Winnipeg’s Exchange arts community may have First Fridays, but the MWG has First Thursdays – a time writers can virtually come together to rant and ramble about all things writing. 

The January 4 Zoom was a meetup of 12 (including the host), some new to the MWG, some long-time members (and one self-confessed lurker), some new writers and some with several publications under their belts, and an impressive range of genres – horror, fantasy, memoir, historical fiction, micro (the 50 word story!), novels, creative non-fiction, blogs, academic writing, even advertising. But no poets in attendance. 

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January 24, 2024

Critique Circle Continues to Grow!

By Andrew Dutfield

Our Critique Circle community continues to grow. A couple of years ago we went from one to two sessions a month and next year we are planning to have an additional session, a Critique Circle just for poets.

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January 15, 2024

Amazon is Taking Measures to Slow the Influx of AI Content

By L. V. Gaudet

In breaking – not so breaking – news, Amazon KDP has taken some measures dealing with the anticipated, and, for many of us authors, feared, surge in AI-generated book content by non-writers.

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January 1, 2024

December R&R Session Offers Extraordinary Resources

By Steve Oetting

Rants and Ramblings is a wonderful forum in which writers can acquire advice from other writers on all kinds of questions. Our recent session on December 7 was a perfect example of the types of questions that are posed by participants and the plethora of suggestions and answers that are offered by the rest of the group. Our R&R groups always include some beginning writers (such as myself) and some more experienced writers so that the exchange of information is both bountiful and valuable.

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December 31, 2023

Author’s New Book Receives a Warm Literary Welcome

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Non-Fiction – Memoir book “The Day I Ceased to Being” by Kamal Malaker, currently available at Amazon

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December 29, 2023

Where We Grow

MWG Critique Circle, December 12th, 2023 | By Luke Dondo

The MWG Critique Circle presents its members the invaluable opportunity to socialize and workshop with writers in a secure and inclusive forum. The discussion of our craft and the improvement of our work, among meeting friends, among (possibly) getting a bit uncomfortable, is the goal, and probably you’ll even have fun. 

Jonathan Ball and Chadwick Ginther - Shared World

December 27, 2023

Shared World (Ginther, Chomichuk, Ball, Gillespie)

By Luke A. Dondo

It was a cozy evening of strange stories, and I’d be lying if I said I slept without nightmares of beetles and rats.

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December 20, 2023

Rants & Rambling has Topics for Everyone

By Steve Oetting

Has there ever been a writer who didn’t have a rant to ramble or a rambling to rant? Methinks not.

The monthly Rants and Ramblings meeting is the perfect opportunity to express your concerns and feelings about writers’ issues and to hear from others about theirs. It is an open forum in which each member can throw out any bone of contention they might wish to discuss and have other members gnaw away on it.

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