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March 29, 2024

Writers Engage with a Difficult Subject

By Steve Oetting

Content Warning: Group discussion about memoir writing that includes childhood sexual abuse. This is a difficult topic of discussion, but one that some affected individuals choose to write about as a way to heal and move forward. MWG volunteers guided the conversation and made efforts to ensure everyone was both heard and comfortable.

Each Rants and Ramblings session is unique, with participants offering topics of interest for discussion. With a full slate of participants at the March 7 R&R, moderated by Susan Rocan, with Lori Gaudet and Katherine Westwood assisting, a serious topic dominated the steady flow of comments and perspectives.

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March 21, 2024

Shortlist – Dave Williamson Short Story Competition

Choosing the best among many good stories is not so straightforward a task as one might imagine. Our five lead judges, Raye Anderson, Lauren Carter, Trevor Greyeyes, Zilla Jones, and Lee Kvern engaged in energetic discussions focusing on the craft of writing and the elements of fiction, ultimately deciding on the following seven stories for our shortlist. The finalists for “The Dave” 2024 are: (in random order) Homeward Bound by Rowan McCandless, Winnipeg, MBCanadian Cougars by …

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March 15, 2024

The 2nd Annual Dave Williamson Short Story Competition Longlist

We are thrilled to announce the longlist for this year’s Dave Williamson National Short Story Competition (aka ‘The Dave”). We received 105 entries, an increase of 10% over last year, once again ranging from British Columbia to Nova Scotia. The judges have been busy reading this diverse range of stories and have made their selection.

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March 1, 2024

Robust Discussions at February Critique Circle

By Steve Oetting

Each Critique Circle is a unique opportunity to experience other members’ writing and respond to questions they have about their work. This Critique Circle session was no different. It provided a varied collection of material and a robust discussion of each piece that was presented.

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February 29, 2024

Group Discusses AI

By Steve Oetting

The February 1 Rants and Ramblings included both new and experienced members, including Susan Rocan, Sharon Hamilton and Lori Gaudet. During the event, two issues were discussed that are timely and relevant to today’s writers.

Mentors and Mentors for 2024 with Harriet Zaidman

February 23, 2024

Hopes and Dreams

Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Reception | By Sharon Hamilton

Hopes and dreams fuel the creative energy of most writers. On Friday evening, February 9, 2024, the Artspace boardroom showcased the hopes and dreams of this year’s Sheldon Oberman Mentors and Mentees.

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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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