Surrey Muse Writers – To the Next Level

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Surrey Muse Writers was begun in July 2016 to determine if there was need for a drop-in critique group for writers. After seven bi-weekly meetings, it is clear that there is need, and Surrey Muse Writers will continue as an ongoing program soon.

We have had seven out of the eleven scheduled meetings. The meeting on Oct 8 was cancelled for people being away over the long weekend, and, the next three meetings are cancelled now to allow our volunteers some time off before organizing to take the group to the next level.

In the last three months, Surrey Muse Writers has ‘surfaced’ a couple of promising young writers, and it has allowed sharing of creative work among peers and learning from the experience and knowledge of Resource Persons. The discussions that ensued were direct, intimate, close-up; criticism was given and taken with grace.

Compliments to Resource Persons Jennifer Manuel, Toni Levi, Manolis, Larry Nicholson, Kevin Spenst and Judy MacInnes for their generous sharing of time, skills and ideas.

Apologies from Heidi Greco, Jónína Kirton, Alan Girling, and Virginia Gillespie for the inconvenience of re-scheduling for Spring.

Special thanks to Malik Mohammad for his inspiring poetic presentations and presence, and to Parabjot Kaur and Hilda for glimpses of their short fiction. Thanks to Helga Parekh and Sonja Grgar for making it happen, to all who participated in its meetings, and to all who supported it.

Be back in Spring at a different venue.

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October 8 Drop-In @ Surrey Muse Writers with Heidi Greco

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October 8, 2016
11am – 1:30pm
Resource Person Heidi Greco
Facilitator Helga Parekh
Co-Facilitator Sonja Grgar
Waves Coffee, Gateway Skytrain, Surrey
To participate just show up
Donations Welcome
Free bi-monthly drop-in

Surrey Muse Writers (SMW) is a drop-in for writers to present work, exchange ideas and provide feedback to each other in order to facilitate the development of creative writing projects. Guidelines are in place for a respectful, positive, warm and inspiring interaction.

Heidi Greco is a poet, novelist, editor, an arts activist, and an occasional instructor. Her writings have appeared in books, magazines and anthologies in Canada and the United States. In 2011, she won Ken Klonsky Award for her novella Shrinking Violets (Quattro, Toronto 2011). A longtime resident of Surrey, she has made valuable contributions to the city’s literary and cultural life; most recently, she successfully initiated Surrey’s Poet Laureate program. Titles include Cascadia, a co-operative poem (Leaf Press 2015), Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia (Leaf Press 2015), Igniting the Green Fuse: Four Canadian Women Poets (Above and Beyond Productions, New West, 2012), The Amelia Poems (Lipstick Press 2009), Rattlesnake Plantain (Anvil 2002), and Siren Tattoo: A Poetry Triptych (Anvil 1994). More here:
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September 24 Drop-In @ Surrey Muse Writers

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September 24, 2016
11am – 1:30pm
Resource Person Judy MacInnes
Facilitator Fauzia Rafique
Co-Facilitator Sonja Grgar
Waves Coffee, Gateway Skytrain, Surrey
To participate just show up
Donations Welcome
Free bi-monthly drop-in

Surrey Muse Writers (SMW) is a drop-in for writers to present work, exchange ideas and provide feedback to each other in order to facilitate the development of creative writing projects. Guidelines are in place for a respectful, positive, warm and inspiring interaction.

Judy MacInnes is a poet and a short fiction writer. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. Her poem ‘Troll’, about a preschooler who swallows a doll, won the Other Voices Prize for Poetry. Judy’s first book ‘Snatch’ (Anvil Press 2000) included both poems and stories. She is a Kwantlen alum and has a BFA in Creative Writing from University of Victoria and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia. Judy is now writing her second book titled ‘Lightning Round’. Judy lived in Surrey for close to twenty years, and both rural life and suburbia are central to her work.

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September 10 Drop-In @ Surrey Muse Writers

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September 10, 2016
11am – 1:30pm
Resource Person Kevin Spenst
Facilitator Helga Parekh
Co-Facilitator Sonja Grgar
Waves Coffee, Gateway Skytrain, Surrey
To participate just show up
Donations Welcome
Free bi-monthly drop-in

Surrey Muse Writers (SMW) is a drop-in for writers to present work, exchange ideas and provide feedback to each other in order to facilitate the development of creative writing projects. Guidelines are in place for a respectful, positive, warm and inspiring interaction.

Kevin Spenst is a Surrey poet whose poetry has appeared in over a dozen Canadian literary publications such as Freefall, Prairie Fire, CV2, Dandelion, filling Station, qwerty, and Poetry is Dead; and has been published in the UK, the United States, Austria and India. In 2011, he won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry. Kevin’s work has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and his manuscript Ignite has come in as a finalist for the Alfred G. Bailey Prize. He has published many chapbooks of his poetry including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press, 2013), Retractable (the serif of nottingham, 2013), Happy Hollow and the Surrey Suite (self-published, 2012) and What the Frag Meant (100 tetes press, 2014).

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August 27 Drop-In @ Surrey Muse Writers

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August 27/16
11am – 1:30pm
Resource Person Larry Nicholson
Facilitator Sonja Grgar
Co-Facilitator Helga Parekh
Waves Coffee, Gateway Skytrain, Surrey
To participate just show up
Donations Welcome
Free bi-monthly drop-in

Surrey Muse Writers (SMW) is a drop-in for writers to present work, exchange ideas and provide feedback to each other in order to facilitate the development of creative writing projects. Guidelines are in place for a respectful, positive, warm and inspiring interaction.

Larry Nicholson is a writer, singer/songwriter, performer and playwright. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and some of it has appeared on television. Larry has written, directed and acted in stage plays, and he has appeared in an independent film. After graduating with a Fine Arts degree from UBC’s Creative Writing program, he now works as a consultant in a variety of fields, and as a cultural interventionist with a non-profit First Nations organization serving the Lower Mainland.

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August 13 Drop-In @ Surrey Muse Writers

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August 13/16
11am – 1:30pm
Resource Person Manolis
Facilitator Fauzia Rafique
Co-Facilitator Sonja Grgar
Waves Coffee, Gateway Skytrain, Surrey
To participate just show up
Donations Welcome
Free bi-monthly drop-in

Surrey Muse Writers (SMW) is a drop-in for writers to present work, exchange ideas and provide feedback to each other in order to facilitate the development of creative writing projects. Guidelines are in place for a respectful, positive, warm and inspiring interaction.

Manolis (Emmanuel Aligizakis) is a Greek-Canadian poet, translator, publisher and author who has written over twenty books of poetry where each title explores a different theme, a different emotion. His work has appeared in various languages and countries, and he has received international literary awards and distinctions. He has translated in English great Greek poets such as Yannis Ritsos, Constantine Cavafy, and George Seferis. His translation ‘George Seferis-Collected Poems’ was shortlisted for the Greek National Literary Awards. Manolis heads Libros Libertad, an unorthodox and independent publishing company he founded in 2006 with the mission to publish unique literary books.

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July 30 Drop-In @ Surrey Muse Writers

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July 30/16
11am – 1:30pm
Resource Person Toni Levi
Facilitator Sonja Grgar
Co-Facilitator Helga Parekh
Waves Coffee, Gateway Skytrain, Surrey
To participate just show up
Donations Welcome
Free bi-monthly drop-in

Surrey Muse Writers (SMW) is a drop-in for writers to present work, exchange ideas and provide feedback to each other in order to facilitate the development of creative writing projects. Guidelines are in place for a respectful, positive, warm and inspiring interaction.

Antonia Levi is a novelist and an acclaimed author of non-fiction because of her first book ‘Samurai from Outer Space: Understanding Japanese Animation’ published in 1990. A sequel Boys’ Love Manga came out in 2010. She is working on two novels, A Death in the Buffyverse, and A Death in the Bob. Antonia holds a Ph.D. in Modern Japanese History from Stanford University, and she has taught at Portland State University. Antonia has facilitated a drop-in writers’ critique group in New Westminster, and, she has served as a mentor in the Southbank Writer’s Program at SFU Surrey.

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July 16 Drop-In @ Surrey Muse Writers

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July 16/16
11am – 1:30pm
Resource Person Jennifer Manuel
Facilitator Sonja Grgar
Co-Facilitator Fauzia Rafique
Waves Coffee, Gateway Skytrain, Surrey
To participate just show up
Donations Welcome
Free bi-monthly drop-in

Surrey Muse Writers (SMW) is a drop-in for writers to present work, exchange ideas and provide feedback to each other in order to facilitate the development of our creative writing projects. Guidelines are in place for a respectful, positive, warm and inspiring interaction.

Jennifer Manuel is a novelist, a writer of short fiction, a mentor and an activist. She has received the Storyteller’s Award at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference for short fiction, and she was a Finalist for a Western Magazine Award. Her work has appeared in PRISM International, The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine, and Little Fiction. Jennifer is a TA for Sarah Selecky’s The Story Intensive, and she is a long-time activist around Aboriginal peoples’ colonial issues.

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‘Useful Critiquing’ by Heidi Greco

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Overall:
Respect – for the work, the time and thought that went into it, for the person who is sharing their inner, private thoughts.

Listening – and really hearing what the writer is saying, jotting a note or two while they are reading from their piece so you will be prepared to comment.

Comments are always about the work, the words – not the writer.

Focus points:
Offer a summary of what you think the piece says, what its message is. Listeners will not all necessarily have the same impression.

Be specific. Generalities such as “I really like that story” or, “I love that poem” are not very useful. Such comments are vague and don’t help the Presenter improve their piece. Instead, mention a line or two that revealed a truth, a phrase that made you feel part of the story told/ the truth revealed.

Identify an image from the piece that appeals to one of your senses. “I can see that old car, speckled in shocking orange rust.” “I can smell that nasty kitchen described as having the scent of burnt milk.”

Comment on the title. Explain how it set you up for the experience of the work – or, how it tricked you into expecting something else.

Actual ‘critique’ points:
Cite a word you didn’t understand, especially if it ‘stopped’ you from listening to the rest of the piece.

Cite a word or phrase that seems redundant or an idea that’s repeated unnecessarily.

Suggest a stronger/clearer word where you perceive a weak one (or one not in keeping with metaphor of the piece) is used.

– Heidi Greco

Heidi Greco is a poet, novelist, editor, an arts activist, and an occasional instructor. Her writings have appeared in books, magazines and anthologies in Canada and the United States. In 2011, she won Ken Klonsky Award for her novella Shrinking Violets (Quattro, Toronto 2011).

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‘Mistakes’ by Carol Shillibeer

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With thanks from Carol Shillibeer

‘Mistakes. This is one of the first watercolours I did. I’d done the drawing and then watercolour tubes and paper came into my house. Ambitious. I know that now. When I started this, I made a horrible mistake in the foreground and when it dried I just cut it off the board and put it aside. Found it this morning when I was gathering up all the bits of painting I’ve done in the last weeks. Then, knowing a little bit more now than I did when I cut it off the board, I attempted a fix. That’s what this is. A fix. Here’s the thing. Looking at it now, what I like the most are the 2 foreground buildings. That’s because watercolour is a medium where the white space of the paper is as important as the other marks. There’s too much paint on this paper. That’s my trouble with it. Another thing watercolour shares with poetry. What they don’t share – delete is much easier than paint removal.’

Posted by Carol Shillibeer on her Facebook page, May 11, 2016