- We've got stellar workshops for members and non-members alike.
- Our 2013/2014 In Dialogue Reading Series continues with wonderful events in 2014. Check out the details here.
- Free to members, our Blue Pencil Sessions help you hone your craft. Find out more here.
- Want to support Manitoba writing? Consider a financial donation to the Manitoba Writers' Guild. Click here to make a donation.
News & Events
August 5, 2014
Welcome Anita Daher, MWG Events Coordinator!
Anita Daher is an accomplished artist and administrator. Check out her website here! Anita will be on board this year organizing the Manitoba Book Awards, our In Dialogue program, and many of our other fundraisers and events — and we couldn’t be more delighted!
June 23, 2014
MWG Job Posting
MANITOBA WRITERS’ GUILD SEEKS EVENTS COORDINATOR
The mission of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild is to encourage, develop, promote and celebrate writers and writing, to support the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers.
- To co-ordinate the Manitoba Book Awards and the In Dialogue Reading Series
- To promote these and other MWG events and activities
- The MWG Executive Director
- Working with the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers (AMBP) to administer the Manitoba Book Awards. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Co-ordinating the submission process
- Selecting juries
- Organizing the Manitoba Book Awards Gala
- Co-ordinating the In Dialogue Reading Series. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Applying for grant funding
- Inviting authors and scheduling readings
- Drawing up a budget
- Arranging for hosting of readings
- Promoting the Book Awards, In Dialogue, and other MWG events through a variety of media
- Working with the Executive Director in the area of communications, including social media updates.
- Creating a bi-weekly e-newsletter.
- Working with the Executive Director to ensure the Burns Family Classroom is functional for various events.
- Communications skills – including articulate verbal skills, excellent writing skills, and familiarity with social media and other web-based communications
- Computer skills – Word processing, basic data entry
- Experience with writing grant applications
- Experience in planning and promoting events
- Ability to think and plan ahead; initiative; adaptability
- Knowledge of Canadian and Manitoban writing and publishing community
- Knowledge of French an asset
- Some lifting required.
Hours and wages:
- Average of 15 hours per week; up to 20 during busy periods
- $15.00 / hour
- Initial contract to run from July 21, 2014 to July 21, 2015, with possibility of renewal. Apply with resume, contact information and cover letter by email to email@example.com by July 4, 2014. Please attach all materials as a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file, and include the subject line “Events Coordinator Application.”
The Manitoba Writers’ Guild thanks all applicants for their interest in this position. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
May 28, 2014
Construction Zone Summer Writing and Zine-making Workshop
For more info and registration, please click HERE.
May 14, 2014
Meet and Greet May 15 MWG Offices
Please join the Manitoba Writers’ Guild in welcoming our Disability Project Writer-in-Residence, Kate Grisim, on Thursday, May 15 from 11 am -3 pm at the MWG Office. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!
As the MWG Disability Project’s first Writer-in-residence, Kate Grisim will be in the Manitoba Writers’ Guild offices 30 hours a week, working with interested writers who would like some general editing, commenting, or critiquing of their original work. Kate’s area of specialty is writing about experiences of marginalization, but all writers are welcome to visit her and discuss their work.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
204-944-8013 or visit www.mbwriter.mb.ca
May 8, 2014
MWG welcomes Kate Grisim – Writer-in Residence
May 1, 2014
Manitoba Book Awards Coverage
Click on the links below to access provincial coverage of the Manitoba Book Awards:
Manitoba Book Award Winners
The Manitoba Book Awards took place Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg. The Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers would like to congratulate all the winners:
This year’s award winners in thirteen categories are:
Lansdowne Prize for Poetry
Prix Lansdowne de poésie
- Tether by Laurelyn Whitt, published by Seraphim Editions
Best Illustrated Book of the Year
Meilleur livre illustré de l’année
- 300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba by Bill Wright & Dave Craig, published by Great Plains Publications, design by Relish New Brand Experience Inc.
Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year
Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique en édition
- 100 Masters: Only in Canada by Stephen Borys and Andrew Kear, published by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, design by Frank Reimer
Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book
- Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinabe Understanding of Treaty One, by Aimée Craft, published by Purich Publishing Ltd.
Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction
- Thunder Road, by Chadwick Ginther published by Ravenstone (an imprint of Turnstone Press)
Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award
Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg
- Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg, photographs by Bryan Scott, text by Bartley Kives, published by Great Plains Publications.
Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
- The Insistent Garden by Rosie Chard, published by NeWest Press
Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction
Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et essais
- “Indians Wear Red”: Colonialism, Resistance and Aboriginal Street Gangs by Elizabeth Comack, Lawrence Deane, Larry Morrissette & Jim Silver, published by Fernwood Publishing
John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer
Prix John-Hirsch pour l’écrivain manitobain le plus prometteur
- Jonathan Ball
Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher
Prix Mary-Scorer pour le meilleur livre par un éditeur du Manitoba
- Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide by Simone Hébert Allard, published by Turnstone Press
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award
- Powwow Counting in Cree, by Penny M. Thomas, published by HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press)
- The Fall, by Colleen Nelson, published by Great Plains Teen Fiction
McNally Robinson Book of the Year
- Kisiskatchewan:The Great River Road, by Barbara Huck, published by Heartland Associates Inc.
The Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers would like to thank the following organizations and corporations for their continued sponsorship of the Manitoba Book Awards:
- The Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des arts du Canada
- The Manitoba Arts Council / Conseil des arts du Manitoba
- The Manitoba Foundation for the Arts
- Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection / Tourisme, Culture, Patrimoine, Sport et Protection du consommateur du Manitoba
- McNally Robinson Booksellers
- Prairie Fire Press Inc.
- The Winnipeg Arts Council / Conseil des arts du Winnipeg
- The Winnipeg Foundation
- The Winnipeg International Writers Festival / Festival International des écrivains de Winnipeg
- The Writers’ Collective