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News & Events

  • 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.

    Purpose

    • To co-ordinate the Manitoba Book Awards and the In Dialogue Reading Series
    • To promote these and other MWG events and activities

    Reports to

    • The MWG Executive Director

    Responsibilities

    • 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.

    Qualifications:

    • 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 info@mbwriter.mb.ca 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

    This program for teens teaches writing, art, design and layout skills by Manitoba’s best writing and screen-printing instructors. Create, design and hand-print your own zines!

    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 kendra@mbwriter.mb.ca or writerinresidence@mbwriter.mb.ca
    204-944-8013 or visit www.mbwriter.mb.ca

  • May 8, 2014

    MWG welcomes Kate Grisim – Writer-in Residence

    The MWG is proud to announce its Disability Project Writer-in-Residence, Kate Grisim.
    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. The work doesn’t have to focus on experiences of marginalization, but that is what Kate’s expertise is, and we would love to use her skills throughout her summer student position at the Guild.  Kate will also be working on sending out her original work to journals for publication, and she will be able to offer advice to anyone else who is looking for potential places to get their work published. Kate will also be organizing and putting on at least one workshop at the end of her position, highlighting her work as well as anyone who has sought her help with editing.
    Biography: Kate Grisim is not ashamed of the fact that she grew up and will likely never leave Winnipeg (for too long, at least). She has her Bachelor of Arts in English in the Creative Writing stream from the University of Winnipeg, which she graduated from in 2009. She has currently just completed her first year of an interdisciplinary Masters program in disability studies at the University of Manitoba. She hopes to graduate from the program in 2016. She is also not ashamed to say that her heart really lies at the University of Winnipeg.
    For the last few months, Kate has been involved in numerous exciting projects surrounding disability. This spring, local Winnipeg social justice magazine Geez published an issue on disability and ableism, of which Kate was the guest editor and contributed three pieces including a poem. She was also a teaching and researching assistant for Kathleen Venema, a professor at the University of Winnipeg in the English department. She and Kathleen conceived of and taught an experimental course called “Representations of Disability in Literary and Cultural Texts”, a course with a very long name that had a very cool idea behind it. In the course, they looked at seven written texts that featured a person with a disability. The course was a success, and will hopefully become a regular one offered by the English department by fall 2015.
    Kate is beyond thrilled to be involved at the Manitoba Writers’ Guild. She loves the written word and imagining where she fits into the ones that are already “out there.” She especially loves words that have to do with disability, as those are the really cool ones.
    She hates referring to herself in the third person, but is grateful for the experience nonetheless. 
    A meet-and-greet reception will be held at the Manitoba Writers’ Guild Offices to welcome Kate on Thursday, May 15 from 11 am – 3 pm. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be served. Please join us!
    Please visit Kate’s blog: http://mylittlecrippledheart.wordpress.com/
    For more information:
    writerinresidence@mbwriter.mb.ca
    204-944-8013
  • May 1, 2014

    Manitoba Book Awards Coverage

    Click on the links below to access provincial coverage of the Manitoba Book Awards:

    CBC Manitoba – Aboriginal lawyer takes home book award

    Winnipeg Free Press – Indigenous issues centre stage at book awards

    Winnipeg Free Press – Baker’s dozen of Manitoba books take home awards

    Les Éditions du Blé – Quatre fois finalistes aux Prix du livre du Manitoba

     

     

  • 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

    YOUNGER CATEGORY:

    • Powwow Counting in Cree, by Penny M. Thomas, published by HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press)

    OLDER CATEGORY:

    • 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
    • Friesens
    • 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
  • March 28, 2014

    2013 Manitoba Book Awards Nominees

    The Manitoba Writers’ Guild, with the assistance of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, is happy to announce the 2013 Manitoba Book Awards Nominees:

     

    Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction | Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et essais

    Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinabe Understanding of Treaty One / Aimée Craft / Purich Publishing Ltd.

    Canadian Policing in the 21st Century / Robert Chrismas / McGill-Queen’s University Press.

    The Constructed Mennonite: History, Memory, and the Second World War / Hans Werner / University of Manitoba Press

    “Indians Wear Red”: Colonialism, Resistance and Aboriginal Street Gangs / Elizabeth Comack, Lawrence Deane, Larry Morrissette & Jim Silver / Fernwood Publishing

     

    Best Illustrated Book of the Year | Meilleur livre illustré de l’année

    300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba / Bill Wright & Dave Craig / Great Plains Publications / design by Relish New Brand Experience

    Confessions sans pénitence / Lise Gaboury-Diallo / Les Éditions du Blé / graphiste Philippe Dupas /  illustrations par Denis Devigne

    Itty Bitty Bits / Anita Daher / Peanut Butter Press / illustrations by Wendy Bailey / design by Melanie Matheson, Blue Claw Studio

    Would Someone Please Answer the Parrot! / by Beryl Young / Peanut Butter Press / llustrations by Jason Doll / design by Lee Huscroft

     

    Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

    Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinabe Understanding of Treaty One / Aimée Craft / Purich Publishing Ltd.

    Happiness Threads, The Unborn Poems / The Muses’ Company/ J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing

    The Lake and the Library / S.M. Beiko / ECW Press Ltd.

     

    Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award | Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg

    Rebel Without a Pause: A Memoir / Nick Ternette / Roseway Publishing, an imprint of Fernwood Publishing

    The Silent March / by C.M. Klyne / Self-published

    Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg / text by Bartley Kives, photographs by Bryan Scott / Great Plains Publications

    Tombstone Blues / Chadwick Ginther / Ravenstone Books, an imprint of Turnstone Press

    The Wittenbergs / Sarah Klassen / Turnstone Press.

     

    John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer

    Jonathan Ball

    Melanie Dennis Unrau

    Laurelyn Whitt

     

    Lansdowne Prize for Poetry | Prix Lansdowne de poésie

    Sûtra /  J. R. Léveillé / Les Éditions du Blé

    Tempo / Barthélemy Bolivar / Les Éditions du Blé

    Tether / Laurelyn Whitt / Seraphim Editions

     

    Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year | Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique en édition

    100 Masters: Only in Canada / Stephen Borys with Andrew Kear / the Winnipeg Art Gallery / design by Frank Reimer

    300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba / Bill Wright & Dave Craig / published by Great Plains Publications /design by Relish New Brand Experience.

    Confessions sans pénitence / Lise Gaboury-Diallo / Les Éditions du Blé / graphiste Philippe Dupas / illustrations par Denis Devigne

    Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow / William Dumas / HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press) / design by Relish New Brand Experience Inc. / illustrations by Leonard Paul

    Powwow Counting in Cree / Penny M. Thomas / HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press), design by Relish New Brand Experience Inc., illustrations by Melinda Josie

     

    Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

    The Insistent Garden / Rosie Chard / NeWest Press

    Sebastiano’s Vine / Carmelo Militano / Ekstasis Editions

    Ten Lords A Leaping / C.C. Bennison / Doubleday Canada

    Wolf River / Margaret Riddell / Self-published

    The Wittenbergs / Sarah Klassen / Turnstone Press

     

    Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher | Prix Mary-Scorer pour le meilleur livre par un éditeur du Manitoba

    300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba / Bill Wright and Dave Craig / Great Plains Publications

    Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery / Janice MacDonald / Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press

    Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide / Simone Hébert Allard / Turnstone Press

    The Wittenbergs / Sarah Klassen / Turnstone Press

     

    McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award – Younger Category

    A Walk in Pirate’s Cove / Marisa Hochman / 36 Peonies Publishing Inc.

    Powwow Counting in Cree / Penny M. Thomas / HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press),

    Surviving the Hindenburg / Larry Verstraete / Sleeping Bear Press

     

    McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award – Older Category

    The Fall / Colleen Nelson / Great Plains Teen Fiction

    The Gypsy King / Maureen Fergus / Penguin Canada Books Inc

    Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow / William Dumas / HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press)

     

    McNally Robinson Book of the Year

    The Constructed Mennonite: History, Memory, and the Second World War / Hans Werner / University of Manitoba Press

    Kisiskatchewan: The Great River Road / Barbara Huck / Heartland Associates Inc.

    The Secret Mask / Rick Chafe / Playwrights Canada Press

     

    Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction (2012/2013)

    Food for the Gods: An Epikurean Epic / Karen Dudley / Turnstone Press

    Gethsemane Hall / David Annandale / Dundurn

    Thunder Road / Chadwick Ginther/ Turnstone Press

     

     

    The Manitoba Writers’ Guild would like to thank this year’s awards sponsors:

    Canada Council for the Arts
    Friesen’s
    Manitoba Arts Council
    McNally Robinson Booksellers
    Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Sport and Consumer Protection
    Prairie Fire Press Inc.
    Winnipeg Arts Council
    The Winnipeg Foundation
    Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival
    The Writers’ Collective

     

    The 2013 Manitoba Book Awards take place Sunday April 27, 2014 at the West End Cultural Centre. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the ceremonies begin at 7:00 pm. Admission is FREE.

     

    For more information, please contact:
    Kendra Gaede, Event Coordinator
    Manitoba Writers’ Guild
    kendra@mbwriter.mb.ca or 204-944-8013

    www.mbwriter.mb.ca