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  • 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.
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News & Events

  • January 22, 2015

    Words in the Flesh, Too!

    Join us Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 7:00 pm

    Words in the Flesh, Too is a unique fun(draising) event featuring local celebrities reading short literary selections in front of a live, appreciative audience.

    Who are these brave readers? Doug Speirs and Bob Cox from the Winnipeg Free Press. Elisha Dacey from the Metro. Thespian and writer Lesley Hughes. Radio personality (and also thespian) Chris Reid. MLA Melanie Wight. And fan favourite Fiona Odlum!

    What will they read? It might be Shakespeare. It might be Robert Munsch. It might be a set of limericks, lyrics to a Metallica song or Dr. Seuss! (It might even be Fifty Shades of Grey!)

    The first edition, 2013, was a great success and we were asked to do it all over again! The 2015 version will be held in the 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Churchill Room, main floor of the Marlborough Hotel. Parking is available in the parade across the street.

    Everyone is invited! Bring your spouses or partners! Bring your kids! Bring your neighbours and passing acquaintances! The guy who shares your work cubicle! The woman who sits beside you on the bus!

    Tickets are $20, and will be available from the MWG Office at 218-100 Arthur Street, or phone 204-944-8013, or email us at: info@mbwriter.mb.ca

    Tickets also will soon be available at McNally Robinson Booksellers at Grant Park.

  • November 27, 2014

    Blue Pencil — for MWG members only!

    Click below for December’s Blue Pencil Information!

    Joan Thomas Blue Pencil 2014

  • November 19, 2014

    Marina Endicott Master Class/Endicott & Thomas In Dialouge

     

    *Manitoba Writers’ Guild Burns Family Classroom: “Respect for Character” master class with Marina Endicott, Sunday, Nov 23, 11 to 4

    From her years in theatre, Marina Endicott brings a series of exercises and techniques for creating characters who leap off the page and make us believe in their reality. Find internal logic, concrete physicality and a true voice for each of your characters with techniques employed by actors and playwrights. Looking at point of view choice and the principles of writing dialogue, we will explore methods for writers to deepen their understanding of characters and bring them more fully to life. Be prepared to work on laptop, or paper and pen.

    Burns Family Classroom

    218-100 Arthur Street

    11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    MWG Members: $100

    Non-members $125

    to reserve your space, email info@mbwriter.mb.ca, or call 204-944-8013

    *Bailey’s Restaurant, 185 Lombard Ave (private room): The Manitoba Writers’ Guild presents In Dialogue, with Marina Endicott, award winning, author of Good to a Fault  and The Little Shadows, and Joan Thomas, award winning author of Reading by Lighting, Curiosity, and The Opening Sky. Monday, Nov 24, 7 to 9

    In Dialogue has become a Winnipeg Literary tradition. Now in its 7th year, an out-of-provice author is paired with one of our own. They read, and then interview each other, sharing experiences, stories, commentary. Come early and join us for dinner!

    Bailey’s Restaurant, 185 Lombard Ave

    November 24, 7 to 9 p.m.

    Tickets: $10

    Available at door, or

    To reserve your space, email info@mbwriter.mb.ca, or call 204-944-8013

     

  • November 5, 2014

    November Events – Reserve your space today!

     

    Manitoba Writers Guild Upcoming Events, November 2014

    • Manitoba Writers’ Guild Burns Family Classroom: “Writing for Children and YA”  master class with Alice Kuipers, Nov 15, 10-4

    Using exercises and vivid examples, Alice Kuipers will explore the many ways writers bring their stories to life. Learn tips and techniques to help you hone your storytelling abilities and manage your writing time from idea, to publication, and beyond. For experienced and brand new writers alike, this workshop will help you find the stories you need to tell, with lots of time for writing and experimenting.

    Burns Family Classroom

    218-100 Arthur Street

    November 15  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    MWG Members: $100

    Non-members $125

    visit: www.mbwriter.com, email info@mbwriter.mb.ca, or call 204-944-8013

    • Manitoba Writers’ Guild Burns Family Classroom: “A Round Table on Writing (Yours and Mine)” with Yann Martel, Nov 16, 1:30-4

    An extraordinary opportunity for you to sit down and discuss your work-in-progress with internationally celebrated and bestselling author, Yann Martel.  In a relaxed, round-table setting, participants will share work, receive feedback, discuss craft–also hear the latest from Yann!

    Number of participants limited.

    Burns Family Classroom

    218-100 Arthur Street

    November 16, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

    MWG Members: $75

    Non-members $100

    visit: www.mbwriter.com, email info@mbwriter.mb.ca, or call 204-944-8013

    • McNally Robinson Prairie Ink Café: Eat Drink and Be Literary fundraiser for the Manitoba Writers’ Guild with Yann Martel, Alice Kuipers, John Toone, Joan Thomas, Aimée Craft. Nov 16, 6 to 9

    Join us Sunday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. in McNally’s Robinson’s Prairie Ink Restaurant for this year’s Manitoba Writers’ Guild fundraiser, Eat Drink and be Literary! This night to remember features a Spanish themed meal, live music, and readings by some of this country’s most exceptional authors. The evening is hosted Terry MacLeod of CBC Radio’s Weekend Morning Show, and includes performances by the Manitoba Classical Guitar Duo with Skender Sefa and Michael Daher. Tickets are $50 and available through Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery in person or by calling 204-975-2659.

    We expect them to go fast, so purchase early and reserve your table!

    • Manitoba Writers’ Guild Burns Family Classroom: Writing for Graphic Media, a two-day workshop with GMB Chomichuk, Nov 22 and 29, 10-4

    With a focus on tools needed to work with words and pictures, this two-day writing workshop will leave attendees with a concept, a script, an illustration layout and a working knowledge of using words and pictures to tell a variety of complex stories.

    No illustration experience is required or expected. All are welcome!

    10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    November 22 and 29

    Burns Family Classroom

    218-100 Arthur Street

    MWG members: $175 (includes both days)

    Non members: $225 (includes both days)

    visit: www.mbwriter.com, email info@mbwriter.mb.ca, or call 204-944-8013

    • Manitoba Writers’ Guild Burns Family Classroom: “Respect for Character” master class with Marina Endicott, Nov 23, 11 to 4

    From her years in theatre, Marina Endicott brings a series of exercises and techniques for creating characters who leap off the page and make us believe

    in their reality. Find internal logic, concrete physicality and a true voice for each of your characters with techniques employed by actors and playwrights. Looking at point of view choice and the principles of writing dialogue, we will explore methods for writers to deepen their understanding of characters and bring them more fully to life. Be prepared to work on laptop, or paper and pen.

    Burns Family Classroom

    218-100 Arthur Street

    November 15  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    MWG Members: $100

    Non-members $125

    visit: www.mbwriter.com, email info@mbwriter.mb.ca, or call 204-944-8013

    • Bailey’s Restaurant, 185 Lombard Ave (private room): The Manitoba Writers’ Guild presents In Dialogue, with Marina Endicott, award winning, author of Good to a Fault  and The Little Shadows, and Joan Thomas, award winning author of Reading by Lighting, Curiosity, and The Opening Sky. Nov 24, 7 to 9

    In Dialogue has become a Winnipeg Literary tradition. Now in its 7th year, an out-of-provice author is paired with one of our own. They read, and then interview each other, sharing experiences, stories, commentary. Come early and join us for dinner!

    Bailey’s Restaurant, 185 Lombard Ave

    November 24, 7 to 9 p.m.

    Tickets: $10

    Available at door, or

    visit: www.mbwriter.com, email info@mbwriter.mb.ca, or call 204-944-8013

    • Manitoba Writers’ Guild Burns Family Classroom: “Scaring Up a Fantastically Good Story” workshop with Arthur Slade, Nov 30, 10-4

    Do you have a flare for slipping horror or dark, fantastical elements into your stories? Would you like to write like Stephen King? How about Neil Gaiman? Join Arthur Slade as he discusses how to mix fantasy or horror elements into your story and make them believable. Strengthen your characters. Learn which cliches to avoid and which to turn on their heads. How much horror or fantasy do you put in?

    This workshop will include exercises, discussion time, and a vast array of tips and tricks.

    Burns Family Classroom

    218-100 Arthur Street

    November 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    MWG Members: $100

    Non-members $125

    visit: www.mbwriter.com, email info@mbwriter.mb.ca, or call 204-944-8013

     

  • October 21, 2014

    2015 Manitoba Book Awards

     

    2015 Manitoba Book Awards: For those ready to submit, updated submission forms will be ready late next week. Regular submissions will be accepted throughout November, with late season submissions until early January.

     

  • October 20, 2014

    Kenneth Oppel & Colleen Nelson IN DIALOGUE — WALK UPS WELCOME

    In Dialogue Oppel Nelson 2014

  • October 3, 2014

    Kenneth Oppel Master Class

    For Immediate Release 

    WINNIPEG, MANITOBA – The Manitoba Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce its first Master Class of the season: KENNETH OPPEL

    KENNETH OPPEL is the Governor General’s Award–winning author of the Airborn series and the Silverwing Saga, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. His most recent novels are HALF BROTHER, winner of both the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the Young Adult Book Award; THIS DARK ENDEAVOUR, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award; and SUCH WICKED INTENT, finalist for the CLA Young Adult Book Award. Canada’s nominated author for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award, he lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.

    WEB: KENNETHOPPEL.CA

    Masterclass — Sunday, October 19th  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    MWG Members: $100
    Non-members $125.00

    You will write on-site and have your work critiqued by Kenneth Oppel.  His class will cover a wide range of topics including Idea Development, Voice, Story Structure, Character Development, and Tricks. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions throughout!

    For more information, please contact the Manitoba Writers’ Guild by email at info@mbwriter.mb.ca, by phone at 204-944-8013, or visit the Guild website at www.manitobawritersguild.com.