On March 18th, from noon to 4 pm, The Writers’ Guild of Alberta will be hosting their “Ask an Expert” event. This event aims to connect young, aspiring writers to experienced and established authors.
This year, our focus is on publishing, and we have created a panel of authors and publishers with extensive experience, to provide knowledge about the different areas that are important for upcoming writers. Our event, which will be administered on Facebook, gives young writers the access to experts that they need.
The event is free and although geared towards young writers, all are welcome.
We hope you can join us at: facebook.com/askanexpert2017why/app/202980683107053
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2017 Ask and Expert Authors
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Amiskwaciwâskahikan aka Edmonton (Treaty 6)-born poet and spoken word artist Shima Robinson embodies, with every poem, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name. Dwennimmen is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom. It is no surprise, then, that this veteran of the Alberta poetry community uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection. For Dwennimmen, poetry has long been a compass, a salve, an anchor and guiding light. She uses the potential and force of poetry to uncover the full range of her cerebral, linguistic and spiritual fortitude. This is why her every poem and performance testifies to an emerging power and wisdom, an authentic, deeply human potency which she hopes to pass on to listeners and poetry-lovers around the world.
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Rusty is a writer who also builds, maintains, and repairs computers when not working on building and maintaining blogs and web pages. Rusty Knight tends towards writing in the fantasy or sci-fi genres but has won an award as best new poet from the American Poetry Society in 1982. Rusty Knight is the lead moderator and administrator of the local High Prairie writing group, Fellowship of the Scribblers. Currently Rusty Knight is working on an epic fantasy novel titled, Laret, due out in 2017. Preferring writing to watching TV, Rusty Knight can more likely be found working at his computer desk, than at a TV. Please check out other authors at Inevitable Unicorn Press at inupress.ca.
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When she was a kid, Natasha Deen moved to Canada to escape the racial and political violence of Guyana, South America. Before she became an author, she worked as a literacy coach for adults and kids, and as a speech writer for the government. Her recent books include Lark Holds the Key, Across the Floor, and the award-winning Guardian series. Natasha lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family, where she spends A LOT of time arguing with her cats and dogs about who’s the boss of the house. Visit her at natashadeen.com.
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Brnesh Berhe is a graphic designer and freelance writer from Edmonton. She has written for Vue Weekly, Afropunk, and Vancouver Weekly, and started the print and online magazine Marker which ran for three years, covering local and international arts, culture, music, and social issues.
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Roxanne is one of the authors of Women of the Apocalypse, a collaborative anthology of four speculative fiction novellas, which won the Aurora Award (for Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy) for Best Work in English in 2009. Her short stories have been featured in other anthologies, including an on-line feature of stories about Asian-Canadian youth and World on a Maple Leaf, a treasury of Canadian multicultural folktales. Roxanne was born and raised in Edmonton, after her parents immigrated from the Philippines. Her interest in culture and immigration also comes from her professional background, as an educator and researcher in intercultural training and programming. Check out her writing on roxannefelix.com.