WIN Hearts and Souls for Literary Harmony: 2012 Awards

First inaugural Literary Festival of

Writers International Network (WIN)

held Saturday, March 24 at Richmond Cultural Centre.

This event brought together over 150 people including writers of diverse backgrounds and genres. The objective of this event was to recognize talent and to bring writers of all Colours into mainstream Canadian literature, and to provide an opportunity to network.

Ashok Bhargava, founder of Writers International Network says:
‘WIN will strive to unite the hearts and souls of writers to bring creativity, knowledge and joy to them. An artist’s gift to the world is a poem, story, painting, sculpture or dance. WIN will seek, nourish and recognize all sorts of artists so that together they can make this world a better place to live. Writing is an art that is deeply rooted in self-reflection. Self-reflection is the human capacity to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about our fundamental nature, purpose and essence. In other words, self reflection is who we see when we look in the mirror. Self reflection is also about taking the time to figure out who we are, both as individuals and as leaders.  WIN is created to fulfil the need of an environment where the work of an artist is appreciated and recognized no matter what background, what language or what cultural heritage that artist belongs to.’

Mr. Bhargava’s personal conviction is to create an organization where poets, writers and artists can connect with each other and with the community at large. ‘If you are a writer you belong here’, he says. ‘There is no membership and no fees and WIN is there to recognize and appreciate your creativity. Wow, that sounds great! The essence of writing is in giving to the world something to read. We write without knowing if someone would read it or not. It doesn’t matter if they love or hate it; you are going to write it anyway. If we appreciate a writer’s work and recognize it on its own merit, it would lift an incredible weight off his/her shoulder and make him or her happy.’

Bhargava’s greatest dream is to see the results of his creative work and everyone else’s work to realize their utopia in this world. To realize that a writer’s immediate environment is the training ground for the soul and the spirit of his or her writing world. Every day there’s work to be done to improve thoughts, actions and writing skills. He says, ‘If WIN could inspire just one person through appreciation and recognition that would be a true moment of miracle for it’s existence.’

WIN believes that we must write what we want to write not what others want us to write. Writing is self expression and must not be driven by commercialism though of course being successful commercially does not hurt at all.

WIN awards are to recognize, appreciate and understand the author. These awards are not based on comparing one’s work with others and determining the winner but understanding what a writer is saying and recognizing the message the author is trying to convey. In other words, writers are recognized for the real merit of their work.

Award categories are – Published writers and poets, Unpublished writers and poets, Emerging Artists (poets, writers, artists, dancers, painters etc), People’s Laureate, and Outstanding Citizens.

This year’s award recipients are: Evelyn Lau, Ariadne Swayer, Ashok Bhargava, Joanne Arnott, Ahn Bong Ja, Manga Basi, Fauzia Rafique, Janet Kvammen, Brajinder Dhillon, Tomothy Shay, Alan Hill and Mahendra Kwatra.

WIN’s First Literary Festival was hosted by Writers International Network in collaboration with India Club of Vancouver. WIN is also thankful for support provided by:
Indo-Canadian Association of Abbotsford
South Asian Literary Society of Canada
Urdu Association
Hindi Literary Society
Panjabi Lekhak Munch
Kendriya Lakhari Sabha Uttari America
BC Kavya Kendra
Chetna Association
Group of Poets International
Tagore Society of Vancouver
Nepali Writers Group
Pandora’s Collective
Poetic Justice
World Poetry Reading Series
Global Poetry
Poetry Beyond Cultures

Short biographies of 2012 winners will follow.

Contact Ashok Bhargava at:
bhargava2000@yahoo.com

Writing Life Workshop – Greetings from Kogawa House‏

From Susan Crean

Well, I am now settled in at Kogawa House and rediscovering Vancouver with delight. I am counting on seeing you during my stay here. I especially want to invite you to visit me here at the House.

There will be lots of occasions for you to do that over the next two months. Starting with the Writing for Social Change series of readings I host here on alternate Sundays. But I am also planning a party in December.

Meantime, I’m conducting a workshop on Saturday October 29th. for beginning writers who want to write their family stories. I am teaming up with writer/historian Larry Wong, so there will be some emphasis on Chinese–Canadian stories. If you know anyone who might be interested, here’s the info:

Writing Life Workshop
Saturday, October 29th, 10-3pm.
Cost: $125 includes lunch
Register: kogawahouse@email.com
www.kogawahouse.com

The visiting writers will be Tara Beagan (October 30), Betsy Warland (Nov 6), Fauzia Rafique (Nov 13), Wade Compton (Nov 27), Shirley Bear (Dec 4).

For details and my Kogawa House blog go to
www.susancrean.ca

See you soon,
Susan
screan@sympatico.ca
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Joy Kogawa House 2011 Writing for Social Change readings series

Historic Joy Kogawa House is pleased to announce Toronto author Susan Crean as our 2011 writer-in-residence.

Susan Crean is a lifelong non-fiction author and journalist who will live at Historic Joy Kogawa House while working on a major new book of literary non-fiction that combines memoir, history, and social comment to tell the story, in part, of head-tax payer, Wong Dong Wong, who came to Canada in 1911. Crean will live and work at the house for three months while creating this new work. During this period, she will offer local writers and readers a number of opportunities to meet with her as an author in one-on-one consultations.

Crean will also engage in a series of conversations during her residency with writers who use their work as a means of social change. Writers in this series include the following:
Poet Evelyn Lau, in conversation Sunday, October 2
Journalist Eric Enno Tamm, Sunday, October 16
Playwright Tara Beagan, Sunday, October 30
Essayist Betsy Warland, Sunday, November 5
Writer Wayde Compton, Sunday, November 27
Artist Shirley Bear, Sunday, December 4

Crean will also lead writing workshops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 19, and she will participate in a craft sale and open house event with local writers from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 11.

Crean is an accomplished teacher and editor and her ability to work with other writers distinguished her application from others received in a cross-Canada call for proposals. Among the applicants received, Susan Crean was judged the most skilled writer and the applicant with the most clarity around the public programs to be presented. Crean lives in Toronto, Ontario, but will live and work at Historic Joy Kogawa House throughout her residency, from September 15 to December 15, 2011.

To make an appointment for consultation with Susan Crean, and for further information, please visit www.kogawahouse.com or call (604) 263-6586.

From Bonnie Nish
www.pandorascollective.com

North Delta Writers’ Reading Series 2011 – Begins Sept 28

Join the North Delta Writers’ Reading Series 2011 at their new location – the George Mackie Library – for an evening of readings, fun and prizes.

Wednesday, September 28 & November 30
7:00 – 8:30 pm
George Mackie Library
8440 112 Street
North Delta, B.C. V4C 4W9
Tel: 604-594-8155, ext. 223

North Delta Writers’ Reading Series 2011

The first half of the evening will feature two local writers. After an intermission of coffee, tea and goodies, there will be an open microphone where writers and poets can showcase their talents.

For More Information, Contact
Tracy Yearsley
Library Services Assistant
Fax: 604-594-9364
Email: tracy.yearsley@fvrl.bc.ca

George Mackie Library is a member of the Fraser Valley Regional Library

About Fraser Valley Regional Library
Fraser Valley Regional Library is the largest public library system in British Columbia, with 24 libraries serving nearly 650,000 people in its service area. Established in 1930, it is funded with taxes raised in the communities it serves, plus a Government of BC operating grant. The governing Board consists of elected officials representing 15 member municipalities and regional districts.
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Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival 2011 – Vancouver Aug 13

Saturday August 13th, 2011
11:45 am – 8 pm
Lumberman’s Arch
Stanley Park

The main event incorporates literary groups, including multi-cultural readings in various languages, dancers, an original theatrical performance, musical performances, panel discussions, open mics and a children’s area with puppet shows, music, story tellers, face painting and craft tables.

There will be readings from participants of the Vancouver Public Library’s Summer Book Camp. Information tables showcasing community groups and resources such as the The Federation of BC Writers and The Story Tellers Association are made available.

George Bowering will open the festival’s Main Stage while Russell Thornton will open the Granville stage. The day will be wrapped up with a performance by C.R. Avery.

Workshops will be run onsite throughout the day and are free to the public. Spaces are limited so be sure to sign up early.

Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park provides a welcoming location for an outdoor arts festival with ample room to comfortably bring your family, friends and picnic for an entire day of entertainment

View Festival schedule
http://sites.google.com/site/summerdreamsfest/full-festival-schedule-1
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