506 Writing Contest


The Ashdale Writers Group, a group I have been a part of for years, is hosting a writing contest in conjunction with Beach Metro, Toronto Public Library, Gerrard India Bazaar and The 506 Streetcar Project.

Myself and my fellow writers in the group will be serving as judges and the theme is related to the 506 streetcar here in Toronto.

The deadline is tight, entries must be submitted by March 21st, but we have a great prize of publication in the Beach Metro News and $100 cash sponsored by the Gerrard India Bazaar BIA.

For more info or to enter check out our group’s website!

Also, the winner will be invited to read at our Ashdale Reading Night on the 31st of March. Members of our group will be reading along with the winner of the contest.


Upcoming Reading – Eden Mills Writers Festival


Thanks to a successful entry in the Fringe Contest I have been invited to read at the Eden Mills Writers Festival!

I am super excited and grateful to be included amongst some really amazing writers reading at this festival!

I have never been to Eden Mills before, but I’ve heard it’s a wonderful festival with some great talent in a lovely location, so if you can make it out, I would love to see some friendly faces in the crowd for my first public reading.

I will be reading at around 4pm (give or take 10 minutes) and I will be reading a short story called Willow, which is a mixture of magic realism and an origin legend.

For those of you who like lists here are the full details:

Event: Eden Mills Writers Festival
Date:  Sunday September 15, 2013
Time: Around 4pm
Location: The Village of Eden Mills – Outside at ‘The Cottage’

Hopefully I will see you there!


Chiaroscuro Reading Night


Last night Ben and I attended the Chiaroscuro Reading Night.  It is a speculative fiction reading that takes place at the Augusta House every second Wednesday of the month.  It was cool to see a bunch of like minded people all together in one place, listening to stories.  I love reading other speculative fiction.  It inspires me and gives Ben and I the chance to break other stories down and discuss them (as opposed to just doing that for my own work).  Overall it was a great, social environment that was relaxed and accessible.  Although I am a bit of a noob, I introduced myself to the host and he was very cool, trying to give me tips and hints and letting me know about other things I could do to get involved in the writing scene.
Although we enjoyed listening to the other authors read their pieces, the highlight of the night for us, definitely had to be Kari Maaren.  She was the musical entertainment and she was hilarious!  Her songs were well written and fantastically funny.

We will definitely be returning to this event next month and if you are in Toronto the second Wednesday of the month at any point, we highly recommend it!