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A Strategic Retreat

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Writing is hard. This is a fact. It takes a lot of time and energy to complete a fully realized story. When you couple this undeniable truth with the added reality that most writers also have day jobs; the feat of a finished book can become a monumental task.

Because of this we at AWP like to schedule a yearly writing retreat. Nothing overly grand, just a few days away from all the things that distract from our writing.

The first AWP writing retreat was held in the summer of 2014. Of course, AWP was nothing more than a twinkle in the eye back then, but the formula established that first time has remained. (more…)

It’s a New Decade (But it isn’t)

20200102_201209Hey! Welcome to 2020. How are you? We’re doing well, thanks. I know, the weather is awfully weathery, isn’t it? Did you know that, technically, a decade starts on year one? Like, 2021. That’s okay, we can do it all over again next year!

Now that we have the pleasantries aside, it’s time to look at what’s in store for the new year and AWP. Obviously, we can’t spill the beans on everything (especially since not everything has been sorted out) but we can at least give you a heads up on some things you can expect from your boys, Christian (Don’t Bother Me, I’m Working) Laforet and Ben (I need another Coffee) Van Dongen. (more…)

2019, Where did you Go?

Hello all you AWP friends. Did you know it’s already November? Did you also know that November is the second last month of the year? Somehow, the majority of 2019 is over and 2020 (a year so far in the future that at one time it was the setting for science fiction stories) is just over a month away.

There is one more events left in the year and its happening this month. On Saturday, November 23rd, Christian and Ben will be at the Tecumseh library with several other authors for a book signing event.

20191030_193239It was a lean middle of the year for events, but both Christian and Ben took advantage of it and got some good writing done. As for 2020, they have already started to reach out to their regular events to try and secure a spot, and they’re looking for new places to go throughout the year. But all that stuff is for next year. There’s still December to get through. With no events for that month, it’s going to be a frantic dash to get some projects competed (or farther along) before the end of the year. The deadline may be arbitrary and self enforced, but that doesn’t make it any less real.

Hope to see you at one or both of our upcoming events!

Fall into AWP!

As the leaves change colour, the days get cooler and the nights come earlier, two of AWP’s authors (Ben Van Dongen and Christian Laforet) gear up for a trio of events.

Starting next week, on Devil’s Night (or, as the nearby city of Detroit tried to rename it some years back, Angel’s Night) Ben and Christian will be accompanying author David Nickle for an evening of scary readings at Biblioasis bookstore. The event, suitably called Who’s Afraid of the Dark? will be held at 7pm on October 30th

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September Boss Rush!

maxresdefaultIt’s September (even if August was cooler than the heatwave we’re dealing with now). The summer slump is over. Christian and Ben are in the middle of a write-every-day, finish-every-project dash in an attempt to catch up for their slow (though better than average) summer. Christian has the excuse of his children being out of school, but the slacker Ben spent the entire season trying to figure out why he fails so spectacularly. (You can follow his journey on his weekly blog, you know, if you like. You may as well follow Christian too). (more…)

Genre Mash-Up! workshop.

 

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Back in January, Ben and Christian were asked to host a workshop for Gertrude’s Writing Room. The evening focused on Science Fiction and Horror writing and was a blast. It was so fun, in fact, that they’ve been asked to do it again. This time as part of a month-long series of workshops called the Genre Mash-Up!

The series begins with the boys returning to dish out a second helping of the spooky, weird and futuristic, and then continues each week with workshops on: Poetry, Fiction and Screen Writing. From fine literary talents as: Vanessa Shields, Casey Plett and Nick Shields. (more…)