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Muskoka Novel Marathon

Muskoka Novel Marathon FLIPBOOK movie

I’m getting excited about the upcoming Muskoka Novel Marathon. It’s a great experience, writing non-stop for 48-72 hours. One of the best things I ever did as a writer. This year will be Marathon #3 for me. I wanted to share a link to the FLIPBOOK movie that was made about the marathon. This showed on Canadian television on the Bravo channel. It’s made entirely of stills:

“An animated short about the Muskoka Novel Marathon, this Stone by Stone Production supported by Bravo!Fact was conceived by Bruce Pirrie and Sue Kenney, shot on over 12000 photos by Darren Lum, and assembled by Vanessa Shaver and Matthew Krist. Support Literacy!”

Visit the new MUSKOKA NOVEL MARATHON website. You can find it in my blogroll.


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Muskoka Novel Marathon Writing Life

2010 Muskoka Novel Marathon – July 16-19, 2010

It’s that time again!

Every July the Muskoka Literacy Council hosts the Muskoka Novel Marathon. This is a benefit that raises funds and awareness for the literacy council. It is also a HUGE benefit to the writers who take part in the marathon. We get locked in for 3 days and write like crazy. At the end of the weekend, those who wish to submit their manuscripts to the marathon contest are encouraged to do so. The manuscripts get sent to industry judges and Best Novel awards are handed out in the fall. This is win, win. The writers get to raise funds to help support the council and the council offers us a friendly active atmosphere in which to do the thing we love to do—create big brave new worlds of fiction!

Visit the Muskoka Novel Marathon website.

I will be heading up for the marathon again this year. I took last year off, as I was preparing for my December writing program in Kenya. But this year, I made sure the dates were free. It’s such an amazing event…such an opportunity, that I really couldn’t imagine missing another year!

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Kevin Craig Poetry

Upcoming Poetry Publications

I will have a few poems published online in the near future. Look for them here:

HAZARD CAT will feature ‘Postcards from the Road‘.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE POETRY MAGAZINE will feature ‘Masai Adumu at Keekorok‘.

EVERYDAY POETS will feature ‘Whispers of Sandburg from a Poet Now Silenced‘.

BLUE SKIES POETRY will feature ‘Miramichi Remembered‘.

All should be posted either this month or next month.

Also, Newfoundland’s Memorial University’s PARAGON JOURNAL 3 is due to hit the shelves soon. I have 3 poems in the issue – ‘Newfoundland,’ ‘Queen Street Turnaround,’ and ‘You of Two Spirits‘.

Masai Adumu at Keekorok


Their voices lift
like gazelle in fright,
swell your insides
to heights that burst
and bleed in rivers red.

Their screeches
hit that place inside,
cracks it into pieces,
that place you did not know,
you did not dream you carried.

Their dance beckons,
screams your name
and you are left in tatters,
feeling loss of life,
your old life slips away,
you lift with every jump and neon yelp,
to stretch yourself complete.

Their red shúkàs sway,
entice ancient longing,
scream to all who are present,
we are, we are,
we are Masai.

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Anthology WCDR Wicked Words

WCDR Wicked Words Book Launch!

I will be attending the Wicked Words Anthology book launch at J.P. Fitzpatrick & Son restaurant in Whitby, Ontario on Monday May 17th, 2010. The event takes place between 7:00pm-9:00pm. I will be reading from my short story, Rabacheeko, which I have published in the anthology.

WCDR Wicked Words Anthology

The Wicked Words anthology is the result of the Writers’ Circle of Durham Region’s Wicked Words Prose Contest. My story received an Honorable Mention in the contest and was included in the anthology.

The contest winners are as follows:

First Place – Dorothy Sjoholm

Second Place – Mary Cundy

To see more about the book launch, visit the WCDR website. You must R.S.V.P. ahead of time.

WCDR WICKED WORDS BOOK LAUNCH!

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Ontario Writers' Conference

2010 Ontario Writers’ Conference

2010 Ontario Writers’ Conference – Word by Word

The Ontario Writers’ Conference took place on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility in Ajax, Ontario.

All feedback indicates that this year’s conference was a success! Thank you to all the facilitators, speakers, readers, blue pencil mentors, panelists, vendors and volunteers! And thanks go out to the writers who attended…without them, we could not have enjoyed the huge success we had. Thank you!

Keynote Speakers:

Robert J. Sawyer & Catherine Gildiner

Workshop Presenters:

Gwynn Scheltema, Catherine Bush, Annette McLeod, Barbara Berson, Richard Scrimger, Anne Carter, Marie Campbell, Susanna Kearsley, Robert J. Sawyer, Terry Fallis, Wayne Grady and Collette Yvonne.

Publishing Panel:

Cynthia Macdonald, Hilary McMahon, Terry Fallis, Barry Dempster, Katherine Ashenburg, Mike O’Connor and Barbara Berson.

Blue Pencil Session Mentors:

Martin Avery, Dorothea Helms, Sue Reynolds, Ruth E. Walker, Allyson Latta, Annette McLeod, Carolyn Forde, Collette Yvonne, Gwynn Scheltema and Catherine Bush.

Festival of Authors Readers:

Catherine Gildiner, Barry Dempster, Dwayne Morgan and Catherine Bush.

Mark your calendars for the 2011 Conference – April 30th – May 1st, 2011 at Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility!

VISIT: ONTARIO WRITERS’ CONFERENCE

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Driftwood Theatre Playwright Theatre Trafalgar 24

2010 Trafalgar24 Play Creation Festival

This past weekend I took part in the amazing Trafalgar24 Play Creation Festival put on yearly by Driftwood Theatre.

Trafalgar 24 is Driftwood Theatre’s 24-hour play-creation festival and fundraising gala featuring over 40 artists who write, produce, rehearse and perform ten new short plays in just 24 hours.

As a playwright, I showed up at Trafalgar Castle in Whitby, Ontario at 10pm on Thursday March 11th. I was given a room in which to create my 10 minute play and was told to use the words ‘twelfth’ and ‘night’ in the same sentence anywhere within the dialogue of the play. That was it. The room I was in was the setting for the play. And I had 8 hours to write it.

At the end of the eight hours, a flock of directors and actors converged on the castle, while all the playwrights got to go home to their beds (or their lives). So, 6:00am…changing of the guard! And then on the Friday evening, the audience arrived at the gates of the castle, eager to watch 10 brand spanking new plays!

This was my second year participating. It’s a fantastic event with a two-fold goal: to raise funds for Driftwood Theatre and to be an amazing night of entertainment in itself. As a guest to the plays, I can verify that it’s a fantastic night of entertainment! Each guest sees 6 of the 10 plays…they were all phenomenal! The actors who take part in this event are just incredible. Their talent, and ability to memorize lines in 8 quick hours, amazes me!

I created a play called MAID OF HONOUR…and it was performed by two incredible actresses: Melissa Morris & Caitlin Driscoll. They were flawless!

Don’t miss out in next year’s Trafalgar24 event. It really is something to see. And it’s for such a worthy cause.

Thanks to Jeremy Smith of Driftwood Theatre for allowing me to be a small part of this event again. It’s one of my favourite writing experiences to date!

DRIFTWOOD THEATRE WEBSITE

Ruth Walker and Kevin Craig
Trafalgar Castle, Whitby, Ontario
The Piano Room – Trafalgar Castle
The Piano Room – Trafalgar Castle
The Piano Room Entrance – Trafalgar Castle
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Welcome

Welcome

Please visit the Contact page for my email address. My writings are listed on the Writings page. All other biographical information can be found on the Bio page.

I recently wrote the lyrics for the song Highway of Heroes. Music and performance by Dirk Griffin:

I also wrote the lyrics for the song COSMIC BOY on Jay Young‘s new album, the beautiful grandeur inside. Available for purchase now at CDBaby and on iTunes.