Join us for a day with Sault native Jamie Zeppa. Learn about her writing journey and share yours.
In 1988, Zeppa decided to postpone her master’s degree and apply for a two-year teaching position in Bhutan, even though she had none of the credentials.
At first, she was horrified by her new living conditions — the only way she could get hot food was to light a propane stove, of which she was terrified. But eventually she became passionate about the country and fell in love.
In 1996, her essay about her first month in Bhutan won the CBC-Canadian Literary Memoir Award — after it was faxed to Canada, re-typed, rushed to the CBC in a taxi and slipped under the door minutes before deadline. After that, her writing career took off with her latest book Everytime We Say Goodbye winning her a spot in the Knopf Canada New Face of Fiction program in 2011.
On October 27th, Zeppa is coming to Thessalon to teach two workshops and perform her work in an evening show. Sign up now to explore the Art of the Sentence and the Effect of Narrative Voice on your stories. Workshops will take place from 10 am to noon and 2 pm to 4pm in the basement of Zion United Church. Sign up in advance = $20 per workshop and $40 for both. Sign up on the day = $30 per workshop or $50 for both. To sign up, send a cheque to P.O. Box 124, Thessalon, P0R 1L0. To talk to somebody: Angie Gallop at 705-842-2451 or email@example.com.
Don’t miss the evening show! Jamie will read selections of her work alongside music from Bruce Beyer and Wayne Nott. You’ll have a chance to mix and mingle with other local writers as we always offer great snacks, a cash bar, and fun door prizes. Doors open at the IOOF Hall 146 Main St. Thessalon at 7 pm. Tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
Stories in the North would not be able to do any of this without the support of the Ontario Arts Council. We are extremely grateful for the encouragement and financial support the Ontario Arts Council has given to our writing community for the past five years.