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Stories in the North Presents Author Charles Wilkins

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Author Charles Wilkins confronted mortality during the summer of 1969 when he took a summer job at a huge Toronto cemetery. Read all about it in his double-award-nominated book In the Land of Long Fingernails.

Aug 29th will be a great day for readers and writers here in Thessalon.  Stories in the North is bringing author Charles Wilkins to town.

Wilkins has been nominated for both the Trillium Book Award and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for In the Land of Long Fingernails, a coming-of-age memoir about his gravedigger job during the summer of 1969.

Local journalist Pauline Clarke recently interviewed Wilkins about his book and his views on the writing life for her article Written in Stone.

August 29th will be a jam-packed day here in Thessalon for the author as he offers two writing workshops followed by a reading and question-and-answer session.

The morning workshop will examine the more emotional side of the craft:  how one tackles the shadowy process of self-revelation, whether writing about fictional or real-life events.

“Everyone has something in their life worth writing about but they don’t always have the confidence to go below the surface,” says Wilkins.

In the afternoon, Wilkins will focus more on the nuts and bolts of writing by sharing some fundamental principles that can be applied to any writing genre.

Both workshop sessions will be perfect for beginners or for more experienced writers looking for direction.

The day will conclude in the evening with Wilkins reading from some of his works.

The workshops are $30 each until August 1st and then $40 after August 1st. They will take place in the beautiful Thessalon Marina building from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Space is limited to 20 people per workshop. Sign up soon as they are filling up fast. To register, contact Stories in the North at 705-842-3817.

The committee is open to applications from those passionately want to attend but cannot afford the workshop price. Please write a letter and either e-mail it to storiesinthenorth@gmail.com or send a letter to Stories in the North address: 4479 Hwy 129, Thessalon, P0R 1L0. The committee will keep these applications confidential and decide whether or not to grant a special price based on availability of workshop space and the case presented in the letter.

The evening reading and question-and-answer session will take place 7 p.m. at the Oddfellows Hall, which is right across from the post office on Thessalon’s Main St. Tickets for this event are $10 each and include snacks, coffee and tea. There will be a cash bar.

Northern Writers and Storytellers Unite!

Not all great writers, storytellers, poets and film-makers live in urban centers. That’s why a group of people in Thessalon, Ontario have come together to create a story festival in the north.

We are planning an event for July 2010 that will showcase talented folk who live in Northern Ontario or who are from Northern Ontario and live elsewhere. We want to celebrate these keepers of our culture and learn more about ourselves in the process.

We are looking for your contribution. If you have time, come and volunteer. If you have no time but a bit of money, please make a donation. Even the smallest amount helps us pay our expenses and create a lasting festival that will generate excitement about our stories and way of life.

For more information, contact: storiesinthenorth@gmail.com.