One of my latest initiatives is founding a free biweekly workshop for writers at the Orillia Public Library called Just Write Orillia. Ranging in age from 14 to 80+, participants have said that Just Write Orillia inspires them to write and improve. More information? Contact Orillia Public Library or use this website's contact form.
I am thrilled have designed and taught a third-year professional writing course at Lakehead University called ENGL3036 Professional Writing: Digital Contexts.
Partly in order to take on these new, demanding tasks, I resigned from the Board of the Stephen Leacock Associates.
There I served a short term as Vice President, helping to oversee the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour award and to encourage the growth of Canadian humour writing. I also chaired the PR and Communications Committee. The prestigious Memorial Medal, accompanied by a $15,000 prize, is awarded annually for the best in Canadian literary humour. The award has attained an international reputation and is the only one of its kind for Canadian humour writing.
In 2017 I served on the Programming Committee of the Huronia Cultural Campus (HCC) as a volunteer of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and, with my friends Sherry Lawson and Fred Addis, conceived and delivered a First Nations' Literary Festival called Giiwenh, which in Ojibway means "so it is said." This was part of Culture Days 2017 and Open Doors Orillia, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Fund and Orillia's Sunshine Initiative among many sponsors. Around 300 people attended to hear some established and emerging indigenous writers and storytellers,
including Joseph Boyden and David Bouchard.
All this is partly inspired by achieving my Master of Arts with Merit, in Creative Writing, at the University of Surrey in 2015.
And in the meantime, I am writing.
One of my favourite poems, Bass Lake 3, was published in the book Mariposa Exposed ISBN 978-1-927974-10-0, which celebrates both Canada's and Orillia's sesquicentennials (150th anniversaries) in 2017. Sales have now exceeded 1000 copies. My thanks to editors Ross Greenwood and Dennis Rizzo for including me.
I acknowledge all rightsholders of any audio/video material incorporated into the work, each of which are detailed in a separate document previously submitted to the University of Surrey.
I am also writing, publishing and performing my work in prose and poetry. My poem Love has a name, was selected as a winner in the Interflora Romantic Poetry Contest 2015, and then published in Interflora's Little E-Book of Romantic Verse (see link on the left).
Another book to include my writing was published in 2016 by the University of Surrey's Students Union, under ISBN 978-1530660-71-1. Titled The Surrey Writer's Society Annual 2014 - 2015 & 2015 - 2016: Volume 1, it is for sale worldwide.
Some of my other poems and articles from the past few years have appeared in The Stag Newspaper, and Surrey Mason Magazine, while still others have been accepted for publication in various anthologies and yearbooks. I sometimes compose micropoetry for my Twitter followers @swdavids. An example appears to the left.
I am also writing a suspense/thriller story, which is my first attempt at the novel format.
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