Vancouver Mayoral Candidate Bob Kasting on Vote Splitting: In His Own Words:

My friend, Bob Kasting is running for Mayor of Vancouver. That’s pretty exciting for me! Maybe I will be on a first name basis with the next mayor. Better yet, I know what kind of a person he is, so the city would be in the hands of someone with integrity who cares about the stuff I care about; recycling, daycare, transit, affordable housing. Maybe we could get rid of those plastic bags and that is even more exciting!

Anyway, Vancouverites seem to be concerned about ‘vote splitting,’ so I asked Bob if he’d guest blog his thoughts for me, right here. And he agreed so read on. Oh and PLEASE VOTE ON NOVEMBER 15th!

As an “independent” mayoralty candidate, I have been asked a few times if I intend to “split the vote”. I think what is meant by this is whether I intend to have people vote for me as mayor who, if I didn’t run, would vote for someone else. That is actually completely true. In that sense, I do intend to “split the vote”.

But if I didn’t run for mayor, who do you think those people would vote for, assuming they are part of the 34% of the population who will actually vote.

It might be that the teaparty sorts think I will peel off some of their votes; or maybe the Maoists and Trotskyites think I will peel off some of theirs. I don’t know, but I will make a few confessions and you can decide for yourself.

I once worked at a country club in St. Louis, where the rough political division was between Republicans and real Republicans. But I also protested the War in Vietnam and rallied to free the Black Panthers. I confess that I live in Point Grey and belong to a tennis club, but I also recycle my bottles, compost my food for my flower boxes, and built a cottage deck this summer out of recycled wood.

I went to Yale where I studied political science where I was the member of a secret society, but I also went to the University of Stockholm where I got an “A” in a graduate course in European Marxism and where I walked, rode my bicycle and took the subway.

I also once touched John Diefenbaker’s hat and ate pizza with Rene Leveque (admittedly not at the same time) But that doesn’t make me either a prairie populist or a fellow traveller with quebec separatists.

So, I am not sure which other candidates I will be taking votes away from. But I do think that having an independent mayor, who is not beholden to the financial support of large real estate developers is a good thing. And I do think that Vancouverites should be given the choice of voting for an independent mayoralty candidate, of which I am one.

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Young Writers Register for the 2014 VPL Writing and Book Camp!

I am excited to be invited back this year as a teen mentor at the 2014 Writing and Book Camp. Last year I had an emergency appendectomy on Day One, so I missed all of the fun and learning and writing and creating. This year will be a lot better! This is a great environment for young creators, at every level and every genre. Hope to see you there. Follow the link below to register.

Calling all aspiring writers and book lovers! Sharpen your skills and spark your imagination at the Library’s Writing & Book Camp!

This unique day camp lets youth with a passion for reading and writing connect with well-known authors and illustrators. Each day features a new keynote speaker from the Canadian literary world. Campers also experience a variety of creative workshops that will help them to strengthen their writing skills and .

Our inclusive program welcomes youth who want to try creative writing for the first time, aspiring authors with mountains of manuscripts and everyone in between!

Writing and Book Camp – Let your imagination run wild!

Writing and Book Camp – Let your imagination run wild!

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Summer at SFU: Book Editing Immersion, Work with real editors on real books. Digital. Online. Print

Once again I’ve been invited to speak at the SFU Book Editing Immersion class. This six day class begins July 7, 2014 so you still have time to register. I enjoyed the afternoon I spent in discussion with the class of 2013 and I’m looking forward to the 2014 session. This is a wonderful opportunity for both seasoned editors curious to learn more about the changing world of editorial, or for tomorrow’s professionals.

Book Editing Immersion Overview

Improve your developmental, substantive, and stylistic editorial skills by working closely with some of Canada’s top print and digital editors as they interpret the effects of Gutenberg 2.0 era and its evolving challenges with respect to audience, formats, and the volatile marketplace affording readers and writers a wealth of choices from do-it-yourself to multinational houses. Yet, in the midst of this dizzying change, there is one constant – quality content always requires the unflinching eyes of an astute editor. If you are working in the field, or hope to, or wish to upgrade or transfer skills to get into this career, this workshop will give you a hyper-contemporary snapshot of life on the frontlines for editors in the digital age.

In this six-day immersion workshop, you will edit a manuscript (genre to be selected by applicant – adult literary fiction or non-fiction) by a published author, working one-on-one with the course instructor in classroom lectures and private discussion as well as with 5 guest speakers featured each afternoon. In the course of the week and time preceding, you will write a reader’s report, a ms assessment, complete a substantive and stylistic edit of a 30-page portion of the manuscript, write an author letter, and compose jacket copy for the title. The manuscript and the first assignments will be mailed to participants in early June. By the end of the course, you will learn:

  •  the demands of, and sources for, acquiring titles to meet a publisher’s mandate and audience;
  • the art of navigating the author-editor relationship successfully and with grace;
  • how to evaluate a variety of manuscript types, track and communicate priorities/suggestions;
  • how to develop an incomplete work and edit one for structure, style and consistent voice;
  • the audience expectations for fiction, children’s/YA, and non-fiction works across formats;
  • the changing face of the e-book marketplace – readers, devices, retailers, and wish lists;
  • the skills required to enter or advance in the freelance or editorial working world.

Learn to develop fiction and non-fiction work to suit the writer’s vision, the publisher’s requirements, and the format and audience for which it is best suited. This workshop is designed for would-be or junior editors or those with a specialty in one area (scholarly, government, business, copy editing, etc.) who want to transition into another aspect of the field. For those considering a career in book editing, it’s a chance to build your credentials, gain hands-on experience, garner feedback, and network with experts in the publishing world poised to give you targeted advice. Whether you are an in-house or freelance editor working in these genres, or a writer with a nascent manuscript ready to take it to the next level, learn how to assess the work’s readiness and potential, its strengths and weaknesses, its possible structures, and how to leverage the draft to most efficiently reach its intended reader. By focusing on the various stages of the editorial process and techniques of substantive and stylistic editing, this course will allow you to see and manifest the potential in a first draft and work creatively to polish it so that it is suited for success.

For more information visit  SFU Book Editing Immersion class

 

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Writing Contest: CLI-FI Fiction Short Story Deadline August 30, 2014

Short story contest hosted by Cli-Fi (climate change fiction) Books, which archives and features climate themed books, short stories, and prose. The contest is allied with 100,000 Poets for Change, an annual event that thousands of artists and authors, from all over the world, participate in each year. Though the contest is global, CLI-FI hopes to highlight Vancouver writers and their stories.

There is no entry fee. Winners receive $100.00 USD in the form of a Paypal payment or Amazon gift card.

The info and rules are here
The story submission form is here
Google+ Community group

The contest deadline is August 30. Winners announced September 27. Check out their website for more details and Good Luck! Remember, contests are a great way to get published.

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Embrace Rejection! Guest Post on Scarlett Van Dijk’s Writing Blog

Time to Get Back in the Saddle!

Time to Get Back in the Saddle!

Check out Scarlett Van Dijk’s wonderful and informative writing blog, where she spotlights writers and their tales of creativity, publishing, the creative process and much more.

I recently wrote a guest post for her titled ‘Embrace Failure’. Don’t let the rejections get you down, keep trying!

Scarlett is part of a strong writing community on Linkedin, where writers in all stages of their careers get together online to talk about their craft. Every month on her blog she features a guest writer and I look forward to these posts because, let’s face it; writing is a solitary profession and I enjoy being part of a community of like-minded people, who understand the challenges of turning words into stories.

For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll have noticed a distinct lack of content of late. When you’ve read my guest post, you’ll understand why. My thanks to Scarlett because that post has helped me to realized that it’s time to stop the self-pity party and start showing up at the page. And after all, isn’t that what writers do?

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The Kent Harrison Arts Council Artist in Residence Program

The Kent Harrison Arts Council Artist in Residence Program
Visual Artist / Writer in Residence
Program Dates: September 1st – August 23rd

Kent Harrison Arts Council is a not for profit organization, nurturing and supporting local arts and culture in the region for over 40 years. The arts council operates the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison Hot Springs, BC and is supported by the BC Arts Council. We are currently seeking writers or visual artists for a one year artist residency. The art gallery and artist residence are located on the shore of beautiful Harrison Lake, approx. 100 kms  east of Vancouver.

The annual residency provides an unfurnished 2 bedroom suite with adjoining studio space on second floor of the Ranger Station Art Gallery. In exchange for this space the Artist in Residence will be expected to devote an average of ten hours per week to the operation of the Arts Council and the Ranger Station Art Gallery.  The majority of this time will be spent working in the Gallery on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  The Artist in Residence will also present an annual art exhibit of their work in June and organize two public outreach programs or workshops. Artist in residence is responsible for monthly utility costs of residence and studio. Please refer to the artist in residence job description for specific duties and responsibilities at: kentharrisonartscouncil.com

Artist in Residence Job Description:

The Ranger Station Art Gallery
98 Rockwell Dr. Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Phone #: 1 604 796-2723  email:  kentharrisonartscouncil@shaw.ca

The Kent Harrison Arts Council Residency program is a one year contract running from September 1 to August 15 and is presented by the Kent Harrison Arts Council

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