Monthly Archives: April 2012

New York Press Accepting Submissions Now is a brand new press looking for writers:

“We’re looking for innovative, quality writing from fearless writers everywhere in the
world. Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and genres as-yet unnamed are welcome.”

Check out their website – they are accepting submissions now! This might be the opportunity you are looking for!

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Julie Burtinshaw Interveiw With Be The Media

Check out this interview I did with for the podcast, radio show, “Be The Media,” on Vancouver Island.
It’s titled the Wired Author and is full of good information for authors and readers alike.

This was only one of the great things I got to do while on my retreat on Vancouver Island – unfortunately, I tore out some tendons and returned home in an ankle brace and walking with a cane… argh….

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Friday was the Second Anniversary of the BP Oil Spill – Vacation Land? Yes According to BP

Audubon is asking that everyone acknowledge this day by walking to work or carpooling or hoping on your bike or taking transit.

They are dedicating this week to “taking action to restore the Gulf to health, to help prevent future disasters, and to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.”
From their email:

The Gulf Still Needs Us
The birds, other wildlife, and local communities along the Gulf are still struggling to recover. The full impact of the disaster is yet to be known. What we do know is this: billions of birds migrate through the Gulf region every year. It is home to a vast diversity of wildlife and, of course, millions of people. We owe it to the people and the wild creatures of the Gulf to:

Make sure BP’s fines are dedicated to restoring the Gulf ecosystem;
Apply the lessons from the disaster to future drilling endeavors; and
Work as a nation to reduce the need for drilling by cutting our fossil fuel use.

This message is especially important to those of us in BC who are determined to not see oil tankers in our pristine coastal waters. The images of the BP oil spill remain burned in my mind, and as disturbing as they are, I hold on to them because I know that Joe Oliver, and the Alberta and Harper government have a huge PR machine and are spending countless dollars on pushing the Endbridge Project through.
We can’t let this happen, and if you need a reminder as to why, think BP.

BP gave 30 million to their PR campaign…and continue to lie to people around the world: BP Oil Spill Two Years Later

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Day Three Bethlehem House Writer’s Retreat

I am feeling very good about the work I am getting done here and now feel fully prepared for my workshop at the Kamloops Young Writer’s Festival as well as my panel discussion on publishing at the Symposium of Manitoba Writer’s coming up in May. What a difference peace and quiet makes to my output, both quality and quantity. I’m very grateful for this opportunity to work in such a lovely setting.

Because it is Earth Day, I wanted to talk a little bit about the meals here at Bethlehem House and more importantly, the philosophy behind those meals. Since the Retreat Brochure says it best:

The culinary services at the Centre are central to supporting a nourishing environment for persons on their spiritual and or professional paths. In season, much of the Centre’s organic produce is harvested directly from our own garden. Nourishing the body/soul by sharing a meal is an essential part of any gathering at the Centre with food respectfully prepared by our Red Seal Chef.

I didn’t know what that was either, until I Googled it, but what I did know right away and without the help of a search engine, was that the meals here have been really, really good. My kind of food – a large, fresh salad at both lunch and dinner, a variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian proteins and mouth watering deserts – my favourite so far, the most delectable chocolate mousse and after a full day of writing, I need something sweet and made from scratch.

Breakfast: oatmeal, fruit, toast and cereal – good brain food for a day of writing.


The Dinning Room with a View at Bethlehem House

I really appreciate that everything is composted and recycled here and eventually added to the garden – great stewards of the earth!

There is a monastery a property over with a great little gift store and a  collection of comical llamas. Unfortunately, by the time we found out about this, it was closed 😦 Image



We leave tomorrow, but I hope to return at some point. This has been a fantastic few days away from the noise and interruptions of the real world. Recommended 

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Earth Day: Enjoy the trees!

Earth Day: Enjoy the trees!

Westwood Lake in the evening

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April 22, 2012 · 9:23 am

Spring Valley Guest Ranch Writer’s Retreat Deadline

Deadline extended to May 4, 2012

Applications will be accepted (no late fee) until 4:30 p.m. May 4, 2012 for the Spring Valley Guest Ranch Retreat June 8-22. 

For more information, please visit

or contact the retreat coordinator at 

This is a great spot for anyone still considering a summer retreat.

I Know I’ve been going on and on lately about retreats, but I”m at one now and I’ve spent the whole day writing (and eating)

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Great Northern Canada Writing Contest

Great Northern Canada Writing Contest.

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