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New Book: Saying Goodbye to London Review

I’m thrilled to share the first review on the Advance Copy of my new book Saying Goodbye to London. (Second Story Press) My fellow writers will know the work involved in seeing a new book coming to life! I’m beaming all over 🙂

Check it out here: CM: Canadian Review of Materials and can be found in the most recent issue, Volume XXIII, No. 17 which is located at

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Uni of Iowa Writing Courses Online

I’ve recently signed up for a writing course from the University of Iowa. If your interested it’s free, or at the most $50 USD if you want a certificate at the end of the course. Students come from all over the world. The course is not onerous, but it’s challenging and a great way to practice writing. I’m loving it. The course I am taking is called How Writers Write Fiction 2016: Storied Women. I’m going to post all of my assignments right here on my blog to track what I hope to be my progress.

Assignment One to follow tonight or tomorrow! The Old Tree in Woodbridge

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Stiwdio Maelor; Wales Writing Residency

One of the greatest gifts a writer can have is being invited to spend time in a Residency. Last year, I applied and was accepted to an International Writers’ Residency in Wales. The process of applying seems so long ago, but suddenly it’s only a month away. My heritage on my mother’s side is Welsh so in a strange way, it feels like I will be travelling to a country that feels familiar, even though that familiarity is a product of stories I heard as a child and my imagination.

I’ll have the precious gift of time to write and I hope to keep up a blog while I am there, so check back for news and stories of my time in Wales.

I’ll be at stiwdiomaelor, and no, I can’t pronounce it yet, but that will change when I arrive mid-May. Thank you to Australian artist Veronica Calarco for giving me this wonderful opportunity to Write in Peace.

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There’s something unknown waiting for me! 

 

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Martha Eleen at the Loop Gallery November 7, 2015

If you live in Toronto, check out my friend, Martha Eleen’s upcoming show. She is brilliant!
The Meaning of Things
Loop Gallery, 1273 Dundas St. West (at Dovercourt)
Nov. 7 – 29, 2015
Opening reception: Nov. 7, 2 – 5: pm

Image: Thank you for making this day necessary, 2015oil on wood, 20″ x 20″

Martha Eleen

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Sleeping Beauty!

I blinked and suddenly it was 2015, actually August 2015. I can procrastinate and find reasons why not to write with such skill that I must actually be a ‘real’ writer 😉

Wow. I blinked and it’s 2015!

Today I am sitting in the library at SFU getting ready to talk to the SFU Publishing Workshop (2015) on the joys and pitfalls of being a writer. This has given me plenty of time in the last week to reflect and think about what those are. I’ve asked myself if it’s worth it in this changing world of publishing. I’ve asked myself it I want to continue writing and in that question I found my answer.

Just the thought of putting down my pen makes me nauseous. Not writing is not a choice. So I will keep on showing up at the page every day and sending out queries and manuscripts and waiting up to a year for replies. There will be glimmers of hope and possibility and disappointments. There will be days spent in the wonderful downtown Vancouver library buried in research papers and books and photos and there will be days when all I do is delete the work from the day before. Days when I’m brilliant and days when I’m thick as a plank.

I am so addicted to this pleasure and pain cycle that I could never give it up. I love what I do, even in the midst of hating it! I can’t wait for my next ms to be accepted so I can get going on another one. Optimism and tenacity is integral to success as an author.

That’s what I’m going to talk about today to the students at SFU and I hope that by listening to what I say, they will realize their value and power and worth as future editors. I hope they will understand the importance of their wisdom and support to writers, even in this new age of do-it-yourself publishing.

Thanks to all of the good editors I’ve had over the years. I appreciate you more than you’ll ever know.

Julie

Writers have to put on a brave face and keep on showing up at the page.

Writers have to put on a brave face and keep on showing up at the page.

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My First iBook: Darkness Between the Stars Has a New Format

It’s finally happened! The Darkness Between the Stars a book that I am very proud of is now available to download at iTunes. From Goodreads: This book should be read by every parent and teen. This is a story that shows how teenagers can have much stress and pressure to succeed which could lead to depression and thoughts of suicide when life becomes to overwhelming. Parents should not ignore signs and strange behavior and try to seek help before their child gets totally out of control. This book would be great for a must read book in high school. Discussions should be held regarding how to get help for depression and also how suicide effects entire families for the rest of their lives. I myself have learned a lot from reading this and hope many others will read it too. This can possible save lives.

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Award winning author Julie Burtinshaw has written compelling and provocative novel about the realities of teen suicide. This is a gritty, honest heartfelt book that is ultimately filled with hope. And not easily forgotten.

Now available to download at your iTunes store.

Pages: 219
Size: 1.0 MB

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VPL South Hill Library Talk Today

Thanks to the Writers’ Union of Canada for sponsoring my talk today at the VPL South Hill Library on Fraser Street. I will be talking to a grade 12 law class from John Oliver High School about myself, my writing and a couple of my books, including The Darkness Between the Stars and The Perfect Cut.

This is a great opportunity to talk to students about my life as a writer and to give them some personal insight into what drives me to write about teens and for teens. In this changing literary landscape, these chances to speak directly to kids are fewer and farther between so I am grateful to the Writers’ Union for this afternoon’s face-to-face with my readers. It will be fun 🙂

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