Upcoming SiN Workshops — for Writers and Would-be Writers

Upcoming SiN Workshops — for Writers and Would-be Writers
Join us for 'The Writing Journey', and 'You can write for Chicken Soup for the Soul'.

Join us for ‘The Writer’s Map to Everywhere’, and ‘You can write for Chicken Soup for the Soul’.

Are you a writer or just have an inkling that you’d like to try your hand at it? Perhaps you just want to learn some new skills? Or maybe you just like hanging out with published authors? Stories in the North is calling all of you to take part in one or both of the upcoming writing workshops to take place in Thessalon on Saturday, May 3rd.

The first of those two workshops will be led by author Charles Wilkins. Charlie–as SiN members refer to him–will be in town as the headliner for this day-long author event. Following the workshops, Charlie will join us at the IOOF Hall (in Thessalon) for an evening performance which will see him reading from his latest book, Little Ship of Fools, a true adventure story about rowing across the Atlantic. (He’s written about 15 books!)

Charlie was a guest author at one of our first author events a few years ago…in fact, here’s a photo of him from that visit back in 2009. (Did you know that visit was where Charlie first got the idea of joining that group of rowers in a quest to set a record? He even says so in Little Ship of Fools.)

Charles Wilkins (2)

We’re so excited five years later to have Charlie back—with the new book and a new workshop!

Here’s the workshop details:

10 a.m. Workshop with Charles Wilkins

The Writer’s Map to Everywhere: Putting the Story on the Road
Join Charlie for this interactive workshop in which participants will take part in writing exercises as they explore the elements of good journey writing.  Think pace, imagery, movement, risk, revelation, drama, a sense of the planet, and of course good storytelling. Charlie will lead by example and will call on participants to join in two different writing exercises. Participants will leave with a heightened awareness of their responsibility to stimulate and provoke the reader, without lapses –as the journey and story unfold. Trust us: Charlie knows a good story. He’s published a number of good books including In the Land of Long Fingernails, Walk to New York and Paddle to the Amazon. Some of them are available at Thessalon Public Library!

2 p.m. Workshop  with Gloria Jean Hansen

You can write for CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL!
As publishers of the best-selling tradebook series of all time, the folks at Chicken Soup for the Soul are always looking for new stories. Just ask Elliot Lake’s Gloria Hansen. She’s recently had four stories accepted for publication. At this workshop you’ll look at how to write your story using all five senses and craft it in a way that will stir the emotions of your reader.
Participants will gain new skills and renewed motivation to tell their story. Feel free to bring along a personal event story to share during the workshop.

To register for workshops, contact Angie Gallop at 705-842-2451. Cost is $25.00 for one or $40.00 for both.

Don’t miss the evening show! 

The evening show is open to everyone. Whether you love writing, reading, or just a great entertaining evening out, please join us at the IOOF Hall 146 Main St., at 7 pm for a fun party celebrating Charlie Wilkin’s latest book Little Ship of Fools. Cost is just $10.00. The evening will feature Wilkins reading from his works and will be interspersed with music fitting the occasion by local musicians Al St. Pierre and Len Doi. They’ll be accompanied by Peter Evans on bass. Be prepared for a great, free snack buffet served up by ladies from the local Rebekah Lodge. Free coffee and a cash bar will also be available.

People always leave this evening feeling refreshed. If you are a reader and Wilkins fan, there will be books available to purchase and have Charlie sign. If you are a writer, this is a great opportunity to meet other writers in the area.


A Photographic View of Open Mike Night

A Photographic View of Open Mike Night

The weather may have tried to get in the way of last Friday’s Open Mike Night but there was no stopping contestants and audience members from showing up at Thessalon Legion! When all was said and done, it was a great night that culminated in an equally great “after show” with the three musical contestants; Al St. Pierre, Bruce Beyer and Jeff Hinich (he came all the way from Searchmont on a less than perfect day).

al bruce jeff

Here’s a look at the musicians tuning up for a little jam. Did you know “Music & Lyrics” is one of our hardest categories to fill? Tell the musicians you know–they’d have a one in five (at most) chance of winning a nice crisp $50 bill–all for a song! (Or maybe a few more if there’s another “after party”!)

After an evening of snacking, drinks (yes, alcoholic) AND Looming Deadline coffee for the abstainers, the audience votes were tabulated and the winners announced. Winners included (from left) Pauline Clark (yes, that’s me!) for Poetry, Ali Doi for Fiction, Jeff Hinich for Music & Lyrics; and Heather Blois for True Stories. Each winner received a nice crisp $50 bill!


As usual, emcee Gerry Clark kept the show running–and took the liberty of entertaining the crowd with some of his own somewhat colourful stories about Thessalon.

gerry at the mike

If you’ve never been to an Open Mike Night, you’ll want to watch for news of the next one. It’s a great evening out and a great way to hear some of the vast amount of talent that can be found right here in Thessalon and throughout the whole district.

Here’s a few more photos from Friday’s event:


Tom Carnahan is our light and sound guy! He’s a great resource for us to have—he makes putting on a show so much easier!

the clearwaters & norm

Here’s some Legion members. We enjoyed Russell Clearwater’s poetry too! He’s the guy in the middle. We can’t go on without also thanking the Legion for allowing us to hold our Open Mikes here. It’s a great venue–such a nice atmosphere for an Open Mike! Thanks Heather Mitchell for bartending and patiently waiting for us to finish up!

round of applause  the audience

These photos might give you an of how great the show was–just look at how animated AND captivated these audience members are!

marilyn & Liz  Linda & Happala (2)  gord malcolm bruce & tomGabrielle, Bernice &

Here’s some more audience members who smiled for our camera during one of the breaks. Sure looks like everyone was having a good time!

Peggy & Jeff  

Here’s Peggy and Jeff who travelled from the Sault & beyond for the event! They told us how much they enjoyed their evening. We enjoyed having them both participate in the Open Mike too!

     Angie&Russell Clearwater

Here’s Angie, who’s a SiN (We LOVE our acronym, don’t you?) member chatting with Russell. Angie’s got a brownie or something else yummy on that plate. There’s another little tidbit for you–SiN is KNOWN as “the home baking literary festival”!

 Al, Barb, Gerry

There’s our emcee (on the right) chatting it up with contestant Al St. Pierre and his wife, Barb.

And when the show started up again….

angiewith door prize

We made sure to give away a few door prizes. Here’s Angie holding up a copy of Little Ship of Fools, author Charlie Wilkins’ new book. (Did you know Charlie will be in Thessalon for an author event on Saturday, May 3rd?) We also gave away a couple of passes to Charlie’s evening show and some St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters’ Looming Deadline coffee.

a door prize winner

Here’s sue, the lucky winner of that book! Hey, if you want to read Little Ship of Fools, look for it at Thessalon Public Library or–if you can wait–we bet Charlie will have some copies with him in May! You could even get one autographed.

 heather & ali

And finally, here’s our faithful vote counters, vote gatherers, food & coffee organizers and all around super-duper members of SiN. Both also took the time to enter the event! We’re so happy they still had the energy for that after all they do for SiN. Ali (on the right) actually was quoted as saying, “I love SiN!”

We all do, Ali! Say it loud. WE ALL LOVE SiN!

Stories in the North is the best and we thank all of our supporters who help make it that way!

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