What’s SiN Doing Now?

What’s Stories in the North up to now?

First up is….(drum roll, please)….OPEN MIKE!
That’s right. We are holding an OPEN MIKE NIGHT so save the date.

It’ll be Friday, November 14th beginning at 7 p.m. (downstairs) at the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 182) in Thessalon. Rumour has it the ever-entertaining Gerry Clark will be emceeing.
As in the past, we will have FOUR categories for you to enter your original works; Fiction, Poetry, True Stories, and Words & Music. In that last category either words OR music MUST BE original and MUST BE performed live! Keep in mind we will accept song parodies!

Each contestant has 5 minutes to perform their piece. (We aren’t above dragging you off the stage!) We recommend you practise. (You’ll be surprised at how quickly five minutes goes by.)

There will be a $50 CASH PRIZE in each category as determined in secret vote by the audience.
Entry fee for competing is $5.00 and all contestants must pre-register AND must be at the Legion BY 7 p.m.
But don’t forget! We NEED an audience too so bring your friends and come out and enjoy a really good show. The Legion bar will be available and we’ll have a few snacks (and coffee for those who prefer it) too! Audience admission is $7.00.
To register, call Pauline Clark at 705-842-3132.

Next up, Stories in the North is also participating in NaNoWriMo again!

What’s NaNoWriMo?

It’s short for Nation Novel Writing Month, an event that’s held around the world. In fact, this year NaNoWriMo organizers expect that 400,000 writers, 2,000 classrooms, and 200 countries will be participating.
Like NaNoWriMo, we here at SiN also believe this is a great opportunity for all aspiring writers to finally get going on their novels. The belief is that if you spend just that one month pushing yourself to write 50,000 words (that’s 1667 words a day), you’ll have the beginnings of a great novel by midnight November 30th.
Now, we aren’t policing the 50,000 words—we’re simply challenging you to spend some time writing whatever it is you want to get written whether it’s your life story, that unfinished novel or a bunch of poetry. You don’t ever have to show them to anyone—unless you want to.

So how can you participate?

You CAN go and register at www.nanowrimo.org and sign up for all their peptalks and inspirational writings as well. You CAN join Stories in the North members at Thessalon Public Library on Thursdays during library hours (that’s from 1 to 5 pm. AND from 7-9 p.m) where we’ll supply a quiet writing space and lots of Looming Deadline coffee (brought to us by St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters). Or you can write in the comfort of your own home. Whatever you do, we’d love if you share your successes AND your challenges too with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/storiesinthenorth or OR following the NaNoWriMo message in the COMMENTS section on our website at www.storiesinthenorth.com.
We also hope to plan a windup party where those who want to read from their works will be able to do so – but more on that later.

And what else are we working on?

Well, we CAN’T really tell you yet but we ARE already planning our next author visit. Watch for details early in 2015!


Be sure and tell us in the comment section: Which event are you most excited for?


  1. Angie Gallop says:

    Hi Paula: Contestants each have *5 minutes* to wow the audience. Be sure to practice! We aren’t above pulling people off the stage…

  2. What’s the time limit for the Open MIke participants?