Tyee Master Classes for Fall

Get your Weegee on

Get your Weegee on

Got this from Facebook. If I were certain to be around for it, I’d take the investigative journalism one with Sean Holman; I kick ass online, but put me in an archive and it’s like something out of Encino Man.

Get up to speed on new media law, investigative skills or digital campaigning. Three new expert-led classes this fall.

For info on all classes: http://thetyee.ca/About/Master-Classes/

Peep the class lineup and spread the word!

Class #1
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Instructor: Leo McGrady
Title: Responsible Journalism in 2012: The Changing Legal Landscape for Journalists
More info: http://thetyee.ca/About/Fall-2012-Leo-McGrady/
Class #2
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Instructor: Sean Holman
Title: Finding Stories in Public Documents: Intro to Investigative Journalism
More info: http://thetyee.ca/About/Fall-2012MasterClass-SeanHolman/Class #3
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Instructor: Bill Tieleman
Title: How to Beat the Odds: Low-Budget Campaigns that Win
More info: http://thetyee.ca/About/Fall-2012-MasterClass-BillTieleman/

All classes held in Vancouver at The Tyee’s newsroom (211 Georgia St. East). For questions, please contact Meaghan MacDonald at mmacdonald@thetyee.ca or 604-689-7489.

See you there!

Selah.

The Flame: Call for Stories

Got this off Facebook, and very interesting it looks, too. Want to make your TV debut?

TheFlame

TheFlame

FLAME NEWS:

Last 2011 holiday season THE FLAME CHRISTMAS SPECIAL aired on Shaw TV and was watched by a whopping 70 000 viewers. It was such a tremendous success that we’ve partnered once again with the good folks at Metro Vancouver to produce a 2012 edition of THE FLAME CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

WE ARE NOW accepting true story pitches that revolve around the Christmas/Holiday season for this television show. Whether your story is traditional, secular, multi-cultural, funny, confusing or poignant… We want to hear them!

HOW TO PITCH YOUR STORY:

1. For the purposes of this television broadcast format, all stories for this show must take LESS than seven minutes to tell. No Exceptions!
“Brevity is the soul of wit.”

2. All pitch submissions must encompass the entirety of your story arc for it to be considered. We need to see the beginning, middle and end of your true tale from start to finnish. 500 words or so will suffice.

3. We are scheduled to shoot in early November in front of a live audience, so make sure that you are available. We ask that you understand that space is very limited for this project and unfortunately we only have room for a few. So dig deep and bring on your best holiday season stories!

4. Before you pitch your story, please take a few moments to watch a few of the holiday stories that were featured in last years ‘Christmas Flame’ to give you an idea of what we’re looking for.
Just click the link below and enjoy!

www.metrovancouver.org/mediaroom/videos/Pages/Video.aspx?bcpid=888483788001&bckey=AQ~~,AAAAtIJh4TE~,Ey0zR91VLds2WQTBHsEly2uYPZzBI2pw&bctid=1314788892001

Tend The Fire

Joel Wirkkunen & Deb Williams
~Producers of The Flame~

Send your story pitches to: joelwirk@telus.net

 

VCon Debrief: the Shebeen Club for October 3

VCon Poster

VCon Poster

Calling all SciFi fans… just a quick and dirty note to let you know our next Shebeen Club meeting will be this coming Monday, October 3, upstairs at the Revel Room, 238 Abbott Street just off Water in Gastown. Once again, they’re laying a special menu on for us as part of the meeting, for only $20: please pay your proprietor Ian Alexander Martin of Atomic Fez publishing. Dinner and a drink is included with your admission.

VCon, for those of you who live in the 17th Century, is the biggest event of the year for speculative fiction of all kinds. We’re hoping to coax a few special guests to overcome their shyness and share Monday with us. Given that the guests of VCon run the gamut from Larry Niven to, well, the Shebeen Club’s Fearless Leader, it’s guaranteed to be an entertaining and speculative indeed crew.

Please note: the Shebeen Club meeting is NOT officially a cosplay event. But discreet Spock ears are welcome.

6pm-9pm Monday, October 3 2011, Revel Room Upstairs lounge, 238 Abbott Street, Vancouver

$20 cash includes dinner, a drink, the VCon debrief, and our glamorous and scintillating company.

This is short notice, so while RSVPs are welcome, they’re not compulsory. Just show up with your smiling face and try not to wear a red shirt.

Jack Layton was afraid of NOTHING I tell you!

Jack Layton was afraid of NOTHING I tell you!

Larry Niven is Now a VCon Guest of Honour!

Larry Niven, author of the “Ringworld” series of books

Larry Niven, author of the “Ringworld” series of books

Yes, that Larry Niven!

Apparently the original writer Guest of Honour (or ‘GoH’) Dr. Gregory Benford is unable to attend VCon 36 due to an unavoidable summons from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (aka: DARPA). As the organizers of the September event put it: “America needs him”. Look for him to be among next year’s Guests at VCon 37 in the autumn of 2012.

If you need to learn more about the specifics about him at the event, head here to the page on the VCon web-site.

VCon is is held from September 30 to October 2, 2011 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, in Richmond, near Westminster Highway and #3 Road. I’ll be there, both as a panel member and in the Dealer’s Room selling books I publish.

VCon is the oldest general-interest science fiction and fantasy convention in Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The convention has promoted the interests of science fiction and fantasy fan culture in Vancouver BC and its environs since 1971, offering events and exhibits focused on a variety of Science Fiction and Fantasy fandom interest areas such as literature, art, media, music, costumes, comics, games, etc.

VCon is organized by a subcommittee of the West Coast Science Fiction Association — a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and understanding of science fiction and fantasy fan culture in Vancouver BC and its environs. VCon is not, nor will it ever be, owned by a big business or corporation. For now and for as long as efforts continue VCon will be a convention built “For the Fans, By the Fans”.

OTHERS’ EVENTS: The Reading Writer’s Tea Party

Sure, The Shebeen Club meeting tonight is the most important thing in everyone’s life, but what do you do between that and the next one? Well, here’s a suggestion, thanks to Kathrin Lake.

REMINDER: The Reading Writer’s Tea Party is next Saturday!!!

To RSVP you are coming if you have not already, see buy now button below, or email me your assurances and how many are coming. We have to reserve you a tea cup and a seat.

ALSO: If you are reading get me your 5 minute manuscript (2 pages max – may be abridged) for the desktop booklet BY Wednesday the 25th.

I will also have a very exciting announcement at the Tea Party that you all may be very interested in…. keep you in suspense.

You are cordially invited to…

The Reading Writers Group

My only wish for organizing events at the recent Women & Words conference was that I had hoped we could include an open mike reading event, cabaret or café to read in-process, new or favorite works. But it was too busy. So, as Spring dawns on the Wet Coast and brings the urge to use my grandmother’s tea cups again, I thought Tea Party! Ohhh… what about inviting all those W&W participants and on Saturday, May 28th, 3pm having…

  • Tea and coffee out of my precious, inherited, elegant tea cup collection
  • Yummy goodies, both healthy and sinful
  • Gabbing
  • Brilliant Readings from Authors or Will-be Authors
  • PLUS: Your own take away free booklet at the event that may have your own words published in it (see below*)
  • AND: A shelf to display and sell your own books again (bring no more than 5 copies if you have them)
  • Other surprises….

◊ WHY NOT make sure that the writers who are volunteering to read are rewarded by being PUBLISHED in a little desktop “booklet”

That’s right, if you are a writer who is reading your work at the tea party, and can send us the text a week in advance by May 21st (2 pages max), then we will print all or part in the “booklet” that will go home with everyone!

Entrance is less than $9 with everything included.

CLICK THIS SECURE LINK and buy now to reserve your spot. Pass this on to guests who will be joining you

Date: Saturday, May 28th 3pm to 6pm

Time: 3pm to 6:30pm

Location: #401 – 1288 Broughton – BUZZ 401 – in the English Bay area!

This is my large downtown apartment unless there is huge demand, and I may move the event to another downtown location. Parking is on the street meter, pay parking garages, and some lucky free parking, and transit is a block away.