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Photo: Sharon Lawrence (left) and Hilda Clark (right) at an HHWEN event, with Kay Millard in the background.



Writing Workshop
with Tom Taylor

Saturday, July 22, 2017
to Saturday, July 22, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
To be advised
Tom Taylor 1St Page Criteria Workshop Successful self-published author of four books of historical fiction will share his time and experience to help you sharpen the impact of your story’s first page. Agents and publishers often read no further than this if you don’t hit the criteria that ignites their interest and appeals to readers. Send your 1st page to Bill MacKay, HHWEN Program Chair. Format: WORD Document in Times New Roman, 12 point. 1” margins This workshop suitable for all skill levels and most helpful if your story is a novel. Memoirs also welcome. Send your 1st page document response to: Bill MacKay by June 30th at consult.billmackay@yahoo.ca Group size limited so register early.

Writing Workshop
with Donna Morrissey

Friday, November 17, 2017
to Saturday, November 18, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
To be decided - in Minden
ARCHETYPES, CHARACTER & YOU Workshop with International Award Winning Author, Donna Morrissey. Are you or your character smiling, even when things aren't good? Trust even when trust isn't warranted? Maintain hope when suddenly tossed into situations of conflict, judgment, violence? Learn how the Innocent Archetype affects our thinking or our characters. We all begin in Innocence. We all experience the fall from Innocence which then, activates other behaviors, oftentimes denial that may control us with its guilt or shame. This intensive two-day workshop will teach us to UNDERSTAND self, others, and/or create AUTHENTIC fiction/memoir characters by: ✔ Identifying 12 Personality Archetypes: Innocent; Orphan; Warrior; Caregiver; Seeker; Destroyer; Lover; Creator; Ruler; Sage; Magician; Fool ✔ Identify/create situations where one or more of those archetypes impact behaviors of self, others, and/or characters. ✔ Recognize shadow side of archetypes and how it manifests in behaviors of self, others and/or our characters. ✔ Learn to bring healing to self, others, and/or characters as we Prepare, Take, and Return from the Hero's Journey. Designed for: Memoir, Fiction, and Non-writers. Beginners welcome. • Day 1: Learning about Character, and the hero’s journey. Understanding Archetypes: Innocent; Orphan; Warrior; Caregiver. . • Day 2: Understanding 8 remaining Archetypes and how they influence our own personality, and/or fictitious/memoir Characters. Cost: Two days: $195.00 One day: $115.00 Includes: Coffee, cookies To register, email: donnamorrissey@ns.sympatico.ca



Past Events

Book Launch with Brenda Peddigrew
Saturday, September 24, 2016 to Tuesday, November 30, 1999
Club 35

Brenda Peddigrew, a member of the Algonquin Highlands Writer's Circle, held a book launch and signing at the end of August at the Minden Community Centre. Outlook Women performed during the launch for the entertainment of those present.

Blue Grass Festival with Minden Rotary Club
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 to Tuesday, November 30, 1999
Minden Fairgrounds

The Minden Rotary Club sponsored the Blue Grass Festival held at the Minden Fairgrounds on July 17, 2016 to sell member's and author's books. Good music entertained all who attended.

Writing Workshop with Rosemary McCracken
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Minden Cultural Centre

Rosemary McCracken was born and raised in Montreal and is a Toronto journalist who specializes in personal finance and the financial services industry. Her first Pat Tierney mystery novel, SAFE HARBOR, was shortlisted for Britain's Debut Dagger and published by Imajin Books in 2012. BLACK WATER, the second mystery in the series, was released in 2013, followed by RAVEN LAKE in 2016. “The Sweetheart Scamster,” a Pat Tierney short story in the anthology THIRTEEN, was a 2014 Derringer finalist. Jack Batten, the Toronto Star's crime fiction reviewer, calls Pat “a hugely attractive sleuth figure.” Rosemary teaches novel writing at George Brown College in Toronto.

Book launch "After Shock" with Connie Neil
Sunday, July 17, 2016 to Tuesday, November 30, 1999
Club 35

Connie Neil, a member of the Algonguin Highlands Writer's Circle, held a book launch and signing at Club 35 on Hwy 35 (between Carnarvon and Dorset) on July 17, 2016 during the Blue Grass Festival. Gord Kidd performed during the event for those who came to see Connie Neil.

Food Festival with Wintergreen Maple Products
Saturday, June 18, 2016 to Tuesday, November 30, 1999
Wintergreen Maple Products

A food festival for the H.A.V.E. was held on the grounds of Wintergreen Maple Products on Saturday June 18, 2016. H.A.V.E. (Help A Village Effort) raises money for wells in other countries. Members and authors had the opportunity to sell their books during this event.

HHWEN general meeting with Jim Hilborn
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Agia Maria Resort

General meeting of the HHWEN held in Minden. Guest speaker was Jim Hilborn who is a publisher at Civil Sector Press.

A WRITERS CHRISTMAS; 9th Edition with HHWEN
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
5:00 p.m.
Pepper Mill Restaurant

Writers, poets, storytellers, singers, musicians, and appreciative audience members gather to celebrate the season. Peppermill Restaurant Hwy. 35, Carnarvon 5:00p.m. MEET AND GREET 6:00p.m. TIME TO EAT 7:30p.m. TALENT THAT CAN'T BE BEAT! Fabulous buffet dinner. Join us for a sparkling evening of good food, good company and holiday spirit. Cost: $ 25.00 upon arrival. RRSVP in advance by contacting Kay Millard at 705-286-6635; or kathleenmillard61@sympatico.ca Let Kay know if you would like to read or perform.

POETRY WORKSHOP with John Unrau
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Rotary Room, Minden Library

Poets and Would-be Poets bring your poems, poems-in-progress, or just your ideas for a poem. Cost: $15.00 for HHWEN members $20.00 for non-members

LOONEY-A-BOOK SALE with Algonquin Highlands Writers' Circle
Saturday, November 17, 2012
10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
R.D. Lawrence Place, Minden Cultural Centre

Members of the Algonquin Highlands Writers’ Circle are selling good used books from their personal bookshelves. Excellent and well-loved volumes can be yours each for a mere Looney. Arrive early for best selection.

Highlands Sustainable Words Festival
Monday, August 6, 2012
2:00pm - 10:00pm
Minden Hills Cultural Centre

Join celebrated authors, performers, and historians for the first annual Highlands Sustainable Words Festival!  TED-style talks, workshops, award-winning authors and performers, Books Alive Book sale, and an evening performance of comedy, monologists, authors, singer/songwriters and theatre - all under the twinkling lights of the Cultural Centre tent.  Come and devour the sustenance of words.

Books Alive - 10:00am - 2:00pm
HHWEN members will be in the common room selling their books and giving readings.  Authors include Rosemary McCracken, Jim Poling Sr., Graeme Lottering, Neil Campbell, Pat Brown, Brenda Peddigrew, John Unrau, Tom Taylor and, Bill Mackay. No charge.

'Playing with Words' 
2:00pm - 4:00pm  Under the Big Tent
Admission: FREE
2:00pm - "Tools and Fluids - a history of writing"
Celebrated illuminator and historian Judith Bainbridge will entertain, enlighten, and shine light on the incredible history of the written text and script.  From writing on skins, to modern day fonts -  you will never look at the written word the same!
3:00pm - " History of Paper & Book Making"

'Writing with Words'
4:00pm - 6:00pm Under the Big Tent
Admission: FREE
Join celebrated internationally acclaimed writers Ava Homa, Dorris Heffron, and Drew Hayden Taylor as they read from their heart-wrenching, suspense-filled, and comedically poignant works.

'Performing with Words' 
7:30pm - 10:00pm Under the Big Tent
Admission: $15/person
Hosted by Gemini Award winning writer/performer Brigitte Gall.  In the spirit of performance, sit at this 'banquette of words' as comics, performers, singer/songwriters, poets, and authors entertain, and captivate.
Wine, beer and sustenance will be served.  Tickets available at the Cultural Centre.


Book Launch "Surprised Pink Geraniums" with Pat Brown
Friday, August 3, 2012
7 to 9 pm
Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden Cultural Centre
patbrownbooks.com

Surprised Pink Geraniums will be launched on: Friday, August 3rd from 7-9 pm in the Agnes Jamieson Gallery at the Minden Cultural Centre. Music by Beth Johns and Norris Turner Refreshments by the Algonquin Writers Circle

HHWEN Annual General Meeting
Friday, June 22, 2012
12:00 Noon
Red Umbrella Inn
1075 Red Umbrella Road,
off Hwy 35 on 12 Mile Lk

Our afternoon begins with a salad luncheon with Speaker, Writer in Residence Ava Homa, followed by our annual business meeting, during which we will nominate and approve the members of our Management Committee for the coming year.
We promise to keep the business brief.
Please let us know if you wish to nominate someone.Why not nominate yourself? Nominations also accepted from the floor.
Come out and meet our members and our brilliant new Writer in Residence.

Cost for the afternoon is $20.00; Open to anyone.
Please reserve by contacting Kay at 705-286-6635
or kathleenmillard61@sympatico.ca

Friends of the Library AGM with Ava Homa
Writer in Residence
Friday, April 27, 2012
1:00 p.m.
Common Room
Minden Hills Cultural Centre
Bobcaygeon Rd.
www.mindenculturalcentre.com

In a special presentation, the Friends provided an opportunity for library members to meet Ava Homa, our new Writer in Residence, following their AGM this year.

The author of Echoes from the Other Land, Stories of Modern Iranian Women,Ava spoke about women in Iran and the difficulties of relocating in Canada.

Together we celebrated the work of Friends of the Library and enjoyed a great presentation by an Iranian woman in exile.

Sponsorship and funding of the Writer in Residence position (operating out of the Minden Hills Cultural Centre) is a 3-way collaboration of HHWEN,the Cultural Centre, and the Haliburton Public Library system.

'A Celebration of Poetry' with Live Poets in the Pub
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
7:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Dominion Hotel
Bobcaygeon Rd.,Minden
www.dominionhotelpub.com

April is Canada's National Poetry Month!
To celebrate this special month, HHWEN - in conjunction with Live Poets in the Pub - hosted a Celebration of Poetry at the Dominion Hotel, complete with stage and sound system.
Hot food was available to be ordered from the menu from 6 p.m.
Free coffee and dessert was served, compliments of the Dominion Hotel, at the close of the readings.
No Cover, No Minimum
A great time was had by all.

Live Poets in the Pub with Local Poets & Songwriters
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Dominion Hotel
Bobcaygeon Rd.
Minden
www.dominionhotelpub.com

"Minden is a drinkin' town with a poetry problem." - Shawn Chamberlin

Local poets and songwriters come together in our favorite pub on the third Wednesday of each month.
Everyone is welcome to come and participate, or just sit back, hoist a pint and enjoy an evening of original poetry and song.
No Cover, no Minimum.
For further information:
Call Pat Brown at 705-286-6448

'Voices From Your Past'
A Memoir Series with Melody Richardson
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
9:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
R.D.Lawrence Place
176 Bobcaygeon Rd., Minden
www.rdlawrenceplace@mindenhills.ca

Part of an ongoing series, this FREE workshop, sponsored by Arts Alive, is open to anyone interested in improving their writing skills.

Designed to assist new or experienced writers, or anyone engaged in collecting family history, this series is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to turn all that information into stories your loved ones and others will not be able to put down.
Please note: This program may be cancelled due to restructuring of RDLP. Check first.

'Personal': R.D.Lawrence
Sunday, February 12, 2012 to Wednesday, February 29, 2012
R.D.Lawrence Place
176 Bobcaygeon Rd., Minden
www.rdlawrenceplace@mindenhills.ca

Running from now until the end of the month, this new exhibit, 'Personal' showcases a side of Ron Lawrence many may not be aware of.

R.D. Lawrence had a firm hand with the wildest of wildlife and did not suffer fools lightly. Surviving two wars made him undeniably tough.
But he also had an equally strong sense of humour and a soft spot for Valentines.
Come peek at personal cards and an exhibit that shows his sweet and fun side

Family Literacy Day with Beverlea Jackson
Friday, January 27, 2012
10:30 a.m.
Dysart Public Library
Haliburton Village

The Haliburton County Public Library System presented literacy specialist Beverlea Jackson in a reading of the children's book 'Bear Snores On'. This free family event also included activities and games.

Family Literacy Day with Beverlea Jackson
Friday, January 27, 2012
2:00 p.m.
Minden Public Library
176 Bobcaygeon Rd., Minden
www.rdlawrenceplace@mindenhills.ca

The Haliburton County Public Library System presented literacy specialist Beverlea Jackson in a second reading of the children's book 'Bear Snores On', in Minden, later that same day. This free family event also included activities and games.

'Live Poets in the Pub' with Local Poets & Songwriters
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Dominion Hotel
Bobcaygeon Rd., Minden
www.dominionhotelpub.com

"Minden is a drinkin' town with a poetry problem." - Shawn Chamberlin

Local poets and songwriters come together in our favorite pub on the third Wednesday of each month.
Everyone is welcome to come and participate, or just sit back, hoist a pint and enjoy an evening of original poetry and song.
No Cover, no Minimum.
For further information:
Call Pat Brown at 705-286-6448

Book launch "Turnings" with Claire Sylvan
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Turnings book launch.

'Back Words'
Short Story CELEBRATION with Sheryl Loucks
Saturday, December 3, 2011
10:00 a.m.
R. D. Lawrence Place,
176 Bobcaygeon Rd., Minden
www.rdlawrenceplace@mindenhills.ca

The 2011 First Place Winner and Runners-up in the 'Back Words' short story contest read their stories, and prizes were awarded in this happy celeration. As always, the public was welcome to attend. Admission was by donation and refreshments were free in this annual event, sponsored this year by the Haliburton Echo and Minden Times.
For further details contact Sheryl Loucks at rdlawrenceplace@mindenhills.ca.

'Letters to a Mentor' - an exhibit
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
R. D. Lawrence Place
176 Bobcaygeon Rd.
Minden
www.rdlawrenceplace@mindenhills.ca

Running all through November until the beginning of December, this exhibit was a trbute to RD unlike any other.

Hundreds of people wrote to R.D. Lawrence. His responses led to mentoring relationships, some of which lasted decades.

Touching, powerful, and sometimes humorous, some of these letters were presented in this tribute to R.D. Lawrence's lasting legacy.

One of those mentored was Greg DeLiso, whose brilliant new documentary about Lawrence was included in this year's Haliburton International Film Festival.
On November 6, RDLP hosted a fascinating talk with Greg and other special guests who participated in the documentary project, some of whom also had letters in the exhibit.

'A Writer's Christmas' with various authors and performers
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
5:00 p.m.
The Pepper Mill,
Highway 35
Carnarvon, Ontario

Always an enjoyable event guaranteeing great food, laughter, readings and song, the evening started with a sumptuous roast beef buffet dinner and an array of desserts, followed by seasonal literary offerings from several of our talented members and friends.

This party is always so much fun, we fill the restaurant every year. So if this appeals to you for Christmas 2012, be sure to register early.
Contact Kay at kathleenmillard61@sympatico.ca or
705-286-6635 to reserve.

'Back Words':
SHORT STORY CONTEST with DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 27
Sunday, November 27, 2011
R.D. Lawrence Place, Minden
www.rdlawrenceplace@mindenhills.ca

The 'Back Words' contest is an allusion to the beautiful back woods country here in the Haliburton Highlands.
Entrants were required to include five random words: "raccoon", "hollow", "sanctuary", "star" and "farm" in short stories not to exceed 750 words.
The deadline for submissions was Nov. 27. Contact for this contest was Sheryl Loucks at 705-286-2298 or email rdlawrenceplace@mindenhills.ca.

'Voices From Your Past'
A Memoir Workshop, plus Lunch with Melody Richardson
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
9:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
R. D. Lawrence Place
176 Bobcaygeon Rd.
Minden
www.rdlawrenceplace@mindenhills.ca

Attendees learned how to fine tune their own self-editing in this FREE workshop, then stayed to enjoy the potluck lunch that followed.

Contact for this event was Sheryl Loucks at 286-2298 or
email rdlawrenceplace@mindenhills.ca

'Brock's Agent' with Tom Taylor
Friday, November 11, 2011
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
R. D. Lawrence Place
176 Bobcaygeon Rd.
Minden
www.rdlawrenceplace@mindenhills.ca

'A ripping yarn' is what the Globe and Mail has dubbed Tom Taylor's new book Brock's Agent. This fictional tale about a man on the run from a supposed murder he committed while rescuing a girl is more than a romance as he is forced to accept a secret mission from General Brock and pose as a fur trader in the midst of the war of 1812.
This book is rich with history and relevance as the 200th anniversary of this battle for North American supremacy nears.

Tom Taylor, a writer/historian who has turned his passion for this largely ignored chapter of history into a hot, new, page-turner, entertained a highly receptive audience with his reading and informative talk about both the writing of his historical adventure novel and the battle that defined our borders.
Cost: $12 HHWEN members; $15 Non-members.

'Voices From Your Past'
A Memoir Series with Melody Richardson
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
9:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
R. D. Lawrence Place
176 Bobcaygeon Rd.
Minden
www.rdlawrenceplace@mindenhills.ca

Part of an ongoing series, this FREE workshop, sponsored by Arts Alive, was open to anyone interested in improving their writing skills.

Designed to assist new or experienced writers, or anyone engaged in collecting family history, this series was a wonderful opportunity to learn how to turn all that information into stories your loved ones and others would not be able to put down.

'Books Alive' with Local Authors
Saturday, October 1, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
St. Paul's Anglican Church,
19 Invergordon,
Minden Riverwalk

As our FREE offering for this year's National Culture Days, HHWEN presented its Sixth Annual 'Books Alive', featuring readings, book sales and signings by several of our local authors.
Light Refreshments served.

Authors interested in taking part in this annual opportunity to present and sell their works were invited to call Kay at 705-286-6635 or
email kathleenmillard61@sympatico.ca
to book a table.

Poetry Art Exhibition
Sanctuary Theme with Ron Evans, WIR
Friday, September 30, 2011
Minden Hills Cultural Centre
Bobcaygeon Rd.
Minden
www.mindenculturalcentre.com

This exhibit, which opened on August 11, will be ongoing until the end of September.

See how artists have interpreted the poetry of our Writer in Residence in their respective mediums. Word play takes on a whole new meaning in this show!


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