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Brian Brett

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Brian Brett, writer, poet, farmer, literary critic, memoirist and activist is the 9th recipient of the annual British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for literary excellence for his 2011 release, Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life.

This prize was established in 2003 by former Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Iona Campagnolo, to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000.00 and a commemorative certificate.

Trauma Farm is a touching and tender memoir, at once humorous and profound, filled with wonderful insights about life as a poet and accidental farmer in what will always be, for Brian Brett especially, the gentle rain forests of home.” —WADE DAVIS, author of Light at the Edge of the World


A great list of links to sources and resources for self-publishing from Bo Rivers.

The Hack Novelist also offers excellent advice on blogging your book here.

Originally posted on Ritchie White's:

This week I decided to add the links that I used to self-publish my work, create my covers, ebook  publish, and so much more.I have done so much research as a writer/author, and can tell you first hand that I need to learn more. I hope that you will find these links helpful in your journey to becoming an author too.

The first few websites are writing community websites, and are great for meeting other authors, and writers that share your interests,and genres:

My favorite writers community

This is an online writing community

This is a online creative writing community

A writing community for all skill levels and genres

The next and some of the most important links in my list are bloggers that blog about writing, publishing, etc. These websites will help in some of the greatest ways possible, and most of them offer free…

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Allyson Latta

Ever had an instructor whose messages stuck like a magnate to the fridge door, despite all the openings and closings of that oh so popular door the wisdom holds fast?   

Well, I do: Allyson Latta, writer, editor, instructor and friend, whose innate compassion paired with wisdom and confident expertise is an incomparable combination, both rare and beautiful.  

The Writer Magazine

How appropriate that “The Writer” magazine 125th anniversary issue names her website one of its 16 favourites! In her customary style of sharing kudos, Allyson says, “I’m crazy-honoured to be sharing space in the list with 15 other wonderful writer- and editor-bloggers …”

Fragile Creatures

Putting ourselves out there through our writing is a scary business. Fragile creatures we writers are, easily bumped off the writerly path, particularly when our inner critics are wide awake and screaming like “… banshees and drunken monkeys” (Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird).  I’ll never forget how my first writing instructor spoon fed these insecurities and left me questioning my passion for writing.  I took a long hiatus from writing or anything to do with learning to write better, and then fate stepped in – I connected with Allyson through one of her online memoir writing courses!  She cleared a path through the rubble and pointed the way to my writing voice! 

Squeaking, Sniffling and Blubbering

I’ve continued to slot into her programs and retreats when I can, including hosting a retreat at my cottage the summer of 2010 with Allyson facilitating.  That time spent with her and my writer pals was cathartic.  Allyson innately establishes an environment where it feels safe to work through those painful turning points often associated with memoir writing. 

One of Allyson’s favourite quotes is from Robert Frost, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.”  Strong emotions and especially tears can scare the hell out of some instructors, but not Allyson.  For her it is the signal to take the student closer to the memories, holding your virtual hand all the way.

I am a writer thanks to you, Allyson.  I’m so pleased you received this well-deserved recognition.  Congratulations!

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