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    The Writing Spiral by Jessica Outram

    Available at Let’s Talk Books in Cobourg, Ontario. Nearly sold out!


    About the Book

    In The Writing SpiralJessica Outram, an educator and writer, shares eight thematic spirals that explore how we can cultivate a writing life that guarantees growth and development.

    This book offers a theory about how writers learn. Using the contributions from 30 emerging and experienced writers, The Writing Spiral demonstrates the way learning about creativity, courage, solitude, community, ambition, perseverance, curiosity, and love develop mastery to make an expressive, inspired writer.

    A comprehensive learning program designed to call writers to action, this book utilizes research-based learning strategies, humour, metaphor, and interactive exercises to awaken the learner in you. To become a better writer, you need to become a better learner.

    A diverse collection of poems, stories, memoirs, and essays take you on a journey around layers of experience, knowledge, and inquiry to awaken your writing core.

    The Writing Spiral offers a new vision that encourages us to define our writing spirals: to embrace reflection and analysis, to love learning, and to courageously write our truths and share our stories.

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    From the Cottage Porch: An Anthology About Cottage Life in Ontario

    Edited by Jessica Outram and Ewa Krynski.

    Picnicking on the rocks of Georgian Bay, relocating an outhouse in Muskoka, or catching tadpoles at Algonquin Park: From the Cottage Porch captures the spirit of cottage country in Ontario. Imagine the day unfolding from your favourite Adirondack chair on the porch. The anthology begins with the sounds of sunrise and moves through the dynamic and surprising events of morning, afternoon, evening and night at the cottage.

    This beautiful anthology about the cottage features the talents of 31 outstanding writers from across Ontario. The 43 stories, memoirs and poems are organized using the passing of time at the cottage. From the dewey, crisp mornings filled with birdsong to long afternoons on the water to lively evenings spent around the campfire, the book moves from sunrise to sunset.

    Available at Let’s Talk Books in Cobourg, Ontario. Over 600 copies sold!

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    Once Upon a Rocking Chair: A Play in Two Acts

    A Métis family, the De La Roche women have an annual summer Georgian Bay tradition. Three retired sisters and their three grown daughters spend a week at the cottage drinking wine, reminiscing, and making plans for the future. But this summer is different. Deep-rooted secrets are revealed as the annual festivities become ones that nobody will ever forget. It is a play about family, relationships, work, aging, life, and the validity of ‘happily-ever-after.’

    The script is available at the Canadian Play Outlet. It is also in the Pledge Project database.