Thanks to Convenor Paula Boon and committee members Karen Wehrstein, Lorraine Alles, and Dawn Huddlestone who created another memorable event for the 26 writers who participated this year. Sincere thanks to them for the work they did to present this special weekend where writers gather to do what feeds their souls. Thanks to Mieke Byl who acted as “Den Mother” to this creative group of “Writers Helping Readers”.
At the end of September, following the judging process, three writers will have their winning manuscripts sent to publishers for review. Thank you to Karen Cassian, Cheryl Cooper, Nancy Fischer, Joan Gemmill, Jennifer Gray, Rosemary McGuire Herman, Anne Millyard, Noreen Mitchell, Sasha Pringle, Anne Smith and Kirsty Williamson for volunteering to act as judges, and to Marc Cote of Cormorant Books and Mahak Jain of Lobster Press for agreeing to read and review the submitted manuscripts.
This even has always been enthusiastically supported by local businesses that provide food and drinks for the writers, prizes for the top fundraisers, and Muskoka chairs for the contest winners. Special thanks to Algonquin Outfitters, Lindgren Pottery, Muskoka Roastery Coffee Company, Canadian Tire, Robinson’s General Store, Kelly’s Home Furniture, The Bookcase, Coles, Metro, reVibe, Marni Martin Fibre Studio, Robinson’s Independent Grocer, Spencer’s Tall Trees Restaurant, That Little Place by the Lights, Schat Bakery and Café, Little Caesars, Town of Huntsville, Hunters Bay Radio, Ace Awards Inc, Bulk Barn, The Nutty Chocolatier, Yog’s, Soapstones, and The Springhill Fresh Water Company.
Very special thanks and appreciation to the writers, without whose enthusiasm for writing this event would never have become as popular as it is. The 2011 Muskoka Novel Marathon writers included: Julie Achtermeier, Jocelyn Adams, Martha Batiz, Susan Blakeney, Paula Boon, Sandra Clarke, Sheila Cook, Kevin Craig, Alison Doucette, Pat Flewwelling, Lisa Gillan, Dawn Huddlestone, Sharon Ledwith, Laura Litchfield, Linda McLean, Shirley Meier, Jacqui Morrison, Evelyn Pollock, Tim Rice, Maurice Rose’Meyer, Lori Twining, Karen Wehrstein, Raphi Wehrstein, Kate Wheatley, Shellie Yaworski and Collette Yvonne.
Thank you sincerely, everyone, for the part you played in making the whole event the success it was in 2011.
Check out www.muskokanovelmarathon.com for more details on this annual event.
Susan Lowe, President
Muskoka Literacy Council Board of Directors