Date: July 12-15, 2013
Location: Club 55 in the Huntsville Civic Centre
Funds Raised: $20,000
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Our 2013 fundraising goal this year was $15,000 and we surpassed that amount. Our 39 writers raised almost $20,000 for the Muskoka Literacy Council and YMCA Literacy Services
** Awards took place at the Community Room, Robinson’s Independent Grocer, 131 Howland Dr., Huntsville, Sept 21, 2013. The novel marathon itself took place July 12-15 at Club 55 in the Huntsville Civic Centre.
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|Adult Category||Young Adult Category|
|Best Manuscript||Michael Codato – The Doll House||Alyssa Hawn – There’s a Unicorn in my Bathtub|
||—||The Beautiful Summer
by Brenna Pinckard??by Lori Twining
|Honourable Mention(s)||?? by Alison Hall
?? by Karen Wehrstein
||Michael Codato – 49,417 words|
|Bum In Chair (BIC)
|Rookie of the Year
** (Note: Nora is a student of the very literacy program we support, who discovered she was a writer after taking classes… and so decided to be part of the Novel Marathon so as to give back.)
Runners-up: Shellie Yaworski, Pat Flewwelling, Tobin Elliott and Lori Twining
** All top five fund-raising winners won the right to a “GUARANTEED” spot in the 2014 MNM.**
Our 2013 Writers
Note: Not all 2013 MNM writers are represented here.
Jocelyn Adams grew up on a cattle farm in Lakefield and has remained a resident of Southern Ontario her entire life, most recently in Muskoka. She has worked as a computer geek, a stable hand, a secretary, and spent most of her childhood buried up to the waist in an old car or tractor engine with her mechanically inclined dad. But mostly, she’s a dreamer with a vivid imagination and a love for fantasy (and a closet romantic — shhh!). When she isn’t shooting her compound bow in competition or writing, she hangs out with her husband and young daughter at their little house in the woods.
Writing has been a life-long hobby for Nancy Beal and, for the past 15 years, a full-time occupation. From journalism pieces for newspapers and magazines to corporate communications, she has written and edited newsletters, speeches, training materials, media materials, website content, advertising materials, video scripts and business reports. Nancy is currently working on a biography and has aspirations to write an historical fiction, based on the facts of a family story that happened over 500 years ago.
Noelle Bickle is a writer, editor, creative writing workshop facilitator, and a Humber School for Writers alumni. She works as Program Director at the Canadian Authors Association. Her passion is facilitating expressive writing workshops with youth-at-risk. She is currently working on a YA novel. Her website is www.boundbytheword.wordpress.com.
It’s Paula Boon’s ninth year as part of this crazy and wonderful marathon family. She can’t wait for the creative energy, surges of laughter, late-night shenanigans and the time to write, write, write. Thanks to Karen and Dawn for making it happen!
When not writing, third year attendee, SJ (Sandra) Clarke is honing her craft as a serial workshop attendee. All those workshops paid off this past year when she a multiple Award Winning author of romantic suspense. Mind Over Matter won the 2012 RWA Maggie Award, took a 2nd Place 2012 RTTA finish for Best First Book and was a finalist for the CRWA Award of Excellence for Best Romantic Suspense of 2012. Her upcoming novel, The Missing Time, won The 2012 Golden Claddagh and the 2012 Golden Gateway. Sandra sits on the board of directors for The Ontario Writer’s Conference and is a member of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region and Romance Writers of America.
Michael Codato – This will be my second year participating and I am extremely excited about the prospect. I am knowledgeable in a diverse number of subjects including but not limited to Ontario archaeology, french classical cooking, accounting theory and moped restoration and repair. In addition to juggling these hobbies, I have also managed to find time to write a couple of additional stories. The spark burns bright. Looking forward to seeing familiar faces in July!
This year will mark Cheryl Cooper‘s fifth novel marathon, as she previously participated in 2001 (albeit from home), 2004, 2005 and 2012. Her recently published novel, “Come Looking for Me,” set on a British warship during the War of 1812, had its beginnings in the 2004 marathon. Her second novel, “Second Summer of War” will be released by Dundurn Press in February 2014.
Kevin Craig is a 4 time winner of the Muskoka Novel Marathon Best Novel Award. He is the author of three published novels; Sebastian’s Poet, Summer on Fire and The Reasons. Kevin is also a playwright. He has had six plays produced. His most recent, Perfect Timing, will be performed at this year’s InspiraTO Festival at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto. His website is kevintcraig.com/ and he blogs at kevintcraig.wordpress.com/
Carol Daize – RBC Financial Advisor with 20 years experience. Passions: Certified Foot Reflexology / Therapeutic Touch Practitioner. Mother of 2, Grandmother of 4. I plan to write with my sister Sherry Davis-Galvao.
Sherry Davis-Galvao – I am a budding writer and am excited about my first novel, which I am collaborating on with my sister. I am also a mother of two children and my husband and I are currently planning our retirement in Portugal.
Connie Di Pietro-Sparacino of Brooklin, Ontario, is a married, full-time busy mom of four. She makes time to pursue her passion for writing contributing to and hosting a weekly writer’s circle. While currently seeking publication for her first novel, DAUGHTER OF GOD, Connie is hard at work on her new manuscript. Reflective Pane is her first published work found in the Wild Words Anthology. Connie’s interests lie in world religions, history, horror and yoga.
Alison Doucette is an eighteen year-old resident of Aurora where she lives with her parents and two siblings. This is her third marathon.
Tobin Elliott writes ugly stories about bad people doing horrible things. He’s published two novellas and a short story. He also teaches Creative Writing at both Durham College and Trent University, is a member of the WCDR, and he blogs when he can. Visit him at tobinelliott.com or tobinelliott.wordpress.com.
Lizann Flatt is the author of many nonfiction books, short stories and poems for kids. Recent book titles include SORTING THROUGH SPRING, COUNTING ON FALL, and LET’S GO! THE STORY OF GETTING FROM THERE TO HERE. Her work has also appeared in LADYBUG, BABYBUG, and HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN magazines. Lizann was formerly the editor of CHICKADEE magazine. Today she lives in rural Muskoka, Ontario with her husband and three children. Her website is www.lizannflatt.com.
Pat Flewwelling is now a five-time marathoner, having won the Most Prolific four times in a row – so some marathoners will be happy to know she is not competing in that category this year! Pat specializes in radio plays and writing really, really quickly, and will be buddying up with newcomer Nora Bartlett. Check out her latest news on www.ninedaywonder.com!
M-E Girard is writer of LGBTQ young adult fiction–more specifically, she writes stories about contemporary queer teen girls. She has completed her first Young Adult novel (a finalist in the 2010 Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest) and is working on her second, third, and fourth one. M-E is a member of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region and has joined its Board of Directors. She also manages their website “Reading As Writers,” a blog and resource site for its members. Her website is www.megirard.com
Alison Hall – I am a piano teacher who lives in Meaford. This will be my second year at the marathon! I have entered the local writing contests and tied for first place last year, and won third place this year. I enjoy playing with words and organizing sentences, always thinking about writing even if I don’t actually get down to it that day. Looking forward to some uninterrupted thinking and writing this year! My blog is here: alisonjhallwrites.wordpress.com
Alyssa Hawn is a second-year English student at the University of Guelph. She has wanted to be a writer since grade five, but has a horrible habit of leaving projects half finished. This is her first marathon.
Yvonne Hess is an avid reader and fiction writer from Whitby, Ontario. She has won awards for her short fiction and was awarded a scholarship from the WCDR, of which she is a proud member. She enjoys reading and writing in many genres and has recently completed her first novel, set in WWII.
Emma L.R. Hogg is an aspiring fiction writer who is happiest when writing. She lives in Toronto with her fabulous husband and Black Labrador dog. When she’s not writing, you can find Emma in a yoga studio, on her bicycle, or reading a book she can’t put down.
This is Dawn Huddlestone’s sixth year at the Muskoka Novel Marathon. She is the MNM’s website and social media manager, sponsorship and volunteer coordinator and co-convenor. Her manuscript Wry Bread won the adult category at the 2009 Muskoka Novel Marathon. By day, Dawn is a freelance writer and social media manager. She lives in Muskoka with her husband, daughter, a yellow Lab who won’t swim, and a fat cat who thinks she’s a dog. Life is good. Dawn’s website is www.dawnhuddlestone.com
Tena Laing Writer, teacher, twin. Attended 14 different schools. Toronto, Tokyo, Texas, and Newfoundland are all home. Member: Toronto Writers’ Centre, Writers’ League of Texas. Workshops: Humber School for Writers in Toronto, Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking in New York, Damariscotta Lake Writers’ Conference in Maine. Currently revising first novel manuscript. www.tenalaing.blogspot.com
Paula Mazzocchi – I was a data architect and project manager prior to the 2008 economic crisis. After staff reductions, I licked my wounds and spent my severance on an honors degree in Information Systems and English Lit. at Trent University. In Jan. this year I took Tobin Elliott’s creative writing fiction course to get the writers POV and learned just how much I love to write. I live in Courtice with my husband (Phil) of 19 years, our 18 year old son (Phil Jr.) and our rescued Samoyed Dove and stray cat Hollywood.
Monika Moravan employs 26 letters and a pocketful of punctuation to manufacture a myriad of messages for the professional and personal purposes of her clients. Translated into Hemingway, she’s a writer. A graduate from the College of Sports Media’s inaugural class, Monika excels at penning profiles and can work a hockey reference into anything. Betcha a pint!
Caroline Pattison – I am the author of two Sarah Martin Mysteries: “The Whole, Entire, Complete Truth” and “The Law of Three”, published by Dundurn. “The Law of Three” was the recipient of Orillia Public Library’s 2008 Teen Summer Survivor Award. I am also a Principal in an elementary school in Gravenhurst. I was born in Scotland and moved to Canada at a young age, growing up in Cambridge, Ontario. I now live in Milford Bay and love Muskoka for its beautiful outdoors. I enjoy kayaking, swimming and snowshoeing.
In her former life, Dyoni Smith-Page was a crusader in the war against dreadful lighting. She now lives quietly in Breslau with her husband, two daughters, and no houseplants (thanks to their cat). Her chaotically full life has left her obsessed with ideas for novels she hopes will reach the children she teaches.
Brenna Pinckard – I am a student who has recently graduated high school. I have been interested in creative writing for as long as I can remember and plan to study it in university this coming year. I will be attending University of Western Ontario in the fall. My ultimatedream is to publish a novel one day, but I’d also like be an editor in a publishing house.
Urve Tamberg grew up in Toronto as the daughter of Estonian immigrant parents. With a B.Sc. (Physical Therapy), and a M.B.A., her management career spanned both the private and public sectors of health care. She has always been inspired by little-known stories of stubbornness, ingenuity, and bravery, so a few years ago she began to write historical fiction for teens. Urve lives in Oakville, Ontario with her husband, three children, and a little black dog named Shimmer. The Darkest Corner of the World is her first novel. Her website is www.utamberg.com
Lori Twining is back for her third year at MNM with the romantic illusion of being the “Queen of The Pantliners” by twisting together a tich of Panster and a tad of Outliner to help find her perfect muse. She works as a Civil Engineering Designer during the day and slams her thoughts into her laptop at night, writing fiction full of emotion and chaos. Her edgy novel, Pushing Skinny, received a Judge’s Honorable Mention in the 2012 MNM, so she’s hoping for more magic this year. Primarily, Lori is looking forward to 72 hours straight of no interruptions and no responsibilities… only concentrating on writing the ultimate kick-ass manuscript, well, there’s that, and participating in the Hat Competition and the Cape Costume Party, of course! Her website is www.loritwining.com and www.lvtwriter.com.
Karen Wehrstein published three novels, two solo and one collaborative, in the 90s: Lion’s Heart, Lion’s Soul and Shadow’s Son (with Shirley Meier and S.M. Stirling). She has also published several short stories, plus innumerable news and features articles, mostly for Muskoka publications. In the past four years, she has written and posted a 14-book fantasy series online, posting 1,500 words per day on average. This is her eighth Muskoka Novel Marathon as writer and her third as co-convenor.Her website is www.chevenga.com
Raphi Wehrstein, age 15, will be joining his mother Karen Wehrstein for his second Novel Marathon, having first participated in 2011. He was diagnosed with mild autism at three but has displayed artistic, musical and writerly talents since an early age. Most recently he’s tried and excelled in claymation filmmaking. He will be continuing work on a cartoon picture book, The Legend of Sheriff Frog.
Shellie Yaworski lives in a terrifying alter-universe of mythical creatures and ancient Chinese curses. She returns to her husband and two Kung Fu children on occasion to record her adventures and tend to her herb garden. This is her fifth marathon.
Our 2013 Sponsors