Hermine Steinberg is the founder and Director of The NOTL Writers’ Circle. In addition to being a teacher and counsellor, she’s been writing for most of her life. ‘The Co-Walkers, Awakening’ (Prizm Books 2013) is her debut novel. Written for middle grade readers, it is the first of the trilogy.
She also writes articles, theatre reviews and short stories for various online publications. Hermine is thrilled to be part of this growing community of writers in Niagara-on-the-lake; eager to support and encourage each others’ creative efforts.
j. d. Reid lives an ageless but eclectic lifestyle immersed in isolation, beautiful views, dark skies, and a deep passion to write. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Physics from Johns Hopkins University, and worked for many years for NASA where he had the privilege to work on of a number of deep-space probes, most notably to Mercury
and then Pluto, each at opposite ends of the solar system. He likes physics, mathematics, music, art, English literature, astronomy, paleontology, anthropology, entomology, psychology, even religion, but finds all of us most interesting of all.
He is a Canadian and a proud American. He has English roots, some Scottish peat in his blood, and even a tingle of the Irish.
His stated goal is to write something that a reader will think of as “good”. He is the author of “The Girl on the Ferry” and the novella “Ashleigh’s Dilemma” both available through Amazon.
He can be contacted at email@example.com.
The Girl on the Ferry: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A4LFRVW
Emilie Heart and Mind: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NCF0EXI
Ashleigh's Dilemma: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008D2JSDM
My author-page: http://storyfinds.com/author/10288/j-d-reid
Joan Tulloch was a closet writer for many years and finally ‘came out’ a short while ago.
She writes content to help website owners connect with their customers. Then follow up with them to build a solid relationship, the foundation for long-term business growth.
She also works as an Organizing Professional and inspires others to find the peacefulness creating order can bring.
Oda Lindner is a Yoga Therapist who loves writing almost as much she loves Yoga. She has studied Archeology, Political Science and Anthropology in Berlin and at McGill and has a deep interest in philosophy. She is a regular contributor to Yoga publications and has written for the recent “Niagara Voices” series.
Oda was born in Germany. She moved to Canada in the late 1970s, lived in Quebec and Alberta for over 30 years and moved to Niagara on the Lake in 2011.
Gary Libben, Vice President, Research
Gary Libben is an aspiring essayist who has published on language and language processing.
He is currently Vice President Research at Brock University and has lived in Niagara on the Lake since 2011. He holds degrees from Concordia and McGill University and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
Jamie Lupia is a nineteen year old creative writing major from Brock University. Fueled by naps and yogurt, Jamie enjoys writing mainly poetic prose and free verse.
Though a little out of her area of interest, she is currently working on a novella entitled "References Available Upon Request" - a story about working part time jobs to get through university. You can see some of her work on a local university creative blog run out of Toronto called "The Continuist":
Deborah L. Whitehouse Living surrounded by a forest, as well as travel to other spaces and gardens, yields inspiration for my writing. The positive energy of these places provides fuel for what emerges. My work has evolved from a life-long passion for writing, a keen interest to preserve nature, and to learn new things. It is created for the joy of creating, and for the sharing of that joy.
Born and raised in Michigan, graduate of University of Michigan and University of Missouri (BA and MSc, respectively), I am a published scientific author, have written for magazines and have written innumerable reports throughout my career. Now between assignments (happily retired after 33 years with The Niagara Parks Commission) I am shifting my focus to creative writing pursuits.
Janine Summers, author of The Dragons of the Black Castle, also digitally available on Smashwords, Amazon and ITunes, lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada with her husband, two cats, Bonky and Runty, and Lily a German shepherd. Janine is currently working on her next project.
THE MATCHSTICK HOUSE SERIES:
Book 1: Emmy and the Coven of Witches.
Book 2: Emmy and the Stone of Faith.
Randy Klaassen is a freelance writer and owner of “People’s History Publications.” His interest in hearing and helping others tell their stories has evolved from over 30 years of sharing with families as a pastor.
"People's History Publications" writes and records family history projects to articulate the experiences of ordinary people who have lived through extra-ordinary events.
Among other works Randy has written and published:
Quartermaster Jack: Jack Hunter's Story
I Did It My Way: That's Why Nothing Works - Blanche Quinn Story
Maxine Ross: Memories of a Dancer
PHP publications include:
The Cost of Freedom - 2nd Edition, by Madalyn Neufeld
Berries, Tickles and Saltwater Ice - Expanded Edition, by Reg Faust
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or see the web site www.phpnotl.com
Bill Hamilton aka Drake Spentington
I have enjoyed writing since my days at University. I have written various articles for publications in over 30 different careers I have enjoyed. I currently work as a Tour Guide for Taste the Town Tours by day and NOTL Ghostwalks by night.
I grew up with the history of Niagara Falls owning 3 daredevil barrels one of which is the famous “Death Barrel” and now am immersed in the history of Niagara on the Lake. I am working on an anthology of poetry representing our yearly holidays entitled “J thru D”. As well I am compiling a series of short stories entitled “Through the eyes of The Stone”.
My experience with the Writer’s Circle has been a reawakening of my passion to write. Although my strength has been poetry I am now taking the challenge to write short stories creating mystery through Life’s Experience.
My short story "Let me introduce you.." has been published in A Seasonal, Sweet and Suspenseful Anthology. It's available at Amazon.ca.
mail to: email@example.com
Jean Baker I've been writing since 1980, first as a member of the Ottawa Indeoendent Writer's Circle and later the Canadian Writers Association based in St. Catharines. As a professional member, I have been published in several magazines and newspapers. Notable are the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Living, The Downtowner in St. Catharines, British Heritage in Harrisburg P.A. Todays Seniors, Fifty Five Plus. Interest in writing was inspired by close relatives who enjoyed distinguished careers as editors of British Newspapers.
Chief interests are writing history and travel articles. I have completed an historical novel set in England, Europe and Canada covering the period from 1820-1832. I hope to market this book later in the year.
One other activity, playing the piano under the guidance of Valentina Kazakova, Dean of the Rachmaninoff Music Academy requires daily practice. I am a member of Amnesty International, The World Wide Charles Dickens Fellowship and St. Marks Church Choir. We will perform Mozarts Requiem in November, with orchestra.
Myrtle Burton With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, I’m fond of anything connected with art and the humanities. I am an artist in oil painting, and have done a few portraits upon request. It follows that writing is important to me as well.
During the nineties, I had poems published in two volumes - Forever and a Day and Recollections of Yesterday - for The National Library of Poetry in the United States.
A more recent work was a small book published in 2010 - Septet, Mini-Mysteries for All Ages, a group of seven very brief stories. I am working on a book now which describes my unusual life in the tropical rain forest of Guyana. It is a long-term work in progress.
I enjoy the Writers Circle for its interesting members, and I feel that Hermine is doing a fine job for us as our “leader.”
Sam "Saverin" Longo
is a character in a dream who displays all the qualities of a writer convinced of the ingenuity of his recycled thoughts.
His story is set in the wilds of the Niagara escarpment where he spends his time with family, friends, hobbies, distractions, words...and tourists.
His tale is not a hero's journey, but more of a sauntering through the valley, or a ride down a peaceful river on an inner-tube. Though lucidity occasionally sparks within him, mostly he is unaware of his status as a made-up character.
Terry Belleville worked for many years as a professional actor in Australia and in Canada. His studies of advertising and marketing ultimately led him to work as Creative Director for BBDO International. He won national and international awards for his work in the industry and as an independent filmmaker. He taught at the Alberta College of Art for six years and was a regular guest lecturer at the University of Calgary. Terry was also President of The Factory Inc., a creative resource for agencies and The Film Factory, a film and television production company.
As a writer he has worked extensively in communication; he has also written plays that have received professional productions; he’s had articles published and completed six screenplays. He is currently working on his fourth novel and a series of short stories. He has always written and always will. He loves visual arts, tennis, working out and cooking. Butter makes everything better. He is a Canadian/Australian citizen. He and his wife, Donna, have two sons and three gorgeous grandsons. It’s a grey day if he doesn’t get to laugh. www.terrybelleville.com
Ryan A. Gaio thinks he's a writer, though he's still not sure if he deserves to admit it. He's born and raised in NOTL, and it shows in his work, for better and for worse. He writes about heartbreak and drifters and rock n roll, and so he mostly writes about himself.
He can usually be found in a coffeeshop on Queen Street, if he's not listening to an oldies station on an AM radio or trying to find answers to questions he probably shouldn't be asking.
He reads some of the things that he's written on a podcast called Something That I Wrote, which can be found on his website, www.ryanagaio.com.
Richard West is a retired engineer who has resided in NOTL for over 35 years. Richard’s career has taken him to all continents (except Antarctica) and has included a wide range of experiences.
He has always loved to read about new things, discover people’s life stories and enjoy fiction. Exposed to Welsh poetry and verse by his wife he has a soft spot for Dylan Thomas. But whether it is Dickens, Lawrence or Czerneda - it’s the story they tell that fascinates.
Later in life Richard realized that although he loved to read what people have written, he had little idea how they did it. Never one to just shrug off a question, he set out to learn how to write. He freely admits he is still only a lowly apprentice at this craft. But the journey of learning is most rewarding.
Richard recently discovered the Writers Circle and is now an active member.
Sally Basmajian is an executive escapee from the corporate world of broadcasting. She dabbles in short fiction and memoir pieces, and is working on a beach-worthy chick-lit novel. In 2016, her stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail (Facts & Arguments), Avis Magazine, Slinkchunk Press, Canadian Stories, SQ Mag, and more.
She lives in idyllic Niagara-on-the-Lake with her understanding husband and demanding sheltie.
Here are a few recent links:
Sharon Frayne is a Niagara native who has returned home to write and paint after many years working as an educator and administrator in several Ontario communities.
B.A (Honours Visual Arts/English), B.Ed., M.Ed. Sharon's writing career started as a student reporter for the St. Catharines Standard. She studied Journalism at the University of Western Ontario. She is a regular blogger for the Stage of Life website, and was the National adult essay contest Winner with 'Stepping into a Lifetime'.
Caught Between the Walls, Sharon’s ghostly tale of the old Niagara Courthouse and Gaol (1817 -1920) will be released in November 2016.
Felix Imonti I moved to Niagara on the Lake in July 2014. Shortly after moving into the house, a neighbour mentioned the Writers' Circle. It was the first time that I joined anything and I must thank the neighbour.
I have published a history book, Violent Justice and many articles in the areas of international politics and economics. In spite of the non-fiction writing, my secret desire was to write fiction, but I never really strove to reach the dream. With the inspiration provided by others with the same ambitions, I am working on a collection of essays and a novel. Now, I am determined to turn dream into achievement.
Before coming to Niagara on the Lake, I lived in many countries and traveled through many others. I have been involved in investing since the age of sixteen and I suspect that this background is going to influence whatever work I produce.
If you want to write, don't think about it. Join people who are doing something about it. That is the first lesson that I have learned in my new home.
Ailsa Wylie has been a voracious reader from an early age. Travel is another passion, and she once had a travel article (about extreme sports in NZ) published.
Eventually she went to Japan to teach English for a couple of years and learn Japanese, where she and a Japanese friend coauthored a Japanese-English phrasebook (English title: 1000 English Phrases from Morning to Night http://www.amazon.co.jp/朝から晩までまるごと1日-英語表現・フレーズ1000-伊藤由樹子/dp/4791619110).
A couple of years became 14, and she returned to Canada in 2013 determined to make a living as a freelance Japanese to English translator.
Ailsa had joined a writers’ Meetup group in Tokyo and was happy to find NOTL Writers’ Circle here. Her head is full of so many things to write about that she doesn’t know where to start. She also has a deeply ingrained tendency to see both sides of every argument, leading to unposted (or even unwritten) blog entries that wind up cancelling themselves out before they’re completed. These days most of Ailsa’s writing is translation of corporate documents, with a few travel websites thrown in to lighten things up, but she wants to write some essays and short stories of her own and appreciates the way the Writers’ Circle inspires and motivates her to do that.
Richard Tattoni is a Burlington native and emerging writer who has completed a full length novel, short stories and poetry.
As the author's debut novel, 'Beyond The Blue Kite' is mature YA fiction and he hopes it will make a big splash in the literary world. In the meantime, the author is currently working on a second novel and writing exploratory New Adult and Bizarro fiction.
When he is not writing, Richard works as a closed captioning editor and has a background in media communication.
With a passion for creative writing for over 20 years and a love of free poetry and stories that make him laugh, when he isn’t reading Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson or Kurt Vonnegut for inspiration or completing revision after revision, he's listening to all genres of music and spending time with his family. Find out more at www.RichardTattoni.com.
My first live video performance on Author Roundtable through French Press Bookworks and its parent company Pen Name Publishing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5puKW9g9JKs
Bojan Ratković is a writer from Serbia, now living in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
His work appeared in Escape Pod, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Every Day Fiction, Great Lakes Review, and Fiction Vortex, among others.
He holds a PhD in political philosophy from the University of Western Ontario. When not writing about fictional worlds, or the completely authentic and not-at-all-fictional world of politics, he enjoys challenging people to Japanese Anime-themed trivia contests.
My sci-fi story "Ride the Dragon" is available for free to read or listen to as a podcast:
On Twitter: @Bojan_Ratkovic
Sharon McLeay (MA) loves writing and inspiring others to explore and find meaning in their words.
After years of writing other people’s stories in memoirs, newsmagazines, newspapers and trade periodicals, Sharon is focusing on her own memoir, short stories and poetry. She enjoys showing others how to begin/enhance writing and boost creativity through the use of journal writing and connecting with ‘The Muse.’ She offers both Journal to the Self© and Modern Day Muse© workshops online and in person.
For more about Sharon, her workshops and writing visit her blog: www.lifesallwriteblog.wordpress.com and her website: www.lifesallwrite.com
Read about the ‘new’ journaling in Sharon’s Calgary Herald article at: