Local writer finds success with short story
Tyllore Martelle - Staff Writer
In 2014 Mike Laverty, Chief Librarian at the Sioux Lookout Public Library found success with a short story he had written a few years prior. With his story entitled “Indians are From India,” Laverty placed second in a contest held by the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW). The online writing community offers many educational and supportive options for writers in Northwestern Ontario.
Laverty explained that he had written the short story nearly six years ago and decided to work on it at a workshop offered by NOWW. After revising and adding to his story, Laverty then entered it into the contest hosted by NOWW and placed second.
“Indians are From India” continued to be successful when Laverty was asked if it could be featured in a short story anthology titled “Twenty Years on Snowshoes,” the title of the anthology honouring the organization’s 20 year anniversary.
The anthology was released September 5. Copies available at the library.
NOWW was founded in 1997 by Deborah de Bakker, Rosalind Maki, Charles Wilkins, and Jim Foulds. The organization has now grown to be the largest writing organization in Northwestern Ontario. NOWW is headquartered inThunder Bay, but many of its services are accessible online through the website www.nowwwriters.ca. The organization aims to allow writers in the remote areas of Northwestern Ontario to be able to improve their writing and have access to the expertise of professionals.
Laverty expressed interest in gathering enough up and coming writers to hold writing workshops at the library. He noted that he was keen to recruit young writers in Sioux Lookout and help them find the resources they need to be successful, whether that be through workshops at the library or getting involved with NOWW.
Local writers can visit the NOWW website to register or learn more about the organization.