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About the QWF

The Quebec Writers' Federation (QWF) is playing an increasingly prominent role in the life of the Quebec English-language literary community as an arts presenter and professional and community educator, as well as the representative of Quebec's English-language writers. The diversity of its activities reflects the diversity of its membership. Along with professional and emerging writers, the QWF includes those who have a personal interest in writing and many who have joined because they are interested in high quality literary events, activities and programs. All of these constituents are linked by the QWF vision that works toward ensuring a lasting place for English literature and its practitioners on the Quebec cultural scene.

QWF is a registered charity (14031 9518 RR 0001) with the following legal purposes:

  • To provide tangible community support for the promotion and encouragement of English language literary arts within the province;
  • To recognize the achievements of Quebec's English language writers through the establishment of annual literary awards;
  • To undertake activities which will increase public awareness of the literary arts and of literary institutions within the province;
  • To apply for, raise and receive grants, bequests, legacies and devices and to hold, administer, invest, expand or deal with the same in furtherance with the purposes of the Society.

President: Linda Morra Vice President: Branka Petrovic Treasurer: Leigh Kotsilidis Secretary: Katia Grubisic Directors

In order to promote and encourage English language writing and writers in Quebec, QWF is involved in a wide range of activities, publications and programs. They include:

  • A Mentorship Program that pairs emerging writers with established authors on writing projects
  • Writing workshops to hone skills, such as short fiction, memoir, travel-writing, marketing for freelancers, novel-writing, poetry, screenwriting, writing for children, etc.
  • The Literary Prize for Young Writers, awarded annually to an emerging writer who is a resident of Quebec and who is between 16 and 24 years old. The award is for the best short story, poem, or work of non-fiction written in English and published in an official literary publication.
  • Writers in Schools and Writers in CEGEPs programs, which bring authors into the education system;
  • Writers in the Community brings the literary arts to those who are left out of the artistic mainstream;
  • Hire A Writer is a coaching and editing directory compiled by the Quebec Writers' Federation.
  • Writers Out Loud, a reading/interview series that features internationally acclaimed fiction, non-fiction and poetry authors from Quebec;
  • Quebec Writers Out Loud, a fund to help Quebec-based English-language authors travel to festivals and readings across Canada;
  • Words & Music, the QWF's literary cabaret, which takes place on the third Sunday of every month;
  • carte blanche, QWF's online literary journal;
  • “QWF Writes” is the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s monthly online column. The column provides an arena for writers to share and discuss ideas, experiences and opinions relevant to our unique writing community;
  • A book collection of all former QWF Award winners, dating to 1988, housed at the Atwater Library in Montreal;
  • Maintenance of a growing database of all English language Quebec writers and their books on the web.

In addition, QWF collaborates with the following programs and partners:

Every year, QWF shines the spotlight on the best English-language writers to emerge from Quebec. The Awards Gala, which began in 1988 under QSPELL, has grown into one of Montreal's most eagerly-anticipated literary events, and includes:

  • the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction;
  • the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction;
  • the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry;
  • the Concordia University First Book Prize;
  • the Cole Foundation Prize for Translation/le Prix de traduction de la Fondation Cole;
  • the QWF Prize for Children's & Young Adult Literature and;
  • the Judy Mappin Community Award

QWF members receive:

  • A membership card that entitles them to reduced subscription rates to certain Quebec-based magazines, as well as discounts at selected bookstores, literary events, and various arts events in Quebec.
  • Bi-monthly e-newsletter and e-notices with calls for submission, contests, red-hot literary news, and invites to QWF networking events.
  • Reduced rates for QWF Workshops.

Major funding for QWF comes the Canada Council for the Arts. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. It also comes from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), prize sponsorships, membership fees and donations.

For more information on becoming a member of the QWF, go to the Membership page.

Men's 6 Pet Peeves About Middle-Aged Women's Online Dating Profiles

Last week I shared my six pet peeves about middle-aged men's online dating profiles, and I promised everyone that this week I'd focus on middle-aged women's online dating profiles. Since I'm far more familiar with men's profiles, I recruited some of my single male friends (and the Twittersphere) to help me with this post. The following list is my best attempt at summarizing the results of my informal survey, with a few of my own observations based on a bit of research I conducted myself. Disclaimer: if you're a woman between the ages of 45 and 60, living in the Chicagoland area, and I popped up on your "Viewed Me" list, I'm sorry, really. Anyway, here goes:

  1. Waaaay too Many Pet Photos. This was a huge complaint among the men I interviewed. They are looking at your profile to learn more about you, not your pets. So delete the pet photos, particularly the ones without you in them. Oh and while we're on the topic of pet photos, I have a personal request of all you single, middle-aged women out there on dating websites: please, please, please delete any and all photos of your cats. This is so important. I can't emphasize it enough. Single, middle-aged women already have to deal with far too many negative stereotypes, and the cat photos (you cuddling with your cats, you kissing your cats, multiple cats on your bed) only serve to reinforce them. I once wrote a blog post about how dating sometimes made me feel undesirable, and I got hundreds of comments from single middle-aged men throughout all of North America informing me that I must live in a dark apartment with 100 or so cats, so really, please delete them.
  2. No. More. Instagram. Photos. I love Instagram photos because many of the filters make my eyes look strikingly blue (or green, or lavender), and some even shave about 10 years off my face. But do I post these photos on my online dating profile? No I do not. Why? Because my eyes aren't really that blue (or green or lavender), and I'm about 10 years older than my Instagram photos would have you believe. This was the number one complaint among the men I interviewed - artistically filtered (i.e., deceptive) photos. Truth in advertising ladies, truth in advertising.
  3. Looking for Your Knight in Shining Armor. I'm not sure if men have an issue with this one, but I find it a tad bit, well, exploitative when women don't list an occupation or income level, and yet have a lower income limit for men of $150,000 per year. C'mon now, it's 2015. Let's put our interests and actions where our collective feminist mouths are. Gender equity means we are financially responsible for ourselves. Period.
  4. Athletic and Toned Means, well, Athletic and Toned. I hate the body descriptors as much as you do (well, except for you size 0 women out there, you probably love them), but I do think it's important that we at least strive for honesty. The word on the street is that far too many women out there in the online dating world are using the "athletic and toned" descriptor in reference to their "about average" bodies (this complaint applies to men as well, of course). The thing is, there really isn't anything wrong with having an about average (or curvy) body so let's take the pressure off ourselves and heed the advice of Amy Schuler, and recognize once and for all that a little meat on our bones isn't going to kill us, and it isn't going to drive away the good guys either (right, good guys?).
  5. Tone Down the Boudoir Shots. You say you want a quality man who respects you as a human being and is interested in having a serious relationship with you, and then you post photos of yourself next to your bed (or on your bed, or in your bed, or in someone else's bed). And if you aren't posting photos of yourself next to your bed, (or on your bed, or in your bed), you're posting photos with far too much cleavage. Now, that's absolutely fine -- I have no problem at all with this, and I'm sure many men don't have a problem either -- but what some men do have a problem with is when women post said super-sexy glamour shots and then complain to their friends, or make statements on their profiles about how all men are dogs and only want them for sex. And while we're on the subject of complaint-filled profiles.
  6. Stop Using Your Profile to Complain about Men. Several men noted how many women's online dating profiles are comprised primarily of complaints about men - either their profiles, or their behavior in general. I agree with the men on this one. There is no point in using your profile narrative as a soapbox for your negative perception of all single, middle-aged men (for heaven's sakes use a blog for that). So while I'm certain there are men (and women) out there who are logged on and behaving badly, I believe that women must take responsibility for their own choices. We can maintain our positive expectations while at the same time heeding our inner voice that warns us when something isn't quite right. Far too often some women are guided not by common sense, but by wishful thinking and a desire to be nice and not appear rude, so we ignore the big, red flashing warning lights raging in our heads and proceed without caution. I once met a woman who expressed great sadness that she just couldn't trust the men she met online. She then proceeded to tell me a story about one of these men who spent days (yes, days) wooing her via email. He told her stories of his limitless wealth and his connections to powerful people all over the world. She slept with him on the second date (after he promised to whisk her off to a private island that next weekend). But that's not all. She also gave him all of her identifying information when he told her that she needed to be vetted by "his people." And guess what? Yep! Her identity was stolen. Complaining about how she could just no longer trust men she met online was a bit like complaining about how she could just no longer trust Nigerian princes.

One more thing. I would like to ask all of my middle-aged online dating male and female compatriots a favor. Please, let's rid our profiles of these overused phrases once and for all: glass-half-full, sensual, drama-free, and easygoing. And these, let's omit these too: "I look 10 years younger than I am," "I hate talking about myself, but. " and any and all derivatives of "my friends/mom/ex/kids tell me that . I'm a glass-half-full optimist, who is easy going and looks 10 years younger than I am." I think that if we can all agree to clean up our profiles then maybe, just maybe, we can find some common ground and get back to the business of falling in love (or at least having fun trying).

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