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Zoe Duff

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Non-Monogamy in Canada - from Playground 2013

Discussion questions

1. What types of non-monogamy have formed communities of their own (in your area)? 

2. Are there communities within other communities?

3.  Where would someone interested find information about
- online communities - IRL communities?

4. Why do non-monogamists seek community? Why would that not be something they would seek?

5.  What types of organizations support non-monogamist communities?
- professional clubs, services
- sexuality based support groups
- splinter of a bigger prov or nat'l group
- legal support/advice
- grass roots friend of friends group

6. What if there is nothing in the local area - how is community formed?
(Zoe has a good Victoria example.)

7.  What are the trends locally, provincially, nationally in awareness and acceptance of non-monogamous communities by general public and the media.

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Writer's Boot Camp Session - as presented at Beyond The Love conference

Intro –

- what filidh publishing does  - looking for poly voices from different perspectives, research and anecdotal books

- contact information    filidhbooks.com

Poll of attendees

- who has something written to share

- who has something they want me to look at

Writing exercises:

Warm up - use a phrase and five random words as selected by workshop attendees in a brief couple of paragraphs or poem.

1. Why did you do it?

http://www.writersdigest.com/prompts

At work, you’ve been getting a post it note on your desk every morning that says, “Why did you do it?” You’ve talked to your boss, the night cleaning crew and your co-workers. No one seems to know who is putting the note there, or why. You decide to work through the night one evening, in hopes of catching the person. Write this scene.

2. Twitter stalker

http://www.writersdigest.com/prompts

Your friend recently signed up for twitter and is still getting the hang of it. He says that someone he doesn’t know has been tweeting at him. You tell him it is probably a fake account. Then, he receives a tweet that has a picture of you both, in his house. Then, there’s a knock on the door. What happens next?

3. Lost and Found http://www.pw.org/writing-prompts-exercises

We all lose things in life that are uniquely special to us: a wool scarf knitted by a beloved friend, a letter opener that belonged to a grandfather, a stuffed animal won for a daughter at a state fair. Life moves forward and so do we. Time crowds old memories with new ones. We misplace the things we love. We lose them. Or, somehow, they just leave us. Write a poem about an object that has disappeared from your life. Use the power of memory and emotion

Tools:

Scrivener, Scapple  literatureandlatte.com

Adobe Creative Cloud subscription service

Gimp.com  - like photoshop but free

Marketing/networking exercises:

http://www.authormedia.com/89-book-marketing-ideas-that-will-change-your-life/

1. Increase your web presence

2. Build your fan base

3. Cultivate Community

4. Make some extra money

5. Build your brand offline

6. Find a Place To Give a Book Reading

7. Discover where to donate your book (and make new fans)

8. Become an expert

Readings - of 5 minute selections brought by participants - time limit enforced

Questions - discussion as time left.

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