Black Ink ReCon 2014

Don’t Lock Up Your Writing, Let Your Creativity Out!


Black Ink Writers’ ReCon 2014 offers you …

The best of a Retreat * personal writing time * professional editing * focused small group discussions * opportunity to share your work * networking with experts, other authors

And the best of a Conference * keynote speaker * wide choice of business and craft development sessions and speakers * informative panel discussions * wine and cheese * banquet



Our Keynote Speaker Doreen Pendgracs, will address our Saturday Banquet about Crowdfunding her newest book, Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate. She will also share her marketing experience on the Sunday panel.

Ron Hore, author of six published medieval fantasy / detective novels, brings us his knowledge and experience of World Building.

Oriole Vane Veldhuis recently launched For Elise: Unveiling the Forgotten Woman on the Criddle Homestead. Oriole will discuss the pros and cons of Breaking Open the Family Secret.

Donna Sutherland will discuss the special skills involved in writing Metis and First Nations history and fiction. Her latest book, The Stolen Dead is set in Winnipeg in the 1880s with an Aboriginal woman as the main character.

David Annandale, author of two books in the WarHammer series, brings expertise on Writing Tie-in Fiction. This series is known by many ‘gamers’. We encourage players of all ages to attend this session.

Gautron Management Services will provide an informative session on Taxes for Writers. Last year at Black Ink ReCon 2013 this surfaced as an area of high interest.


Richard Koreen, Pat Narynski, Tyra Masters-Heinrichs and Ishbel Moore are back by popular demand with a variety of topics to discuss and also as Blue Pencil editors.

Photographs, brief biographies and website URLs of speakers and facilitators can be found here.

All speakers and facilitators have been encouraged to bring books to sell. Get your signed copies at the conference!


Ice-breaking conversation over wine and cheese on Friday evening starting at 6:15 pm.


Sunday afternoon panel discussion will focus on promotion and marketing.


Bring your BEST work to read to fellow participants over lunch. Maximum of FIVE minutes. Applause and encouragement will be the only feedback.


These small group moderated seminars were very popular last year. See the registration form for details and indicate your two choices.


Friday from 1:00 until the Wine and Cheese at 6:15 our main salon is open for registration and personal writing. Throughout the ReCon there are many good sessions to attend. However, this whole weekend is about your writing. Should you wish NOT to attend a session or speaker, you are free to work on your writing project in your hotel room, Hospitality Room, an unscheduled presentation area, Smitty’s Restaurant or the private dining room.

BLUE PENCIL (deadline September 8th):

There is a $30 additional fee for BLUE PENCIL. A session includes a prepared editorial analysis with appropriate recommendations and a 30 minute one-on-one consultation with your chosen editor at the ReCon. To allow your editor time to prepare, email your manuscript to by September 8th.


Use the bio information at and indicate your choice of editor when submitting:

  • Richard (short stories and non-fiction)
  • Tyra (fantasy, thriller, Sci-Fi)
  • Pat (poetry)
  • Ishbel (general fiction, children’s)

Guidelines for Blue Pencil Service:

Long Fiction: First 15-20 pages or the first Chapter of your novel.
Short Fiction: 5000 word maximum.
Non-Fiction: First 15-20 pages of your manuscript.
Poetry: Maximum of 6 poems; no more than a total of 42 lines.

Fiction and Non-Fiction: Double spaced, 12 point font (New Times Roman, Courier, Arial), Numbered pages, 1″ margins.

Additional Important Information


You are responsible for your own accommodations. Rooms have been reserved for Black Ink Recon at the Selkirk Inn & Conference Centre. We urge you to phone well in advance to assure a room (1-204-482-7722). You will get the corporate rate if you indicate Black Ink Writers’ ReCon 2014.


Registration includes the Wine and Cheese on Friday evening and the Saturday Banquet. Black Ink Writers’ ReCon 2014 has booked a dedicated Hospitality Room in the motel for the use of registered participants. Continental Breakfast, coffee, tea, juice, and some light snacks will be available free in this room during the day.


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