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It’s less than a month until Finding Home  in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile  is in bookstores. Launched details coming soon. In the meantime,  I’m pleased to say that Finding Home and I will be at the Whistler International Writers Festival October 16-18.  By the way, I’ve posted a short pre-launch book trailer up on my Youtube channel.

Counting Down Days till Release of Finding Home in the Promised Land:

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Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile, (Publisher, Fall 2015)

Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile, (Publisher, Fall 2015)

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May 11, 2015 at 7:03 pm

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Summer Workshops

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Creating Story for Kids (8-12years) 10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12 $125

Kids! Use your imaginations to create you own stories. This workshop will combine short lessons, games, writing time, and individual coaching to help write your own stories and poems You own great imagination and sleuthing skills will help you uncover story ideas all around you. You will learn how get your ideas on paper, and how to create stories that are fun to write and fun to read to your friends and family. Bring your own lunch and something to write on. We’ll do the rest.
*artist partnership program.  Register Here: http://www.casalethbridge.ca/classes-registration/695

 Creating Story for Teens with Jane Harris Zsovan 10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday & Sunday, August 15 & 16
$125

Do you want to be a writer? This class will get you on your way. Both fiction and non-fiction writers capture readers with story. This class will combine short lessons, activities, writing time, and individual coaching to help you find stories you want to tell, and put them on the page in a compelling way. We’ll explore fiction and non-fiction genres, online writing, and even take a stab at scripts and poetry. We’ll also talk about careers in writing, how to get published, writer’s groups, and educational opportunities.
Use your imagination, senses and fresh writing skills to create stories that are fun to write and fascinating to read. Register Here:   http://www.casalethbridge.ca/classes-registration/678

Memorable Characters with Jane Harris Zsovan: Saturday, February 21  1:00 – 5:00 pm $65 + GST
Whether you’re writing about a saint or a sinner, your family history or the next great Canadian novel, readers need an emotional connection to your characters. This is your chance to explore what makes both positive and negative characters tick, and how to make your readers care about what happens to them.
*artist partnership program

Register or more information http://www.casalethbridge.ca/classes-registration/603

Query Letters and Proposals that Get Responses with Jane Harris Zsovan: Saturday, March 14 1:00 – 5:00 pm $65 + GST
This four hour workshop will explore query letter letters and proposals. Participants will write a query letter or start a proposal to an agent, editor or publisher. *artist partnership program

Register or more information: http://www.casalethbridge.ca/classes-registration/620

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May 11, 2015 at 6:42 pm

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NOTICE BOARD: SEPTEMBER RELEASE UPDATE

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Finding Home cover_HRSEPTEMBER RELEASE UPDATE: Finding Home in the Promised Land: A Personal History of Homelessness and Social Exile is the fruit of Jane Harris’s journey through the wilderness of social exile after a violent crime left her injured and tumbling down the social ladder toward homelessness –for the second time in her life—in 2013. Her Scottish great-great grandmother Barbara`s portrait opens the door into pre-Confederation Canada. Her own story lights our journey through 21st Century Canada.

She asks why Canadians fell into accepting diminished dreams, and ignoring the obvious—that trauma and poverty are inextricably linked, and it is social exiles who fall through the cracks. She asks why Canada, a nation of exiles driven to create their own Promised Land came to accept first poor houses; then soup kitchens, food banks, shelters, and silent suffering class of working poor? Why did charity, another word for love, become cold bureaucracy? She uncovers that sad truth, that the taxes and charitable gifts the prosperous among us pay as tolls to avoid looking at the poor, fix nothing. Instead, they fund a poverty industry that keeps the dispossessed in an exile thornier than any back bush squatter’s camp. But she also uncovers a path out of the bureaucratic wilderness that could eliminate social exile in Canada.

Jane Harris turns complex research into engaging scenes and easily understood messages.Finding Home in the Promised Land is her second book to be published by J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing. The first Eugenics and the Firewall: Canada’s Nasty Little Secret was published in 2010.
Jane has also contributed to two Canadian anthologies. Her articles about business, personal finance, history, faith, politics and social issues have appeared in more than a dozen publications including the Winnipeg Free Press, Canadian Capital, The National Post, Alberta Views, Alberta Venture, Lethbridge Herald, and The Anglican Planet.
She is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.Finding Home cover_HR

NOTICE BOARD

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Update: Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and exile (J.Gordon Shillingford Publishing) will be in bookstores by September 2015.

Jane’s third book, Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile in Canada, will be published by J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing in 2015. Updates to come.

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March 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm

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My Author Website

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My third book Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile in Canada (J. Gordon Shillingford)  will hit the bookstores in a few months. In celebration, I’ve created an author website: Jane Harris, author. (https://janeharrisbooks.wordpress.com)

Pay Day Loans not the only choice for Marginalized Canadians

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I’ve wanted to tackle this topic in my column for a while. Many marginalized Canadians think the banks won’t help them, but that isn’t always the case.

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