Member Spotlight on Heather Tucker

Heather Tucker
Heather Tucker

Goooood morning WCDRers! And welcome to the new Member Spotlights. I am your host, Dale Long.
Today, we have Heather Tucker in the spotlight.
MS: Welcome to the spotlight Heather. With your book launch looming, What drives you to write?
HT: What drives me? A Dodge Caravan?
MS: Nyuk nyuk nyuk
HT: Actually, escaping into my writing keeps me calm and sane. I so appreciate the interest and support, but admit that I find the public aspect of promoting The Clay Girl a little stressful. When I write I disappear into another universe.
MS: I like that, “when I write I disappear into another universe.” Where did The Clay Girl come from? What was the spark?
HT: Ten years ago I wrote a short story, On the Way to Sydney I Met a Walrus. A judge in a contest made a remark, “Oh, I want to know where this little girl came from and where she is going.” For a long while I sat on an imagined train and watched her. I knew Hariet Appleton was going to take me on a hell of a journey but her optimism was so alluring I had to follow.
MS: But where did she come from?
HT: In one of my short stories there is a line, ‘There are worlds in worlds, The Clay Girllike crawling inside a conch shell and discovering the ocean you heard, and finding never-ending beaches with great turtles dropping whole universes in the sand…’ That weird line, in a way, reflects the landscape inside my head and that’s where I met Hariet. So, I suppose she’s a composite of every wounded, imaginative, traumatized, resilient child from my professional and personal life.
MS: Real life is a rich source of inspiration, isn’t it? What is the best part of finishing a novel and what is the worst part? Read more… 


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Every month, we celebrate with a RoundTable meeting at the Centre For Food (Durham College) Whitby, and we love everything that encompasses: writing, books, sales, contests, raffles, workshops, announcements, speakers, celebrations, networking, workshops, blue pencils…and breakfast.

Be sure to get your submissions ready for the October 25th 2015 deadline for our short story contest Phoenix, judged by Alissa York.

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Looking to develop your craft? We sponsor quality one-day workshops on a variety of topics, and every month, RoundTable attendees can also register for one of our mini-workshops. We organize one-on-one and pitch sessions with some of the best industry professionals (editors and agents). Of course, these are at a discount to members! Browse our events/workshops calendar to take advantage of what else is available to you.

Attend one of our events, such as Words of the Season, where you can go up to the mic and read your work aloud, or simply be part of the audience to enjoy the show. Participate in literary events, like the Word on the Street, where we have a booth every year. Check out our events/workshops calendar to see what else is going on.

Keep up to date with our literary newsletter, The Word Weaver. Members receive their copies directly to their inboxes and can pitch to contribute articles—whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned writer, your voice can find a spot in our newsletter!

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Obtain feedback on your work: Meet critique partners and/or beta readers at meetings or online in the forums; register for blue-pencil sessions at the RoundTable meetings; find a writing circle; register for a pitch session or one-on-one with industry professionals; read your work at Words of the Season; find quality, reputable editors.

These are just a few of our membership benefits. To find out more, please visit our membership page.

We want you to know we do welcome writers in all stages of their craft. If you’re looking to get motivated to take your writing more seriously, give us a try! If you’ve published before and you’d like opportunities to network with fellow authors, give us a try! If you’re a freelance writer, a nonfiction writer, or a blogger, give us a try!

Meet the board of directors of the WCDR. After all, they all started out as members–some even as quite recent members of the organization. The Writers’ Community of Durham Region encourages writers at all levels; offers opportunities for support, education and networking; and promotes the value of writers and writing. And that just happens to be our mission statement.

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