Happy New Year from WCDR!
Saturday, January 13th – Blue Pencil Bonanza at the Monthly Network Meeting. Will you observe or participate?
Saturday, February 10th – Monthly Network Meeting with Trevor Cole on The Black Hand: True Crime
Saturday, February 17th – Master Class with Andrew Pyper on There’s Something Missing…Taking Your Story from Good to Great
Tuesday, February 27th – Words of the Season
Saturday, March 10th – Monthly Network Meeting with Annette MacLeod – Interactive Writing Workshop
Saturday, April 21st – Monthly Network Meeting with Megan Beadle on Agents – Find One. Sign One. Scholarship winners will also be announced
Saturday, May 12th – Monthly Network Meeting with Reva Stern on Reading Your Work for an Audience
Tuesday, May 29th – Words of the Season
Thursday, May 31st – Nominations for WCDR Board close
Saturday, June 9th – Monthly Network Meeting and Annual General Meeting. The new board will also be announced
Saturday, June 23rd – Master Class with Sherry Hinman
Monday, July 9th – Summer Slam Tryouts!
Saturday, July 14th – Summer Slam and Member Celebration
Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary act!
We want you! Whether you’re ready to call yourself a writer, or if your career as a writer is already established, you can benefit from being part of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR). We have plenty to offer those who live in the Durham Region, but if you don’t, hang on before clicking away! While we are known for our Monthly Network Meetings (in Whitby, Ontario), there are many other benefits to being a member of our writing community.
Check out this 4-minute video of a Monthly Network Meeting!
Monthly Network Meetings
Every month, we celebrate with a Monthly Network 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 a continental breakfast with gluten-free options.
Grants & Scholarships
Know of a pricey retreat or workshop that could help you develop your craft? Members can apply for our yearly grants & scholarships…substantial sums are awarded to a variety of writers, from beginner to advanced!
Looking to develop your craft? We sponsor quality one-day workshops on a variety of topics, and every month, Monthly Network Meeting 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 it’s all about YOU, your creativity and your performance. You’ve got 5 minutes at the mic to read your work, or if you prefer, 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.
Catch the Buzz! If you’d like to know more about what’s going on in the organization, about writing-related events, or to get news updates about our members, sign up for our informational newsletter The Buzz! (Enter your email at the top of the sidebar to sign up for this free WCDR newsletter.)
The Word Weaver. Changes are on the horizon for our quarterly newsletter, The Word Weaver. Details coming soon!
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 Monthly Network 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.
Questions? All are welcome! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org