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Reva Stern – May 12 Guest Speaker


Reva Stern at the May 12th Monthly Network Meeting!

Reva Stern

The Talk:

Ms. Stern will bring you along on her journey from law school drop-out- to theatre director/playwright- to full time writer/editor and published author/novelist.

Perhaps her experience will be motivation for the writers and editors in the room to keep moving in the same forward direction until they reach their goal of seeing their work in print. Once in print, however, the reality settles in when you realize you have to stand before an audience and speak. Ms. Stern’s theatre background will help direct you toward that new path.

Mini-Workshop:

Many writers, teachers, lawyers, broadcasters and other professionals lack confidence in their ability to read or speak in front of an audience, no matter the size of the “crowd.”

The goal is to make those who fear public speaking, become more compelling, entertaining, and engaging speakers. Ms. Stern will offer, to interested members, a taste of how to engage and charm your audience.

About Reva Stern

Writer, director, editor, teacher, designer

Reva Stern was Artistic Director of a Toronto theatre for twenty years. She has been a Guest Director in Florida, Kansas City, Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles and has collaborated with such notables as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Arthur Marx, William Gibson and Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey. She has written and directed several original stage plays and has directed, produced or designed over 100 plays and directed over 40 TV series episodes.

Ms. Stern was Regional Casting Director for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and Los Angeles from 1975 to 1993. She has been a guest speaker at esteemed venues such as The University of Miami, the Actor’s Workshop, the New Play Festival in New York City, and the ‘Playwright’s Conference’ at the University Of Pittsburgh.

She has edited numerous scripts, short stories and novels for other writers and publishers.

Her own writing, editing and publishing credits include journals, magazines and newspapers including the National Post, the Globe and Mail and several years as the editor of Wellness Way Publications. She is the published author of “The Water Buffalo That Shed Her Girdle.” Her manuscript “The Prescott Journals” was optioned for the screen and this will become her second published novel by a US publisher. Her third novel “I Say My Name” is under consideration by a Canadian publisher.


Sherry Hinman – April 21 Guest Speaker


Sherry Hinman at the April 21st Monthly Network Meeting!

Sherry Hinman
Sherry Hinman

How to Work with an Editor

Finished your book? If you’re hoping to shop your manuscript around to agents, having it professionally edited increases your chances it will get picked up; if you’re planning to self-publish, you’ll definitely want a keen pair of eyes on it before you shepherd it off to the printer. But how do you know when your manuscript is ready for editing? How should you prepare for the process? And how do you know what types of editing your manuscript needs (and should an editor be able to provide them all?) Sherry Hinman will address these and other topics related to working with an editor.

Mini-Workshop: Self-Editing: Tools of the Trade

Cap or lower case? Numerals or spelled out numbers? Singular or plural? Comma/no comma? Passive or active? Sometimes, the answers to these questions have a right or wrong answer, but often, the decisions are a matter of style. If you Google the question—oh, you’ll find answers! But how do you recognize the best ones? How do you know what’s a rule, what’s a style choice, and when it’s okay to make exceptions?

About Sherry Hinman

Sherry Hinman is a full-time editor, writer, and professor. She is a Certified Professional Editor (CPE) through Editors Canada (Certified Copy Editor, Proofreader, Structural and Stylistic Editor) and is a former member of Editors Canada’s certification steering committee. Sherry is also a professor at Durham College, where she has taught adults for 16 years, and she has 10 years’ experience as a creative writing instructor at the Oshawa Senior Citizens’ Centre. As a writer, Sherry has had over 100 articles published in magazines and newspapers, internationally, and she has had a few short stories published in anthologies.

A respected member of Durham Region’s writing community, Sherry is a past president of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region and the founding chair of the Ontario Writers’ Conference. Prior to her career in editing, Sherry worked for many years as a speech–language pathologist and professional practice leader in a hospital setting. Her education includes a BA in linguistics from McGill University, a BSc and MSc in speech–language pathology from Université de Montréal, and an editing certificate from George Brown College.


Group Intensive payment

Approaching A Publisher: Small Group Intensive

Limited to 8 writers

You only have a few minutes – sometimes moments – to capture the attention of an editor.

Your query letter has to make an instant impression and inspire the editor to turn to the first page of your manuscript – and the first page of your manuscript has to be strong enough to convince the editor that, above all other submissions in the slush pile, this is the one to keep reading.

This two-and-a-half hour evening intensive will be limited to 8 writers who will have previously submitted their one page query letter and the first page of their manuscript to Robyn two weeks ahead.

Over the course of the evening, Robyn will provide oral feedback on all query letters and first pages, addressing them one by one. Writers will benefit not only from direct feedback on their own work, but will learn from the feedback on other writers’ submissions. She will also be addressing how to synopsize/pitch one’s work as one of the most important parts of the cover letter.

Time: 6:30 p.m to 9:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, May 30, or Tuesday May 31st as assigned, 2011
Place: Stouffville – Nineteen on the Park Board Room
Cost: $85 WCDR member, $95 non member.

$85 – WCDR MEMBER – Approaching a Publisher – Intensive

$95 – NON MEMBER – Approaching a Publisher – Intensive

Master Class with Sherry Hinman – June 23 2018

Testimonials Facilitator: Sherry Hinman Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Location: Durham College - Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby (just northeast of Highway 401 and Thickson Road) Room: 11-11 Cost: $85 for members, $95 for non-members

Spit and Polish: Editing Your Own Work

When you write, your focus should be on one thing: the story. Once you’ve finished writing, that focus shifts to the experience of the reader. This is the work of editing, whether it’s for your own writing or that of others. In a full-day, hands-on, master class, Sherry will lead you through your own writing as well as exercises and writing samples to explore the types of editing you can apply to your own work. We will begin with an aerial view of narratives—fiction and non-fiction—and some of the more important considerations about the content and structure of stories. From there, we will zero in on the sentence level, with an examination of stylistic editing, which includes aspects like word choice, writing style, avoiding clutter, and so on. Finally, we will zoom in for a close-up on your writing, including some of the pitfalls of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Examples from published and unpublished writing will be used throughout, and participants are strongly encouraged to bring pieces of their own writing to work on.

About Sherry Hinman

Sherry Hinman is a full-time editor, writer, and professor. She is a Certified Professional Editor (CPE) through Editors Canada (Certified Copy Editor, Proofreader, Structural and Stylistic Editor) and is a former member of Editors Canada’s certification steering committee. Sherry is also a professor at Durham College, where she has taught adults for 16 years, and she has 10 years’ experience as a creative writing instructor at the Oshawa Senior Citizens’ Centre. As a writer, Sherry has had over 100 articles published in magazines and newspapers, internationally, and she has had a few short stories published in anthologies. A respected member of Durham Region’s writing community, Sherry is a past president of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region and the founding chair of the Ontario Writers’ Conference. Prior to her career in editing, Sherry worked for many years as a speech–language pathologist and professional practice leader in a hospital setting. Her education includes a BA in linguistics from McGill University, a BSc and MSc in speech–language pathology from Université de Montréal, and an editing certificate from George Brown College.

Annette McLeod – March 10th Guest Speaker


Annette McLeod at the March 10th Monthly Network Meeting!

Annette McLeod

Outlining

Using plot beams, this interactive workshop will show you how to simply lay out the bare bones of any story, whether a screenplay, novel or shorter work. With the participation of attendees, we will start from scratch and have a complete story outline before the coffee is cold! Find out the importance of a catalyst, how to set up rising suspense before paying it off, and how even diehard pantsers can stop thinking of “plot” as a dirty word.

Mini-Workshop: Outlining Your Characters

Using the information gleaned in the morning presentation, the interactive after-breakfast workshop shows you how to create a character-driven story, even as it adheres to your outline. Using various “roles” including protagonist, antagonist, ally and more, find out how the characters in your story relate to each plot point, and why you should care.

About Annette McLeod
Freelance writer Annette McLeod is a contest-winning short story writer, produced playwright and former National Editor at Sun Media. Among her trade magazines gigs, she also blogs for CBC Parents and Toronto Storeys. Visit her online at Nettie Writes

New Breakfast Off

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Join Us For Breakfast!

Scroll down to reserve. There's always something interesting cooking at the WCDR's monthly breakfasts. Enjoy an industry speaker, great networking opportunities, and a fabulous breakfast spread! Everyone welcome. We work hard to make our breakfasts fun, informative and charged with energy. They must be to inspire between 100 and 170 writers and editors to get up early and be in Ajax by 8:30 on Saturday mornings! Take a look at our past breakfast speakers to see the calibre of visitors we've had addressing the group. Click here to view our breakfast speakers.

Advance Payment

Because of the large number of people who attend our breakfasts and the change to a sit-down breakfast, our prices and policies have changed. Click here to download our full Breakfast Registration Policy. We offer the following price options:
  • Members can pay in advance online – $20
  • Members can pay at the door – $25
  • Guests must pay in advance online – $25
In all cases, you must register in advance to attend the breakfast. Registration closes at 9 a.m. on the Wednesday before the breakfast date. (FEB. 8th).

Breakfast menu options

The Ajax Convention Centre is now offering a variety of meals to choose from ahead of the breakfast. When you register using the form below, please select one of the following meal options:
Begin with a selection of assortment freshly baked Plain & filled Croissants, and Danish, served with Preserves & Sweet Butter. A family style terrine of steaming mushroom veloute flavoured with thyme. Placed at the table ramekins of Canadian mustard and bowls of warm caramelized onions.
Choice #1 “The Plate” Three for the Fair - Thick slices of Peameal served on that smishy bun, topped with a fried egg and a slice of aged Cheddar, a brunch Salad of baby spinach, frishe, Red onions, winter radishes and julienne of Carrot, Cider Vinigrette. Choice #2 – the Cereal Offering – Polenta ala Crema - Warm and buttery Cornmeal cereal, topped with Madera soaked Prunes and Candied walnuts, served with a large warm flaky croissant. Choice #3 – the Light Offering – A bowl of Greek yoghurt with fresh pineapple topped with Marmalade and Mint, served with warm Cranberry Cornbread. Choice #4 – the Vegan/Gluten and Dairy-Free Offering – Warm Mushroom Polenta, topped with sweet chilli Roasted Butternut Squash & Beets.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!


WHEN: the second Saturday of every month except August
TIME: 8:30 to 11:00 am
WHERE: Ajax Convention Centre at 550 Beck Crescent Ajax, ON L1Z 1C9 (905) 428-9993
WHO: Everyone is welcome!
COST: $20 members pre-paid; $25 members paid at the door; $25 guests (must pay at time of registration)
HOW: To confirm your space, please leave a message at 905-686-0211 or by email at breakfast@wcdr.org, by the latest Wednesday 9:00 a.m. prior to the breakfast. (If you're on our "regrets only" list, please make sure to let us know if you can't make it by that same time: Wednesday 9 a.m. prior to the breakfast.) Members who always attend the breakfast can request to be added to the REGRETS ONLY LIST. These members will inform us when they are UNABLE to attend the monthly breakfast meeting.
We look forward to seeing you there! Breakfast Coordinator

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