Meet the Authors – Chapters Oshawa – Sharon Lennox and De

Shannon Webb-Campbell – Poetry – September 10, 2017

Decolonial Poetics

Shannon Webb-Campbell photograph
Shannon Webb-Campbell

Facilitator: Shannon Webb-Campbell


Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Venue TBD

Room: TBD

Cost: $85 for members, $95 for non-members

Overview: Indigenous poetry is inherently decolonial. It disrupts the colonial imagination. Part of my objective for an Indigenous Poetics one day workshop is to decolonize poetics, and over throw the colonial mindset of Canadian poetry as we honour the land, ancestors, and every line break and stanza inscribed on Turtle Island.

Break new poetic ground through decolonial practices, and fuse Indigenous and non-Indigenous poetic strategies through various exercises, Traditional knowledge and ancestral poetic wisdom.

Poets at all levels are welcome – Indigenous and non-Indigenous who don’t know where to start from, to others who are wrestling with what it means to live and write unceded and unsurrendered Mississauguas of Scugog Island First Nation territory. Given the ongoing effects of colonization, we are at a crossroads on Turtle Island, and it is our responsibility as poets to reconnect with the lands and waters. Our role as poets is to honour the ancestors, and create a poetic footprint for generations to come.

This workshop will give examples and exercises to unpack and dismantle the colonial agenda through poetics. Along with several Indigenous poets like Liz Howard, Jordan Abel, Brian Brett, some examples will come from other Indigenous knowledge systems (e.g. the medicine wheel, healing plants, and philosophy), all poetics will be First Nations thinkers, writers, and idea makers. So bring pen, paper and open heart.

About Shannon Webb-Campbell

Shannon Webb-Campbell is a Mi’kmaq poet, writer, and critic. Still No Word (Breakwater, 2015), recipient of Egale Canada’s Out In Print Award, is her first collection of poems. She was Canadian Women In Literary Arts critic-in-residence 2014, and is a board member. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, a BA from Dalhousie University, and currently is working towards a MA in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation.

Note: Lunch not included; please bring your own lunch or be prepared to drive to a local coffee shop. Some vending machines are on the premises, but we cannot guarantee what items will be available.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Telephone (required)

Are you a WCDR Member?

Your Message/Comments

Please leave this field empty.

Deb Stratas

Deb Stratas photograph
Deb Stratas

email icon website icon

twitter logo
Facebook Logo






Bio: Deb has had a lifelong passion for the British monarchy and is a proud royalist. As a young wife herself, she connected with Princess Diana watching her royal wedding over 30 years ago. She thrilled to watch Diana’s son Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton on the streets of London in 2011. She also attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in 2014.

Deb’s first novel: Diana, A Spencer in Love is an historically accurate yet fictional view of Princess Diana’s first extraordinary year in royal life. It tells the story from Diana’s point-of-view exploring what she was thinking and feeling during this incredible time in her life.

Watch for the next two books by the Princess Diana Storyteller: Diana, A Spencer in Turmoil and Diana, A Spencer Forever to continue Princess Diana’s journey!

Deb lives in a suburb of Toronto, Canada happily surrounded by her adult children, their spouses and first grand-daughter.

Craft: Writer

Genre: Historical fiction

Available for: Speeches, workshops, etc.

Diana, A Spencer in Love

Book cover - Diana, A Spencer in LoveDiana, A Spencer in Love is a historical fiction published by Indigo Sea Press. It was published in April 2017 and is currently available on and

Watch official book trailer

TOR/FORGE Books Online Pitch

  TOR logo

September 15 – September 25, 2017

Melissa Ann Singer

Melissa Ann Singer photograph
Melissa Ann Singer

Melissa Ann Singer has worked at Tor/Forge Books for more than 30 years. Before that, she spent several years at the Berkley Publishing Group. She is currently a Senior Editor and Manager of Editorial Operations, which means that in addition to editing, she builds procedures and does other things that keep the editorial department functioning. Primarily an editor of category fiction, she has edited in practically every genre, from western to romantic suspense and from horror to science fiction and fantasy. A native of NYC, she lives in a small apartment with a large cat.

What Melissa is looking for:

Genre fiction makes Melissa happy. As a reader, she’s plot-driven. A book’s story must make sense to her and must play fair with the reader, but she also expects convincing settings and living, breathing, characters. She doesn’t believe all protagonists must be likeable, but they must be compelling.

Send her:
  • Horror fiction, both supernatural and psychological, as well as gaslamp fantasy and dark fantasy. She’s open to anything creepy, frightening, or unsettling, from any tradition.
  • Epic fantasy, especially with a military bent.
  • Disaster stories (man-made or natural): killer avalanches, major wildfires, horrible diseases, plane crashes…preferably with a diverse cast of characters.
  • Thrillers with spies, moles, or whistleblowers or people discovering corporate or government conspiracies.
  • In mystery and suspense, she usually prefers professional sleuths:—cops and private eyes, forensic specialists and scientists. But she also loves romantic suspense and family-in-jeopardy.
  • She’s eager to see characters who represent the full spectrum of people in the real world and works by writers whose voices we have not heard before.
To submit, please go to the Online Pitches Facebook Page.

Words of the Season – Summer 2017


Words of the Season poster

Due to the untimely closure of La Rosa Ristorante, we are currently scouting out a new location for the June 20th Words of the Season. The venue will be announced shortly—we are doing our very best to select a location convenient to all. Please note that the venue for the June 20th event may not be fully accessible.
But the show must go on!

With just under a week to go, are you finessing your performance for Words of the Season?  You’ve got five minutes at the podium…ready, set, go!

Although the venue will have changed, the format remains the same.  Arrive as early as 6:00 pm. Socialize, eat, enjoy a beverage – food and drink available for purchase.

Performances start at 7:00 pm.  The undeniably vibrant, witty and engaging Maaja Wentz will once again be our host.

Register to perform now!

Please note that all questions with ** beside them must be answered.

Your Name (first and last)**

Your Email **

Please leave this field empty.


Your Bio:

October 14th – Mini-Workshop: Set Pieces

Set Pieces

Facilitator: Andrew Sullivan

Photograph of Andrew Sullivan
Andrew Sullivan

Overview: You don’t remember everything. Memory is a fickle thing, but there are certain moments people don’t forget, whether in their own lives, a movie, a novel or a even a short story. Creating these moments requires set pieces, larger than life moments that anchor you and stick with the reader long after they’ve set the pages down. This mini-workshop will focus on creating these moments in fiction–the spectacular set pieces you remember long after everything else has faded away.

BIO: Andrew F. Sullivan is from Oshawa, Ontario. He is the author of the novel WASTE (Dzanc Books), named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe & Mail, The Walrus, CBC Books, and The Writers’ Trust in 2016 and described as “one of the most violent novels CanLit has ever seen”by the CBC. His short story collection All We Want is Everything (ARP Books), was shortlisted for the ReLit Award for Short Fiction and named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe & Mail in 2013. Sullivan’s fiction and criticism haves appeared in places like the National Post, Hazlitt, TIFF, The Globe & MailThe New Quarterly, PRISM, Riddle Fence, Longform, and other publications. Sullivan now makes his home in Toronto.
Register for the Mini-Workshop when you register for the RoundTable.  

Paeans and Kudos April 2017

Jackie Brown

Outfox magazine imageJackie entered Outfox, the magazine she co-founded with WCDR member Jaq C. Reed, into the “Best Magazines 2017″ contest through the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Outfox is for kids on the autism spectrum and is full of fun, facts, jokes and contests, all wrapped up in the message YOU ARE AWESOME.  This magazine also involves WCDR members Stan Taylor and Jesse Cameron.

Stephanie Gibeault

Stephanie won 5th place in the Institute of Children’s LIterature Middle Grade Adventure Contest.

Rich Helms

Rich was invited to present bread baking as Lucy Maud Montgomery did in the early 1900s vs. today, and to talk at the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society luncheon series.

Janet Stobie

Kawartha Lakes Stories Winter book imageMy short story, Snowbound Miracle of 1944, has been accepted for an anthology of true local stories by authors living in the Kawartha Lakes.





Ruth Walker

Ruth was interviewed twice: this month on Storylines in Muskoka FM and last month on Words on the Hill in Northumberland FM.

May 6th – Mini-Workshop: How to Write Great Dialogue

How to Write Great Dialogue

Facilitator: Trevor Cole

Trevor Cole Photograph

Overview: Writing dialogue is not as easy as people think. The quickest way to determine whether a story is written by a good, experienced writer or a neophyte is to look at a few lines of the writer’s dialogue. Poorly written dialogue will ruin an otherwise well-conceived story. This mini workshop will give people insights into how to write dialogue that works.

BIO: Trevor Cole is an award-winning journalist and novelist. Way back when, he started in radio, writing ads for local businesses in Simcoe, Cornwall and Ottawa, Ont. He made the move to magazine journalism in the mid-eighties and ended up at The Globe and Mail, where he stayed for nearly fifteen years. As a journalist, he has won nine National Magazine awards and still writes for magazines such as Report on Business Magazine, Macleans and Toronto Life.

In the fall of 2000, surprising every right-thinking person, Trevor quit his full-time job at the Globe and Mail to write novels.

Book cover - The Whisky King by Trevor Cole

In his recently published book, The Whiskey King, Trevor delves into the dark history of prohibition, bootlegging and the dawn of the mafia in Canada, known then as The Black Hand. He introduces Canada’s first celebrity mobster, Rocco Perri, and the undercover mountie who tried to bring Perri and his common-law wife, Bessie Starkman, to justice.

His first two books — Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life and The Fearsome Particles — were both short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award and long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Norman Bray was also short-listed for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book in the Canada-Caribbean region.

Trevor’s third novel, Practical Jean, was nominated for the Rogers’ Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the famous Leacock Medal for Humour. His latest novel is Hope Makes Love, published by Cormorant Books. He lives in Toronto.

Catch the Buzz! News, Events, Online Pitches and more….

Catch The Buzz banner

Catch the Buzz is published weekly or bi-weekly to keep WCDR members and subscribers informed about upcoming RoundTables, Master Classes, writing events, writing contests, online pitches, and much more.

And now you can view Catch the Buzz on the WCDR website!

April 2, 2017 Catch the Buzz

Got News?

Do you have news about writing-related events, contests, pitches, etc. you’d like to see in Catch the Buzz?  Don’t be shy…tell us all about it!

Barbara Kyle – Your Inner Actor: How Writers Can Use Actors’ Techniques to Deliver “Deep Character” and Create Powerful Scenes – October 28, 2017

Your Inner Actor: How Writers Can Use Actors’ Techniques to Deliver “Deep Character” and Create Powerful Scenes

Facilitator: Barbara Kyle

Barbara Kyle


Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Venue TBD

Room: TBD

Cost: $85 for members, $95 for non-members

Shakespeare was an actor. So was Dickens. And so are you when you give life to your characters on the page. In the “Your Inner Actor” master class, acclaimed novelist and former actor Barbara Kyle shares insights on how successful writers use actors’ techniques to write from the inside out, and to craft meaningful plots that lead to the central character’s transformation, whether from weakness to strength, or from ignorance to wisdom, however hard-won the victory may be.

The “Your Inner Actor” master class focuses on techniques to:

  • plumb your characters’ deepest motivations to propel the plot
  • craft emotionally authentic dialogue
  • “turn” a scene around characters’ desires and actions to yield the richest drama
  • build maximum power in your story’s pivotal “big scenes”: the inciting incident, the turning points, and the climax
  • plus, an interactive session on “Making an Entrance” shows how to design the most dynamic introductory scene for your protagonist

You’ll take home techniques that will guide you to create the kind of story that publishers want and readers praise.

About Barbara Kyle

Barbara Kyle is the author of the acclaimed Thornleigh Saga series of historical novels (“Riveting Tudor drama”– USA Today), and of thrillers, including Beyond Recall under pen-name Stephen Kyle, a Literary Guild Selection. Over 500,000 copies of her books have been sold. Before becoming an author, Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career that included leading roles in three TV series and stage productions in Canada and the U.S. Barbara has taught writers at the University of Toronto and is a popular presenter at writers’ conferences. As a writing mentor, she has launched many writers on the path to published success. Her latest book is Page-Turner: Your Path to Writing a Novel that Publishers Want and Readers Buy. Visit

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Telephone (required)

Are you a WCDR Member?

Your Message/Comments

Please leave this field empty.