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Thank you for registering for the June 2018 Monthly Network Meeting!

Please select from the following options:

For WCDR Members:

$23.00 Member Monthly Network Meeting

For Guests:

$28.00 Guest Monthly Network Meeting – MUST be paid at time of registration

We look forward to seeing you at the Durham College’s Centre for Food!

Editor in Residence: One on One Payment

Editor in Residence – One on One

Limited number of spaces

Robyn Read, Acquisitions Editor for Freehand Books, will work one on one with WCDR writers the week of May 30th.

Participating writers are asked to submit 20 manuscript pages one month ahead of time (Monday, May 2nd) through email as a Word document or PDF. Writers are asked to provide a cover letter, or a pitch in the body of the email itself, and to please specify in the subject lines of their emails, WCDR Editor in Residence.
Robyn will read the manuscript excerpts prior to the meeting and in the hour-long one-on-one interview will provide thoughtful and personalized feedback on the work of each author, as well as discuss how to pitch their work (cover letter, submission package, presentation, agents, etc.) in that meeting.

Please note: Robyn will be providing feedback on the manuscript autonomously, as a submission-package-in-progress, and not as a submission to a specific press.

Time: One hour sessions
Date: Week of Monday, May 30, 2011
Place: TBA
Cost: $75 for WCDR members

$75 – WCDR MEMBER – Editor in Residence One on One Member

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.