Master Class with Donna Morrissey – November 17, 2018


Donna Morrissey Facilitator:Donna Morrissey
Date: Saturday, November 17, 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: $100 for members, $110 for non-members

Writing from Withing Your Characters

Sometimes we show and sometimes we tell – the art is in ‘when?’ Learn: -when to show and when to tell. -techniques for bringing backstory forward. -techniques for presenting history without turning your story into a history lesson. -to show who your characters are (don’t tell). -how to bring forward your character’s emotions through: narrative, dialogue and associative thinking.

Writing Good Scenes

Each scene is a mini short-story. Learn: -the three components of a good scene. -the three types of changes a scene must bring. -when a scene is finished -how scenes move a story forward

About Donna Morrissey

Donna has written six nationally bestselling novels. She has received awards in Canada, the U.S., and England. Her novel Sylvanus Now was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and she was nominated for a Gemini for best writing for the film Clothesline Patch. Her fiction has been translated into several different languages. Born and raised in Newfoundland, she now lives in Halifax.

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Jenny Madore – October 13th Guest Speaker


Jenny Madore at the October 13th Monthly Network Meeting!

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Writing for a Living - Profitable Tips for Writing Novels

Whether you focused on publishing traditionally, independently, or a hybrid combination of both, non-fiction or fiction, there are certain practices that propel your writing and raise earnings. This workshop discussion covers what you write, why, how fast, and for what audience. We will discuss the power of genres, niche markets, and hot cells both in the planning stages and in production. I will share my tips and tricks for practical marketing/branding suggestions you can put to work, regardless of genre or market. And, of course, how to make money doing it. If you're serious about writing books for a living and ready to step your career up to the next level, this is a meeting you won't want to miss.
About Jenny Madore
Under the name JL Madore, Jenny has published seven full-length novels and one five-part serial since attending Heather Hamilton-Senter's WCDR Master Class spring 2017. In that time, her income has increased 1000% over the sales for the two years prior, she's been awarded best new release on Amazon 3 times, been #1 in her genre sub-category countless times and has learned a ton about what it takes to build momentum as an author.

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Annual Membership: $65.00
Full-time Student Membership Fee: $25.00

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Step 2. Pay

If paying by cheque, please send to:
The Writers’ Community of Durham Region Bayly Postal Outlet P.O. Box 14558 75 Bayly Street West Ajax, ON L1S 7K7
If you've chosen to pay now online: Click the “Add to Cart” button below. Your purchase will show up in the shopping cart that will appear at the top of the column on the right. If you make a mistake and want to remove an item, just click the green arrow in the tiny shopping cart and your purchases will be removed. When you are ready to pay, click the “Check out with PayPal” button at the bottom of that purchase screen and it will take you to the PayPal site. PLEASE NOTE: you do not have to pay with PayPal – the first screen will give you the option of paying with a credit card instead.
$35.00 WCDR Affiliate Membership

Heather Tucker – September 8th Guest Speaker


Heather Tucker at the September 8th Monthly Network Meeting!

headshot of Heather Tucker
Heather Tucker

Sparking Creativity Through Play

“Ask yourself frequently, ‘Am I having fun?’” - Stephen King Writers ‘work hard’ at honing their craft. Taking time to 'play' is as necessary as mastering dialogue or using proper grammar. Play wakes up the brain, sparks imagination and unleashes creativity. It frees the writer to take risks, conquer fears and discover new possibilities in their stories. For the writer, play helps us quiet the editor, tap into our unique voice and unearth sensual details that bring our stories to life. In this ‘playshop’ participants will: • put crayons to paper • learn strategies for incorporating creative play into their writing life • play together with plot twists, settings and dialogue to unearth fresh, quirky details that make stories memorable • de-stress, relax and have a little fun
About Heather Tucker
Throughout an eclectic career Heather Tucker has gathered stories— from working as a nurse in Ethiopia, Columbia, France, Belgium and Northern Ontario, to her experience as a teacher, bereavement counsellor, public health and psychiatric nurse. Heather worked extensively developing educational resources until discovering that playing with words was more fun than working with them. She is the winner of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the New York Literal Latte and the WCDR short prose competitions. Her debut novel, The Clay Girl, was the American Booksellers Association debut pick, a finalist for the Atlantic Book and Kobo Emerging Author Award and was voted by readers into the top ten on the Canada 150 best books list.

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.