Jessica Outram


Jessica Outram
Jessica Outram

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Bio: Jessica Outram is a blogger, playwright, and publisher of Sunshine in a Jar Press. Educator. Principal. Theatre Geek. Interested in family history, arts, technology, and social justice. From trade publications to anthologies to the stage, Jessica’s writing has been connecting with readers for over fifteen years. She has been involved in WCDR happenings since 2000: attending breakfasts, events, and workshops; briefly serving on the board; and facilitating a number of workshops on playwriting, metaphor, story elements, and the idea of autoethnography (writing who we are).

Craft: Writer, Play/Screenwriter, Publisher

The Writing Spiral: Learning as a Writer

The Writing Spiral
A comprehensive learning program designed to call writers to action, this book utilizes research-based learning strategies, humour, metaphor, and interactive exercises to awaken the learner in you. To become a better writer, you need to become a better learner.

A diverse collection of poems, stories, memoirs, and essays featuring thirty contributors, The Writing Spiral promises to take you on a journey around layers of experience, knowledge, and inquiry to awaken your writing core.

From the Cottage Porch: An Anthology

From The Cottage Porch

Picnicking on the rocks of Georgian Bay, relocating an outhouse in Muskoka, or catching tadpoles at Algonquin Park: From the Cottage Porch captures the spirit of cottage country in Ontario. Imagine the day unfolding from your favourite Adirondack chair on the porch. The anthology begins with the sounds of sunrise and moves through the dynamic and surprising events of morning, afternoon, evening and night at the cottage.

Available for: Workshops, readings, consultations.

Memberships: Jessica is also a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and Spirit of the Hills in Northumberland.

Maaja Wentz


Maaja Wentz
Maaja Wentz

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Bio: Maaja loves writing page-turning imaginative fiction. She is a prize-winning author of poetry, articles, and short stories. Her novel, Feeding Frenzy, is a Wattpad featured story which won the HQ Love Watty award. She is currently editing this lighthearted supernatural thriller for publication in fall 2016. Maaja is a teacher-librarian and avid reader who enjoys reviewing books.

Craft: Writer, Play/Screenwriter, Short Fiction Writer, Poet

“Fallow God” appears in EDGE’s Urban Green Man Anthology

Urban Green Man
First stanza:
Dionysus was a Pisces
El Pescado incommunicado
Under kelp forests, oil rigs, dories
Fathoms below where they dance the Morris…

 

 

 

Feeding Frenzy

Watty award winner & Wattpad “featured story,” Feeding Frenzy is a supernatural thriller which explores our obsession with food.

Sweet but chubby Tonya isn’t privy to her town’s darkest secrets, but when campus is overrun by a deadly obesity epidemic, only she can resist a hidden mind-controlling entity. Can Tonya uncover the mystery of its power before it’s too late?

It’s a witch’s brew of intrigue with a dollop of comedy, a teaspoon of romance, and a pinch of horror.

# 11 in Mystery/ Thriller on Wattpad with over 94 000 reads

“This is such an awesome story, and it’ll be a crime if it doesn’t win a Watty award this year.”
— Watty award winner JoanneWeaver

Look for Feeding Frenzy in ebook and paper formats when the published version launches, fall 2016.

Awards: “You,” won a short story prize in the national Norma Epstein Foundation competition for Creative Writing, University of Toronto

“When Johnny Mars Turns Five,” was a finalist in the Science Fiction Poetry Association contest

“Wild Caving” is published in the WCDR Amprosia anthology. It was a finalist in the related short story competition, which offered a $1000.00 top prize.

“How Merilla Got her Groove Back,” was a finalist in the WCDR Phoenix competition.

Maaja’s first slam piece, “Found Poetry Finds You,” was a finalist in the 2014 WCDR poetry slam competition. Her second piece, “Flimflam,” won the competition in 2016.

Her first love story, “Kidnap My Heart,” is featured in the Sun Kissed Fantasy Anthology on Wattpad, as the story for June 30, 2016

Memberships: WCDR, OLA, Sisters in Crime, Bloor West Writers

Heather Tucker


Heather Tucker
Heather Tucker

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Bio: 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 and Literal Latte short prose competitions, a four time winner of the WCDR Short Story competitions, a finalist for the PRISM International Non-Fiction contest, Malahat’s: Novella Prize, Constance Rooke Creative Non-Fiction Prize, Open Season Award and Far Horizons Award. Her debut novel, The Clay Girl, will be released October 2016

Craft: Writer

Genre: Literary Fiction

The Clay Girl

The Clay Girl

The heart-wrenching story of Ari, a young girl sculpted

by tragedy, kindness, cruelty, and family — both the one
she’s born into and the one she creates. Shuttled from
place to place after her father’s suicide, Ari faces love and
loss with the help of the only constant in her life, Jasper,
an imaginary seahorse.

Christine Iliadis


Christine Iliadis
Christine Iliadis

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Bio: I dedicate my life to helping others using a powerful tool – the written word. I have been writing since childhood; expressing my philosophies and holistic beliefs and views. My passion and fascination towards the human mind both conscious and subconscious and psychological behavior has led to an immense pool of knowledge, allowing me to manifest it throughout my writing to profoundly penetrate the many generations to come. I strive to bring to light, the happiness of others. I hope that my philosophies may impact other people, illustrating their doubts, insecurities, feelings and relationships. Above all, my endeavor is to connect humanity.

Craft: Writer

Genre: non-fiction self-help and inspirational/motivational improvements
fiction; fantasy adventure, mystery suspense thriller

Paradox of Freedom

Paradox of FreedomParadox of Freedom is a non-fiction pop psychology self-help book focusing on mental wellness and health to promote a happy and positive lifestyle. I feel that it can be used as a self-help guide or pocket book that can be a quick read due to its smaller size (word count 10,112). It can be a daily dose of positive reinforcement that can be carried around or kept close to the reader.

Paradox of Freedom is a self-empowering book designed as a guideline for every individual in the world. It will inspire the reader to gain and maintain life-long internal freedom and inner peace through positive and realistic thought, contrary to what has been learned in our everyday life. Through the course of our lives everyone has learned destructive behavior; negative immobilizers that can consume us and make us stressed or depressed. This emotionally draining pessimistic nature can isolate, dominate and control us and therefore restrict us from truly being happy, free and healthy by inhibiting us from moving forward.

Paradox of Freedom enables the reader to claim control of their subconscious mind. I will teach you to embed positive thoughts before you sleep so you can feel happy, healthy and instill an optimistic lifestyle.

Paradox of Freedom offers the reader a blue-print for ditching learned behavior; replacing it with inner freedom. Instead of seeking praise simply rely on your own assessment. Each chapter covers life-affecting emotions like anger and guilt and constructs such as justice and ask the reader to control these things rather than be under their sway. If you consider yourself to be under the constraints of learned behavior then Paradox of Freedom could well offer you the psychological tools to break free.

Rogers T.V. Daytime Durham, March 31st 2016

Memberships:

WCDR, Writer’s Block- Group for Writers,

Book Signings 

Lois J Gordon


Lois J Gordon
Lois J Gordon

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Bio: I have had several personal essays (humour) published in anthologies and have won a few awards for them, and although I currently write for tech companies, my first love is the full-length novel. I have written six – most of them are tucked away in the bottom drawer of my desk. Just waiting for someone to discover my genius…
Craft: Writer, Editor
Genre: Mystery, women’s fiction
Awards: Short-listed for Unhanged Arthur (Arthur Ellis award for best unpublished mystery novel)
Honourable mention – Erma Bombeck humour writing competition
First place – national humour-writing competition
First place and a couple of honourable mentions – The Writing Fairy humour-writing competitions

Kali Schmidt


Kali Schmidt
Kali Schmidt

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Bio: I’m an American born writer and mom living in Canada. I am a contributor for the Huffington Post, and recently published my first novella, “Beyond the Night Curtain”. My literary interests are in both fiction and non fiction, with a particular love for dark fantasy, detective mysteries and memoirs.

Craft: Writer, Journalist, Short Fiction Writer

Beyond the Night Curtain

Beyond the Night CurtainA children’s book for adults.

A little boy called riddle is awake in his crib, wondering what lies beyond the curtains in his room, blocking out the night. After a discussion with his teddy bear, Sweets, Riddle hatches a plan to escape his crib and explore the world past his curtain, all while hoping to find his late father.

His adventure leads him to a church with a vampire priest, a graveyard guarded by a monster and several lavender scented witches.

But even among the wildness of the night, he finds the best part of leaving home, is coming back.

Gun Control: From a Southerner Now Living in Canada

An opinion piece on what gun control means to a former Southerner now living in Canada.

Maaja Wentz


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Maaja Wentz

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Bio: Maaja Wentz loves writing page-turning imaginative fiction. She is a prize-winning author of poetry, articles, and short stories. Her novel, Feeding Frenzy, is a Wattpad featured story and a Watty award winning story. She is currently editing this lighthearted supernatural thriller for publication in fall 2016. She is a teacher-librarian and avid reader who enjoys reviewing books.

Craft: Writer, Play/Screenwriter, Short Fiction Writer, Poet

Feeding Frenzy

Feeding FrenzyWatty award winner & Wattpad “featured story,” Feeding Frenzy is a supernatural thriller which explores our obsession with food.

Sweet but chubby Tonya isn’t privy to her town’s darkest secrets, but when campus is overrun by a deadly obesity epidemic, only she can resist a hidden mind-controlling entity. Can Tonya uncover the mystery of its power before it’s too late?

It’s a witch’s brew of intrigue with a dollop of comedy, a teaspoon of romance, and a pinch of horror. Read on if you dare…

# 11 in Mystery/ Thriller on Wattpad with over 91 000 reads

“This is such an awesome story, and it’ll be a crime if it doesn’t win a Watty award this year.”
— Watty award winner JoanneWeaver

Look for Feeding Frenzy in ebook and paper formats when the published version launches, fall 2016.

Awards & Publications:

“You,” won a short story prize in the national Norma Epstein Foundation competition for Creative Writing, University of Toronto

“When Johnny Mars Turns Five,” was a finalist in the 2012 Science Fiction Poetry Association contest

“Fallow God” appears in EDGE’s Urban Green Man Anthology

“Wild Caving” is published in the WCDR Amprosia anthology. It was a finalist in the related short story competition, which offered a $1000.00 top prize. “How Merilla Got her Groove Back,” was a finalist in the WCDR Phoenix competition.

Maaja’s first slam piece, “Found Poetry Finds You,” was a finalist in the 2014 WCDR poetry slam competition.

Her first love story, “Kidnap My Heart,” is featured in the Sun Kissed Fantasy Anthology on Wattpad, as the story for June 30, 2016

Memberships: WCDR, OLA, Sisters in Crime, Bloor West Writers