March 8, 2014 RoundTable Meeting: U25 Panel


The U25 Panel has come and gone. If you missed out on this incredible event, check out the RoundTable Recap for March 2014. Also be sure to visit the U25 photo gallery! We had many people to thank for contributing to this event, and we made sure to thank them all here.

Are you a young writer who attended U25 and want to enter the special WCDR U25 Writing Contest sponsored by Inkslingers? Check out this recent post about the contest, with information about who to contact with inquiries. Entries should be submitted by June 1, 2014! Write a story, win $100 cash and see your story published in our newsletter!


 What is  the U25 Panel?

What started out as an idea for a panel discussion of writers who write for the under-25 market, quickly turned into an exciting new event for the WCDR. March’s RoundTable meeting will see a group of industry professionals coming together for a morning that is sure to benefit all writers! The discussion will center on topics universal to fiction writing—not just writing for the U25 market. So, prepare to welcome authors who write for young people—from middle grade fiction (9-12 years old); to young adult fiction (13-17 years old); to the exciting and relatively new market, new adult fiction (18-25 years old). The panel discussion will be moderated by literary agent Stacey Donaghy.


We are thrilled to announce that Penguin Random House has recognized this event with a sponsorship!


That’s not all we have planned for the U25 Panel

  • Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for pitch sessions with industry professionals.
  • There will also be a sign-up sheet for one-on-one sessions with industry professionals (taking place at a later date).
  • Young writers are invited to attend this event and take advantage of the things we have planned specifically for them.
  • WCDR members will have the opportunity to nominate a U25 writer (16 years old and up) for the Ontario Writers Conference’s student-writer nomination program. (Find out more here.)



Advance Registration!

WCDR is proud to announce our latest U25 sponsor, Writescape. Gwynn Scheltema and Ruth Walker have been tremendously supportive of new and aspiring writers, and they wish to encourage you to attend U25 and see all the great things in store.

Register before February 28th for U25 and you could win a fabulous prize from Writescape valued at $550!

Find out more about it here.

Register now!

Advance registration opens on Sunday, February 9th, so be sure to check back.



U25 panelists

Find out more about the panelists here. Also, please take a look at the WCDR library table at the next RoundTable meeting as we’ve added titles by these great authors to our collection. If you don’t already know these authors, get to know them before March!

  • Joanne Levy
  • Deborah Kerbel
  • Norah McClintock
  • K.A. Tucker
  • Lesley Livingston


Pitch sessions and one-on-one sessions

RoundTable guests will have the opportunity to sign up in advance for pitch sessions with literary agents that will take place directly after the meeting. A sign-up list will also be available that day for those wishing to book one-on-one sessions with industry professionals at a later date.

Not quite sure what a pitch session is, or what you should expect from one? Check out WCDR president Sally Moore’s guide to pitch sessions, available as part of our website resources on feedback, critiquing, and editing.

Confirmed agents:

  • Stacey Donaghy, The Donaghy Literary Group (Sold Out!)
  • Sam Hiyate, The Rights Factory
  • Ali McDonald, The Rights Factory (Sold Out!)

To find out more about the agents, and for the pitch sessions details, visit this page.



A special invitation to young writers

We’d especially like to invite local young people to join us, and have some great things planned specifically for young writers:

Experience the RoundTable meeting

Join WCDR members and guests to listen to the panel discussion, and have a chance to ask questions of the panelists. Enjoy a delicious breakfast in our beautiful venue, the Ajax Convention Center. Browse the book selection at the Blue Heron Books table. Get your books signed by the panelists. Mingle with other writers!

The swag bag

Receive a bag of writing-related swag, which will include a ticket to our young-writers-only raffle.

Workshop with Lesley Livingston!

Register for a special one-hour workshop with author Lesley Livingston to learn more about writing! This workshop will take place directly after the U25 Panel. Lesley Livingston shares her approach to writing a novel for the Young Adult set. Sharpen your pencils and come join her as she shares insights, tips, techniques and personal experiences on how to tackle this dynamic story form in a practical scene-study workshop setting.

Want to see your writing in print?

Attend U25 and be eligible to enter the WCDR U25 Writing Contest sponsored by Inkslingers! Cash prizes for the winners! Also, you could see your story published in print! Winning stories will be published in the Word Weaver, the WCDR’s newsletter–this means the winners will have a paid publishing credit.

Find out more about the contest and our sponsor Inkslingers!


Young writers from grade 8 to 25 years-old are invited to attend this event.
Registration fee for the RoundTable meeting only: $25

Registration fee for the RoundTable meeting and the special workshop: $35



What’s else is different about March’s RoundTable meeting?

As always, RoundTable guests can look forward to a gourmet breakfast served by the great folks at the Ajax Convention Center. You can expect our usual raffle, but there will also be a raffle specifically for the young writers in attendance (see above). We will not have a writing exercise this month, and the networking break will be a little shorter to allow the panel discussion to run a little longer than the usual time slot for monthly speakers. We will also not be having blue pencil sessions in March.

After the meeting, there will be several things taking place concurrently: There will be a mini-workshop, “Mind-mapping Your Writing,” with Laura Suchan. For the young writers in attendance, there will be a one-hour writing workshop with one of the authors. There will also be pitch sessions for those who are signed up. Blue Heron Books and the panelists will be present, for those who want to purchase books and get them signed by the authors.



The WCDR is a group of writers who support other writers. Being a writer doesn’t mean being published—it means “writing,” which can mean anything from journaling to blogging, publishing short stories to hiding poetry in your drawer. If you love playing with words, and want to meet others who love doing the same, why not come out and see what the WCDR is all about at this exciting event!


Sponsorship opportunities:

Reach a targeted audience of readers and writers! Consider sponsoring this exciting event–the first of its kind for the WCDR. For more information, check out the sponsorship package for the U25 Panel event.


Thank you to our sponsors: