Paeans and Kudos

Noting Members’ Accomplishments

Sylvia Chiang
Sylvia will receive an Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grant for the third novel in the Cross Ups series! [October 2017]


photograph of writer Karen ColeKaren Cole
Karen has completed her mystery novel The Beach at Broadstairs, and it has been critiqued by her Works in Progress group. When the novel has been edited, she’ll start sending it out. [October 2017]


book cover - music city murdersW.D. Frolick
W.D. Frolick’s
new novel, Music City Murders, is being formatted for publication and plans are to offer it on Amazon by mid-November. Music City Murders glimpse: A serial killer is creating panic in the Nashville music community. The clock is ticking and the pressure is mounting on two police detectives assigned to capturing him. [October 2017]

book cover - yesterday is never goneIlona Salley
Ilona has self-published
Yesterday is Never Gone
, an international thriller about a young woman whose sister was abducted and presumed dead many years previously. When the heroine discovers that the sister is alive, she embarks on a quest to find her. Despite mobsters, dangerous situations and near-death experiences, she persists… [October 2017]


Photograph of Gwen TuinmanGwen Tuinman
Gwen has completed her literary novel, The Last Hoffman. She is now querying agents and has submitted to a publisher. [October 2017]


Ray Williams
Ray was invited to read one of his short stories at the 12th. annual ‘Pakaraima Writers Association Literary Luncheon on October 29th. The event was held at Rexdale’s Forum Banquet Hall. Pakaraima Writers Association is an association of Guyanese writers. Ray has also submitted a poem to the Ontario Writers Contest for October 2017 titled, ‘Calling.’ [October 2017]

Heather Whaley

Heather Whaley

Heather Whaley has once again been awarded the privilege of professionally producing her concert series StoryFusion Cabaret! for Storytelling Toronto. The series, in its fourth year, is funded through Storytelling Toronto, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council and takes place in the city. The concerts offer a unique platform for professional storytellers…[October 2017] Learn more…

Ingrid Ruthig

Ingrid Ruthig

Ingrid Ruthig‘s solo exhibition Re|Visions, builds on a series of 120 portrait-and-biography diptychs of women creators selected from throughout history.  “Re|Visions” can be viewed at Station Gallery from October 14 and an official reception will be held on Friday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. [October 2017] Learn more about Re|Visions

Sue Reynolds and James Dewar

Sue Reynolds & James Dewar

Sue and James have been asked judge the inaugural Melody Richardson Memorial Contest Sponsored by the Muskoka Authors Association  [October 2017]



Kevin Thomas Craig

Kevin’s sixth Young Adult novel, Pride Must Be A Place, will be released on February 6th, 2018. [September 2017]

A.B. Funkhauser

SHELL GAME, a psycho-social cat dramedy with death and laughs, has been successfully launched on Amazon!  After a three-day free giveaway, Shell Game reached Top 10 status in satire for about two hours and made it to #271 overall for Canada, on, and also stayed in the top 20 for three days on[September 2017]

Cryssa Bazos

Traitor’s Knot has been awarded a coveted Discovered Diamond Award and has been selected for a Discovered Diamond Book of the Month award. Traitor’s Knot was recently featured in BookBub and shot up as an Amazon bestseller in Canada and Australia, while being #1 in its category for the UK. Traitor’s Knot was launched at Station Gallery in July; more than 50 people attended. [September 2017]

Phil Dwyer

CBC notified WCDR that Phil Dwyer’s Where the Spine Meets the Head was selected for the 2017 CBC Nonfiction prize longlist. [September 2017]


M-E Girard

Girl Mans Up book coverThe Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) has announced that Girl Mans Up is one of the finalists for the Amy Mathers Teen Award, one of eight major awards for Canadian children’s books.  The winners of the English-language awards will be announced at an invitation-only gala event at The Carlu in Toronto on November 21, 2017. [September 2017]

Sherry Hinman
Sherry Hinman

For her ongoing and invaluable help and support to WCDR, Sherry has been voted WCDR Member of the Year – 2017.  Most recently, Sherry devoted much time and effort to editing the Phoenix Anthology, a collection of stories by 19 WCDR authors.

Sherry is a full-time editor/writer/professor. She lives with her family, including a mischievous calico tabby cat, in Whitby, Ontario. She loves animals, chocolate, books, and coffee, though not necessarily in that order. Read more about Sherry... [June 2017]

Patrick Meade
Patrick Meade

Patrick Meade has won for all five poems submitted to the Eden Mills Literary Contest in May. Patrick will receive his award at a ceremony during the Eden Mills 2017 Writers’ Festival, in September. [August 2017]

Cryssa Bazos

Cryssa’s novel, Traitor’s Knot, was launched at Station Gallery on July 27th, 2017 and is available on Amazon. [August 2017]

A.B. Funkhauser

Solstice Publishing has accepted A.B.’s third offering, SHELL GAME, for publication. Shell Game is a psycho-social cat dramedy with death and laughs.

Margaret Hefferman

Murder at Mother’s by Maighread MacKay was released on July 4, 2017 and is now available on Amazon.



Heather M O’Connor and Erin L. Thomas

Heather M. O’Connor and Erin L. Thomas are among 27 members of Canada’s creative community who have been awarded grants through The Access Copyright Foundation (ACF). The Foundation promotes and supports Canadian culture by providing grants (Events, Professional Development, and the Marian Hebb Research Grant) to assist with the development and distribution of publishable Canadian works.

Brenda Harrison

Brenda submitted a story to Chicken Soup for the Soul and published a story in the Fall 2016 The Word Weaver.

Rick Pyves

Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal book coverCourage, Sacrifice and Betrayal – The Story of the Victoria Rifles – 60th Battalion in Great War will be published by the UK-based Helion & Company and will be launched in the UK and Canada in June 2018.

M-E Girard
M-E Girard

M-E Girard was among the winners of the annual Lambda Literary Award (Lammys) in New York City last week, for her novel Girl Mans Up.  Read more on CBC Books…

This high praise for M-E and her story about Pen, a teenage girl who prefers to dress like a boy, was garnered in the LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult category. Girl Mans Up is currently a finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

The Lammys celebrate LGBTQ literature in a wide range of genres. In total, five books with Canadian ties were among this year’s recipients.

Ingrid Ruthig

This Being, a poetry collection by Ingrid Ruthig, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, has won the 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. The national prize, sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. Ingrid, was presented with the $1000 prize at the evening awards ceremony on June 10th, during the League’s annual conference in Toronto. Previous Lampert Award winners include Rosemary Sullivan, Steven Heighton, Elisabeth Harvor, and Stephanie Bolster.

From the jurors: “Formally elegant, Ruthig’s poetry is smooth and reflects an impeccable ear. Ruthig picks up an idea and unspools it to its end with precision and calmness. This is a book that took its time to be made and for its performance, being consistently excellent from front to back. Her poems read as sonic and ‘sombre supplicant to the whims/ of living, age, genetics, and weather’ fashioned into a ‘stronghold of I.’”

Learn more about the League and read the official announcement…

May 2017

Cryssa Bazos

Traitor's Knot book coverhas been published by Endeavour Press! Traitor’s Knot is available through Amazon

“Traitor’s Knot is a sweeping tale of love and conflicted loyalties set against the turmoil of the English Civil War.”




Dawn Brown

Dawn submitted a short story in early May to The Little Bird Writing Contest, run by Sarah Selecky.  Winners will be announced in June; winning stories will be published in an annual short fiction anthology, Little Bird Stories.

W.A. Frolick

The Cabin by W.A. Frolick - book coverDave’s first novel, The Cabin: A Murder Mystery is now available as a Kobo e-book and on and as a Kindle e-book and paperback print on demand book. WDF Publishing

Dave has also launched Frozen North, a website which features mainly country songs written or co-written by songwriting partners Dave Frolick and Bill Osmond, along with many other talented songwriters.

M-E Girard

Girl Mans Up book coverGirl Mans Up by M-E Girard has been shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the Literary Fiction category. The Kobo shortlist comprises 18 works in three categories—Non-fiction, Literary Fiction and Genre Fiction.

Girls Mans Up is “about a gender-nonconforming teen who struggles to own her identity as a girl when she looks and acts like a boy and everyone around her expects her to be one or the other.” Read more about Girl Mans Up

Maria Jemmott

Walking Through and Other Stories - book coverMaria and four other writers have published an anthology of five short stories, Walking Through and Other Stories, which was featured on CBC Radio’s Here and Now Book Club. Walking Through book launches and signings will take place on May 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Chapters, Durham Centre, 90 Kingston Road, Ajax; May 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Artfest on the Esplanade, Pickering Civic Complex, One The Esplanade, Pickering; June 3, 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Chapters, Square One, 189 Rathburn Road West, Mississauga.

Sue Reynolds

Six out of the eight finalists and award winners for the Scugog Council for the Arts literary contest are, or were, participants in Sue’s classes and workshops.  Sue also published her honourable mention poem Her First First Nations Boyfriend in Vallum this month.

Renee Sgroi

Renee’s poem has been accepted by the Canadian writing magazine, Prairie Fire.

Stanley R. Taylor

Although Lee Valley declined Stanley’s request to include his book Taylor’s Pneumatic Toys in their inventory, the woodworking & gardening tools retailer offered Stanley the opportunity to teach children how to make the pneumatically controlled Canadarm.  Stanley will teach workshops in the Vaughan store on June 10th and in the Scarborough store on June 17th. Stanley has just returned from Maine, where he taught three classes on how to build balsawood gliders with control surfaces as part of the Space Day Maine.

Heather Tucker

The Clay Girl book coverThe Clay Girl has been shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the Literary Fiction category and long-listed for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors. The Kobo shortlist comprises 18 works in three categories—Non-fiction, Literary Fiction and Genre Fiction. The Frank Hegyi Award Long List comprises 10 books from a field of 41 submissions from across Canada. The Frank Hegyi Award is Canada’s newest literary award.

The Clay Girl is a beautiful tour de force about a child sculpted by kindness, cruelty, and the extraordinary power of imagination, and her families — the one she’s born in to and the one she creates…” Read more about The Clay Girl


April 2017

Aisha Ashraf

Aisha entered the Simcoe Writers Word for Word Contest as well as the Scugog Arts Prose Contest.

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.

Ingrid Ruthig

Book cover - This Being by Ingrid Ruthig

Ingrid Ruthig is pleased to announce that her most recent book, THIS BEING, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. The award, sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. The winners of this and other LCP awards will be announced on June 10 at an awards ceremony in Toronto. Previous Lampert winners include Rosemary Sullivan, Steven Heighton, and Stephanie Bolster. View the official announcement at:

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.