December 10th RoundTable – WCDR Pro Panel


December 10th RoundTable – WCDR Pro Panel

Join us for the WCDR’s Holiday RoundTable where we will celebrate the end of another wonderful year with friends and fellow writers, gifts and surprises. And because WCDR boasts such a unique blend of talent within our membership, instead of bringing a speaker professional in for this, the last meeting of the year, we’re going to pool the collective knowledge of 5 talented members. With so many experienced and successful members within our membership, it’s hard to choose just five, but that’s the point–we’ve got Pro’s in our ranks. Check out the panelists and start jotting down your thoughts and your questions to utilize the knowledge within our ranks. It’s going to be fun.

M-E Girard

M-E Girard
M-E Girard
  • YA
  • LGBT
  • Agent/Editor Process
  • Traditional publishing with a major US and Canadian publisher
  • Workshopping a manuscript
  • Using social media to build a platform

Heather Hamilton-Senter

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Heather Hamilton-Senter
      • Indie pub
      • Fantasy
      • Printing
      • Author platforms
      • Covers

 

 

Dorothea Helms

Dorothea Helms
Dorothea Helms
  • Freelance writing
  • Humour
  • Public relations writing
  • Ad writing
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Business of writing
  • Teaching
  • Speech writing

 

Sherry Hinman

Sherry Hinman
Sherry Hinman
  • Copy editing
  • Proofreading
  • Structural and stylistic editing

 

 

Ruth E. Walker

Ruth E. Walker
Ruth E. Walker
      • Literary writing
      • Traditional publishing
      • Retreats
      • Facilitation
      • Editing

 

 

 

Dorothea Helms


Dorothea Helms
Dorothea Helms

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Bio: Dorothea Helms, a.k.a. The Writing Fairy®, is an award-winning, internationally published writer and popular writing instructor. She is the author of the successful book The Writing Fairy Guide to Calling Yourself a Writer, and she offers courses, workshops and keynote speeches that inspire adults to write and publish their work. She has been teaching creative writing for 22 years and is proud that many of her students have won writing contests, started freelance careers and become published authors.

This prolific Fairy is also owner of Write Stuff Writing Services, through which she provides professional writing and editing services to newspapers, magazines, businesses and individual clients. Over the years, she has served as contributing editor to dozens of publications, and has provided many writing colleagues with paying gigs. Her “Business of Writing” workshop has helped to launch many freelance careers, and her own freelance businesses continually bring in six-digit annual revenues.

She is known for her trade mark humour. Where Dorothea goes, fun follows!

Craft: Writer, Editor, Journalist, Commercial Writer, Short Fiction Writer, Poet, Christian/inspirational Writer

Awards: 2nd Place in Gene Perret’s “Words to Live By” one-liner contest. August 2014.
Ascent Aspirations Anthology of the Bizarre Anthology Contest, Second Place in the Flash Fiction category. $50 an one copy of the anthology. August 2014.

Whitchurch-Stouffville Grimm Fairy Tale Short Fiction Contest. First Place. $100 and 5 copies of anthology. October 2012.

Semi-finalist in the 2012 Robert Benchley Award for Humour. The only Canadian out of the 10 semi-finalists.

The 7th Annual Accenti Writing Contest – 3rd Place. Short Fiction, “Traditions.” $100 and publication in Winter 2013 Accenti magazine.

Semi-finalist in HumorPress.com’s April/May 2011 Humor Writing Contest – “Food Foibles”

2007 Suburban Newspapers of America Advertising and Promotions Contest, Metroland Media Group, Ltd. – Dorothea Helms was contributing editor for all four of these first-place wins: Best ROP Advertising Section for Giftcard – Holiday Gift Guide 2006; Best Employment Publication for Career Choices – Spring 2006 tied with Best Employment Publication for Today’s Healthcare Careers – Spring 2006; and Best Cover Design for Live It! – Spring 2006.
www.suburban-news.org/downloads/contests/2007AdvWinnersByCompany.pdf

LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview – shortlisted for “One Hundred and One Words” competition, Spring 2007.

The Haliburton Highlands Writers’ and Editors’ Network and The Agnes Jamieson Gallery 3rd Annual Writing Contest (2005) – tied for first place in non-fiction category with essay “Shelf Life”

Periodical Writers Association of Canada (now Professional Writers Association of Canada) – winner of the 2005 Barbara Novak Award For Excellence In Humour and/or Personal Essay Writing for “The Gift of Words,” which appeared in the January 7, 2003 Globe and Mail Facts & Arguments. Member 2002-2011

Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Contest (The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region) 3rd Place
Winner in Adult Category 2003 for the poem “Missing Heartbeats”

Nominated for a 2001 Rotman Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the “Innovative” category

Runner-up in “Favourite Freelance Writer” category in Write Magazine’s 2000 Reader Poll

Memberships: WCDR

July 9th 2016 – Summer Slam


Announcing our Slam performer for Summer Slam 2016
Britta B.

Britta B.
Britta B.

A proud and recognizable resident of Toronto’s Regent Park, Britta B. is an artist, spoken word poet, public speaker, special events host, mentor and arts educator.

Britta features as a lead cast member in the musical, The Journey, based on the revitalization of Regent Park. She provides ongoing mentorship for “at-promise” youth, facilitates spoken word and leadership programming, and oversees a self- care project with UNITY Charity for youth residing on the Fort Chipewyan reserve. Her spoken word performances have featured in over a dozen cities across North America including New York City, Vancouver, Detroit, Montreal, and New Orleans.


Slam auditions will take place
at The Brock House
918 Brock St. N, Whitby
Monday July 4th
7:30 PM
(registration at bottom of page)


What’s a slam?

A poetry slam is when a group of writers get together, read their work out loud, and have judges in the audience vote on the winner. Here, the judges will be voting on the finalists, who will then compete at the WCDR’s July breakfast meeting. The WCDR’s Summer SLAM looks like this:

STEP ONE:

SEVEN finalists will be chosen at the July 4th Auditions that will be held in the evening at a location in Whitby.

FIVE JUDGES will base their decisions on the following THREE CRITERIA:

  1. Quality of the writing
  2. Quality of the Performance
  3. IMPACT on the audience

(See Secrets of SLAM at the end of this announcement)

STEP TWO:

THE LUCKY SEVEN will perform at the WCDR JULY 9th ROUNDTABLE

Once all seven performers have completed their performances at the July 9th WCDR SUMMER SLAM Roundtable Meeting, all audience members will be given a ballot containing the name of all SEVEN slammers and asked to secretly circle the one name they think should win……

Ballots will be collected and tallied by an independent group of WCDR members not involved in the competition.

It’s WINNER TAKE ALL!

STEP THREE:

While the ballots are being counted we will enjoy the performance of a professional Toronto area SLAM POET Britta B.

STEP FOUR:

the WCDR SUMMER SLAM TROPHY and $100.00 in PRIZE MONEY will be awarded.

THE 10 RULES OF the 2016 WCDR SUMMER SLAM:

  1. You are only allowed to perform ONE piece of material. It can be anything: Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, Shopping Lists… anything that you think will connect with the audience.
  2. The piece you read/perform must have been written by you.
  3. You must perform the piece by yourself. No other humans or other life forms are allowed on stage during your performance.
  4. Your performance of the piece must be THREE MINUTES or less in length. (This includes EVERYTHING you say. The clock starts when you start talking. All performers are given a 10 second grace period, BUT once you go 10 seconds over the 3 minutes you are penalized for every 20 seconds you go over)
  5. Only your voice and body may be used in the performance. No props of any kind are allowed. (except the microphone, mic stand and anything containing your reading material. See note on memorization)
  6. No costumes. No nudity.
  7. No musical accompaniment.
  8. Although some singing is permitted, the singing must not exceed 25% of the performance. Judges have final say in this regard.
  9. You are not permitted prompting from anyone.
  10. No racist, sexist or unusually profane language is allowed.

NOTE: The organizers and judges have the right to disqualify or penalize contestants who contravene these rules.

SECRETS OF SLAM:

  1. The MAIN GOAL is to MAKE AN EMOTIONAL IMPACT
  2. MEMORIZING your piece is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
  3. MOVE YOUR BODY
  4. USE YOUR VOCAL RANGE
  5. TIMING is CRITICAL – Your performance MUST BE 3 minutes or less
  6. PRACTICE with a MICROPHONE
  7. Five Judges select the final seven at the AUDITION, but the AUDIENCE PICKS THE WINNER at the July 9th Roundtable.

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Writing Circle Facilitator Training


Writing Circle Facilitator Training

Do you want to belong to a writing circle but can’t find one that suits you?

Would you like to facilitate a writing circle but don’t feel confident that you can lead effectively?

Are you currently in a writing circle and would like to learn how to facilitate the critiques more effectively?

Writing circles support writers. Sometimes that support is created through shared writing time, sometimes through helpful feedback. However, there is no doubt that when people share their writing, they are can be more vulnerable than at almost any other time in their adult lives. Leading a group where people are working on their writing craft is a delicate responsibility and to do it well requires training in what works.

The Writers’ Community of Durham Region is offering training for new facilitators of writing circles to promote confidence in their ability to guide a group of writers through the art and the craft of writing and reading together.

Outcomes:

New facilitators will be asked to sign a pledge to uphold constructive values in the workshops they run.

The WCDR will list these new facilitators on our website as being available to lead/facilitate a group. We will also list any writing circles that the facilitator starts and maintains.

The WCDR will acknowledge this training on our website with a badge beside the writing circle listing: This Writing Circle Confirmed they have a facilitator who completed the WCDR writing circle accreditation training.

Date: Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 2015, 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Place: Trent University Oshawa Centre, 55 Thornton Road South (tba)

Room: TBA

Registration Fee: $60

Registration deadline: October 9th

Please note: Due to the collaborative nature of this course, a minimum number of participants is required to proceed. Please book early!

Lunch not included, please bring your own lunch or be prepared to drive to a local coffee shop. Some vending machines are on premises, but we cannot guarantee what items will be available.

Instructors for this course: 

Dorothea Helms
Dorothea Helms

Dorothea Helms is an award-winning, internationally published writer and popular writing instructor. She is the author of the highly successful book The Writing Fairy® Guide to Calling Yourself a Writer (now available on Kindle), and she offers courses, workshops and keynote speeches that inspire adults to write and publish their work.

She has been teaching creative writing for 18 years, and is proud that many of her students have won writing contests, started freelance careers and become published authors. In 2006, she held the first-ever Writing Fairy Humour Writing contest, which drew entries from across North America.

Dorothea is also owner of Write Stuff Writing Services, through which she provides professional writing and editing services of all kinds to newspapers, magazines, businesses and individual clients. Over the years, she has served as contributing editor to dozens of publications, and has provided many writing colleagues with paying gigs. Her “Business of Writing” workshop has helped to launch many freelance careers.

Dorothea’s work has appeared in publications such as Homemakers, Chatelaine, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun and Canadian Architecture and Design Magazine. She was featured on CBC Radio’s “First Person Singular” twice, and has twice had personal essays published on The Globe and Mail’s Facts & Arguments page.

She is known for her trade mark humour. Where Dorothea goes, fun follows!

 

Ruth E. Walker
Ruth E. Walker

Ruth E. Walker’s fiction and poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. She has read her work on radio and television, at book launches, literary festivals and on a floating dock in northern Ontario.  She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada and The Writers’ Community of Durham Region. A professional writer and editor, Ruth is also a partner with Gwynn Scheltema in Writescape, offering workshops and retreats for writers at all levels. Ruth and Gwynn co-authored Inspiration Station, a creativity resource book. Ruth’s debut novel Living Underground was published by Seraphim Editions in the fall of 2012.
Ruth lives and writes in Whitby, Ontario.

 

 

A special thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Because of their support, we are able to offer this course for such a low price.

Trillium-Acknowledgement

 

 

WCDR Writing Circle Facilitation and Accreditation Workshop


 

Do you want to belong to a writing circle but can’t find one that suits you? 

Would you like to facilitate a writing circle but don’t feel confident that you can lead effectively?

Are you currently in a writing circle and would like to learn how to facilitate the critiques more effectively?

Writing circles support writers. Sometimes that support is created through shared writing time, sometimes through helpful feedback. However, there is no doubt that when people share their writing, they are can be more vulnerable than at almost any other time in their adult lives. Leading a group where people are working on their writing craft is a delicate responsibility and to do it well requires training in what works.

The Writers’ Community of Durham Region is offering training for new facilitators of writing circles to promote confidence in their ability to guide a group of writers through the art and the craft of writing and reading together.

Outcomes:  

New facilitators will be asked to sign a pledge to uphold constructive values in the workshops they run.

The WCDR will list these new facilitators on our website as being available to lead/facilitate a group.  We will also list any writing circles that the facilitator starts and maintains.

The WCDR will acknowledge this training on our website with a badge beside the writing circle listing: This Writing Circle Confirmed they have a facilitator who completed the WCDR writing circle accreditation training on.

 

DETAILS:

Date: Saturday, October 24  AND  Sunday, October 25, 2015, 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Place: Durham College – Whitby Campus 1610 Champlain Ave, Whitby, ON L1N 9B2

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day

Registration Fee: $60 

Registration deadline: October 22nd

 

Please note: Due to the collaborative nature of this course, a minimum number of participants is required to proceed.  Please book early!

 

Note: Lunch not included, please bring your own lunch or be prepared to drive to a local coffee shop. Some vending machines are on premises, but we cannot guarantee what items will be available.

Instructors for this course: 

Dorothea Helms
Dorothea Helms

Dorothea Helms, a.k.a. The Writing Fairy, is an award-winning, internationally published writer and popular writing instructor. She is the author of the book The Writing Fairy Guide to Calling Yourself a Writer, and she offers courses, workshops and keynote speeches that inspire adults to write and publish their work. This prolific Fairy is also the owner of Write Stuff Writing Services, through which she provides professional writing and editing services of all kinds to newspapers, magazines, businesses and individual clients.

In 1992, Dorothea joined Durham Write-on, one of the first writers’ circles in Durham Region, Ontario, and she was among the first members of The Writers’ Community of Durham Region. In the mid-1990s, Dorothea started the first writers’ circle in Uxbridge, Ontario. Northword Edition provided a fun, safe and inviting setting where writers could share and critique their work. In 2002, she traveled to Massachusetts to become certified in Pat Schneider’s Amherst Writers & Artists method of leading workshops, adding yet another dimension to her skills.

“No one understands writers better than other writers,” Dorothea says. “I am amazed at how generous the members of writers’ circles are with providing encouragement and constructive feedback, especially when they understand how to do so in the best and most efficient way. I owe a lot to the people I have met in writers’ circles over the years. Their input has enriched my writing career.” www.TheWritingFairy.com; www.WSWS.ca

Ruth E. Walker
Ruth E. Walker

Ruth E. Walker writes award-winning fiction, poetry and plays, and is a popular workshop facilitator. A partner at Writescape since 2008, she offers intimate writing retreats and designs and delivers workshops for creative writers as well as corporate communicators. She especially enjoys working with those who are just discovering their narrative voice.

Ruth credits much of her success as a writer to her critique groups. “Over the years, I’ve belonged to both short-term and long-term writing circles and critique workshops, and I’ve learned so much from all of the participants. Most importantly, I learned to take my work — and the work of my critique colleagues — seriously. I became more professional and I learned how to give and to receive feedback and critique. I’m a better writer and better editor because of those groups.”

A senior writer and editor with the government of Ontario, Ruth is also a novelist. “Living Underground” was one of the top ten nominations in the 2012 Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction and Ruth continues to attend readings and meet with book clubs in Canada and the U.S. She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, the Canadian Authors’ Association, long-time member and past-president of WCDR and, since 2003, a member of Critical Ms, a critique group dedicated to professional critiques, and focusing on longer fiction. www.ruthewalker.ca; www.writescape.ca

A special thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Because of their support, we are able to offer this course for such a low price.

 

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Advanced Writing for Wordies – with Dorothea Helms


ADVANCED WRITING FOR WORDIES

 

TinyWand

Dorothea Helms

Blue Heron Books

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Ready to take your writing to the next level? The Writing Fairy, Dorothea Helms, is ready to help you soar. Learn to mine ideas from unlikely sources, take risks that will capture the attention of editors/publishers, and polish your writing to the professional level. Forget hand-holding; in this course, The Writing Fairy will provide the kick in the butt that will get your butt in chair to live out your writing dreams. Previous participation in a creative writing course is preferred; this is for writers who have advanced beyond the beginner stage. Oh, and it will be a lot of fun!

6 weeks – Tuesdays, September 16 to October 21 from 7 to 9 p.m.  $180

To register for either of the following fall courses, visit www.blueheronbooks.com

Fall in Love with Creative Writing – with Dorothea Helms


FALL IN LOVE WITH CREATIVE WRITING

 

TinyWand

Dorothea Helms

Blue Heron Books

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Let The Writing Fairy, Dorothea Helms, introduce you to the world of writing and its many exciting possibilities. If you are a closet writer or someone who dreams of following your passion for words, this is the course for you. Using humour and 21 years of experience as an award-winning professional writer, Dorothea will awaken the magic inside you in a safe, comfortable environment. Hundreds have already benefited from this course; many have gone on to win contests, be published, start freelance businesses, and even develop their craft enough to teach.

6 weeks – Wednesdays, October 8 to November 12 from 1 to 3 p.m.  $180

To register for either of the following fall courses, visit www.blueheronbooks.com

LONGLIST for the WCDR Short Story Contest announced!


LONGLIST for the WCDR Short Story Contest announced!

WCDR is pleased to confirm the longlist for the WCDR Short Story Contest for 2014.  The following entries will be published in our Renaissance Anthology 2014. The shortlist of the top 5 stories will be announced on June 9.

Short Story Contest 2014: Long list

Story Author
Engineered magic: A fairy tale Ann Dulhanty
The Event Paige Winkle
Closing Circle Deepam Wadds
Before and After Corrie Adams
Going Fearward Heidi Croot
Seeing Signs Stacey Paterson
Bitter Vision Kate Arms-Roberts
The Soft One Deepam Wadds
Boxed In Dorothea Helms
Hide Jessica Moore
The Night Traveller Jennifer Sutton
Pura Vida Esther Griffin
The Eagle’s Vigilance Margaret Alexander
Allergies Stéphanie Phil Dwyer
Black as Sin Anne MacLachlan
Pearl Earbob Gwen Tuinman

 

Congratulations to the authors whose stories made it onto the longlist, and thank you to all those who entered.  You are all winners to us!

Please note that all entries were submitted via the Submittable online submission management system, with administration managed confidentially by our contest admin team, Dawn Riddoch and Brittany LeClerc, then blind judged personally by Sarah Selecky.

The WCDR was pleased to announce the longlist at our May RoundTable, and will be announcing the three top stories, including the $1,000 first prize entry at our June RoundTable on June 14.  We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to all our long listed authors!
Sally Moore
President, WCDR

 

RoundTable Recap: April 2014


Curious to know what went on at our monthly RoundTable meeting? Please enjoy this RoundTable Recap (prepared by Susan Croft, in charge of public relations for the WCDR). Also, look for more of these recaps after each RoundTable meeting!

Passion, Courage, and Conviction:


Author, editor, film-maker and movie score composer Chris Alexander delighted WCDR members at the April 12, 2014 RoundTable, discussing topics that ran the gamut from style and voice to enthusiasm and passion.  Alexander is best known for his work as the editor of magazines like Fangoria, Gorezone, and Rue Morgue.  “I liked weird stuff because my dad liked weird stuff,” he said.  “So I was allowed to like weird stuff … I was watching Citizen Kane and understanding it when I was six.”  But Alexander’s obsession and love of the strange and the bizarre did not result in his being ostracized by his peers, because he “was always a bit of a curiosity.  I liked that role.”  He began writing about horror films “out of necessity, because I needed to communicate this love, to write about these amazing films I was seeing.  All I could do was sit down in my English class, put pen to paper and write, write, write, present, and annoy teachers.”  Many of his teachers were concerned by the subjects Alexander insisted on writing about, but as he explained: “I was writing about living, dying, my grandparents, the world that I lived in and how I understood it.  Once in a while you’d get a good teacher who would see that, be astonished by it and encourage it.”

FANGORIA, a magazine that specializes in reviewing horror films, “was my religion,” Alexander claimed.  “And then there was GOREZONE,” which was more gruesome than FANGORIA—so gruesome, that it was kept on the top of the magazine rack with the pornography.  “I never did drugs,” Alexander said.  “I did FANGORIA and GOREZONE.”   It was in GOREZONE that Alexander found his idol: a columnist called Chas Balun.  His writing wasn’t “academic, dull or dry.  He would use heavy alliteration, taking you down this journey, quickly educating you about this movie, but it wasn’t about the movies.  It was about the journey with Chas.  The first thing I wanted to do was rip him off.”

So Alexander began writing.  Still in high school, he wrote a piece called “Cheap Visceral Thrills,” that was designed and written to be read aloud.  His teacher, recognizing the talent in the piece, put him in front of the school to read it.  “I got a standing ovation,” Alexander recalled.  “That was my first experience using my passion and word play to affect an audience.  Once you get that, you need it again and again and again.”

Slowly, Alexander built a career for himself.  Some of it was based on determination—freelancing, working for four magazines at once—and some of it was, in his own words, dumb luck.  For example, one night while working as a concierge at a Toronto condominium, he called Warner Brothers’ offices and kept dialing names until he got the president’s voice mail, where he left a message promising to do anything so long as they would hire him.  “It was a shot in the dark,” he admitted, “hoping to hit the donkey’s ass.  It hit.”  Working at Warner Brothers’ gave Alexander the opportunity to meet the big names in film and film criticism.

“My day job is now my love and my work,” he concluded, referring to his work as editor of FANGORIA and GOREZONE, “but this wasn’t always the case.  The key was that I believed what I wrote and saw light at the end of the tunnel.” Alexander’s parting advice to WCDR members included: “Brand yourself.  Work around the clock.  Be a practical dreamer—look at people [you admire], follow their model, because however they did it, you can do it too.”

Other Highlights:

WCDR Grants & Scholarships: Jenny Madore announced the 13 winners of the 2014 WCDR Grants and Scholarships. Jessica Moore received the $500 Len Cullen Scholarship, with Gwynn Scheltema and Vicki Pinkerton taking the two $250 Len Cullen awards.  James Dewar and Sue Reynolds of Inkslingers accepted the $250 Inkslingers grant on behalf of Kate Marshall Flaherty, while Ruth Walker and Gwynn Scheltema of Writescape presented their sponsored grant to Connie Di Pietro Sparacino.  Other winners included Kate Arms-Roberts, Sylvia Chiang, Sandra Clarke, Elaine Cougler, Heidi Croot, Anna Gersman, Corey MacLean, and Jay Stewart.  Thanks to the sponsors of this year’s program, and congratulations to all our winners!

AGM & Board Elections: It’s almost that time of year again.  On June 14, we’ll be holding our annual general meeting (AGM), at which time half of the positions on the board will become available.  This year, the available positions are: VP, Secretary, Web Liaison, Treasurer, and Membership.  Jenny Madore has accepted a nomination to run for VP and will be standing for election as Treasurer for another term, and Maureen Curry is standing for Membership again.  We will send nomination forms soon.  If you would like to run for any of these 5 positions, feel free to talk to a board member, or any member about a nomination.  You can also nominate yourself!  Any member is welcome to run for the board. For more information, check out this special announcement.

Workshops & One-on-one Sessions: Sharon Overend announced that there are still spots available in the “Work of Wonder Workshop” with Daniel Scott Tysdal, taking place at Trent University’s Oshawa campus on April 26.  Learn how to make your poetry and prose inspire curiosity in your reader in this full-day workshop!  She also announced that one-on-one 50-minute pitch sessions with our U25 agents are open for registration.  Sam Hiyate will be seeing people in Durham Region on May 9, and Stacey Donnaghy will be hearing your pitches on May 10 in Newmarket.  Ali MacDonald has also agreed to take pitches, but the date and time are still to be determined.  Register early to avoid disappointment!

We would like to extend our condolences to the Flaherty family.  A moment of silence was observed for former finance minister Jim Flaherty, a patron of the arts and a tireless advocate for this region, who passed away earlier this week.

As always, Blue Heron Books was on hand with a variety of books for sale—including a selection of titles by our guest speaker.  Dorothea Helms kindly manned the table.  Sue Reynolds, James Dewar, Corey MacLean, Ruth Walker, and Jessica Moore, Editor-In-Chief of The Lamp, were also in the lobby selling their work.

Sherry Loeffler was at the library table, overseeing our collection of books that members can borrow from RoundTable to RoundTable, as well as managing our Pay it Forward collection.

Our writing exercise this month, “Caption This,” was led by Harrison Wheeler.  Wheeler is an author of speculative fiction for young readers and an illustrator who has taught in a variety of settings (from Nunavut to Japan) to a variety of ages (5-85 years).  His book, Jesters Incognito, is now available.

We also had a fantastic assortment of raffle prizes, including gift certificates from Blue Heron Books donated by the WCDR; a copy of Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer’s book, All the Broken Things; a spot in Jessica Outram’s Sunshine in a Jar workshop; a teapot donated by Christina Vaselevski; a box of Purdy’s chocolates, donated by Sally Moore; Maple Syrup, provided by Auberge des Gallant in Quebec; a “Power Pack” of cartoons donated by our artist for this month, Harrison Wheeler; and a copy of The Lamp Volume III, donated by G.L. Morgan.

After breakfast, Dorothea Helms led our mini-workshop: “Pricing for Profit.”  This slice of Dorothea’s popular, all-day Business of Writing workshop showed participants the business basics of making a part- or full-time living as a freelancer.  Attendees learned what to charge, how to price package deals and, most importantly, when to say no to a job.  Dorothea has had humorous pieces appear in a variety of magazines and newspapers across North America.  She has served on the faculty of a humour-writing conference in the U.S. and runs “Whenever I feel like it” humour writing contests under her brand, The Writing Fairy.  Our mini-workshop next month will be “Write a Winning Bio and Writer’s Profile,” with Gwynn Scheltema.

Our May RoundTable will feature historical fiction author Barbara Kyle, author of the acclaimed Thornley Saga, set in Tudor England.  Register early to avoid disappointment!


MEDIA CONTACT: Susan Croft, PR Coordinator − pr@wcdr.org

PHOTOS: M-E Girard

Note: Please remember to register! We hate having to turn people away, and the mini workshops fill up fast, so registering early ensures that you can get a slot. We are not able to let you in at the door without registering in advance. If you pay by PayPal, verify that you get an email from PayPal confirming your registration. If you don’t receive the email from PayPal, contact Dawn Riddoch at support@wcdr.org and we will look into it. Thanks for your cooperation.

RoundTable Forecast: April 2014

RoundTable Forecast

Finding Your Voice:

On April 12, the WCDR is pleased to welcome Canadian-based, internationally published writer, film maker and editor-in-chief of magazines such as Fangoria and Gorezone Chris Alexander.  As a film maker, he is the writer, director and composer of multi award-winning films like The Vampire film Blood for Irina and its upcoming sequel, Queen of Blood.  As a journalist, Alexander was a columnist for Rue Morgue Magazine for six years, before he took over as editor-in-chief for Fangoria, an iconic, NYC-based horror periodical.  He has written thousands of feature articles for various publications, and is currently at work on his second book, The Twilight Zone Legacy, which will be coming out this year from Bear Manor Media.  At the RoundTable, Alexander will talk about the importance of finding the voice in your writing; give tips on how to take something personal and make it commercial; and discuss how to maximize your time to be as prolific, positive, and effective as possible.

Pre-registration is Required:

The deadline to register is 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  We hate turning people away, so be sure to register early to avoid disappointment!    You can register online, by phone at 905-686-0211, or by emailing breakfast@wcdr.org.  If you register by phone or email, be sure to tell us what your meal preference is; if no preference is given, you’ll receive the Chef’s Special.

Members wishing to submit PowerPoints should send .ppt or .pptx files to support@wcdr.org by noon on April 12, and members wishing to book a table to sell their books should also contact support@wcdr.org by this time. 

Other Highlights for April:

Our writing exercise this month, “Caption This,” will be led by Harrison Wheeler.  Wheeler is an author of speculative fiction for young readers and an illustrator who has taught in a variety of settings (from Nunavut to Japan) to a variety of ages (5-85 years).  His book, Jesters Incognito, is now available.

Raffle prizes will include two Blue Heron gift certificates, donated by the WCDR; a copy of The Lamp: A Journal of Creative Writing for Graduate and Professional Students, donated by G.L. Morgan; and a spot in Jessica Outram’s upcoming workshop.

After breakfast, Dorothea Helms will lead our mini-workshop: “Pricing for Profit.”  This slice of Dorothea’s popular, all-day Business of Writing workshop will be beneficial to anyone wanting to make a part- or full-time living as a freelancer.  Learn what to charge, how to price package deals and, most importantly, when to say no to a job.  Dorothea has had humorous pieces appear in a variety of magazines and newspapers across North America.  She has served on the faculty of a humour-writing conference in the U.S. and runs “Whenever I feel like it” humour writing contests under her brand, The Writing Fairy.  Be sure to sign up in advance!

You can also attend one of our blue pencil sessions, and have 4 pages (double spaced) of your work-in-progress looked over by a professional.  Sign up when you register for the RoundTable!

Looking for books that might help you hone your craft? 

Drop in on our librarian, Sherry Loeffler.  You can borrow a book this month and bring it back at the next RoundTable!

Our Pay it Forward collection consists of Ariel Gore’s How to Become a Famous Writer before You’re Dead, Christina Kats’ Get Known Before the Book Deal, Steven King’s On Writing, Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer, Lucius Shepard’s A Handbook of American Prayer, and three thesauri by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi: The Emotion Thesaurus, The Negative Trait Thesaurus, and The Positive Trait Thesaurus.  The Pay it Forward collection works just like the library, except you pay a minimum $10 donation to borrow the books.  Each year, the Pay-it-Forward fund helps the WCDR provide grants and scholarships to writers of all levels.  Drop by the library table at the next RoundTable and check it out!

Blue Heron Books will also be on site with a fabulous selection of books for sale.

We look forward to seeing you there!