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

Heather Hamilton-Senter Square
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

 

 

 

Ruth E. Walker


Ruth E. Walker
Ruth E. Walker

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Bio: RUTH E. WALKER, author of the novel LIVING UNDERGROUND, is also a poet, playwright, editor, and creative writing workshop facilitator who has published in Canada, the US, and the UK. Her award-winning writing has appeared in literary publications, anthologies, and periodicals.

She is a partner in Writescape, delivering creative writing workshops and coordinating writing retreats for writers of all kinds. A popular workshop facilitator and conference presenter, Ruth has travelled Ontario from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Ottawa to work with writers at all levels. She has met with book clubs throughout Ontario as well as readers in Virginia and Michigan.

An editor with Writescape, Ruth especially enjoys supporting writers as they hone their manuscript to submission-ready status.

Ruth is an honours graduate of Trent University and recently retired as a professional writer and editor for the Ontario government. A past president and long-time member of The Writers’ Community of Durham Region, she is also: a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC), Canadian Authors’ Association and the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs; a founding editor and publisher of the literary journal “LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview”(1998-2007); a founder and former organizing committee member of the acclaimed Words in Whitby Reading Series; a former member of the Driftwood Theatre Group’s Board of Directors; and a long-serving volunteer on various non-profit arts initiatives. In 2007, Ruth was named one of four artists in residence at Durham Alternative Secondary School, through an Ontario Arts Council-funded pilot project.

A resident of Oshawa, Ontario, she continues to teach and to write.

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

Genre: Writes in a wide range of genres; most recently contemporary fiction and YA speculative fiction.

Living Underground, (Seraphim Editions, 2012)

Living UndergroundSheila Martin’s dismal childhood is irrevocably transformed when Sigmund Maier, the family’s enigmatic German tenant, introduces her to opera, music and much more. When he reappears in her ordered and successful adult life, Sigmund asks for her help with an immigration issue. Will she now discover the truth of why he vanished years ago?

Sheila soon discovers that “truth” has no clear definition and memories are nebulous as she is drawn into the turmoil and accusations surrounding his life before and during World War II. As she struggles with her own issues and family conflicts, she is forced to finally confront the secrets she has held for over 30 years.

Moving back and forth in time, this novel explores the ambiguity of human emotion – how our natures can embody both the ideals and delights of love alongside the most base and dispassionate sensibilities.

Living Underground Book Trailer from Empty Cup Media on Vimeo.

Awards: 2015 Ontario Arts Council $20,000 Works in Progress grant for “The Last Battlewipe”
2014 Muskoka Novel Marathon, YA novel award for “The Last Battlewipe”
2013 Canadian Authors’ Association, top ten “Living Underground” for fiction prize
2011 Longlist, Montreal International Poetry Prize for “Gilt”
2011 Great Canadian Haiku Contest, Home County Folk Festival, London, ON “Haiku for Canada”
2011 Writer’s Digest, 5th place in Poetic Asides 10-line poem contest Spring Thaw 2011″
2011 WCDR Scholarship, The Writers’ Community of Durham Region writers’ grant
2010 Ontario Arts Council $1,500 Writers’ Reserve Grant
2010 Honourable Mention, Geist magazine’s Literal Literary Postcard Story competition
2008 Banff Centre/Bliss Carman Poetry award third place
2007 two entries tied for second place in The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region Short Story Contest
1996 Canadian Living magazine short story contest for “Traditions”

Memberships: The Writers’ Community of Durham Region (1996 to present)
The Writers’ Union of Canada (2012 to present)
Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (2012 to present)
Canadian Authors’ Association (2012 to present)

Paeans and Kudos July 2016


Barb Martin

  • Pitched to Bookends, and they requested a full manuscript.

Heather O’Connor and Ruth Walker

  • Have been invited to read and present at the Dromoland Indie Books. Literary Festival August 27th and 28th in Little Britain.

A.B. Funkhauser

  • Submitted to Eric Hoffler and New Apple.

Lisa Reynolds

  • After taking Dorothea Helm and Ruth Walker’s Write to Win Workshop, Lisa applied to two contests. Chicken Soup for the Soul and an International Poetry Contest.

Maaja Wentz

  • Entered Slam competition.
  • Entered Word Weaver writing prompt contest “Sky”

Heather O’Connor

  • Submitted a picture book that explores friendship and inclusion to Orca Books.

WCDR Member Paeans and Kudos – May 2016


Stephanie Gibeault

  • Won the February Story Starters contest at the Ontario Writers’ Conference
  • Submitted a short story to Liquorian magazine and is currently working with an editor on a rewrite

Dale Long

  • Won the January Story Starters contest at the Ontario Writers’ Conference

Mel Cober

  • Made The Ontario Writers’ Conference short list for January, but lost to Dale Long

Tobin Elliott & Dale Long

  • Participated in the Twitter #PitDark pitch, and within minutes the Bent agency requested their query and ten pages

Phil Dwyer

  • Had book launches in Uxbridge, Toronto (x2) and participated in Authors for Indies

James Dewar

  • Piquant Productions built the website brightweavings.ca for Guy Gavriel Fay

Ruth Walker

  • Pitched at Ontario Writers’ Conference and Sue Miller wants to read the complete Manuscript.
  • Rejected by an agent, however  that agent referred her to another agent who does mystery

Tamara Petra Cormack

  • Entered Voices of Motherhood 2016 by YMC.ca

 

 

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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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: January 2014


Kicking off 2014 with a Master Short Story Writer:

On January 11, the WCDR is pleased to welcome short story writer Sarah Selecky as our guest speaker. Selecky is both a recognized master and a lover of the short story form and believes it’s currently undergoing a renaissance, especially in Canada. She is the author of This Cake is for The Party, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story award, won the CBC Book Award for the best new writer of 2010, and appeared in “The Globe 100: Best Canadian Fiction” list for 2010. Her writing has been published in The Walrus, ELLE Canada, Geist, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire and a variety of newspapers and magazines. In 2011, Selecky created Story is a State of Mind, an internationally acclaimed online writing program, and in September 2013, she announced a collaborative project with Margaret Atwood: an online Master Class on novel writing. She is also the judge for this year’s WCDR short story contest, so you won’t want to miss her talk about the dos and don’ts of short story contest entries at the RoundTable!

Pre-registration is Required:

The deadline to register is 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 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 roundtable@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 January 8, and members wishing to book a table to sell their books should also contact support@wcdr.org by this time.

Other Highlights for January:

Our writing exercise this month, “Keeping it Brief: the Art of the Short, Short, Short Story,” will be led by Ruth Walker. Walker’s first submission won Canadian Living’s 1996 short story contest and she’s been writing and winning ever since. Her debut novel, Living Underground, is now in its second printing.

Raffle prizes will include two Blue Heron Books gift certificates, and a spot in Jessica Outram’s upcoming workshop, “ Beyond Memoir: We Write Who We Are.”

After breakfast, M-E Girard will lead our mini-workshop: “Agent Queries: it Starts Long Before Pressing Send.” M-E Girard writes mostly young adult fiction, usually queer fiction, and always about girls. She’s working on her first novel, and is represented by Linda Epstein of the Jennifer de Chiara Literary Agency. M-E is all over social media and the WCDR. She is notorious for over researching, getting to know all the rules, and being too organized—which pays off when looking for an agent! 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 Scholarship collection has grown! Now, in addition to Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi’s The Emotion Thesaurus, 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, and Lucius Shepard’s A Handbook of American Prayer, we also have two new thesauri: The Negative Trait Thesaurus and The Positive Trait Thesaurus, both by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi! 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, featuring books by this month’s speaker, Sarah Selecky.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

(Written by MEDIA CONTACT: Susan Croft, PR Coordinator − pr@wcdr.org)