with Amy Stuart
Talk: Committing to the Act of Writing All writers – aspiring, emerging, established – can come up with many a reason why it’s difficult to find the time and energy to write. Once we start writing, it’s difficult to keep going, especially when faced with plot tangles or writer’s block. I’ll talk about my journey from first words of the first draft to a printed novel in my hands and provide some advice on ways writers can deepen their own commitments.
Workshop: Writing without Words How does a writer pick the best words to tell his or her story? This workshop will focus on techniques and tricks that allow us to convey complex plots and characters without overwriting. We’ll complete a few fun exercises and talk about strategies we use to find the very best within our own writing.
Amy Stuart’s 2016 debut novel, Still Mine, was an instant national bestseller in Canada. Winner of the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Competition, Amy’s writing has previously appeared in newspapers and magazines across Canada. In 2012, Amy completed her MFA in Creative Writing through the University of British Columbia. She is currently working on the sequel to Still Mine. Amy was born in Toronto where she still lives with her husband and their three sons. Aside from writing, she loves hockey. Ice hockey.
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The Writers’ Community of Simcoe County
functions as a hub for practitioners and fans of the written word. Our aim is to engage, inform and encourage writers at all levels and of all genres, independently and in co-operation with existing cultural and writing-related organizations, associations, libraries and community groups.
From September to June, we meet one Sunday a month from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. at The Golden Wok, 16 Front Street South, Orillia. Each month we feature speakers from all aspects of the writing life – authors, freelancers, editors, agents, and publishers – to motivate, inspire and enlighten writers and aspiring writers in our community. Each month we offer an optional hands-on workshop which follows a short break after the speaker. The workshop is from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
WCSC offers you opportunities for information-sharing, networking and support, education and professional development. Whether you are a fiction or non-fiction writer, poet, playwright, screenwriter, songwriter, editor, or someone who just loves the way words connect, you’ll find yourself at home at a WCSC meeting.
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We’re also seeking energetic folks with a variety of skills, life experiences and interests, to work as volunteers. Bring your organizational and networking expertise and to help chart the future of WCSC!
You’ll work with the WCSC Board to:
- provide input on a broad range of administrative and financial matters
- contribute to the development of outreach strategies for new members, speakers and presenters
- assist with organizing our workshops and meetings
- build partnerships with cultural, literary and educational organizations in the region
If you’re interested in getting involved, or volunteer in another capacity, please send us a notice via the contact form.
We look forward to meeting you face-to-face. Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary act!