Join us on April 22!

Sherry Coman is a writer, educator and project development consultant with more than thirty years experience as the author of her own plays, screenplays and fiction, and as the development and story editor for clients ranging from young new media artists to mid-career novelists to international film producers. Currently a sessional lecturer in film, visual and new media culture at Humber College, and in film and theology at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, her collaborative method is to listen and work within a writer’s unique skills to find the best way to encourage growth.

Lecture: Are you spending a lot of time trying to fit into a picture of what a particular market is looking for? Do you find yourself setting aside your preferred way of writing for what you think will be more ‘publishable’? Learn how to turn this model around and work from your strengths, creating projects that will more likely express your vision and ideas. Through a series of quick question exercises, find the unclaimed parts of your writing skill that you can be using to greater advantage.

Workshop: Do you struggle with writing dialogue? In this workshop we will explore some essential guidelines for writing dialogue in any media format. Bring a short excerpt of something you have written involving dialogue to work with (that you don’t mind sharing with others). How does the infamous ‘show don’t tell’ apply to spoken words?


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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 Leacock Museum, 50 Museum Drive, 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.

If you’d like to be notified of what is developing with the organization, please send us a notice via the contact form on this website or subscribe using our RSS feed. Better still, you can become involved as a charter member. For more information, click on the Membership tab.

To listen to a radio interview with WCSC Past-President Deepam Wadds about the organization, CLICK HERE

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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.

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We look forward to meeting you face-to-face. Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary act!

 

 

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Durham Region
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York Region
(Richmond Hill, Aurora, Newmarket, King, Vaughan, Whitchurch-Stouffville, East Gwillimbury, Georgina Townships)

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Haliburton
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