Next Meeting: June 12, 2016
with Phil Dwyer

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  Talk: “Putting the creative into non-fiction”
Ever wondered how non-fiction could be *creative*? This new, invigorating writing form is bending rules and blurring the boundaries between traditional genres and approaches. Rules are being broken, and new forms are emerging. It’s an exciting area, and because most writers focus on their fiction, it’s a little less competitive. In a playful, humorous hour we’ll tackle some of the big questions about CNF, and play some genre-bending games with form and content to stretch our minds and help us think again about the stories that surround us every day.
  Workshop: “Writing a book proposal that sells”
There’s one major difference between selling fiction and non-fiction to publishers: you don’t have to present a finished book if you’re writing non-fiction (with the exception of memoir). All you need is a perfect, polished proposal for your book. A proposal that sells your project, and you as its author. Your book proposal is your project’s business plan. In this workshop you’ll learn: • Why a well-written proposal is vital to your success • What to put into a proposal that sells (and what to leave out) • What your platform is and how to make the most of it • The importance of your marketing plan – the surprising things that matter and why they count. We’ll deconstruct the proposal for Conversations On Dying and apply these lessons to participants’ projects. Participants will leave with a solid understanding of how to craft their own proposals and with a list of resources with which to do it.  
Phil Dwyer’s asthmatic childhood contributed to a deep love of reading, an encyclopaedic knowledge of British sixties pop (and encyclopaedias), and a healthy distrust for the curvature of normal lives. He was a journalist for 20 years in the UK, working in the magazine industry as a reporter, news editor, editor, and latterly as a publisher. He moved to Canada in 2002 to work on a research project with Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams. That work spawned Tapscott’s The Naked Corporation. In 2007, after a life-changing heart attack, he decided to focus on his writing. He’s an alumni of the Humber School for Writers and has workshopped short fiction with Alissa York at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and non-fiction with Charlotte Gill at The Banff Centre. His creative writing has been published in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper and Canadian Stories, and his journalism has been published in over 15 UK publications (including The Financial Times and The London Times). He is a member (and former board member) of the Writers’ Community of the Durham Region (WCDR), and is a member of The Canadian Authors’ Association. He lives in Toronto with his wife and her legions of imaginary puppies.
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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 Down by the Bay, 121 Mississaga St. E., 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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