DonGillmorJoin us on June 18, 2017 for our final meeting of the year with Don Gillmor and the announcement of the winners of our Word by Word Contest.

Memoir or Autobiographical Fiction?

Don will be discussing his two novels, “Long Change” and the “Mount Pleasant” and how his personal experience informed those books. For the workshop, he will continue to explore the question of whether to write a memoir or autobiographical fiction.

Don is an award-winning Canadian novelist, journalist and children’s book author. His new novel Long Change (2015, Random House) examines the world of oil through the life and loves of one man; both stories are epic.

His previous novel, Mount Pleasant (2013, Random House), is a darkly comic meditation on privilege and debt set in contemporary Toronto, and his first novel, the critically acclaimed Kanata (2009, Penguin), dealt with the whole sweep of Canadian history. He is also the author of a two-volume history of Canada, Canada: A People’s History, and three other books of non-fiction, The Desire of Every Living Thing, Stratford Behind the Scenes, and I Swear by Apollo.

He has written nine books for children, two of which were nominated for a Governor General’s Award. His journalism and criticism have appeared in The Walrus, where he was a senior editor; Saturday Night and Toronto Life, where he was a contributing editor; and Rolling Stone, GQ, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star, among other publications. He has won ten National Magazine Awards and numerous other honours. He lives in Toronto.

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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.

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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

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