M-E Girard on March 25!


How to Handle Diverse Characters
& Pitfalls to Avoid We all know there’s been a push for diversity in fiction, especially in children’s literature, and that push has gotten even stronger the last few years. But what does diversity mean, exactly? Whose job is it to incorporate it into literature? Who’s allowed to write diverse characters, and how does one do that? M-E Girard will provide some insight into the concept of diversity in fiction, and she will share tips on how to handle writing diverse characters and pitfalls to avoid.

M-E Girard lives just outside Toronto, where she splits her time between writing YA fiction about badass teen girls and working nights as a pediatric nurse. A 2013 and 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow, M-E is a proud feminist who is endlessly fascinated by the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding the concept of gender. Her debut novel GIRL MANS UP (September 2016, HarperTeen | HarperCollins Canada), was a Lambda Literary Award winner, a William C . Morris YA Debut Award finalist, a finalist of the KOBO Emerging Writer Prize, a recipient of a Kirkus Star, and a White Pine nominee. It was also recognized as best book by The Globe and Mail, CCBC Books, and Kirkus Reviews. You can find M-E online at www.megirard.com and all over social media.


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


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.


Subscribe to our e-newsletter mailing list

* indicates required

Email Format


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




Don't live in Simcoe County?

We are connected to a number of other writing communities in Ontario. Click on the links below to be directed to a writers' community nearer to you:

Durham Region
(Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Port Perry, Uxbridge, Beaverton)

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

Mississauga/Etobicoke WEN

(Minden, Haliburton, Carnarvon, Dorset, West Guilford, Oxtongue Lake)