Next Meeting: November 20, 2016
with Michael Redhill
at The Leacock Museuem



TALK:   THE PAINT NEVER DRIES: Why revision is more important than inspiration
  It’s said that there’s nothing more terrifying than the blank page. I agree. It’s so frightening, I refuse to discuss it. However, those who survive their encounter with the blank page may find themselves wondering what to do with the unblank page, and here I have a few thoughts. Chiefly, I believe revision is the writer’s chance to uncover their work’s truest nature, and that assiduous, painstaking revision often makes the difference between a good work and a great one.
  WORKSHOP:   OPENING LINES: What’s a great beginning and how to write one.
  We’ll look at examples of great opening sentences or paragraphs and talk about what makes us want to read on in stories and novels, and find out what happens. Then we’ll craft a few of our own. Who knows? You might write the first line of a short story you never knew you’d write …
  Michael Redhill is a novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist. Under the pseudonym Inger Ash Wolfe he also writes crime novels. His most recent works are Saving Houdini, a novel for young adults, and The Night Bell. Next year, his first literary novel in more than a decade will be published by Doubleday Canada. 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.


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

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