Join us on April 23, 2017 to celebrate poetry month with poet, fiction writer and teacher Daniel Scott Tysdal.

The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Leacock Museum, Orillia

  “Make Them Wonder”: Sparking Curiosity, Surprise, and Awe in Our Readers

One of our most basic tasks as writers, as Janet Burroway reminds us, is to “make them wonder”—to spark in our readers a sense of curiosity and awe, drawing them along line by line, page by page, and book by book. Daniel Scott Tysdal’s talk and workshop will examine a range of strategies for inspiring this sense of wonder in our readers and in ourselves as we write. During his talk, Tysdal will share examples of how he seeks to “make them wonder” in his poetry, fiction, and teaching. During his workshop, Tysdal will share a series of exercises designed to give us hands-on experience with the craft of inspiring wonder. At every moment, we will endeavour to expand our understanding of what is possible and see our lives and our work in a new way.

Tysdal’s Website: www.dstiz.com

Tysdal’s TEDx Talk, “Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life)”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0BUYzMypi8

Tysdal’s Thomas Morton Memorial Prize Winning Story, “1 Dog, 1 Knife”: http://puritan-magazine.com/1-dog-1-knife/

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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

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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