The Writers’ Community of Simcoe County is a sister organization to the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (a community of almost 400 members strong). We are a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the art and skill of writing. We foster literacy, and provide moral support to writers through education and networking, both independently and in co-operation with existing organizations.

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 breakfast or other sponsored event.

New members are always welcome, including those who are just starting to explore their interest in writing. Current members include novices, award-winning and published writers and poets, editors, illustrators and songwriters. Whatever your interest, we hope you come check us out to see what’s happening with The Writers’ Community of Simcoe County.

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!

Our door is always open.

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Next Meeting: January 18, 2015

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Writing What’s in Front of You:
Narrative Nonfiction and the Personal Eye

with Ian Brown

In a world of 24-hour news cycles, instantaneous Twitter feeds and countless other digital distractions, well-written long-form narrative non-fiction (essays, journalism, memoirs, true stories) is making a comeback.  Why?  And how?  How does the non-fiction writer decide what to write about?  And how does one write nonfiction that people want to read?

Join us on January 18 to listen to a master of the form.

Ian Brown, Chair of the Literary Journalism at Banff  Centre for the past five summers, is an acclaimed roving feature writer for the Globe and Mail. He is equally well-known for his work on CBC radio, where he was the moderator of Talking Books for more than a decade, and hosted Sunday Morning and Later the Same Day. He also presents pre-eminent television documentary shows on TVO’s Doc Studio. With Paul Tough, he founded open letters, the first online magazine of first person journalism in letter form. He is the author of FreeWheeling--which won the National Business Book Award--and Man Overboard, and most recently edited the anthology What I Meant to Say: The Private Lives of Men. His most recent book, The Boy in the Moon, was chosen by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2010.

 

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

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