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: June 21, 2015

ShawnSyms
 
The Long and the Short of It - The Art and Commerce of Short Fiction
Short stories offer a vision of life that is distilled and essential. Shawn Syms, a short-fiction author and critic, will discuss what differentiates the best short stories. He'll also offer personal insights on how to strategically manage your publication-seeking efforts - and increase the likelihood that the right editor at the right publication will see your most well-suited story at the right moment.

Optional Workshop: "From Inspiration to Distillation"
In short fiction, every word counts. In this workshop, Shawn will explore the opposing personae that one must inhabit in order to successfully compose short stories - the Dreamer, and the Butcher.

Shawn Syms has written for over 25 years for more than 50 publications. Shawn wrote the short-fiction collection Nothing Looks Familiar, aNational Post pick for the Top Books of 2014 recently seized by the Michigan Department of Corrections because it "may encourage criminal activity." Shawn is currently at work on a novel about the power of filthy lucre, fetishistic sex and compulsive gambling called Money Changes Everything.

 
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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)