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: April 19, 2015

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Straight talk on agenting: Westwood Creative Artists executive vice president Hilary McMahon will give candid insight into the role agents play in today's challenging market. Hilary will explain who needs an agent and how to increase the odds of getting one. She'll dispel common myths about the author-agent relationship and the agent's 'typical' day, and offer inspiring and enlightening tales from the publishing trenches.

Hilary will follow her talk with a one-hour Workshop:

Get your query agent-ready: Westwood Creative Artists executive vice president Hilary McMahon will share her expertise to help you stand out from the crowd. Part of the workshop will be dedicated to basics of the query letter and strategies for submission, and part will be providing brief one-on-one feedback to queries that have been submitted in advance. If you'd like your query to be reviewed by Hilary, please e-mail it by April 10th to Colleen Winter at: info@simcoewriters.ca with the subject line: Query submission

Please note that due to time constraints Hilary is only able to comment on the query letters, not the manuscripts on offer.

Hilary McMahon represents a diverse list of fiction, non-fiction and children’s authors, including John Bemrose, Charlotte Gray, Richard Gwyn, Eric Hill (creator of the Spot books,)  Pauline Holdstock, Ann Dowsett Johnston, Susan Juby, Dennis Lee, Susin Nielsen, John Lawrence Reynolds, Carrie Snyder and Lucy Waverman. After graduating from Carleton University with a double major in journalism and English, she worked in public relations and the magazine industry, but jumped at the opportunity to join Westwood, and has been at the company for more than 15 years. She represents WCA on trips to American publishers and the Frankfurt and London book fairs, and speaks about the industry at events across the country. Hilary is a shareholder in Westwood Creative Artists Ltd.

 
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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)