The Writers’ Community of Simcoe County is administered by a board of volunteers who guide the group’s activities according to the members’ needs and interests.
President/Treasurer – Colleen Winter
Colleen has been writing fiction for over fifteen years and her writing achievements include two Writer’s Reserve Grants from the Ontario Arts Council, 1st place in the CAA Leacock/Simcoe Erotic Prose Contest, alumni of the Humber School of Writers, eight manuscript requests at Thrillerfest’s Pitchfest, and a recipient of the SLS Fellowship from the Unified Literary Contest. By day, she is self-employed as a freelance writer with a specialization in the Ontario Electrical Industry. She has publications online and in newspapers, magazines, technical journals and corporate literature.
Currently in her second year as President of the WCSC, and a member of the executive for five, her interests include stories of all kinds including books, theatre, film, and spoken word; food; and spending time outdoors keeping up to her hyperactive family.
More information and samples of her work can be found on her webpage at www.colleenwinter.ca.
Vice-President/Secretary/Social Media Manager – Lori Twining
Lori Twining has recently won awards in Literary Competition for her fiction. Her writing has appeared in three nonfiction anthologies, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada, The Writing Spiral and The Quilted Word. Two of her unpublished novels have received Judge’s Honorable Mention in the Muskoka Novel Marathon.
Lori is in her fifth year as an Executive Board Member for the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County, and she’s an active member of many writing groups: SCBWI, CANSCAIP, WCSC, TRW, RWA and the Owen Sound’s Ascribe Writers. She’s a lover of books, sports and bird watching, and a hater of slithering reptiles and beady-eyed rodents.
Past President/Speaker Coordinator/Web Liaison – Deepam Wadds
Deepam Wadds’ projects include two novels, The Cost of Weather and What the Living Do and Touched, a memoir of her unorthodox massage training in India.
She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers with mentor, Donna Morrissey and is a certified AWA (Amherst Writers and Artists) writing workshop leader. She leads writing workshops based on that method, which was developed by Pat Schneider. Deepam has also completed two year-long Novel Approach courses with Susan Lynn Reynolds.
Her short prose and poetry have appeared in various literary anthologies and journals. In June 2016, her short story, Tender Fruit, took first place in The Writers’ Union of Canada’s annual short prose competition for developing writers. Her short story, What’s Left, won first prize in WCDR’s Whispered Words contest, judged by Antanas Sileika. She is the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve grant courtesy of Tightrope Books.
For twenty years, Deepam has organized and co-facilitated workshops and retreats in Canada, Costa Rica, and Italy. Since 1989, she has had a private practice as a Rebalancer, a multi-disciplinary form of massage.
CAA (Canadian Authors’ Association) Rep/Membership Coordinator – Rose-Ann Marchitto
Rose-Ann Marchitto divides her time between many professions: Mother, Caregiver, and a dragging-her-heels-in-protest Chef. She spends her free time writing and hopes to one day be a published novelist. She has studied at the University of Calgary and is an alumna of the Humber School for Writers. She has recently received Honourable Mention for her novel in progress, psychological Suspense, Best Interests.
Rose-Ann is an active member in several writing groups: Toronto Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America, Barrie’s Writers’ Group and the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County.
Meeting Cooordinator – Jeanette Winsor
Jeanette Winsor, now retired from a long career in education, lives in Barrie, ON and spends her days writing.
She has published numerous magazine articles and short stories. Having finished her first novel, Time Healer, she has started her second, Molly Chant. Both are set in rural Newfoundland, her home and second favourite place in the world.
Webmaster – Sue Reynolds
Sue is an award-winning YA novelist, short story writer and poet. She teaches creative writing in a variety of settings, including her year-long course: A Novel Approach.
She also served on the board of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region for 10 years in a variety of roles, including President for two years. Mentoring writers to find their voices is her passion. To read more about Sue’s work, go to goforwords.com.