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 had a life-long love affair with the written word and has rarely met a story she didn’t like (well almost). By day she works as a Freelance Writer and has publications in newspapers, magazines, technical journals, and corporate literature. She enjoys the act of writing no matter what kind it is though finds fiction, the final frontier, to be the most elusive and challenging of all the disciplines.

She recently received two Writer’s Reserve Grants from the Ontario Arts Council for her work on her novel Crag Lake and was the winner of the CAA Leacock/Simcoe Erotic Prose Contest. She is an alumni of the Humber School of Writers and previously received an SLS Fellowship from the Unified Literary Contest.

More information and samples of her work can be found on her webpage at

Past President/Speaker Coordinator – Deepam Wadds

Deepam Wadds’ projects include two novels, The Cost of Weather and Three Degrees of Surrender and Touched, a memoircartoon deepam 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 teaches weekly 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. Her short story, What’s Left, won first prize in the 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.


Secretary/Social Media Manager – Lori Twining

Lou-Dec 2013Lori is a freelance writer, poet, blogger and novelist. She works as a Civil Engineering Designer during the day and slams her thoughts into her laptop at night, writing fiction full of emotion and magic. She’s a lover of books, sports and birdwatching, and a hater of slithering reptiles and beady-eyed rodents.

She has been published in several anthologies, most recently Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada and The Writing Spiral. She is currently working on four young adult novels, in which two have received Judge’s Honorable Mention in the Muskoka Novel Marathon. Also, she shamefully has ten other novels nestled deep within her desk drawers, waiting patiently to emerge from crappy first drafts. Obviously, she hates the editing process.

Lori is in her third year as an Executive Board Member for the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County. She is a key organizer for the Muskoka Novel Marathon and is a co-founder of the Owen Sound’s Ascribe Writers group.

Website: Lori Twining – Writer. 

 Webmaster and Membership – 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





Next Meeting: October 18, 2015

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The Slow Burn or the Gutpunch

~ Building and Breaking Tension

In time for some dark Halloween writing, author Matt Lennox delivers a talk on writing thrillers. He will address the issues of creating conflict and tension in that genre.
The workshop following lunch will flow from the talk. Participants are invited to suggest scenes of conflict and tension in order to discuss how their own writing may have been influenced.
Matt Lennox is the author of "Men of Salt, Men of Earth", "The Carpenter", and "Knucklehead". He has also written short fiction and non-fiction for the National Post, the Walrus, and Toronto Life, and has been longlisted for the CBC creative non-fiction contest. Outside of writing, Matt is an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves. He served in Afghanistan in 2008. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Natalie Jacyk, and their dog, Johnny Cash.
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