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/Speaker Coordinator – Deepam Wadds

  • September 2013: Chicks, 2nd place winner – Flash Fiction World
  • Guest blog post on Reading as Writers, When we’re not writing we’re probably reading:
  • 2013: Finalist, WCYR Poetry and Roses competition, with the poem, Ceremony
  • 2013: Runner-up “Freefall Writing Competition” with Still Life with Coconut.
  • Judge for WCDR’s Amprosia, short prose contest
  • What’s Left, 1st prize winner in Whispered Words short prose contest, judged by Antanas Sileika
  • What’s Left, short story published in Whispered Words Anthology
  • Received Ontario Arts Council grant through the Writers’ Reserve Program
  • Received  Writers’ Community of Durham Region grant
  • Choose the Hammock, short story published in carte blanche literary magazine and submitted to the Journey Prize and Canadian Magazine Awards
  • 4 short pieces published in Being Unquiet Anthology
  • Oblique Angles, short story published in Cross-Canada Writers’ Quarterly
  • poems published in Poetry Toronto, Antigonish Review, Whitewall Review, and bill bissett’s, end of the world speshul

Completed: The Cost of Weather, a novel about a loving father who agrees to share custody with his daughter’s tempestuous mother, only to be struck repeatedly by the  unpredictable and sometimes devastating results of this choice.

In progress: Touched,  a lusty memoir of a restless woman’s passage through relentless self questioning and deep meditation to a state of clarity and delight.

Deepam organizes writing and yoga retreats in Costa Rica, Canada, and Italy.

She studied Creative Writing at York University and has taken numerous courses and workshops in the craft of writing, including two years of A Novel Approach, a year-long course to complete the first draft of a novel or memoir.

Since 1989, she has had a private practice as a Rebalancer, a multi-disciplinary form of massage.       

Vice 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 is an alumni of the Humber School of Writers and has completed her first novel, titled Crag Lake though has yet to make it to publication. She is currently working on her second novel, Strange Justice, and received a 2012 SLS Fellowship from the Unified Literary Contest.

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

Secretary – Lori Twining

Lori is a freelance writer, poet, blogger and novelist. She is a lover of books, sports and sometimes people. 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 is currently working on two young adult novels, Pushing Skinny, which received a Judge’s Honorable Mention in the 2012 Muskoka Novel Marathon, and The Summer of Pretending, now in its seventh round of edits. 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.

She’s not just about writing fiction, she sometimes writes the truth on her blog, that deals with the many intersections of family life, relationships, sports, book reviews, writing and movie watching. You can check out her blog at Buzz 27.


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



Past President – Noelle Bickle

Noelle Bickle is a writer, editor and creative writing instructor certified to facilitate writing workshops using the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) Method. She is a graduate of both the Journalism and Public Relations Programs from Durham College, and is a Humber School for Writers alumni.

Her work has been published in multiple anthologies and magazines. As well as serving as President on the Board of Directors for the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County, Noelle is the former Speaker Coordinator for the Writers Community of Durham Region. She is an affiliate with Amherst Writers and Artists, and a member of both the Editors Association of Canada, and the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs.

She teaches a wide range of writers: youth-at-risk, underserviced populations, closet-writers working in the corporate world, young mothers, and vibrant seniors – all with a wealth of stories to tell. She also works with writers with a varied level of experience – from those just diving into the art form to emerging, established, and published authors.

Noelle is currently working on her second novel. Catch up on what’s going on at her blog spot:


Next Meeting: September 21, 2014

Everything You've ever Wanted to Know about Self-Publishing, but were Afraid to Ask
with James Dewar

Join Micro-Press Publisher James Dewar in an honest and thorough discussion about the pros and cons of self-publishing. James will describe each of the critical steps in preparing your book for publication, offer tips on how to budget each step, and generate a discussion about how living The Artist’s Way will ensure that you have a wonderful experience throughout the entire process.

Optional Workshop:
1) Part one: Book layout and printing tips for self-publishers
2) Part two: Finding the fine print on a sample publishing contract
James will provide detailed hand-outs for all participants.

James Dewar is the publisher and editor of Piquant Press. In 2011 James and his partner Sue Reynolds launched Stone’s Throw Publications, designed specifically to help authors who need help during the publishing process finding quality editors, printers, graphic designers, layout experts and retail platforms. James enjoys educating new authors in the essential steps of self-publication and the many options available for author promotion. He can customize any project. The most important thing that James encourages authors to learn is how to read the fine print and retain the full copyright of their material.


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Durham Region
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York Region
(Richmond Hill, Aurora, Newmarket, King, Vaughan, Whitchurch-Stouffville, East Gwillimbury, Georgina Townships)


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