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

Deepam Wadds’ sDeepamhort stories and poetry have appeared in several literary journals and anthologies. In recent years, many of her short stories have placed in various literary prose contests. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers with mentor, Donna Morrissey, and is the recipient of both an O.A.C Writers’ Reserve and a WCDR grant. Both her novels, The Cost of Weather and Touched, a memoir of her unorthodox massage training in India, have been requested for consideration by a literary agent. She is currently working on a new novel, with the working title, Roadkill.

She teaches weekly writing workshops based on the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method of facilitation developed by Pat Schneider.

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.


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 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

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. 

Meeting Coordinator – Patti M. Hall


Patti is a non-fiction author, and memoir writing coach living in Bradford, Ontario with her two very tall sons. She is the creator of Triggering Memories, a multi-faceted writing coaching program featuring year-long and monthly e-courses, a workbook (hard copy and epub, available in spring 2015) online writing groups, and one-on-one coaching.

Hall’s work focuses on the stories of individuals who demonstrate resilience in the face of trauma and personal challenge. She is the author of two manuscripts awaiting publication: Promises Never Die:  Living Your Best Days Even Through Death and Giants Among Us: Raising a Giant in an Average-Sized World, A Mother’s Memoir. In 2014, Dreams Under Construction:  The Life and Legacy of John E. Bahen was published, a volume ghostwritten by Hall

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Membership Coordinator – Heather Bebb



Have written more journals than I would like to admit to, and should probably be thinking about destroying the evidence before I get too old to remember where I put them :) Fancy the idea of writing a memoir about my Camino trek in 2012. Love to write just don’t always have the discipline to get my butt in the chair!

Understand the value of having the support of a writing community :)




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: May 24, 2015 with Susan Philpott


Getting Published - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Susan Philpott will talk about how she transformed a part-time passion for creative writing into a career as a published novelist. She will show you how a willingness to grow your writing craft, a touch of good luck, and endless determination can ensure your story makes it out of the slush pile and into the eager hands of a publisher. Utilizing a lively question and answer format, she will discuss the realities of finding and working with an agent, what to expect during the editing and marketing stages, and most importantly, how to weather the inevitable emotional roller coaster.
Optional Workshop to follow the talk: "What's Your Story About?"
Step one in writing a query letter to an agent or publisher is being clear on exactly what your story is about. In this workshop, Susan will share a few simple techniques on how to condense your grand concept into a succinct idea. Please come prepared with a synopsis of your novel, short story, memoir, or non-fiction piece, no longer than one or two pages in length. We will work together to clarify your story idea and get it ready for market.

Susan Philpott holds a Master's degree in both Science and Social Work. Over the years, she has worked as a furniture rental salesperson, a teaching assistant at the University of Guelph, a zoo-keeper at the Metro Toronto Zoo, and a registered social worker. The mother of three adult children, she lives in the wilds of Ontario with her husband and yellow lab. Her debut novel, Blown Red was published by Simon & Schuster, Canada in January 2015. The TV rights to the Signy Shepherd series has been sold to Over the Pond Productions in association with ITV Studios America.
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