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. If you would like to volunteer with our organization, please feel free to approach one of the board members below:



President/Speaker Coordinator – Colleen Winter



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




Vice-President/Social Media Manager – Lori Twining


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Lori Twining


Lori Twining writes both fiction and nonfiction, with her stories winning awards in literary competition and appearing in several anthologies, magazines and newspapers. Lori is in her seventh year as an Executive Board Member for the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County, and she’s an active member of many other writing groups: International Thriller Writers, Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters In Crime International, Sisters In Crime Toronto Chapter and Ascribe Writers. She’s a lover of books, sports and bird watching, and a hater of slithering reptiles and beady-eyed rodents.

Websites: or at





Treasurer – Terry Leigh  (Bio – Coming soon)




Secretary – Jeanette Winsor


Jeanette Winsor

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.








Membership Coordinator  Rose-Ann Marchitto



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 Coordinator – Kelly Gadon (Bio – Coming soon)





Web Liaison – Colleen Winter / Lori Twining




Past President – Deepam Wadds

(Retired from WCSC in June 2015)


Deepam Wadds

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.





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/Etobicoke WEN

(Minden, Haliburton, Carnarvon, Dorset, West Guilford, Oxtongue Lake)