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.

Website:    www.deepamwadds.wordpress.com


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 www.colleenwinter.ca.


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

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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

Websites: www.pattimhall.ca  • www.triggeringmemories.com


Membership Coordinator – Heather Bebb

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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 goforwords.com.

 

 


 

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Next Meeting: June 21, 2015

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The Long and the Short of It - The Art and Commerce of Short Fiction
Short stories offer a vision of life that is distilled and essential. Shawn Syms, a short-fiction author and critic, will discuss what differentiates the best short stories. He'll also offer personal insights on how to strategically manage your publication-seeking efforts - and increase the likelihood that the right editor at the right publication will see your most well-suited story at the right moment.

Optional Workshop: "From Inspiration to Distillation"
In short fiction, every word counts. In this workshop, Shawn will explore the opposing personae that one must inhabit in order to successfully compose short stories - the Dreamer, and the Butcher.

Shawn Syms has written for over 25 years for more than 50 publications. Shawn wrote the short-fiction collection Nothing Looks Familiar, aNational Post pick for the Top Books of 2014 recently seized by the Michigan Department of Corrections because it "may encourage criminal activity." Shawn is currently at work on a novel about the power of filthy lucre, fetishistic sex and compulsive gambling called Money Changes Everything.

 
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