Meeting Schedule 2014/2015:

February 22: Susan Swan, Journalist, Feminist, Novelist, Activist, Teacher

March 22: Wayson Choy, Novelist, Memoirist, Mentor

April 19: Hilary McMahon, agent Westwood Artists

May 24: Susan Philpott, author of Blown Red

June 21: TBA

Sept. 20: Lauren Carter, author of Swarm, teacher

Oct. 18: Matt Lennox, author of the short story collection, Men of Salt, Men of Earth and the novel, The Carpenter

Nov. 15: TBA

Dec. 13: TBA

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Monthly Meetings include a featured speaker from the industry, local literary news, networking time, and an awesome raffle draw.

Lunch can be ordered from Brewery Bay’s extensive and diverse menu.

meeting: 11:30 a.m.

Members: $6.00

  • Non-members $12.00

optional workshop: 1:30 pm

$10.00

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Down by the Bay, 121 Mississaga St. East, Orillia

 

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Click below to read about past speakers:

January 18 : Ian Brown, Author, Journalist

December 14: Carlos Vilchez, Online Social Media Specialist

November, 2014: http://simcoewriters.ca/simcoe/change-of-plans-for-november-meeting/

October 19, 2014: Bruce Pirrie: writer/director for Second City, Professor: Humber College

September 21, 2014: James Dewar:  Poet, Editor, Publisher

June 22, 2014: Ted Barris, author of The Great Escape and Professor, Journalism/Broadcasting Centennial College

May 25, 2014:  Drea Cohane, literary agent, The Rights Factory

March 23, 2014Antanas Sileika  Author, Director, The Humber School for Writers 

April 13, 2014: Karen Hood-Caddy – Writing as if Your Soul Depended on It. Workshop: Responding to the Call of Your Writerly Soul

February 16, 2014: Julie Czerneda – Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing? It’s not like the others

January 19, 2014: Barbara Turner-Vesselago – Freefall Writing * this meeting will begin at 11:30, with the workshop following at 1:00 pm (*Barbara will also lead the mini workshop )

December 15, 2013: Ruth E. Walker, author of Living Underground

November 17, 2013: Allyson Latta on telling secrets

* Allyson will be leading the optional workshop: The Inviting Door – first page assessments

October 20, 2013: Sharon Clare – Wish I’d Known

September 15, 2013:Alissa York – The Madness Method

June: Kim Moritsugu – First Page Flash Assessments

May: Cordelia Strube – The Fictional Impulse

April 21, 2013: Barry Dempster, Giving the Muse Office Hours

March 17, 2013: Halli Villegas, Publisher of Tightrope Books

February 17, 2013: Bruce Meyer, Poet Laureate of Barrie

December 16, 2012: Jessica Westhead: Writing and Getting Published

November 18, 2012: Richard Scrimger and the Need for Story

October 21, 2012, Michael Neff – Perfect Pitch

September 16, 2012, Annette McLeod – The Freelance Life

June 17th, 2012 Speaker: Sue Kenney

May 27th, 2012 Speaker: Young Adult Panel

April 15th, 2012 Speaker: James Dewar

March 18th, 2012 Speaker: Dorothea Helms

February 19th, 2012 Speaker: Douglas Gibson

January 15th, 2012 Speaker: Heather O’Connor

December 18th, 2011 Speaker: Sue Reynolds

November 20th, 2011 Speaker: Gwynn Scheltema

October 16th, 2011 Speaker: Terry Fallis

September 25th, 2011 Speaker: Ruth E. Walker

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Next Meeting: April 19, 2015

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Straight talk on agenting: Westwood Creative Artists executive vice president Hilary McMahon will give candid insight into the role agents play in today's challenging market. Hilary will explain who needs an agent and how to increase the odds of getting one. She'll dispel common myths about the author-agent relationship and the agent's 'typical' day, and offer inspiring and enlightening tales from the publishing trenches.

Hilary will follow her talk with a one-hour Workshop:

Get your query agent-ready: Westwood Creative Artists executive vice president Hilary McMahon will share her expertise to help you stand out from the crowd. Part of the workshop will be dedicated to basics of the query letter and strategies for submission, and part will be providing brief one-on-one feedback to queries that have been submitted in advance. If you'd like your query to be reviewed by Hilary, please e-mail it by April 10th to Colleen Winter at: info@simcoewriters.ca with the subject line: Query submission

Please note that due to time constraints Hilary is only able to comment on the query letters, not the manuscripts on offer.

Hilary McMahon represents a diverse list of fiction, non-fiction and children’s authors, including John Bemrose, Charlotte Gray, Richard Gwyn, Eric Hill (creator of the Spot books,)  Pauline Holdstock, Ann Dowsett Johnston, Susan Juby, Dennis Lee, Susin Nielsen, John Lawrence Reynolds, Carrie Snyder and Lucy Waverman. After graduating from Carleton University with a double major in journalism and English, she worked in public relations and the magazine industry, but jumped at the opportunity to join Westwood, and has been at the company for more than 15 years. She represents WCA on trips to American publishers and the Frankfurt and London book fairs, and speaks about the industry at events across the country. Hilary is a shareholder in Westwood Creative Artists Ltd.

 
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