Meeting Schedule 2016:

October 16, 2016: Karma Brown, Womens’ Fiction Author of Come Away with Me & The Choices We Make

November 20, 2016: Michael Redhill (AKA: Inger Ash)

December 11, 2016: Richard Scrimger, Young Adult Author

January 15, 2017: Janette Plantana, Short Story Writer

February 12, 2017: Molly O’Keefe, Romance & Erotica Author

March 19, 2017: Jia qing wilson-yang, Trans Fiction, Author of Small Beauty

April 23, 2017, Daniel Scott Tysdale, Poet

May 28, 2017: Tanis MacDonald, Creative Nonfiction Author

June 18, 2017: Don Gillmor, Journalist, Novelist

September 17, 2017: Tilda Shalof, Memoir

October 15, 2017: Anna Mackay-Smith: Creativity Coach, Actor, Director

November 19, 2017: Sherry Coman: Screenwriter & Coach

December 17, 2017: TBA

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

The Golden Wok has an extensive weekend buffet for $13.95, or guests can order lunch from their a la carte menu.

The Golden Wok, 16 Front Street North, Orillia

Meeting: 11:30 a.m.

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  • Non-members: $12.00

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  • Non-members: $14.00

Optional Workshop: 1:30 pm

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Click below to read about past speakers:

September 18, 2016: Amy Stuart, Psychological Thriller Author

June 19, 2016: Phil Dwyer, Creative Non-Fiction, author of Conversations on Dying

May 15, 2016: Rosemary Aubert, mystery and crime writer

April 17, 2016: Trevor Cole, author of Hope Makes Love

March 13, 2016: Shane Peacock, Young Adult author, playwright

February 21, 2016: Rob Brunet, crime writer, author of Stinking Rich

January 17: Tamara Faith Berger, author of Lie With Me, The Way of the Whore (which were recently revised and collected in Little Cat), and Maidenhead

Dec. 13: Marnie Woodrow: author, editor, coach, playwright…

Nov. 15: Allan Briesmaster, poet, publisher (Quattro Books), literary consultant, freelance editor

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

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

April 19: Hilary McMahon, agent Westwood Artists

May 24: Susan Philpott, author of Blown Red

June 21: Shawn Syms, short story writer, editor

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

March 22: Wayson Choy, Novelist, Memoirist, Mentor

January 18 : Ian Brown, Author, Journalist

December 14: Carlos Vilchez, Online Social Media Specialist

November, 2014:

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, 2014: Antanas 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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