Meeting Schedule 2015:

April 19: Hilary McMahon, agent Westwood Artists

May 24: Susan Philpott, author of Blown Red

June 21: Shawn Syms, short story writer, editor

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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Click below to read about past speakers:

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: 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: May 24, 2015 with Susan Philpott

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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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