Meeting Schedule 2015:

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 novels, The Carpenter and Knucklehead

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

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

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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:

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: 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: September 20, 2015

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Talk: Writing By Instinct

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader,” Robert Frost famously said. The question is, how do we get there? Lauren Carter will talk about the need to get out of your own way and let the story be written, her experience learning to trust her instincts, and how this trust can result in wise and creative surprises that ultimately lead to better, stronger work. This talk will be followed by a Q-and-A.

Workshop: Creative Revision:
Discover and Deepen Your Story's Truth

After pouring out a first draft, it’s time to begin digging into your story to figure out what it’s really about. Some stories contain a clear meaning from the beginning but most need several drafts to reveal and enrich their internal truth. In this workshop, we will engage in several creative revision exercises to understand, nourish and expand on the deepest meaning in your first or early draft. Participants are requested to bring a few pages from an early draft of a short story or a novel-in-process that they are beginning to revise.

 

Lauren Carter is the author of Swarm, a dystopian literary fiction novel that the Toronto Star called “one of the more realistic recent imaginings of the shape of things to come” and Lichen Bright, a poetry collection, which was longlisted for the ReLit Award. She has recently finished a second collection of poetry, a selection of which was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2013 and won the 2014 ROOM Magazine poetry prize. Currently, she's completing a book of short stories and is at work on two novels at her home in The Pas, Manitoba. Read her blog about the writing life, along with monthly interviews with writers, at www.laurencarter.ca
 
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