Meeting Schedule 2014/2015:

Summer break. Happy writing!

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

October 19, 2014: to be confirmed

November 16, 2014: Sherry Coman

December: Susan Swan

January 19 : Ian Brown, author, journalist

Really? 8 point font - the entire manuscript of Fauna!

Really? 8 point font – the entire manuscript of Fauna!

 

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

Food is no longer included in the meetings, but can be ordered from Brewery Bay’s extensive and diverse menu.

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meeting: 11:30 a.m.

Members: $6.00

  • Non-members $12.00

optional workshop: 1:30 pm

$10.00

 

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

 

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Click below to read about past speakers:

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: Doug 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 21, 2014

Everything You've ever Wanted to Know about Self-Publishing, but were Afraid to Ask
with James Dewar

Join Micro-Press Publisher James Dewar in an honest and thorough discussion about the pros and cons of self-publishing. James will describe each of the critical steps in preparing your book for publication, offer tips on how to budget each step, and generate a discussion about how living The Artist’s Way will ensure that you have a wonderful experience throughout the entire process.

Optional Workshop:
1) Part one: Book layout and printing tips for self-publishers
2) Part two: Finding the fine print on a sample publishing contract
James will provide detailed hand-outs for all participants.
 

James Dewar is the publisher and editor of Piquant Press. In 2011 James and his partner Sue Reynolds launched Stone’s Throw Publications, designed specifically to help authors who need help during the publishing process finding quality editors, printers, graphic designers, layout experts and retail platforms. James enjoys educating new authors in the essential steps of self-publication and the many options available for author promotion. He can customize any project. The most important thing that James encourages authors to learn is how to read the fine print and retain the full copyright of their material.

 

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