Meeting Schedule 2014:

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

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

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

November 16, 2014: Sherry Coman

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.

meeting: 11:30 a.m.

Members: $6.00

  • Non-members $12.00

optional workshop: 1:30 pm

*available only to registered members and guests



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Click below to read about past speakers:

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: 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


Next Meeting: May 25, 2014


On May 25, Drea Cohane will speak to the WCSC on what it means to be an agent in today's market. She'll discuss some of the changes she's seen in publishing since coming on the scene, and detail the ever-changing role of an agent within the publishing industry. She'll wrap up the talk by discussing what she's looking for in terms of queries/projects.

Query Workshop:
The workshop will be on how to perfect the query, and how this is the most important first-contact piece of writing that an author is ever going to produce. This is what determines whether or not their manuscript will be read/requested by an agent. She'll discuss what not to do, and what is the best approach for debut authors trying to get their work read.

Drea Cohane graduated from the Ryerson Publishing program and went on to do an internship at The Rights Factory. She was then hired on as an Associate Agent and has been working at the agency ever since. She also freelance edits on the side. Her roster consists of British, American, and Canadian clients. She resides in Toronto.

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