Meeting Schedule 2015:

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

January 17, 2016: Tamara Faith Berger, author of Lie With Me, The Way of the Whore (which were recently revised and collected in Little Cat), and Maidenhead

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

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

April 17, 2016:

May 15, 2016: Phil Dwyer, author of Conversation on Dying

June 12, 2016:

September 18, 2016:

October 16, 2016:

November 20, 2016:

December 11, 2016:

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.

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


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


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Click below to read about past speakers:

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, 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


Next Meeting: December 13, 2015

Marnie Woodrow

There's No Such Thing As Writer's Block: How NOT to Make it Through the Rough Patches

Marnie Woodrow: will be speaking about writer's block and how NOT to make it through rough patches. It took Marnie 13 years to complete her second novel, and yet she does not believe in writer's block. You need to come and hear about her reasons, as to why not.

During the optional workshop, "Minor to Major: Why Your *Minor* Characters Deserve Your Attention", Marnie will discuss what happens when we're drafting a short story, play or novel, and the main characters get LOTS of focus and attention. This workshop is a hands-on exploration of characters you *might* want to take a closer look at because in actual fact, they are running the show.
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