Allyson Latta – May 9, 2014

Spit and Polish: Self-Editing with Allyson Latta More than ever in today’s competitive publishing world, errors and inconsistencies in your submitted work may diminish your credibility and result in rejection. Fine-tuning through editing can take writing from good to great, yet many writers give this aspect of their craft short shrift. Spit and Polish: Self-EditingContinue Reading

Ray Robertson – April 13, 2014

Thanks to everyone who made our meeting such a success! Ray Robertson is the author of the novels Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, Gently Down the Stream, What Happened Later, David, and I Was There the Night He Died, as well as two collections of non-fiction: Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing and, mostContinue Reading

James Dewar, February 9, 2014

Thanks to all who came and made our February 2014 meeting such a success! James Dewar is a publisher, producer, editor, teacher and writer. As the publisher of Piquant Press he has edited and published over a dozen books and co-edited three poetry anthologies. Through his sister publishing house, Stone’s Throw Publication Services, he hasContinue Reading

Isobel Warren – March 9, 2014

Isobel Warren will be the featured speaker at our March 2014 meeting. She will present her workshop called: Navigating Book Production: Charting your course and avoiding the shoals, pirates, and sea monsters. In this age of self-publishing, authors need expertise on every phase of book production. This workshop will lead you through all the stepsContinue Reading

Sam Hiyate – January 12, 2014

Thank you for making our January meeting such a success! Sam is president of The Rights Factory and a well-known Toronto literary agent. His client list includes Margot Berwin, David Gilmour, John Farndon, Rupinder Gill, Andrew Kaufman, Claire Letemendia, Imogen Lloyd Webber, Jonathan Tepper and Jessica Westhead. Before that, he ran the literary division ofContinue Reading


Upcoming Workshops

Culture Days 2013

The Writing Games Presented by the WCYR as part of Culture Days

Join us for an afternoon of fun and experiential writing exercises that will massage your metaphors, grow your grammar and friction your diction. Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 1pm – 3pm at the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall. Check back with the WCYR website during the summer for registration details.


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