Becoming a Member of WCYR: First Impressions and Lasting Memories

By Gail Sellers, Meeting Coordinator, WCYR As I reflect on my writing journey, the wonderful children’s story, The Little Engine That Could comes to mind. This beautiful little book illustrates the power of positive thinking. I was at a stage where I had serious doubts about my writing abilities. Even though my writing mentor andContinue Reading



Deb Rankine – December 7 2014

Renowned National Food Writer Deborah A. Rankine National food writer, recipe developer and cookery instructor, Deborah A. Rankine, has covered the food scene in Canada for the past 17 years. As her alter ego, “The Fridge Whisperer,” Rankine authors a cookbook series of the same name — publishing book #5, Truly Tantalizing Canadian Cuisine, inContinue Reading

Catharine Bush – November 9, 2014

Paying Attention and Breaking Free Including Interactive Writing Exercises All writing begins in acts of noticing. And all writing is made up of a series of choices: what we choose to include, from our choice of words to the parts of the world that we put on the page, vs. what we leave out. HowContinue Reading

Paul McLaughlin – October 19, 2014

Freelancing the Future All social and economic indicators point to freelancing as the way of the future in journalism and communications. Paul McLaughlin’s presentation will focus on the skills required to become self-employed professionals. Topics include finding and proposing ideas through pitches, marketing yourself, establishing and negotiating fees, preparing a business plan, market opportunities, taxContinue Reading

Mark Leslie Lefebvre – September 14, 2014

Thank you to Mark Leslie Lefebvre and everyone who came out to make our September meeting such a success! WCYR is thrilled to welcome back Mark Leslie Lefebvre. Mark is Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations, at Kobo! He joined the Kobo team in October 2011 bringing over 20 years of experience in bookselling. HeContinue Reading

Gwynn Scheltema and Ruth Walker – June 8, 2014

The Writer’s Closet: Dress Yourself in Fiction, Poetry and Non-fiction Let Writescape’s Gwynn Scheltema and Ruth Walker lead you through a series of creative exercises and activities to change up the outfits in your writing wardrobe. Your invitation is to come prepared to be surprised and be open to trying on different forms and approaches.Continue Reading

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