Expand Your Author Visibility on Social Media

By Charlotte Ottaway Whether you’re a budding writer or published author, you already understand the importance of prioritizing your schedule and setting aside time to write. The feat of drafting your next novel, short story or magazine feature can be intimidating as it is. Add in a social media marketing strategy? Where is one toContinue Reading



Andrew Pyper – January 18, 2015

The Writing Life: How to Create a Career Out of Making Things Up Whether it be fiction, screenplays or storytelling in any media, there’s nothing more crucial to a writing career than your “Idea for a Story” itself. Internationally bestselling author, Andrew Pyper, will answer all of your nuts-and-bolts questions about the business of writing,Continue 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

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