Member Spotlights: Sheila Horne

By: Loni Cameron Our first volunteer for the Member Spotlight on the blog is Sheila Horne. A once aspiring journalist, Sheila is the author of three novels and several short stories. Sheila writes fiction, exploring … Read more

All Writing Is Sharing

How I Utilized My Weaving Words Festival of Storytellers Education Grant By Cynthia St-Pierre With the exception of journaling—and even then I would argue that a journaler is writing unconscious thoughts down in order to … Read more

Another Successful Bookshelf Event

Books, books, and MORE books were on the menu Saturday July 7th at the WCYR’s Bookshelf Book Fair! We had an absolutely fabulous day at the Lion’s Community Centre in Newmarket sharing our stories with … Read more

Pens ‘n Friends Peer Critiques Event

Let’s Get to the Nitty Gritty By: Loni Cameron The most recent WCYR event hosted a Lunch and Critique. As we arrived, we helped ourselves to a sandwich, some vegetables or fruit, and joined a … Read more

A Grant By Any Other Name

How I Utilized My Grant at the Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference By: Craig Hodgins From May 20 to May 24 I attended the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina. This is … Read more

2018 Writers’ Grant Awards

Our first annual Writers’ Grant Awards is a success! On Tuesday May 15th the WCYR announced the winners of our 1st annual Writers’ Grant Awards. Three enthusiastic winners received their certificates and have until December … Read more

Welcome to Wattpad

What’s a Wattpad??!? By Loni Cameron April’s free member-run workshop brought us an in depth look at the writing website, Wattpad. A good mix of writers, both familiar and not, were present to learn about … Read more

WCYR AGM & Self-Pub Success Story Seminar

An Annual General Meeting, Elections, and A Self-Publishing Success Story! By: Loni Cameron March’s meeting had three parts: 2018’s Annual General Meeting, our Elections, and an insightful speaker. Board Chair, MJ Moores started the meeting … Read more

Volunteer with Us!

Calling All Volunteers! By: Loni Cameron Volunteer with Us! It takes a lot of people to run the WCYR. Everyone from me, doing the relatively small job of blogging, to MJ Moores, our current Board … Read more

The WCYR is Holding its First Election!

Get Out and Vote! By: Loni Cameron The Annual General Meeting & WCYR Board Elections for 2018 will be held Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at the Newmarket Lion’s Community Centre  – 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket … Read more

Revise to Write with Kim McDougall

  Rise and Revise Again! By Loni Cameron This past Thursday was the third of our member-led workshops. Kim McDougall took us on a journey through the process she created for revising her work. Though … Read more

Poetry Workshop with Janette Platana

 Going with the flow… By Loni Cameron Many words flowed at Sunday’s poetry workshop with Janette Platana. After getting to know each other a bit, Janette shared a little about herself – her work, life … Read more

The WCYR Now Offers Writing Grants!

It’s Official!  We are proud to announce that current members of the WCYR are now able to apply for a writing grant. All stages and levels of writers, from just starting out all the way … Read more

WCYR Holiday Potluck & Open Mic Social

Ho-Ho-Holiday Social By Loni Cameron Raffles, food, games and good company! The evening of Friday December 8th was the WCYR Holiday Potluck & Open Mic Social. The evening started with some socializing, saying hello to … Read more

Writing with Humour

 And the Punchline Is… By: Loni Cameron November’s member-led workshop was Writing with Humour, presented by author Willie Handler. The workshop was filled with writers eager to inject a little humour into their work, not … Read more

Happy NaNoWriMo!

Where Are We At? By: Loni Cameron I hope everyone is meeting their targets, whether they are officially signed up at or doing the Mini-NaNo with the WCYR. We thought that we would give … Read more

Social Media for Authors

The Importance of Social Media for Authors By: Loni Cameron Whether you happen to be in marketing, are an artist, craftsperson or writer, social media is an important tool in today’s world. Writing a book … Read more

Mini-NaNoWriMo Write-In Schedule

WCYR’s Mini-NaNo Write-In Schedule Saturday Nov. 11th @ Covernotes Cafe, Newmarket Main St. S ~ from 9:00am-11:00am (Nanci Pattenden) Thursday Nov. 16th @ Covernotes Cafe, Newmarket Main St. S ~ from 9:30am-11:30am (Jenn Sharko) Saturday … Read more

NaNoWriMo is Back!

National Novel Writing Month is a celebration for all things writerly. In honour of NaNoWriMo, the WCYR is holding our “MINI-NANO” again this year. This is an event for anyone who would like to formally … Read more

Celebrate NaNoWriMo with the WCYR

November is National Novel Writing Month …and the WCYR wants to celebrate it with you! 🙂 What is NaNoWriMo? Some writers call it “inspiration”, some refer to it as a “kick in the pants”, while … Read more

Backstory Business with MJ Moores

Backstory and Its Role for Contemporary Writers By: Loni Cameron At the end of September, I attended my first workshop from the WCYR and MJ Moores. I found it as insightful and as informative as … Read more

Open House with Sue Reynolds

Showing versus Telling ~ Crafting Words at All Levels By: Loni Cameron The September meeting of the WCYR featured writer and creative coach Sue Reynolds. Sue’s free workshop focused on the topic of “showing versus … Read more

Celebrating Books and Authors

  On Saturday September 23rd Covernotes Cafe helped celebrate this month’s grand opening of the WCYR Author Book Shelf in the book room. Member-authors Peter Howe, Catherine McClennan Brydon, Val Tobin, Dianne Gemmell, Nanci Pattenden, and MJ Moores joined us … Read more

Canvas & Quill and WCYR

  Covernotes, one of the WCYR’s newest partners, hosted York Region’s inaugural literary and visual art collaborative installation on Saturday, August 19, from 5-8 pm. Local authors were invited to submit work in four categories … Read more

New Partnership with Covernotes Coffee & Tea

~ The Writers’ Community of York Region has recently partnered with Covernotes Coffee & Tea on Main Street, Newmarket. We’ve made arrangements with the new owners, Omar and Ashley, to hold monthly open mic readings … Read more

No Language Without Experience

By: Nicole Donadio I don’t know a writer who hasn’t had to endure the cliché “write what you know.” This seems like bad advice — I can’t help but think that if we stuck to … Read more

From Start to Finish with Christine D’Abo

By Douglas Owen From start to finish, Christine D’Abo brought a level of energy and enthusiasm rarely matched by other presenters to the June WCYR general meeting. After a short introduction, Christine took us through … Read more

This is How I do It

by Mark Koning, Author “Sometimes we work in a dense fog that becomes recognized as creative genius only after we are gone.” I’m sure that everyone has their reasons for writing and I am certain … Read more

Rob Brunet Turns Query Letters Upside Down

By Lauren Solar At the WCYR’s April meeting, Rob Brunet led a workshop on query letters. His recommendations ran contrary to some of the accepted wisdom on the subject but his rationale for this was … Read more

Camp NaNo

Camp NaNo – And So It Begins

Participating in Camp NaNo Can Get Your Writing Goals Completed Camp NaNo is an offshoot of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). But unlike its parent, Camp NaNo only centres on a writing project, not a full … Read more

Grants for Writers

By Nanci M. Pattenden, Author. Many writers, both professional and newbie, may not be aware there is free money available to them. Well, almost free. You are required to claim any grant you’ve received when … Read more

The Art of Collaborative Writing

“Meetings of writers are always like the comings together of princes who rule over small, but highly independent countries, and a wrong word, a breath of rudeness, can lead to undeclared warfare; decorum is as … Read more

Mindshift Ninja Reflections 

Last week, the Writers’ Community of York Region presented Mindshift Ninja and “Motivating the Creative Mind.” This workshop helped me define who I am as a writer and the reason I write. Being able to … Read more

Our Holiday Open Mic – A Fun Night!

  The WCYR would like to thank everyone who stopped by Hungry Brew Hops for a fabulous night of networking, food, and readings. Our BINGO game was a huge success with over 6 prizes being … Read more

Becoming The Author of My Own Story

Erika Willaert Writing has always come easier to me than speaking when it comes to expressing myself. Specifically, social media has been a networking opportunity for me to keep in touch with a multitude of … Read more

Member feedback from the April AGM

In April 2016 we hosted our first AGM and Social at the Aurora Legion. Our attendees completed written surveys and took part in group discussions on a number of themes. The following notes summarize the … Read more

Why We Blog

Three to five hundred word blog? Easy peasy lemon squeezy, or is it? Since starting to blog in July of last year I’ve racked up 17 posts that contain well over 20,000 words. I have … Read more

A sunrise over water

Bloggers Ink

Sunday mornings I rise at the crack of dawn. I pour myself a steaming hot cup of joe, black, no sugar. I whip through the New York Times crossword puzzle standing up, while I sip my coffee and watch the sun rise over the cedar hedge below the deck, so as not to waste any precious writing time. Read more

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NaNoWriMo: It’s Started

For the last three years I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for those not in the know). This amazing event started in the US, and sprinted around the world, infesting writers of all ages. Read more