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Keynote and Honorary Patron of the WCYR Conference

October 22 @ 7:30 pm - October 24 @ 5:30 pm

$20.00 – $50.00

WCYR Writers’ Conference

The WCYR is proud to announce our second writers’ conference. This weekend event will bring together writers from all over York Region and beyond, along with guest speakers, editors, and publishers.

This year, our illustrious Keynote Speaker is the famed thriller writer Andrew Pyper. He will be speaking at the conference on Saturday over our extended lunch break. So pour yourself a glass of bubbly, slide your charcuterie board over beside the computer, relax and take it all in.

Andrew Pyper is the multiple award winning author of ten novels, most recently The Residence, which is being developed as a hybrid documentary/fiction series with Skybound Entertainment and Radical Media, with Pyper acting as Executive Producer.
Among his previous novels, The Demonologist was the winner of the International Thriller Writers Award. His first novel, Lost Girls, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and appeared on both the New York Times and Times (UK) bestseller lists. He lives in Toronto.

Back by popular demand, we’d like to welcome Terry Fallis as the conference’s Honorary Patron. Terry will be giving the Opening Address on Friday evening in order to welcome all of our attendees, volunteers, and speakers.

A two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of seven national bestsellers, including his most recent, Albatross (2019), all published by McClelland & Stewart (M&S).
Terry has written for many publications including Maclean’s, Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the Toronto Star.
Terry is a sought-after speaker, sits on a number of boards, and lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

Join the WCYR and friends for a weekend full of workshops, networking, and inspiration. Register early. Space is limited and registration closes October 17th, 2021.

Date: October 22-24, 2021

Time: see schedule below

Where: Zoom

Cost: $34.00 for WCYR/WCDR Members, $39.00 for non-members

Join WCYR for just $50 and receive the discounted conference rate of $34.00.

Your registration for the York Writers Conference will include the following:

  • Workshops in the mornings and afternoons (Saturday & Sunday). View available workshops here.
  • Virtual cocktail hour (Friday evening), with opening Address by honorary Patron, Terry Fallis
  • Lunch-time keynote lecture (Saturday) with Andrew Pyper
  • Lunch-time networking event (Sunday)
  • Virtual bookstore (All weekend)

Other opportunities include:

The BDO Writing Contests:

Have your books posted in our virtual bookstore (details to come).

Donate to the YWC virtual Muffin Fund. For details about the benefits of donating to our Muffin Fund, visit Advertise at the YWC.

See the below pages for more information about speakers, scheduling and contests.

View the Workshop Page

View the Keynote & Honorary Patron Page

View the Short Story Contest Page

Visit the Glimpses Flash Fiction & Poetry Contest Page

View the Conference Schedule Page

View the Muffin Fund Page




October 22 @ 7:30 pm
October 24 @ 5:30 pm
$20.00 – $50.00
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