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End of Year Event: It’s a Wrap

Newmarket Public Library, Multipurpose Room 438 Park Ave, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

End of Year Event: It’s a Wrap!

Let’s catch up in real life. Join us for some time to chat with fellow WCYR members. We’ll  share our experiences of the joy of writing and celebrate our learning, submissions, acceptances, publications and rejections. 

The mic will be open. Come prepared to read a short piece of writing (3 minutes maximum) or sit back and enjoy listening to others. Sign up when you arrive.

Please bring a wrapped, gently used book for a book exchange. Print only the name of the genre on the label.


Terry Fallis: The Role of Humour in Writing

Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (Lounge 1) 100 Eagle Street West, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Terry will discuss the role humour plays in his writing—not just in his novels, but how a sense of humour can sustain you in the rollercoaster life of a writer. He’ll offer up tips on injecting humour into your writing and thoughts on why so few writers, even if they’re funny people, seem to avoid humour in their writing.

$20.00 – $25.00

Kenneth Oppel


The event: Kenneth Oppel is the internationally bestselling, award-winning author of 36 books for children and young adults. His books feature memorable characters, page-turner plots and intricate, well-researched worlds. On May 3, join the WCYR and the WCDR from the comfort of your own home for your chance to learn from one of Canada’s most celebrated authors—someone who has had a lifelong love affair with the written word. Whether you write for kids, for adults, or for your own joy, this online workshop will help you with some of the most essential aspects of writing craft: character, plot and research. Bring your questions! The hour-long craft workshop will be followed by a half-hour Q and A session.

$30.00 – $35.00

Visual Storytelling: From Script to Screen with Kim Sparks

Aurora Public Library 15145 Yonge St., Aurora, Ontario, Canada

Have you always wanted to know more about the world of screenwriting?  Maybe considered adapting your novel into a screenplay? 

Kim Sparks will  be joining us to talk about the screenplay format.  Using sample scripts, she will demonstrate how to use actions and dialogue to ‘show don’t tell’ our stories.

Kim will show us some of the tools of the trade:  script-writing programs for computer and mobile apps.   She will also share some knowledge about television writing and collaborative writing in television writing rooms. She will share her views about working with an agent as a screenwriter. Bring your questions for the Q and A.

$20.00 – $25.00

Open House with Kim McDougall/Raffle Fundraiser

Newmarket Lions Hall & Community Centre 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket, Ontario

Please join us at our annual open house event at Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall starting at 1:30 p.m. We’ll begin with some networking time and light refreshments. Our guest speaker, Kim McDougall will start the program at 2:00 p.m. Bring a friend. Lug a mug. There is no cost; however RSVP is required due to limited space. Enter the raffles for a chance to a win amazing prizes.