Registration is now open!

The WCYR is proud to announce our first writers’ conference. This one-day event will bring together writers from all over York Region, along with guest speakers, editors, publishers and our keynote speaker, Terry Fallis!

Details are still being worked out for this inaugural event, but check this page regularly for details. Here’s what’s happening so far:

Date: Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Time: 9:00am to 6:00pm

Where: Old Town Hall, Newmarket (460 Botsford Street)

Attendees will be able to choose workshops for morning and afternoon sessions. Lunch will be provided along with a keynote lecture by Terry Fallis. Blue-pencil and pitch sessions will be available throughout the day. And after all the workshops are done, stay for a round-table discussion on the current state of independent publishing.

Terry Fallis (Photo Credit Tim Fallis)Keynote Speaker – Terry Fallis

Join us for lunch in the Old Town Hall’s Snapd Auditorium and enjoy an inspiring keynote lecture by Terry Fallis, a two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and the award-winning author of six national bestselling novels all published by McClelland & Stewart. His seventh novel, Albatross, was released in August 2019. The Best Laid Plans was the winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour in 2008, and CBC’s Canada Reads in 2011. It was adapted as a six-part television miniseries, as well as a stage musical. The High Road was a Leacock Medal finalist in 2011. Up and Down was the winner of the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award, and was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal. His fourth novel, No Relation, was released in May 2014, debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and won the 2015 Leacock Medal. His fifth, Poles Apart, hit bookstores in October 2015, was a Globe and Mail bestseller and was a finalist for the 2016 Leacock Medal. One Brother Shy was released in May 2017 and became an instant bestseller. The Canadian Booksellers Association named Terry Fallis the winner of the 2013 Libris Award as Author of the Year.

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