Member Workshop Proposal Info

Our member-run mini-workshops are a hit! This year, tap into the expertise of fellow WCYR members with workshops on topics such as revising, creating rich back-stories, writing humour, and using Wattpad for promotion. Check out Upcoming Events for more information.

Continuing with this new tradition, the WCYR Board is seeking proposals from WCYR Members who would like to present a 1-2 hour workshop during our 2018-2019 season. Once again, NewMakeIt in Newmarket has generously donated their conference room, allowing us to offer these workshops FREE to members.


-to encourage all WCYR members to improve their writing skills by attending interesting, informative and enthusiastic workshops.
-to offer useful and free benefits for WCYR members.
-to showcase member talent and pool our resources.
-to give facilitating members experience in public speaking and a solid resume credit.

Mini-workshops are a win-win. The presenting member earns $75.00 for their time, while attending guests learn something new and valuable.


Each mini-workshop should be a stand-alone learning experience that lasts between one and two hours (including time for questions).
Topics may include anything on craft, marketing, or the business of writing. Each proposal must include the following:
-A workshop title
-A short abstract describing your workshop, no more than 500 words
-A bio describing the experience that qualifies you to teach your chosen topic

Proposals will only be accepted from members in good standing of WCYR, WCDR and WCSC.

Workshops will be voted on by WCYR members in a blind survey (i.e. presenters’ names won’t be included, only workshop information). The 4 presentations with the most votes will be included in the 2018-2019 schedule. If you put forth a workshop last year, but weren’t a finalist, feel free to resubmit. Writers’ need change. A topic that didn’t win last year may be relevant to our membership this year.

Email with your proposal.

Deadline for submissions for our 2018-19 year is January 31st, 2018. The voting will take place shortly after that and finalists will be announced in March, 2018

Please note: A key element of acceptance is how interesting, useful, or new the topic is, and how effectively it can be presented in 1-2 hours. The survey platform allows for only 500 words to describe your workshop, so be sure to include the most relevant points in your abstract.


Workshops will be held at NewMakeIt (1310 Kerrisdale Blvd, Suite 200, Newmarket, Ontario).
Workshop times may vary, but they are generally held on a weekday evening, from 7:00pm-9:00pm.
While the workshops are free to WCYR members, the guest facilitator will receive a $75.00 honorarium.
Seating is limited to 20 people.
Audio and visual aids, such as microphone and projector, will be supplied by NewMakeIt.

If you have any questions or feedback, please email WCYR at or

Thanks! I hope to see many of you at the regular monthly meetings, and in future workshops!

WCYR Workshop Coordinator,
Kim McDougall