Members

  • Profile picture of Jessica Van de Kemp
    About:
    Jessica Van de Kemp is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Waterloo. She recently completed her PhD in English. Her poem, "Slant of the Girl," was shortlisted for the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize, judged by Eavan Boland.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Poetry; Flash Fiction; Drama
  • Profile picture of Mark Koning
    About:
    From an early age, a creative imagination turned into a passion, and it eventually made Mark decide to further enhance his skills by working toward obtaining a Creative Writing diploma through the Stratford Career Institute.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Memoir, Fiction
  • Profile picture of Aris Koumandaros
    About:
    A resident of Richmond Hill, I am currently working in the bio-pharmaceutical field for over 25 years. I love writing and I think it is time for me to get into creative writing, writing short stories. Joining The Writers' Community of York Region is a great start to connect and learn from other writers in this community.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Fiction, Technical Writing
  • Profile picture of Paul Lebedev
    About:
    Hello there! My name is Paul Lebedev. Born in Moscow, Russia and raised in Ontario, Canada, I've always loved to write. I've had to switch from Russian to English at a very young age. I primarily write short stories and novels with strong elements of the fantastical. I am also a professional copywriter.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Fiction, short stories, novels, fantasy, memoir, autobiography, essays
  • Profile picture of Jaana Lehtola
    About:
    Jaana is a new member who enjoys taking WCYR workshops. The community of writers and the workshops help foster confidence to learn the craft of writing. Jaana writes on personal growth and recovery from PTSD and addiction, offering hope and inspiration. Through a U of T  memoir-writing  course the students meet monthly to encourage each other to write and strengthen accountability. Both of these writer's communities validate we all have a story to tell.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    memoir, inspirational
  • Profile picture of David A. Lloyd
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    Writing Focus or Interests:
    thriller, mystery, acton-adventure, science fiction.
  • Profile picture of Erika Loughran MacNeil
    About:
    Dancer by training. Teacher by trade. Singer and painter on the side. Mother of two and dog owner. Movie buff and karaoke queen.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Poetry. Flash fiction.
  • Profile picture of ABDULRAHMAN MATAR
    About:
    Abdulrahman Matar, a Syrian writer and journalist resident in Canada since 2015. He has published five books in poetry, short stories, novels, and political studies. His novel has been translated into English, and will be published later, and a joint book (with refugee writers) will be published for the stories of the book in exile next year. He is the director of the Syrian-Mediterranean Cultural Forum in Canada. He writes in the Arab press.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Novel - poetry - political and social research, opinion articles
  • Profile picture of Gary D. McGugan
    About:
    After a long and successful career in the world of corporate business, I finally have time to tell stories. So far, I've published a trilogy of corporate intrigue (Three Weeks Less a DayThe Multima Scheme, Unrelenting Peril) using fictional Multima Corporation as a backdrop and the world as its setting. In 2020, I released Pernicious Pursuit -- A Howard Knight Escapade. In April 2021, A Web of Deceit hit the bookshelves. My most recent release is A Slippery Shadow Since September 2020, I serve as Co-Chair of the WCYR Board and love interacting with our entire membership!
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Fiction - Novels of Suspense & Intrigue
  • Profile picture of MJ Moores
    About:
    MJ is addicted to writing, helping writers, and cats. She is an English teacher turned freelance writer and editor.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Speculative Fiction & Romantic Suspense Writer, Author, Editor, Indie Author Coach.
  • Profile picture of Beverley Neilson
    About:
    I live in a small, rural community in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada with my husband William and our dog, George. My favourite pastimes are reading a good book and writing. I also enjoy leisure time on the water and spending time with family and friends.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    I love a good murder mystery, a whodunit.
  • Profile picture of Douglas Owen
    About:
    Writer, author, editor, publisher In 2012 I started my writing journey. In 2015, my journey as a publisher began. With a wonderful but small staff, the dream began.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Science Fiction, Fantasy, Y/A Fantasy, Fiction, Horror
  • Profile picture of Nanci Pattenden
    About:
    Nanci M. Pattenden is a professional genealogist, an author of historical crime fiction, humourous paranormal fiction, and has one story in the anthology The Human Condition.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    historical crime fiction, paranormal
  • Profile picture of Dorita Peer
    About:
    An avid reader, amateur psychologist and unrestrained philosopher, careers in opticianry and equestrianism paid my way through life. I have always written, and spent a decade on the Toronto poetry scene. Completed works include two feature length screenplays, a lot of poetry and one book of it, my memoirs in the dressage world, a novel set in 800 A.D. on the Eurasian steppe, and a photo-biography of my cat, For Love of Leo, available on Amazon. Founder of The Moving Finger open stage in Newmarket, and of The King's Feet Underground Sound & Literary Festival. Co-founder of WriteNow!@King writer's group. Editor of Timeless Tales Anthology as a director of Arts Society King. Several new works in progress...two biographies, a novelization of a screenplay, and the final draft of Horses of the Sun (the historical novel). Addicted to self-editing, I am willing to be published posthumously. Happy writing everyone!
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Absolutely everything!! I should live so long to write all that comes to mind. I've never written a stage play.
  • Profile picture of M.C. Perron
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    M.C. (Marie-Christine) is a writer who lives in Barrie, ON with her husband and a grumble of pugs. She holds a B. Sc. In Anthropology from the Université de Montréal and loves to learn about all aspects of humanity. Her interests lie in science-fiction and fantasy, history, science, and everything in between.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Short Fiction, Novel, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
  • Profile picture of Wallace Pidgeon
    About:
    I just want to tell a good story for as many people as possible to read and enjoy.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    fiction with a focus on people's life journey
  • Profile picture of Vicki Pinkerton
    About:
    I have been a writer since I could read but it has taken me much longer to whisper that information out loud. Isn't a writer someone who has written books, articles, movies, whatever? Today I am a writer because I write! I also run writing workshops and have a blast with words.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Personal Essays, monthly articles, works with happily ever after and some with endings that make the reader reach for it. I love to read everyting and love to experiment with words. Who knows what I will be writing next time we talk.
  • Profile picture of Kia Dennis/K.D. Richards
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    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Mystery, Suspense, Romantic Suspense, Thriller
  • Profile picture of Melissa Small
    About:
    She loves to chase horses all day . When not outside on their farm she is reading or writing. On weekends she plays Officer for cosplay group called 501st. Helping to raise money for Children's Charities. Hopes to one day write a novel or short story in the Star Wars Universe .
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci Fi , Short stories ,Novel
  • Profile picture of Douglas Smith
    About:
    Douglas Smith is a multi-award-winning Canadian author described by Library Journal as "one of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." His fiction has been published in 26 languages and 35 countries. Doug is a three-time winner of Canada's Aurora Award and has been a finalist for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, the CBC's Bookies Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.
    Writing Focus or Interests:
    Fantasy, Science Fiction, undefinable