Benefits of membership
The goal of the Writers’ Community of York Region (WCYR) is to function as a hub for individuals and groups of authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, technical writers, journalists, business writers, networkers, editors and supporters of the written word. Please note: due to the fact that some of the materials read/discussed may contain mature themes, content and language, we have established a minimum age of 16 years as eligibility for membership.
Our Youth Group (WriteNow!) is open to writers from grades 7 to 12.
Click HERE to learn more about us and our initiatives.
Our home location is the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall. The meeting cost will be $15 for registered WCYR members and $20 for non-members. At the door fees are subject to change. Attendance will be by advance registration.
As A WCYR Member You Receive
For your annual $50 membership fee to the Writers Community of York Region, you will receive:
- $5 off monthly WCYR meetings, WCDR and WCSC meetings
- Receipt of our Newsletter
- Discounts for WCYR-sponsored workshops
- Networking (meet other writers, editors, readers, publishers, and booksellers) – build your contacts regulary
- Opportunities to promote your creative writing through reading events
- Opportunities to promote workshops that you offer on the WCYR website, social media and newsletter
- Discounts for WCYR-sponsored workshops & retreats with local writing-related businesses
- Opportunity to gain a publishing credit and be paid for writing a blog post for the WCYR’s Easy Writer Blog
- Periodic updates on calls for submissions, contests, and news about the writing world
- Opportunities to promote your books at meetings and book-related events
- Opportunity to run a member-led workshop and earn credits toward your writing CV
- Opportunity to be a WCYR Board Member or Member at Large and earn credit toward your writing CV
- Opportunity to place your books on consignment at the Covernotes bookroom in Newmarket (an exclusive WCYR engagement)
- Access to a directory of writing groups/circles in the Region
- Access to a Lending Library featuring writing-related books
- Access to WCDR Affiliate Membership granting: access to the SKip the Slush Pile opportunity, discounts on online workshops/webinars, & potential publishing credits via article submission for Word Weaver magazine
- Access to a members-only online forum for discussions on writing, events, critiques, and more
- Inclusion in a publicly accessible directory of members on the WCYR website — to post your bio, published work, and professional skills, along with a link to your website, blog or Facebook account
- A website badge/icon from WCYR for promoting your membership on your website/blog