The Jig Is Up!
The February WCYR meeting was different from any other I have been to before. We welcomed two representatives from the York Regional Police, one officer and one civilian, who work for the forensic unit. It was a question and answer period, with no formal presentation, which meant that this wasn’t a typical meeting. They were as open as they could be when answering our questions and the questions just kept coming. They were asked everything from how to request a file from the Freedom of Information Office to what would happen if a dragon attacked the town . Did you know that the police major case database is shared across Canada? Forensic investigators also still use powder to dust for prints. They wanted to give us accurate information. Whether for a mystery or not, any story that involves police or a crime could benefit from their insights, (like what the police would do if a supernatural entity attacked .) It was research without hours in front of the computer because it was right from the source.
The members of the York Regional Police were generous in donating their time to us and providing us with valuable information. We thank them and appreciate the time they gave to us.
If you know someone who is interested in the WCYR but isn’t sure if they should join, the next meeting is “bring a friend”. Author Ibi Kaslik will be the speaker and it’s sure to be and interesting
Please remember, there are many exciting bookselling opportunities coming up, including the Aurora Street Festival and Toronto Comic Con. You can also email Doug Own or Nanci Pattenden for more information.
Volunteer with us! Open positions include Assistant Hospitality Coordinator and Farmers Market Representative. Please contact MJ Moore if you are interested.
We are currently accepting workshop proposals for next year. If there is something you are great at, share it with the rest of the community!
Creating Compelling Characters with Ibi Kaslik – Sunday, March 10, 1:00pm to 4:00 pm at Ray Twinney, Lounge 1.
Playing the Short Game #2: You Sold a Story! Contracts, Editing, & Reality, with Douglas Smith – Thursday, March 28, 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Lauft in the Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket.
WYCR Annual General Meeting + Self-publishing 101 – Sunday, April 7, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Location TBA
Optimizing Personal Appearances, with Gary McGugan – Wednesday, April 17, 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Chapters Newmarket, 17440 Yonge Street, Newmarket.