Upcoming Events

WCYR meetings and workshops are your once-a-month opportunity to network with your colleagues, hear a dynamite industry speaker talk about some aspect of the writing/editing/publishing/marketing/distributing world of books, and to just get out of your garret and hang with other writers for a few soul satisfying hours.

  • Open House 2018
    September 16, 2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Start the new season with a bang! Join the WCYR for an open house meeting. WCYR members, friends and anyone interested in writing are welcome. Admission is free (please register below). Come celebrate the successes of fellow writers, enjoy networking and stay for a terrific workshop.This year we are truly spoiled to have both Gwynn Scheltema (more…)

  • Oct Members-only
    October 4, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

**This is a FREE Members-only workshop. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot below. Some of our favourite books remain so not only because we love the plot but the characters feel real to us – even the villains… especially the villains. But how do you know if your “bad guy” holds up to serious (more…)

  • Oct 2018 Worldbuilding
    October 14, 2018
    1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Setting is more than a pretty picture. It grounds the reader in a distinct time and place, whether that’s present-day Toronto, Egypt in the time of the pharaohs or a colony ship headed for Mars. But that’s not all. Setting can also boost and intersect with other literary elements, deepening conflict, motivation or theme. For (more…)

  • Nov Author Platform
    November 4, 2018
    1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This hands-on, don’t-miss–it workshop will link your writing (whether published or not) into marketing resources that showcase its hidden potential. Participants will be asked to bring their own writing sample if possible and go through a process of finding its ideal marketplace. Learn about article marketing, the power of blogging and other author marketing ideas. (more…)

  • Nov 2018 Free Members Only
    November 22, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

**This is a FREE Members-only workshop. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot below. We have too many tasks, too many choices, and too little time. How do we live an effective life and also find time to write? This workshop will use the best practices from the IT world to enable writers to optimize (more…)

  • 2018 Holiday Social
    December 8, 2018
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join the WCYR for an afternoon of fun, food, great literature and friends. Have a chance to wear those ugly holiday togs you keep hidden all year. Bring a short piece of your fiction, nonfiction or poetry to read aloud at our open mic. We’ll also have raffle prizes and a buffet lunch. NEW THIS YEAR: (more…)

  • Jan Free Members Only
    January 31, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

**This is a FREE Members-only workshop. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot below. A significant number of writers create success and sales through reading their work aloud at various venues. Without needing to be trained actors, writers’ ability at the microphone, their capacity to vary pitch and tone, to engage an audience helps their (more…)

  • Feb YRP Q&A
    February 10, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Do you know the rights of an accused criminal? What is the booking procedure? How long are police allowed to hold a suspect? Do Miranda rights apply in Canada? Writers can do a lot of research online, but nothing beats hearing from the source. Join the WCYR for a Q&A with a York Regional Police (more…)

  • Mar 2018 Workshop
    March 10, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What is story? Is a narrative simply a series of events happening to random people? No! Who is this story about is just as important as What is this story about! Characters are actually the most important components of any story. This two-hour workshop explores how to create a compelling and complex character through readings, (more…)

  • Red Pens n Friends 2018
    May 5, 2019
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On May 5th, 2019 from 12-4pm, join us at the Newmarket Community Centre for lunch and a peer manuscript review session. We’ll begin with a light lunch of wraps, sandwiches and salads. Take this time to get to know some of your fellow WCYR members, network, and welcome guests. After lunch we’ll split into small (more…)

  • Jun 2019 Workshop
    June 9, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The writer and the reader are in an intimate bond that crafts the work of art. By sending a novel or short story into the world, the writer is asking the reader to complete the journey they have begun. The reader travels a bridge across time and space, a bridge built by the writer. It (more…)