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.

Developing Dynamic Villains with MJ Moores

Developing Dynamic Villains with MJ Moores

Oct 4, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm

**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...

World Building: It's Not Just for Fantasy with Heather M. O'Connor

World Building: It's Not Just for Fantasy with Heather M. O'Connor

Oct 14, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm

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...

Writing and Author Platform Go Hand in Hand with Elaine Cougler

Writing and Author Platform Go Hand in Hand with Elaine Cougler

Nov 4, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm

This hands-on, don’t-miss-it workshop will link your writing (whether published or not) into marketing resources that showcase its hidden potential....

The Agile Writer with Craig Hodgins

The Agile Writer with Craig Hodgins

Nov 22, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm

**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....

Ugly Holiday Sweater Party & Open Mic

Ugly Holiday Sweater Party & Open Mic

Dec 8, 2018 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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...

Make Them Wonder: Sparking Curiosity, Surprise, and Awe in Our Readers with Daniel Scott Tysdal

Make Them Wonder: Sparking Curiosity, Surprise, and Awe in Our Readers with Daniel Scott Tysdal

Jan 13, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm

One of our most basic tasks as writers, as Janet Burroway reminds us, is to “make them wonder”to spark in our readers a sense of curiosity and awe,...

Page to Stage: with Charlene Jones

Page to Stage: with Charlene Jones

Jan 31, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Page to Stage: How to Engage an Audience and Speak into a Microphone at the Same Time with Charlene Jones **This is a FREE Members-only workshop. Space...

Fact or Fiction? Q&A with the York Regional Police

Fact or Fiction? Q&A with the York Regional Police

Feb 10, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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...

Creating Compelling Characters with Ibi Kaslik

Creating Compelling Characters with Ibi Kaslik

Mar 10, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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...

Playing the Short Game #2: You Sold a Story!: Contracts, Editing, & Reality with Douglas Smith

Playing the Short Game #2: You Sold a Story!: Contracts, Editing, & Reality with Douglas Smith

Mar 28, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

**This is a FREE Members-only workshop. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot below. Following on from Douglas' workshop in October 2017 and drawing...

Pens ‘n Friends: Luncheon & Peer Critiques

Pens ‘n Friends: Luncheon & Peer Critiques

May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us 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...

Writing From a Reader's Perspective with Larry Weller

Writing From a Reader's Perspective with Larry Weller

Jun 9, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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...