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.

Mega Local Authors Event

Mega Local Authors Event

May 4, 2019 - Jun 9, 2019 10:00am

At Chapters Newmarket and Chapters Markham The WCYR has teamed up with two local Chapters stores to feature up to 40 local authors—with no cost to you...

Build Your Own Murder Mystery: A Collective Creation Project

Build Your Own Murder Mystery: A Collective Creation Project

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

Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery? …it’s even better when you get to write one with friends. WCYR Chair, MJ Moores, is tapping into her...

Open House with Kristen Koza

Open House with Kristen Koza

Sep 8, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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...

Paranormal Investigation: Helping the Haunted with Lynda Quirino

Paranormal Investigation: Helping the Haunted with Lynda Quirino

Oct 6, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Lynda Quirino, founder/executive director of The Georgina Paranormal Society, and  Paranormal Survivor television series will walk us through some of...

York Writers Conference

York Writers Conference

Oct 26, 2019 9:00am - 5:30pm

Join the WCYR and friends for a full day of workshops, networking, and inspiration. Register early. Space is limited and prices go up July 1st, 2019. Your...

Touching on Taxes with Gwynn Scheltema

Touching on Taxes with Gwynn Scheltema

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

Being a writer means more than coming up with great story or article ideas that walk off the page and into your readers’ hearts – it also means dealing...

Freelance Tips and Tricks with Gail Mercer-MacKay

Freelance Tips and Tricks with Gail Mercer-MacKay

Jan 12, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan - and guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” Jim...

Pacing - Bringing All Your Story Elements Together to Become a Master Manipulator with Kim McDougall

Pacing - Bringing All Your Story Elements Together to Become a Master Manipulator with Kim McDougall

Jan 30, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Pacing is the number one element that affects how your reader reacts to your story. It’s the way you, the author manipulates the reader’s emotions....

How to Make Money Writing Novels with Jenny Madore

How to Make Money Writing Novels with Jenny Madore

Feb 9, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Whether you focused on publishing traditionally, independently, or a hybrid combination of both, non-fiction or fiction, there are certain practices that...

Lessons from the Hi-Lo Market with Erin Thomas

Lessons from the Hi-Lo Market with Erin Thomas

Mar 8, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Hi-Lo (high interest, low reading level) is an industry term used to describe books written for reluctant readers. These are readers who, for a variety...

Write Better Faster with Maaja Went

Write Better Faster with Maaja Went

Mar 26, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm

**This is a FREE Members-only workshop. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot below. Do you have unfinished manuscripts in a drawer? Does it seem...

Querying about Queries: How to catch an agent/editor’s eye and plan for success with MJ Moores

Querying about Queries: How to catch an agent/editor’s eye and plan for success with MJ Moores

Apr 23, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm

**This is a FREE Members-only workshop. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot below. With an abundance of tools, templates, blog info and reading...

Procrastination! Our Own Worst Enemy with Anna MacKay-Smith

Procrastination! Our Own Worst Enemy with Anna MacKay-Smith

May 3, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Why is the thing we love doing the most, the hardest thing to sit down and actually do?  What are those voices in our heads that create self-doubt, indifference...