Saturday, June 15, 2019

Take advantage of both the free page to stage workshop, and the drop-in writing mentorship program. Exploit me!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Meeting May 26. 2019

Members made us aware of two websites where one can receive free writing courses: and

Diane will be reading at the Orangeville Public Library's W.O.W. Storytelling series on Monday, June 17th at 1:00pm.

Writing Prompts

Island Adventures

1.      A medieval monk is making his way to an uncharted island that is rumored to harbour small people. The sailors who tell the story of the Island of the Fair Folk give warning that the ships that approach the island past the sentinel stones will be swallowed up in a fog and never return. The monk has convinced his superiors that he should go to minister to these small people and that it’s likely they are only short of stature and not fair folk at all. What he finds is beyond anything he ever imagined.

2.      A young couple is setting out to live their dream of sailing around the world, when a fierce storm strikes and beaches them on a small deserted island. While waiting for a rescue, they experience an unusual earthquake that makes everything appear as if it’s made of rubber. They find themselves cast into a different time when a merchant ship comes to rescue them.  

3.      A single professional woman is invited to a party by one of the company’s clients. The multi-billionaire owns an island off the coast of Cuba and is having the party to celebrate his recent victory of a hostile takeover of one of his rival’s companies. While attending the party, she discovers that the takeover was more hostile than she thought and that the client counted victory too soon.

4.      A band of pirates fleeing a fleet of the King’s ships come upon a small island hidden in the bay of a remote land. Thinking to wait out the ships until they pass, the pirates conceal their ship behind the island and make camp among the unusual trees, where there are a number of exotic looking fruits. Low on supplies and unable to go out to fish, the pirates chance eating the fruits and find themselves transformed.

5.      A group of novice ghost hunters seeking to establish themselves as serious professionals charter a boat to a small island in the Mediterranean Sea that was used at various times as an asylum, a prison and a quarantine colony for the Bubonic Plague. Rumours from the locals say the island is haunted by malicious spirits and has been abandoned for over a hundred years. No one has attempted to approach the island since the priests deemed it a gateway to Hell and forbid anyone in the neighbouring area to set foot on it lest they be damned. Lured by the prospect of fame and fortune, the ghost hunters ignore the warnings and find more than just spirits inhabiting the island.

Use some of the elements of the above island stories to create your own Island Adventure!

Medieval monk/Priests
Time travel
Magical Plants   

Next Meeting is Sunday, June 9th, 1:30pm
Orangeville Public Library
Patricia will be leading

Monday, May 13, 2019

Sunday, May 5th, 2019: Meeting

Writing Prompts

We had a lot to choose from but it was fun.

Do one of A, B, C, or D. Stretch your imagination. Mix and match.

A) Write a story inspired by a common saying. Here are some examples but feel free to use another:

1. The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
2. A stitch in time saves nine.
3. Home is where the heart is.
4. It never rains but it pours.
5. Two heads are better than one.
6. There's no time like the present.
7. It's always darkest before the dawn.
8. Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.

B) Bottles can hold anything. Write about one of these:

1. A genie in a bottle.
2. A bottle full of mysterious liquid.
3. An antique bottle.
4. A bottle holding a surprise.
5. A note in a bottle.

C) Write a drabble. A drabble is a story that is exactly 100 words long. Short enough to challenge your editing skills, long enough to make a point.

D) Use one of the following prompts:

1. I bolted upright, fear clenching my heart in its fist, eyes searching the darkness for whatever had awakened her.
2. Finally, I was home. But nothing was as I remembered it.
3. He didn't look anything like I expected. Could the stories be true?
4. I stared at the cards and swallowed fear.
5. I was born in the wrong century. Too early, too late, I don't know. But I didn't fit here. I didn't fit now.
6. The rains were late that year. When they finally came, they were half-hearted, like a kid dragging his feet to school.

As always we encourage you to share your work here. For the first exercise a few people used more than one of the common phrases in one story.

Next Meeting Sunday, May 26th
Orangeville Public Library, 1:30pm
Sonja will be leading

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Joint Book Launch at BookLore

Marilyn Kleiber and M.J. Moores held a joint book launch at Booklore on Saturday, April 27th, coincidentally (not) Canadian Independent Bookstore Day.

Booklore, Orangeville's number one Independent Bookstore.

This display of books at BookLore consists solely of local authors.

M.J. Moores launched "Final Year". Marilyn Kleiber read from "The Healers" the second book in a series she is writing under the nom de plume J.M. Tibbott.

M.J. Moores and Marilyn Kleiber, authors extraordinaire.

3rd Annual Open Mic Night

The 3rd Annual Open Mic Night took place on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Orangeville Public Library. We maxed out at 15 participants again and had a good crowd.

Dufferin County's Poet Laureate Harry Posner hosted and shared some of his poetry.

Linda Rebhan read some of her poetry

Emma Pink works at Mochaberry, a local coffee shop. "Words have the power to change lives," she said as she spoke on the coffee and words connection.

Clare McCarthy read from his latest work, "Growing Old Isn't For Wimps", a reflection on aging.

M.J. Moores read from her steampunk novel "Shadow Phoenix".

A rapt audience.

Marilyn Kleiber read from "The Healers", the second book in a series of myth/fantasy novels written under the name J.M. Tibbott. The first book is called "The Arrival". Book 3 of a possible 7 books is currently in the works.

Matt Griffin was his usual peculiar but very entertaining self. His impersonations of Jimmy Stewart and Kermit the Frog were on point.

Winston Utenbogaart read from his book of poetry "Leaves O'er Weathered Stones". We heard "From My Heartfelt Store", "By The Table Lamp" and "Dusky Evenings".

Eight-time published author of cozy mysteries, Diane Bator read from the first of her new series of Glitter Bay Mysteries, "All That Sparkles".

Dancer, choreographer, director and writer, Roland Kirouac entertained us with details of his memoir "Message From a Fool".

Andrew Welch read from his first book "The Value Crisis - from dollars to democracy, why numbers are ruining our world". He shared with us Chapter 8 - Numbering Our Days.

Healer, author and motorcycle enthusiast, Liz Jansen read from her memoir, a collection of stories, "Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment".

Jenn Crole read the poem "Current", inspired by the beauty in all things.

David Mcguinn shared his poetry on meditation and nature.

Judy Zarowny read three poems on the topic of relationships. "The Argument", "Fix Me", and "Forfeit".

Our talented group of writers!

See you next year!

HWG Meeting Sunday, April 28, 2019

Eden Mills Writers Festival is September 6-8th. The writing contest deadline is May 31st.


Clare had us take a few minutes and do each of the following prompts. We came up with some interesting and entertaining results.

1. Write a paragraph or poem using words beginning only with either of the following letters: a, b.

2. Repeat exercise one using only words beginning with the letters w, s, r, t, m.

3. Repeat exercise one using only words beginning with the letters of the word antique.

4. Repeat exercise one using only words beginning with the letters of the word owl.

5. Fit the words together generated by any two of the exercises above.

6. Homework: Write a story generated by THE WISE OLD OWL (a large ceramic figurine Clare displayed).

Next Meeting is next week - Sunday, May 5th

HWG Meeting April 14, 2019

Upcoming events (now passed) were announced.

Anthology submissions are due to Virginia by September 1, 2019.

The Crime Writers' Panel at the Orangeville Public Library occurs Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 1pm to 3pm.


1. Mondays are for fresh starts.

2. Things will get done when they get done.

3. The full moon was in three days and she knew what lay ahead.

4. Be nice to your hairstylist because what's to keep them from plucking one of your hairs and planting it at a crime scene?

5. If you were in my novel, you'd be dead by now.

6. Remember, most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way life is. Adjust your attitude and most of that extra stress is gone.