Monday, November 5, 2018

2019 Meeting Schedule

Below is the 2019 Meeting Schedule for the Headwaters Writers' Guild. New members are always welcome. All genres welcome. Ambitious and experienced also welcome.

2019 Meeting Schedule
Orangeville Public Library
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Sunday, January 6
Sunday, January 20
Sunday, February 10
Sunday, February 24
Sunday, March 10
Sunday, March 24
Sunday, April 14
Sunday, April 28
Sunday May 5
Sunday, May 26
Sunday, June 9
Sunday, June 23
Sunday, July 14
Sunday, August 18
Sunday, September 8
Sunday, September 22
Sunday, October 6
Sunday, October 20
Sunday, November 3
Sunday, November 17
Saturday, November 23 – Christmas Social

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Meeting October 28, 2018

Be sure to attend this year's WOW event beginning at 1:30pm on Saturday, November 10th, at the Orangeville Public Library (as shown above). Bring your published books to sell at our table. (click on the above pictures to see a larger version).

A reminder that our Christmas gathering will take place on Saturday, November 24th, following the writing workshop. HWG members should bring snacks for this social. If you are not attending the workshop, arrive at 3pm for some good cheer.

Writing Prompts:

1. Rowena was different from the rest of the family.

2. She watched in horror as the man threw ________________ into the river (dumpster, trunk of his car, pot of stew, alley, ravine, etc.)...

3. Being the oldest in the family, Rita was expected to...

4. This must be my 15 minutes of fame, he/she/I thought....

5. Looking back, James could see that it was a major turning point. How might his life have been if....

6. He hated the scrubbed sterile corridors, and the smell of the hospital. It reminded him of....

7. The clock struck 13, she was sure of it. She tip-toed down the stairs. The very air seemed different, and when she opened the back door she saw...

8. Emma's illness had changed her.

9. Everyone has a great fear in life. It could be loneliness, rejection, snakes, saying "I'm sorry", etc. Write about how a fear can pop up in times and places, and set up unexpected obstacles for you, or for a character you are writing about.

10. Write about what makes you angry, or a particular time or event that made you angry. Did you express your anger? Hold it in? How did that make you feel in different parts of your body?

Next Meeting Sunday, November 4th, 1:30pm
Patricia is leading.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sunday, October 14th Meeting

Patricia announced that she did not post notes from the last meeting as it was the Biblioboard presentation by library staff. It is hard to explain. You really had to be there. All I can say it is a wonderful opportunity to start you on the road to e-publishing and hopefully, eventually, book publishing. To check out the Biblioboard you must be registered with the Orangeville Public Library (Caledon Library also has this program), go to the library website and click on library services.

We apologize for not providing more information. The presentation was announced months in advance and informational hand-outs had been provided. If you would like to know more about this program, library staff (particularly Kim) are willing to help you out. Just make an appointment. Major point: It's all free!

Virginia announced that her poem and a short story have been accepted for publication by Polar Expess. Congratulations Virginia!

And now for something completely different.... the prompts!

39 Really Awful Writing Prompts

These prompts were taken from the blog Listing Beyond Forty by Kim Z. Dale November 13, 2013. Originally, there were 40 but I removed number 18 as I thought it might be a bit vulgar and/or offensive to use at the writing group. You can visit if you really want to see it.
If you dare, pick a prompt and try to write a story from it.


Transform an “awful” prompt into a “good” prompt and write a story from that.

Write a story set on another planet exactly like our own. Call that planet "Earth.

Tell the story of a man who must decide whether he wants fries with that. 

I am thinking of a number between one and ten. What is it?

Describe purple from the first person viewpoint of purple.

Tell the story of an aardvark that is possessed by the devil.

Tell the story of a six-inch ruler that is possessed by the devil.

Tell the story of a single raspberry that is possessed by the devil.

A man awakes to find that all his socks are gone.

Think about the play Hamlet. Write something good like that.

Describe your most recent bowel movement. Use all your senses.

Grab the nearest book. Open it to a random page. Close your eyes and point to a word. Write a story using only that word.

Write a grocery list in iambic pentameter.

Image that the object closest to your left hand contains JFK's soul.

What if showers were what made you dirty?

A man makes a sandwich. Describe what happens next.

Write about your earliest memory but describe it as though it is happening right now with you at your current age.

Write a story consisting only of adjectives and exclamation points.

Pretend you are a writer with a really great idea. Write that idea.

Write the story of a writer whose characters come to life and interact with her.

Write a love letter to your favorite toenail.

Begin with the line: Let me start at the beginning.

End with the line: And that was all.

Incorporate the line: You had me at Jell-O.

Write a story that includes this line: Inevitably the incongruity exacerbated Her Excellency.

The musical Cats but with electric eels.

Write a story set in a world where windows are opaque and walls are transparent.

What if a mime were actually trapped in an invisible box, it was shrinking, and no one would help him?

Write a story about Kurt Cobain rising from the dead to attend a Josh Groban concert and eat a cronut.

Rearrange the words in Green Eggs and Ham to tell a story that doesn't rhyme.

A woman watches a lot of television. It is her only interest.

A couple has a misunderstanding. Hilarity ensues.

Two people with the same name are constantly getting each others' mail. Hilarity ensues.

Due to a technical mishap a talking pickle is elected president. Hilarity ensues.

Something happens. Hilarity ensues.

What if spiders only had seven legs?

What if all Target stores were underwater like Atlantis?

Write what you know.

Write about how other mothers are inadequate.

Write a list of really awful writing prompts.

As always we would like to see what you come up with for the prompt you chose. Please share it here.

Next Meeting is Sunday, October 28th, 1:30pm. Sonja is leading.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Meeting Sunday, September 9 2018

Patricia, hurry up and get well!!
We had a small but fun group and a lively discussion today about aging after Clare read from his "document" called "Growing Old is Not for Wimps."

Our items of business were the long list of upcoming events:

Coffee, Conversations & Books Author Event – Diane Bator
September 19, 2018, 7pm-8pm   Jelly Café, Shelburne 

Local self-published author Diane Bator rekindled her passion for writing in 2007 when she joined Dufferin County’s foremost writing group, the Headwaters Writers’ Guild. She has written assorted short stories, murder mysteries, and YA novellas. Her first murder mystery, Murder on Manitou, was published after winning a writing contest in 2010. In 2016, Diane was nominated to be an Established Artist of the Year at Orangeville’s Celebration of the Arts. 

To register for Coffee, Conversation and Books email Jade Noble: This month's venue is the Jelly Craft Bakery in Shelburne. Refreshments provided.

Writer’s Craft with Marilyn Kleiber: Creating Great Characters

September 22, 2018, 10:00am - 3:00pm | Orangeville Public Library
Join creative writing instructor Marilyn Kleiber for a full day workshop where you will learn how to research for and build characters in your writing, using dialogue to make them come alive. Does your character deserve first person or third person presentation? Will you present your character in the present, or the past tense? Answer these questions and more.

Pre-registration required. Please email or call 519-941-0610 ext. 5230 to reserve your spot today. A 30-minute lunch break will be provided.

Fall Workshop dates:
Saturday, Sept 22 - there is a waiting list!!
Saturday, October 27 - Self Editing like a Professional - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. only a few spots left!
Saturday, November 24 - Self-Publishing - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  only a few spots left!

Eramosa Eden Writers’ Retreat
September 23, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm    Eramosa Eden
Bring your own lunch.
Cost: $20 donation is appreciated to cover costs.
Check in is at 9am then writing until noon. After a lunch break, we will continue with private writing or you can meet with a small group for feedback on a short piece, that you either bring with you or have written that morning. The day usually winds up around 4pm.

To register:  Email Gloria Nye at

Brampton Artists Festival
Saturday, October 13, from 10am - 4pm
30 Peel Centre Drive (Next to Bramalea City Centre, Bramalea Retirement Residence)
Join us for The ARTISTS Festival - a cultural intersection where the residents and the general public can meet artists from the local and GTA arts and culture scene.  Celebrate the creative arts, enjoy performances, and discover artistic treasures in over 30 displays; a select marketplace showcased within an elegant atrium venue. ​Stay for the day, enjoy performances and displays, book a tour of the Bramalea Retirement Residence at the festival for five free raffle tickets towards the Prize Packages.    **Marilyn offered to cover the cost of the table and asked if other group members with published work would like to share. Patricia sent around the email with the forms to be submitted if you do. Please let Marilyn know as well.     

Don had some great items for us to use as writing prompts:  a kit for assembling violins, a coin collection, a statue of a water carrier, a very cool telescopic camera from days gone by, and a jug from Hudson's Bay.
We came up with some very intriguing stories!
Upcoming Writing Meetings
September 23, October 14 and 28 @ 1:3opm 
New members are welcome to join.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Hey literary friends. Two events to put on your literary calendar. Sunday Sept 9th, I'll be at the Eden Mills Writers festival selling advance copies of my new book MALWARE (an audio bonus to anyone who purchases a copy at the festival). It's a great fest, and now in (I think) it's 30th year. And not far away (close to Guelph). Maybe some of you will be there, anyways, selling your books? Hope to see you there, in any case. Drag other people with you to the festival. That's how it grows!

Then, as shown in the poster, I'll be reprising a double book launch with my poetic friend Richard Yves-Sitoski. We'll be reading from our books, answering questions, offering up some food and bevvies and a chance to hobnob with the gliterati! Mark on your calendar Tuesday, September 25th, 7 pm at Maggiolly's Arts Supplies. It will be a fun-filled evening, guaranteed. And it's free! Yeehaw!

Finally, I tried something I've never done before, which is to create a book trailer. So here is a trailer I created for my new novella, MALWARE. Just to wet your whistle:

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Meeting Minutes August 12, 2018

Clare opened the meeting with a Treasurer’s Report noting that the Guild account is low and that more funds are needed in order to meet the cost of our website.

Clare mentioned the Authors in the Hills of Mulmur event taking place Sunday August 19th, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for anyone interested in attending. Tickets can be obtained at BookLore or the Shelburne Library for $35 which includes refreshments.

Reminder that Marilyn Kleiber’s workshops at the Orangeville Library will be on September 22nd, October 27th and November 24th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and that all members should try to attend at least one of the workshops as this is part of our agreement with the Orangeville Library.

It was reiterated that, after the workshop on November 24th there will be a seasonal potluck social to mark the end of the meeting year and that any attendees of the workshop, as well as the members of the writing group, would be welcomed to attend. Coffee, tea and water will be provided by the library and members are encouraged to bring fruit trays, baked goods, and assorted finger foods.

Please refer to the July 15th meeting minutes for previous discussion.

Clare brought a number of limerick books to the meeting and handed out copies of six various limericks. 

A worksheet with partially written limericks was also included and the group worked on completing the limericks together.

The prompts included:

Don Boles liked to write and fish
But telling a tail was his one great wish …..

Okay here’s the poop
Nancy founded the Headwaters Writers’ Group
Members scribbled and swore…

Judy was a poet
But you’d never know it
Cause none of her verses would rhyme…

Sonja once wrote a short story
That some writers thought was too gory…

There was an old woman who swallowed a fly
But I don’t know why…

Virgina gave her own beginning for a limerick which the group helped to complete

A critic once said of my art
I don’t get the hang of this part…

A couple of the completed limericks are as follows:

Don Boles liked to fish and write
His stories gave kids such a fright
Telling a tale
Of a monstrous whale
No one could sleep through the night

If someone should ask you the scoop
Nancy founded a writing group
Members scribbled and swore
Dropping pens on the floor
To get in the publishing loop

There were many variations on the same beginnings as shown in the example below.

If someone should ask you the scoop
Nancy founded the Headwaters group
Members scribbled and swore
Scratched it out and wrote more
Because no one was content with poop

Our next meeting will be on Sunday September 9th with Don scheduled to lead.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Summertime Adventures

I keep falling off the grid as far as my blog is concerned.
Life, you know! Vacation, family visiting, and sunshine, oh my!

I finally took a week off work to take my  youngest on a vacation with my brother and his wife. Fun week full of wineries and sight-seeing. I learned a lot about wine tasting. I even rode a bike for the first time in years, which prompted me to get a friend to help me pull mine out of the weeds and get it ready to ride. More adventures for the summer.

That same friend also brought me a small barbecue. I've missed having one but just never found the time or inclination to get one. I've had it two days and have already put it to good use. With the long weekend coming...that little barbecue will see a lot of action. Less take-out and more cooking!

I've also become motivated to work on The Painted Lady (Book 4 of my Wild Blue Mysteries) and dust off my original novella Murder on Manitou in order to republish it one day soon. Working on both of those have become my mission for the summer.

With summer half over, I have a lot of work to do!
My first Gilda Wright novel (originally Can't Keep a Brunette Down) has been republished by Books We Love Ltd as DEAD WITHOUT HONOR and is available on Amazon as well as other sites.
Hardheaded Brunette will be published later this summer as DEAD WITHOUT GLORY.
Life is Better Brunette will come out this fall as DEAD WITHOUT PRIDE.

Stay tuned for upcoming events and news!