Friday, January 18, 2013

Author Event, Orangeville

In partnership with BookLore, Theatre Orangeville will be hosting an afternoon with three Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour Award winners - Terry Fallis, Trevor Cole and Dan Needles. Moderator: Bernadette Hardaker

When: Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 1:30pm

Where: Theatre Orangeville, 87 Broadway Avenue, Orangeville

Cost: $20 (includes complimentary wine & cheese and book signing reception to follow).

Tickets are available at the Theatre Orangeville box office.

For more information call 519-942-3423 or 1-800-424-1295,

Creative Writing Workshop

The Orangeville Public Library is hosting a Creative Writing Workshop hosted by award winning author, teacher and entertainer Richard Scarsbrook.

Get inspired! Overcome writer's block! Transform your experiences, ideas, and feelings into great stories. Open to ages 12 years and older. Admission is free. No registration required.

When: Monday, January 28, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Orangeville Public Library, Mill Street location

For more information call 519-941-0610 or visit

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Meeting Minutes January 13, 2013

Happy New Year! It was great to see such a wonderful turn-out to our first meeting of the new year. Our writers were itching to get back at it.

Patricia posted on Facebook a link from Canada Reads regarding a contest on writing about a song that had some significance to a time in your life. You can access the details here:

Danielle has entered an online writing contest. Only 30 writers started the competition and after each round a certain number were eliminated. Danielle is entering the third round now with 9 other competitors. She read the story she will be submitting this round. With two rounds to go we are cheering for Danielle. Her story is worthy of  moving on.

Following are today's prompts as provided by Judy:

1. The rooms were empty, but they heard muffled voices coming from somewhere inside the house.

2. "People don't feel so threatened by a guy and a girl hitch-hiking together," he said dragging her to the edge of the road.

3. "All these years I told myself that if you'd loved me my life would have been _______________," she said.

4. "One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry," he said, quoting Oscar Wilde.

5.  The jagged edges of the ___________ prevented them from ______________...

6.  Aunt Edna's diary was a tantalizing banquet full of ____________ and ___________.

7.  Every room of the ____________ opened out onto a ___________ filled with ____________.

8.  Jenna's last day poured like blood from an artery from the pages of the lost diary.

9.  A stiff portrait of the former occupants of the house peered out at him from behind grimy grease spotted glass.

10. The space beneath the loose floor board revealed a ________________ .

11.  The masquerade was over. She stumbled upon his true identity.

12.  She was wakened at ___________ by a _____________ in _______________.

A challenge/suggestion was put forth to write something based on mothers. Bring it to our May 5th meeting to share at the beginning in honour of Mother's Day. Note: We do not have a meeting on Mother's Day.

Our next meeting is on Sunday, January 27th at 1:30pm. Diane is scheduled to lead.

Sunday, January 6, 2013


Has anyone made a resolution for 2013?
When I told my son I resolved not to make resolutions, he pointed out that was a resolution in itself. Busted.
Writingwise, I've made myself two promises:
1) I am putting together a collection of short stories (Thanks, Ruth, for bringing that up at Author Day!)
2) I am writing.

Granted, there are times I want to shelve it all.
Let's face it. Life gets in the way. We get sick, our loved ones get sick, we get discourage, we'd rather stuff jalapeno peppers up our noses than face another blank page...the list goes on.

Give it up. The excuses, I mean. We've heard them all. We've probably said them all.
At the end of the day, the end of the year, all we can do as writers is to WRITE!

Happy New Year to you all.