Sunday, August 25, 2013

HWG Meeting Minutes August 25, 2013

It's late in the summer and many people are away. We had a small group of people attend the meeting but that's okay. Lots of information was shared.

Patricia connected with an Orangeville author via Facebook. She met J.L. (Janet) Morrison for tea and was given a copy of her Y.A. novel to read. It's a great read for teens and parents of teens. Patricia's review of the book can be found here:

Hopefully Janet will be able to join our group soon.

Marilyn shared a novel by her newest author, Lynn Albrecht. It looks like a fun story.

Both books are available at Amazon.

Patricia also reminded everyone about the annual Armchairs & Authors event as part of the Headwaters Arts Festival. Information was posted on a previous blog. Buy your tickets now as they sell out fast. The date is a Thursday this year, September 26th.

Richard Scarsbrook is returning to the Orangeville Library for a Creative Writing Roundtable Series. The goal is to give and receive encouragement and editorial feedback. The series takes place over three Monday evenings - September 9th, October 7th, November 4th - from 6:30-8:30pm at the Mill Street branch. Adults 18 years and older. No registration required. Light refreshments provided.

Also coming to the Orangeville Public Library is Orangeville author Graham McLeod (nom-de-plume Russ Graham) for an informal talk on how an 'unknown' gets published, marketing books, and his recipe for a really good mystery. This event takes place at the Mill Street branch on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013, from 1pm to 2pm. You can check out his website and books here:

And now for the writing prompts provided by Judy:

1. He was surprised to find that after twenty years apart, he still felt _______ for her.

2. On hearing the explosion, the people of Banion's Corners rushed out doors to see ________ spiraling down into John Carrigan's corn field.

3. She had followed her dream to Nashville, slept on the river bank, hounded agents offices, sang at open mic nights week after week all along the strip, until ___________

4. The plants along aunt Janet's back fence went through an unusual growth spurt that August, opening up huge bell shaped blossoms in reds and violets which oozed a sticky cream coloured substance.

5. She married Clarence in spite of her own secret misgivings and the upshot was ______________

6. Cassandra stared in amazement at the strange script appearing on the paper, which leapt from her printer.

7. Roy awoke in the basement of the _____________

8. When she opened her eyes, she saw a huge creature with shimmering gold wings hovering in the corner of her room at the ceiling.

9. The real estate agent was not there when she arrived at the address.

Next meeting is Sunday, September 8th. Diane is scheduled to lead.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Authors, Armchairs & Artists 2013

Thursday, Sept 26, 7-10pm, Doors open at 6:30pm.
SGI Canada Caledon Centre for Culture and Education
20490 Porterfield Rd (Cty Rd 136), Caledon, Ontario
Tickets: $30 online, at BookLore 519-942-3830 or at Headwaters Arts office 519 943 1149
Arrive early to view the Festival Art Show!
Moderated by Nicola Ross. Refreshments provided by Woolwich Dairy, The Wine Coaches, Flying Monkey Brewery, The French Press Coffee House & Bistro.
Don Gillmor, Mount Pleasant
Money, real estate and status are the foundations of a good life –and no one ever thinks about foundations until they begin to crumble. In this darkly comic novel, middle-aged, old-monied, always-needing-more Harry Salter learns that when financial expectations and realities clash, it takes more than he ever dreamed to repair the damage.
Oakland Ross, The Empire of Yearning
A Hapsburg nobleman, a one-armed Mestizo and a beautiful opera diva walk into the Imperial Palace in Mexico City… No, it’s not the start of an old joke but the latest novel from an award-winning author and journalist. In this sweeping tale of 19th century Mexico, competing allegiances force one man into an irreversible choice, affecting both him and his country.
Wayne Johnston, The Son of a Certain Woman
The streets of St. John’s are alive with secrets, hormones, illicit love and, of course, the Catholic Church. In this sure-to-be-bestseller, celebrated author Wayne Johnston tells a witty and wise tale of coming of age that reminds us that we all yearn to be loved and while we can’t always have what we want, sometimes we are surprised to learn that we can.
Maureen Jennings, Beware This Boy
From the author who has inspired two TV series- Murdoch Mysteries and Bomb Girls- comes the latest Tom Tyler historical mystery. Impeccable research, vivid characters and snappy dialogue drop us in the midst of Birmingham during the Blitz as we join D. Tyler in solving the mystery of an explosion in the local munitions factory.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Desperately Seeking Writers

Hope you are all having a great summer!
I am trying to organize my blog to feature writers and editors who are either:
1) promoting their books
2) just would like to get their names out about other things they have written
3) are trying to gain clients for editing etc.

For those of you in the HWG, you can email me directly.
Anyone else, you can find me on Facebook at:

You can check out my blog at