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Canadian Authors Association March Meeting

Info about CAA’s March meeting from Jessica Purdy:

Hello everyone,
It’s almost that time again for our monthly branch meeting.  We are looking forward to having our first crime writer up to talk to the Leacock/Simcoe group.  Crime novelist and screenwriter, John McFetridge, will talk about the crime writing genre in Canada as well as what it takes to write mystery and crime into your novel.
Our Writers Helping Writers segment this month will focus on writing your second draft and having the perseverance to keep going.
Please note that this month the meeting will take place on the last Wednesday of the month, the 25th, rather than the Thursday.  It is a temporary change and meeting dates will go back to the last Thursday of the month in April.
Please see the attached poster for details.
Jessica Purdy
CAA Leacock/Simcoe
Program Coordinator
John McFetridge Poster pdf-page-001

Canadian Authors’ Association January Meeting

Tom Earle Poster pdf

Jessica Purdy, the Program Coordinator for the Leacock/Simcoe branch of the CAA, would like you to know that there’s:

Only one week until our first meeting of 2015! Come out and hear local author Tom Earle talk about his road to publication with a major Canadian publishing house and his unconventional writing process.
And you don’t want to miss our Writers Helping Writers segment.  We’re talking about setting, how to choose yours and make it work.
See the poster with all of the details.  Send it along to those who may be interested.
See you there!
The CAA is another great resource for writers in our area to take advantage of and learn from.

Canadian Authors’ Association November Meeting


Writers Helping Writers

From the Canadian Authors’ Association in Orillia:
It’s less than one week until our November branch meeting featuring Craig Pyette, senior editor at Random House/Penguin Canada.
He will be talking about the only rule that matters when it comes to getting published.  There will also be a question period which means you get the opportunity to pick the brain of an editor, not something that happens very often so don’t miss it!
Tell your friends, family, neighbours about this great opportunity.
Thursday, November 27th at 121 Mississaga St. East.
Doors open at 6pm, meeting starts promptly at 6:30pm.

Canadian Authors Association: Writing Group, Meeting.

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Canadian Authors Association:
Writing Group

Meeting on Thursday July 24th, 2014.
Down by the Bay, beside Brewery Bay
From 6pm – 9pm

Yes this is free to attend,
No membership requirement.

If you need a ride or are already carpooling with Roseann,
Be aware that she must leave Barrie earlier at 5pm,
As she and Jeanette are facilitating this group,

121 Mississauga St. East, in Orillia, ON, Canada.
For Google Maps directions and location:

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Down by the Bay & Brewery Bay, restaurant, beside the Mariposa Market Orillia, ON

Down by the Bay & Brewery Bay, restaurants, beside the Mariposa Market
Orillia, ON


Canadian Authors Association
Writers Helping Writers
Since 1975.


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Karen Mulhallen Speaks to the Canadian Author’s Association on June 27, 2013

On Thursday June 27, 2013, the Canadian Author’s Association welcomes speaker Karen Mulhallen. Info about the speaker:

KMulhallen_lrgDr. Karen Mulhallen teaches courses in Modernism, myth and archetype in literature, creative writing, eighteenth century literature and society, and tragic and comic modes, in the English department at Ryerson University. She is an internationally acclaimed editor, and has published essays on the arts both in Canada and in the UK. For more than three decades she has edited the award-winning literary magazine Descant, and through the magazine and other anthologies has promoted the work of Canadian writers nationally and internationally. She has published ten books of poetry, as well as edited more than one hundred and thirty issues of Descant magazine. She is currently working on a book exploring the conjunction of art and science in eighteenth century book illustration. Dr. Mulhallen has generously donated the Karen Mulhallen Modernism Collection to the MLCRC.

Info about the event from the Canadian Author’s Association:

Our speaker this month will be Karen Mulhallen, the founder and editor of Descant literary magazine.  Karen is also the author of several books.  She will be talking about what it takes to get into literary magazines as well as her lengthy and esteemed career in editing and writing.  The poster for the event is attached in pdf form.
As usual the meeting will take place on the last Thursday of the month, June 27th, at 121 Mississaga St., Down by The Bay event room.  Doors open at 5:30 and the evening events will be begin at 6:30pm.  Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to register for the event.