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Story Structure Workshops

Brenda Chin, former alumnus of Barrie North Collegiate, is offering a
series of 10 practical workshops based on celebrated screenwriter Blake
Snyder’s book, SAVE THE CAT.

An award-winning editor, Brenda has worked in the romance industry for more
than 25 years. Through her many years with Harlequin, she had the
opportunity to work with some of the best writers in the business, often
buying their first book.

This workshop is useful for writers working on fiction novels of any genre,
exploring the importance of story structure and character development.
Brenda provides insightful, encouraging critiques with grace and humour.

We extend an invitation to join her Tuesday nights from Sept 29 to Dec 8
between 7pm and 8pm at the new Innisfil Public Library at 967 Innisfil
Beach Road. The cost is $50 for attendance for all ten sessions. Please
register by calling the library at 705 431 7410. (The fee is to be given in
cash to Brenda Chin directly.)

Evie Klein Whittingham, President
Barrie Writer’s Club

L3 Writers’ Conference 2014


To all members and guests,

Barrie North Collegiate is hosting the 7th Annual L3 Writers’ Conference at their school Thursday May 1, 2014 at 7pm. Tickets are only available for purchase at the door. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students.

Authors will bring books for purchase and signing.

Workshops are available for high school students during the day.
From the L3 Writers’ website:

Barrie North Collegiate’s iDeology program & the 7th Annual  “L3: Writers’ Conference” once again welcomes some of Canada’s finest authors, poets, novelists, journalists and activists to Barrie.

By day, L3 is Ontario’s largest high school literary event.

By night, L3 is Barrie’s largest authors’ celebration. L3 has put Barrie on the ‘literary festival map!’

L3 2014 promises to be another exciting and meaningful celebration of Canadian writers, journalists and activists.

ROBERT J. SAWYER                                ERIC WALTERS

MARINA NEMAT                                       PRISCILA UPPAL

RH JAMES BARTLEMAN                                    TOM EARLE

GORD “Trixterboy” BRUYERE               DALE PATTERSON


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CAA February Meetings

Writers Helping Writers

Writers Helping Writers

Hello everybody,
We just wanted to let you know about the great workshops that we are offering the first weekend of February.  Both workshops will be facilitated by award winning fiction writer and poet, Gwynn Scheltema.  The first workshop will be on Saturday February the 1st and is all about helping writers with their taxes, teaching you what you can claim before you’ve even started making money from your writing.  The second workshop will be held on Sunday, February the 2nd and is titled, Pump Up the Pen, how to raise the energy level in your writing.  Both workshops will run from 10am to 3:30pm and will be held at Down by the Bay at 121 Mississaga St. in Orillia.
You can sign up for just one of the workshops for the regular price of $50 for members and $75 for non-members, or sign up for both and receive a $20 total discount.  You can secure your spot with a deposit at our website,  Attached is the poster with all of the information.
Also save the date of Friday, February 14th for a CAA Leacock/Simcoe special event, Erotic Fiction and Decadent Desserts Night.  The perfect Valentine’s outing, come on your own or as a couple.  More details to come……..
Jessica Purdy
CAA Leacock/Simcoe
Program Coordinator


Canadian Authors Association Leacock-Simcoe Presents Ruth E. Walker

Writers Helping Writers

Writers Helping Writers

Ruth Walker poster

Write to Win! Learn the art of entering writing contests and increasing your chances for winning from novelist, playwright, editor, and creative writing workshop facilitator, Ruth E. Walker.

Thursday, April 25th
6:30-8:30 pm
Doors open at 5:30pm
121 Mississaga St. East,
Down by the Bay
(beside Brewery Bay)
Register at

William Bell Speaking to Orillia Area Writers

William Bell

The Canadian Authors Association-Leacock Simcoe presents the fourth speaker in our series for local writers, William Bell, on Thursday February 28 at 6:30 pm at the Brewery Bay event room.  William Bell is a very well known local author who has published over a dozen books in young adult fiction as well as essays on other topics.  Bell will speak on finding success with your writing, and how to connect with your readers.

Bell is a frequent workshop presenter and speaker, with lots of expertise in writing and the writer’s craft.  This will be an engaging and informative evening with topical information for all writers, from those just starting out to the more experienced.  There will be networking time before and after the speaker, as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

Admission is free to CAA members, or those who have attended three or fewer of our speaker’s evenings.  A membership to the CAA-Leacock Simcoe is only $150 plus tax for the year, student rate only $50 plus tax, and includes free admission to all speaker evenings for the year, as well as reduced rates to our writers’ workshops.  Please speak to one of our committee members at the event for more information.

William Bell will be at the Brewery Bay event room at 121 Mississaga Street East speaking from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Doors open at 5:30 pm to enable attendees to order dinner before the speaker begins. Contact the CAA at 705-719-3926 or email to reserve your seat.