Past Events

November Online Meeting

Planning 101: Starting the Dreaded Business and Marketing Plans

Wednesday, November 15th, 7pm – 9pm

The branch offers its first online meeting with special guest speaker Lilith Darville! Tune in live or catch it at your convenience.

What the heck is a business plan for writers? Do I need a marketing plan? Well now is the perfect time to find out! And no, you don’t need to be a professional writer yet—a plan will be useful for anyone with writing aspirations. Business and marketing plans provide comprehensive roadmaps that give you an at-a-glance picture of your goals and priorities. They help you focus and challenge yourself—and let you know when you’re falling behind. In this webinar, we’ll focus on getting you started with a simple product and marketing plan.

Lilith Darville is an erotic romance writer and a maverick in motion. Her 20+ year romance with her beloved Hubster is the inspiration for the unorthodox beginnings and the enduring love of the stories she tells. She’s the author of a series of passionate contemporary romance tales and a sex ed column that can’t help but spice up and enrich your love life.

When she grew up and had to make a living, Lilith wrote articles for industry magazines, textbooks, feature magazine articles…You get the idea. In her spare time, she dabbled with erotic romance stories and a coming-of-age novel (parts of which will soon see the light of day in her upcoming dark romance). In February 2011, she started writing the erotic romance “Scorpio Saga” series. The first book in the series, “Scorpio Begins” published August 22, 2014, followed by “Scorpio Awakens” in November 2014, and “Scorpio Rising” in April of 2015. “Ticket to Temptation,” her first romantic suspense novel, published in August 2017 followed by the Dear Lilith sex education column in September. “Rage,” a dark romance, will be out in early 2018.

Registration is now open. Please send fees to PayPal.Me/LisaPara. $10 for non-members, free to CAA members.

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Holiday Social

Wednesday, December 6th, 7pm

McCabe’s Irish Bar, 44 King St S, Waterloo

Close out the year in the company of fellow writers and in a great new venue in Uptown Waterloo. Please RSVP to waterlooauthors@gmail.com by December 1st.

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October Coffee Klatch

Wednesday, October 18th, 7pm

KPL Central Library, Lounge, 85 Queen St N, Kitchener ON

Topic: Discuss Your WIP. Come out to enjoy a laidback social atmosphere to discuss your current WIP (work-in-progress) with other local authors. Excited about a project? Got a plot hole you don’t know how to fill? Questions about your prose? This event has the answers you need.

Please RSVP to waterlooauthors@gmail.com by October 13th.

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Research Tips for Non-Fiction and Fiction Writing

Wednesday, September 20, 7pm – 9pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

Ian Darling, the author of two non-fiction books, will offer numerous tips to help writers make their manuscripts accurate, powerful and appealing. He will discuss, for example, the importance of gathering information before an interview, and he will mention how helpful this technique was when he interviewed George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic party’s presidential candidate.

Ian will also offer suggestions to help fiction writers who want to base their their stories in realistic settings.

In addition to discussing research techniques, Ian will also mention that writers may be able to claim tax deductions for research expenses they may not have previously considered.

Ian Darling worked as a journalist from 1973 until 2012, when he became a full-time author. Ian worked at several newspapers, including the Vancouver Province, the Globe and Mail and the Waterloo Region Record. While at the Record, he wrote the paper’s original style guide.

He was also a part-time instructor of media-writing courses at Wilfrid Laurier
University.

Ian started writing books about ordeals during the Second World War after the Record printed an article he wrote about his uncle, George Darling, a bomb-aimer on a Halifax bomber who was shot down over Holland.

His first non-fiction book, Amazing Airmen, is about Canadian flyers, and his second book, Heroes in the Skies, is about Americans.

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CanWrite! Conference 2017

June 22 – 25

Humber College North Campus, Toronto

FULL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INCLUDES

  • Welcome reception on Thursday evening
  • All on-site meals Friday and Saturday (breakfast, lunch, dinner) plus farewell breakfast on Sunday
  • Morning writing circles (optional)
  • Panels
  • Afternoon workshops
  • Beverages and light snacks during breaks
  • Friday evening readings
  • Book fair (opportunity to sell your books)
  • CAA Literary Awards Dinner and Gala event

REGISTRATION RATES

  • Members: $375
  • Affiliates: $400
  • Non-members: $450

Click here for more information or to register.

Register before April 30th for a chance to win a FREE pitch session or extra Gala Dinner ticket.

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Summer Social

Wednesday, May 17, 7pm – 9pm

Beertown Public House, 75 King St S, Waterloo

A chance to relax and talk writing and everything else with fellow writers before branch events break for the season. Welcome to everyone, so bring a friend!

Please RSVP by Friday, May 12 to waterlooauthors@gmail.com

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The Art of Eavesdropping

Wednesday, April 19, 7pm – 9pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map


This hands-on workshop will teach you to write the internal thoughts and compelling dialogue between your characters in a way that will build suspense and conflict, reveal character and character development, and help you control the pacing of your novel. Bring writing materials and prepare to work on a section of dialogue in your work-in-progress. Useful for both experienced and newer writers.

Jane Ann McLachlan was born in Toronto, Canada. She is a hybrid author,  and writes in many genres. Under the pen name J. A. McLachlan she has a science fiction novel, Walls of Wind (self-published, 2013) and two young adult novels published by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing: The Occasional Diamond Thief (2015) and The Salarian Desert Game (2016). Under Jane Ann McLachlan, she has a short story collection, CONNECTIONS (Pandora Press) and two College textbooks on Professional Ethics (Pearson-Prentice Hall). She has a memoir and two historical fiction novels on offer with Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Literary Agency in New York. Jane Ann McLachlan lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

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Critique Circle

Sunday, March 26, 1:15pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

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How to Write a Bestseller

Saturday, February 18, 10am-4pm

Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph (Map)

With book editor Brian Henry and New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

This workshop will give you the inside scoop on what gives a novel best-selling potential. You’ll learn how to get readers emotionally involved in your story, how to raise tension, control your pacing and keep your readers turning the pages. But you won’t just hear about some of the best secrets of the trade; you’ll learn how to apply them to give your own writing a sharp new edge.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing teacher for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia, Ontario, to Saint John, New Brunswick. He has helped many of his students get published, including guest speaker Kelley Armstrong…

Kelley Armstrong lives in Aylmer, south of London, Ontario, with her husband and three children. She used to program computers and attend Brian Henry workshops. Now she writes international bestsellers. Kelley has hit the New York Time’s bestseller list with both her supernatural thrillers for adults and her urban fantasy for teens.

Kelley’s principal publishers are Random House in Canada, St. Martins and HarperCollins in the U.S. and Doubleday and Little Brown in Britain. To date, she’s published more than28 books, most recently Betrayals, a gothic novel for adults; Forest of Ruin, a fantasy novel for teens; and coming in February, just before our workshop, A Darkness Absolute, a thriller for adults.

Bitten, A TV series based on Kelley’s first 13 novels, has been broadcasting since January 2014.

Fee for CAA members: = $44 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or $46.90 + 13% hst = $53 if you wait to pay at the door

Fee for general public: $43.36 + 13% hst = $49 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or $46.90 + 13% hst = $53 if you wait to pay at the door

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Critique Circle

Sunday, Januray 15, 1:15pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

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Holiday Social

Wednesday, December 14, 7pm

Symposium Cafe, 4 King St N, Waterloo

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Critique Circle

Sunday, November 27, 1:15pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

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November Meeting: Ready to Publish: Format Your Ebook

Wednesday, November 16th, 7pm – 9pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

Matthew Bin has published over 50 titles on Amazon and other e-book platforms. In this workshop, he will walk through how to prepare a manuscript for e-book publication. You’ll learn how to create and lay out a solid, reliable, and correctly-formatted e-book that is compatible with all major e-publishing platforms, using only Microsoft Word and free tools available to everyone.

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop so they can follow along in formatting their own manuscripts through the demonstration.

Come out for some great door prizes, including a manuscript conversion and a free edit!

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October Meeting: Time Management for Authors

Wednesday, October 19th, 7pm – 9pm

PurposeLab, Wilfrid Laurier University Library, 75 University Ave, Waterloo (map)

Time-management is a skill like any other, with tools available to help you stay focused, on track, and productive, and Carrie Snyder will offer tips and advice on strategies that have worked for her, as a writer, including this: No matter how busy you are, clear space within the clutter to daydream, to dream, to create, to play, to rest your head.

Carrie Snyder is the author of three books for adults and one for children (with a second children’s book to be published in 2017). Her novel, Girl Runner, was published in Canada in 2014 and has been translated into a number of foreign languages. Carrie lives in Waterloo, Ontario with her husband, four children, and two dogs, and blogs as Obscure CanLit Mama. She also volunteers as head coach for one of her children’s rep soccer teams, and teaches creative writing at the University of Waterloo.

Directions: The PurposeLab is on the ground floor of the Dr. Alvin Woods Building (DAWB) just accross from the WLU library (indicated by a green circle on the left side of the map). The library is just off Albert St near Seagram Dr. On the map, DAWB is to the right of the library. There is paid parking nearby accessible from Bricker Ave. There is also free street parking on Bricker Ave and Ezra Ave. There will be signs posted at the entrance to help guide you.

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September Meeting: Query Letters That Get a Yes

Special Date: Monday, September 26, 7pm – 9pm

Kitchener Public Library, Country Hills, 1500 Block Line Rd, Kitchener

This event is free to attend, but registration is required.

If you want to get the attention of an agent or a publisher, you need to craft a good query letter. Using real life examples, this seminar shows you how to do it. There isn’t just one way to write a successful query, and your query doesn’t have to be perfect; it just needs to persuade an agent that you’ve got a book that they can successfully pitch to a publisher.

Seminar leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published.

See reviews of Brian’s weekly courses and Saturday workshops here.

Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published.

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June Social

Wednesday, June 22nd, 7pm-9pm

Failte’s Irish Pub, 85 King St N, Waterloo

Come out and socialize with other writers in this great location in Uptown Waterloo. This is our final event until the autumn!

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Critique Circle

Sunday, June 26th, 1pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

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May Meeting

Wednesday, May 18th, 6:45pm-9pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

Regular meeting that will open with a brief discussion about the upcoming Writers Summit conference, including benefits and some ideas on what to expect. Then special guest Susan Crossman will speak about building your brand and boosting your book sales.

Susan Crossman is an author, editor and content marketing consultant who helps successful business people improve and leverage their brand equity online through the creation and curation of great marketing content. With training, experiences and capabilities that are unique in the content marketing field, Susan directs a team of experts in the development and execution of blogs, newsletters, white papers and e-books, PR materials, email marketing programs and social media marketing initiatives. The goal is to ensure that client objectives are clearly articulated, and that a powerful strategy is developed to simplify the process and meet or exceed all targets.

Susan’s newest book – Content Marketing Made Easy – explains, in cheerful detail, just about everything a business owner needs to know in order to tell their business stories online and make their content count. She is also the traditionally published author of a novel, a collection of short stories and book about how to write powerfully and with ease.

Find out more about Crossman Communications at www.crossmancommunications.com

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April Meeting

Wednesday, April 20th, 7pm-9pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

Everything you need to know about writing comics and webcomics! Local creators McKay & Gray will give you great tips for starting a new comic or levelling up on work in progress.

Bones McKay is the co-founder of McKay and Gray Publications and editor of The Running Bunny LGBT+ Fiction E-Zine. He is a bundle of quips and the writer of several comics and novels.

Ursula Gray is the lead artist and co-founder of McKay & Gray Publications. She illustrates various comics and sometimes cries over cats.

They strive to showcase diversity and foster growth in the creative community. You can find their collected works at mckayandgray.tumblr.com.

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April Writing Circle

Sunday, April 24th, 1pm-3pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

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March Writing Circle

Sunday, March 20th, 1pm-3pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

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March Meeting

Wednesday, March 16th, 7pm-9pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

Regular meeting with special guests Mandy Brouse and David Worsely from Words Worth Books. Mandy and Dave will be on hand to talk books and how to get your book into bookstores like theirs.

In 2010, Mandy received the Young Bookseller of the Year award from the Canadian Booksellers Association namely for her social media marketing achievements and her dedication to children and teen literacy. Mandy is also dedicated to local arts and culture in the Region and volunteers for the One Book One Community committee, The New Quarterly’s Wild Writers festival program committee, and the Arts Awards Waterloo Region nomination committee. She has also volunteered with the Ontario Arts Council in connection with block grants for independent publishers. Most recently Mandy has joined the BIA Board of Directors for the City of Waterloo, in addition to the Advisory Committee on Culture.

In 2006 David won the prestigious Hand-Selling Award from Haper Collins Canada. Dave is currently an editor at The New Quarterly and sits on their Wild Writers festival program committee and volunteered his time on CKWR FM Monday with the Arts for nine years He has also volunteered with the Ontario Arts Council in connection with block grant funding for independent publishers. At Words Worth Books he facilitates speaker and lecturer events with our corporate and non-profit community partners, which is among the many hats he wears at the store. He has also facilitated a men’s only book club for four years and is an exceptional recommender of mystery and crime titles.

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February Writing Circle

Sunday, February 28th, 1pm-3pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

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February Meeting

Wednesday, February 17th, 7pm-9pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

Regular meeting with award-winning local author Suzanne Church speaking about the craft of writing short stories. Short stories aren’t micro-novels, they’re mighty beasts in their own right. Come out to this workshop to learn how to tame the mighty beast!

Topics will include:
– lengths – from micro-flash to novella
– embracing short fiction as a mode of experimentation
– the ever-elusive “pacing”
– critique frameworks to whip the short story into shape
– how and where to submit

Attendees will also have plenty of chances to ask questions.

Suzanne Church grew up in Toronto, moved to Waterloo to pursue mathematics, and never left town. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Cicada, On Spec, and her 2014 collection Elements. Her favourite place to write is a lakefront cabin, but she’ll settle for any coffee shop with WiFi and an electrical outlet. Soul Larcenist, book one in the Dagger of Sacrados trilogy set in Ed Greenwood’s Hellmaw Universe will be published in multiple formats in January from OnderLibrum.com

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Special Networking Event

Saturday, February 20th, 1:30pm-3pm (doors open at 1pm)

The Cavern in the Lion Brewery, 59 King St N, Waterloo

The Waterloo-Wellington CAA branch and the Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph twig of Editors Canada will be hosting a joint networking event for local writers and editors. What do editors do? How can they improve your manuscript? Learn the answers to these questions and more!

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January Writing Circle

Sunday, January 31st, 1pm-4pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

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January Meeting

Wednesday, January 20th, 7pm-9pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

Regular meeting with special guest Susan Scott, who will take writers behind-the-scenes of the lit mag world. She’ll discuss how to crack the market (submissions, contests, lit mag culture, etc.), the pros and cons of writing retreats, and decoding author-editor alchemy (choosing the right editor(s) for the right project).

She is the Non-fiction Editor of The New Quarterly, Waterloo Region’s national award-winning magazine and home to the annual Wild Writers Festival. An inveterate collaborator, active in community arts projects where she coaxes powerful, hidden stories into the open, Susan also mentors emerging writers. Her teaching spans three decades, from Wilfrid Laurier University, St. Jerome’s University, and Renison University College to writing retreats such as the celebrated Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat. For more information, please visit susanlscott.twohornedbull.ca.

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November Meeting

Wednesday, November 18th, 7pm-9pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

Regular meeting with special guest Dan Spezza of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. Dan’s day-to-day work is to repair and restore old books by hand. He will speak to the group about book construction and the evolving structure of the book over the years, with samples to illustrate the changes that have occurred.

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November Writing Circle

Sunday, November 29th, 1pm-4pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

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December Holiday Social

Wednesday, December 16th, 7pm at Symposium Cafe, 4 King St N, Waterloo

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October Workshop: Write to Finish

Saturday, October 17th, 1pm-4:30pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

Do you need to kickstart your writing? Are you getting off track? Are you worried you’ll never see the words “The End” on your manuscript? Then WRITE TO FINISH is the workshop for you!

Come out for a panel with the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge region NaNoWriMo MLs and get some helpful tips and tricks for silencing your inner editor and staying on deadline. Even if you don’t plan to participate in NaNoWriMo, this is an excellent opportunity to brush up on your skills.

Stick around for the outlining workshop from award-winning local author Suzanne Church. In the seminar, writers will learn the purpose, structure, and limitations of outlines. Starting with the basic definition of an outline, writers will learn about helpful resources including action graphs, beat sheets, and codexes to help them through their current project. Participants are encouraged to bring post-its and/or cue cards, a notebook and/or binder of loose paper, and an open mind.

Suzanne is an outlier and a media junkie who when cornered becomes fiercely Canadian. She writes Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror because she enjoys them all and hates to play favorites. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Cicada and On Spec, and in several anthologies including Urban Green Man and When the Hero Comes Home 2. She’s currently writing a trilogy in Ed Greenwood’s new Hellmaw Universe. Her collection of short fiction, “Elements” is nominated for a 2015 Aurora Award and is available in print and pixels at bookstores, Amazon, and from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.

earlybird price (until October 8)
$10 for CAA members, $15 for non-members

after October 8
$15 for CAA members, $20 for non-members

Light refreshments will be provided.

Register here

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October Writing Circle

Sunday, October 25th, 1pm-4pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

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September Meeting — Crafting the Contemporary Genre Novel

Wednesday, September 30th, 7pm-9pm

The Cavern in the Lion Brewery Restaurant, 59 King St N, Waterloo

There will be a pre-meeting “welcome back” dinner in this location starting at 6:30pm. Come out and reconnect with fellow authors after the summer break and then stick around for an excellent meeting.

The meeting’s special guest is Jane Ann McLachlan, who will give a workshop on genre fiction. How do you take a great story idea and turn it into a sale-worthy book? Jane Ann will discuss your idea or themes, your characters, a little about world-building (creating or describing the world/culture/society of your book), and plotting the framework for your manuscript. This is a hands-on workshop for anyone interested in writing a work of fiction or creative non-fiction. Bring a story idea or your current WIP, along with your notebook or laptop.

Jane Ann McLachlan is a writer and former college professor in Waterloo, Ontario. She has written two textbooks on ethics published by Pearson/Prentice Hall: The Right Choice and Ethics In Action. Her collection of award-winning short stories, Connections: Parables for Today, was published by Pandora Press in September, 2013, her science fiction novel, Walls of Wind came out in February, 2014 and her YA novel, The Occasional Diamond Thief, published by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, came out April 15, 2015. She is currently writing the sequel to Diamond Thief for EDGE, and has a memoir and two historical fiction novels on offer with her agent Carrie Prostritto of the Prospect Agency in New York. For more information, visit her website www.janeannmclachlan.com

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“May” Meeting

Tuesday, June 2nd, 7pm-9pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

Regular meeting with special guest Charmaine Hammond, who will speak about making your book a business. She discusses 6 things publishers want every author to know, and how to sell more books through speaking, best seller launches, media and creating products to wrap around your book

Charmaine is a best selling and award winning author. She is published through 4 publishers, and is also self published.  She has authored five books and is featured in 6 others, and has been mentored and coached by some of the best experts in the world.  She has learned how to make her book a business, incredible free (and almost free) strategies to market and sell your book, ways to sell your book in bulk and how to do multi city book tours live and through virtual platforms.  She is a regular guest on TV and radio, and has also hosted more than 170 of her own radio shows. Her books are available in English and Spanish and are selling in a variety of countries around the globe.

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Social Event: Writer-Editor Meet & Greet

Tuesday, May 26th, 7pm-9pm

The Cavern in the Lion Brewery Restaurant, 59 King St N, Waterloo (Map)

A great opportunities to bring together members of the region’s literary arts scene! The Waterloo-Wellington branch of the CAA and the Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph twig of the Editors’ Association of Canada are partnering on this event to provide writers and editors the chance to mingle and learn from each other. It promises to be a fun and informative night!

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April Meeting

Tuesday, April 28th, 7pm-9pm

Waterloo Public Library, 35 Albert Street, Waterloo

Words Worth Books is co-sponsoring this event with special guest Andrew Pyper, award winning and best selling Canadian author.

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March Meeting: Self-Promotion for Authors

Tuesday, March 31st, 7pm-9pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

Regular meeting with special guest speaker Beverly Bambury, a publicist who gives creators more time to create. She does social media management and planning, as well as publicity campaigns for writers, comic creators, and local small businesses. Her specialties are SF&F, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and crime. Ask her how to increase the reach of your project. Learn more at beverlybambury.com.

You’ve heard of blog tours. How about doing a publicity campaign instead? Beverly Bambury will take you step by step through doing your own high-quality publicity campaign–without exhausting yourself or breaking the bank. You’ll learn how to get more interest with less work, how to win over bloggers and reviewers, how to organize yourself, how to use freely-available data to your advantage, and much more. You will even get your own digital copy of Beverly’s author tip sheet emailed to you after the session.

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February Meeting: “The One Rule”

Tuesday, February 24th, 7pm-9pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

Regular meeting with special guest Craig Pyette, a senior editor at Penguin Random House Canada. Craig shares the principles and questions that guide his work with some of Canada’s finest authors, including the one and only rule aspiring authors (and established ones) need always follow.

Books he has edited for the imprints Knopf Canada and Random House Canadahave won several awards, including the Writers’ Trust of Canada RogersFiction Prize, the Quebec Writers’ Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfictionand national Jewish book awards in both the United Statesand Canada, and have been nominated most notably for the CommonwealthWriters Prize, Scotiabank Giller Prize long list, Arthur Ellis Award for nonfiction crime writing, National BusinessBook Award, and Governor General’s Literary Awards (in the categories of nonfiction,fiction and translation). He lives with his family in Toronto.

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February Writing Circle Meet-Up

Sunday, February 22nd, 1pm-4pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo (Map)

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January Writing Circle Meet-Up

Sunday, January 25th, 1pm-4pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo

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January Meeting: “Both Sides Now”

Tuesday, January 20th, 7pm-9pm

Community Room of the Waterloo Region Police Service North Division, 45 Columbia St E, Waterloo

Regular meeting with special guest Vikki VanSickle. Vikki will talk about what she’s learned about children’s books and publishing from both sides of the coin, as an author and as a publishing professional. This presentation is meant to be friendly and informal, and can be applied to genres other than children’s fiction.

Vikki VanSickle is a devoted and well-respected member of the Canadian children’s book industry. She is the author of the acclaimed Clarissa books, including WORDS THAT START WITH B, LOVE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD, and DAYS THAT END IN Y (Scholastic Canada). Frequently referred to as “Canada’s Judy Blume,” Vikki’s most recent middle grade novel, SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS, has been called “Summer reading at its best” and is a finalist for the 2015 Red Maple award. After obtaining an MA in Children’s Literature from UBC, Vikki’s career began in bookselling at The Flying Dragon Bookshop, which earned her the 2011 CBA Young Bookseller of the Year award. She is a popular children’s lit blogger and is frequently called upon to speak about kids’ books for radio panels, conferences, and as Lainey Gossip’s YA mentor! Currently she balances writing with her duties as the Marketing and Publicity Manager for Young Readers at Penguin Canada.

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Holiday Social

Tuesday, December 9th, 6pm

Operations Room of Barely Works Pub, Huether Hotel, 59 King St N, Waterloo

Come celebrate the year’s end with your fellow writers. Enjoy free appetizers, meet some new writers, and get an early preview of the line-up of speakers for the 2015 winter/spring session.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Vanessa by December 5th.

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Open Mic Night

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7pm

Raintree Cafe, 220 King Street North, Waterloo

The Waterloo-Wellington branch is excited to present an open mic night in conjunction with Writing in the ‘Loo. This is a free event open to the public and will feature readings and music by talented local artists. We expect the readings and music to end around 9pm, but encourage everyone to mix and mingle in a unique local venue.

The authors and musicians will have books and CDs for sale, so come out and support local talent!

Authors:
Suzanne Church
Diane Eastham
Marcy Italiano
Wendy Jackman
Vanessa Ricci-Thode
Bieke Stengos
Sarah Tolmie

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An Evening with Ian Weir

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Upstairs in the Barleyworks Boardroom in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N, Waterloo, ON (map)

Canadian Authors Association – Waterloo/Wellington Branch invites you to…
An evening with award-wining playwright, screenwriter, and novelist Ian Weir.
This is a free event and open to the public!
Food, drinks, and Ian’s books will be available for purchase.

The Buzz on Ian

“His new book, Will Starling, is one of the most anticipated reads of 2014″
Ian’s novel Daniel O’Thunder was finalist for four awards: the CommonwealthWriter’s Prize for First Book, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction.
Writer and Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed CBC gangland miniseries Dragon Boys.
Creator and Executive Producer of CBC’s hit adventure/drama series Arctic Air, which has just been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Dramatic Series.
Along the way, he has written more than 150 episodes for nearly two dozen series, ranging from Flash Point to One Life to Live. His stage plays which include, The Idler, Bloody Business, and The Man Who Shot Chance Delaney, have been produced across Canada, as well as in the U.S., and England. Other credits include ten radio plays (three for the BBC and seven for the CBC) and three young adult novels. He has won two Gemini Awards, four Leos, a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award, and a Jessie.

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Calling All Authors

May 13, 2014, 7:00-9:00 pm

At Cafe 1842, 59 King St N, in downtown Waterloo (map)

An evening for writers and writers’ groups. Find out what’s happening in Kitchener-Waterloo and spend some time with your fellow authors. A great opportunity to get to know the writers groups that are active in your area. Free event — all welcome!
Writers groups that will be represented will include:

Please RSVP in advance so we can be sure we have enough room for everyone!


 

The World of e-Publishing

March 29, 2014

At the KPL Grand River Branch, 175 Indian Road (map)

This event is a full day of hands-on workshops for authors. Come and learn about the emerging world of e-publishing, and acquire the skills and knowledge you’ll need to get started in e-publishing yourself.

Registration

Register by filling out our online registration form.

Cost

Includes lunch, coffee, e-publishing panel, and two workshop sessions):

$20 for Canadian Authors Association members
$25 for students
$30 for not-yet-Canadian Authors Association members (membership info here!)

 

Schedule

9:30-10:00 – Registration

10:00-11:30 – e-Publishing Panel

11:30-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:30 – Workshop Session 1

2:30-4:00 – Workshop Session 2

Workshops

e-Publishing Panel – A free-ranging panel, featuring views from the publisher’s, editor’s, and author’s point of view about the new world of e-publishing. What problems does this new model create? What new opportunities are arising? Come armed with your questions for the panel to respond to.

Great Beginnings – Freelancer and author, Heather Wright, offers suggestions to help you get your story off to a compelling start. And if you don’t have a story yet, participants in this workshop will find lots to write about using a wide variety of writing prompts in this hands-on workshop.

The Freelance Half-Life – Heather Wright has been juggling freelancing and a part-time teaching job for nearly 10 years. If you’ve considered freelancing, Heather will happily share what she has learned about writing for editors, clients, and agencies and running a blog and website for her publishing life. If you’ve considered a LinkedIn account or are wondering about other social media methods for connecting to potential clients or a potential audience for your books, Heather has been there. You ask the questions, and she will help you find the answers.

The Art of Rewriting – Rewriting — whether of your own writing or someone else’s — can seem daunting, but it really isn’t. In this workshop, Greg Ioannou shows you some things to watch for, teaches some techniques, then has you rewrite a short document.

Publish Your e-Book Today – Maybe you’ve got a book you’re ready to self-publish, or maybe you published a book in print and want to make it available online. Matthew Bin will provide a step-by-step demonstration of how to publish your e-book to the most popular platforms, including tips on formatting and making your book more visible to buyers.

Speakers

Heather Wright is busy freelancer currently teaching business communication part time at Conestoga College. She has written for local and national publications as well as doing work for agencies and educational publishers. She has had many stories published in Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids and is the self-published author of Writing Fiction: A Hands-On Guide for Teens, 201 Writing Prompts and The Dragon’s Pearl. Heather’s book for young readers, Sherlock Holmes and the Orphanage Mystery, was published by Caramel Tree Publishers in 2012. Her websites are http://wrightingwords.wordpress.com and http://wrightwriter.com.

Greg Ioannou is the president at Colborne Communications and he’s been writing and editing since 1977. He’s edited more than 2000 books, and written everything from board games to annual reports. When he’s not busy running the show, he likes to walk around the office in bare feet, sipping coffee and admiring his collection of stuffed mooses. Outside of the office, he captains a team in a weekly trivia league and has been known to frequent local pubs and stamp auctions. He was the very first member of the Editors’ Association of Canada and has been on EAC’s executive for longer than some of the other Colborners have been alive. He’s loquacious [“full of loquats”], pugnacious [“resembling a pug”], and ornery [“Greg-like”].

Sandra Stewart is the author of 8 erotic urban fantasy romance novels, under the pen name of Lee Pearce, and is published with e-publishers, Ellora’s Cave and Passion In Print Press. She received her first award in high school for a short story about ancient Greek philosophers. She has moved on to modern times writing urban fantasy romance stories about demons, werewolves, vampires and the odd human, has written two papers for Kent State University for its children’s literature conferences, travel articles and is currently working on a young adult urban fantasy series as well as a literary mystery. She spends her free time camping or at the family cottage on the Bruce Peninsula and travels when she can. She is a proud member of the Canadian Authors Association.

Matthew Bin is the national president of the Canadian Authors Association and former president of the Waterloo-Wellington branch. He is the author of two books: a novel, L.M.F., and an oral history of Canadian peacekeeping, On Guard For Thee (both available as e-books). He works as an IT consultant, and can be found at MatthewBin.com.

Ready to register? Fill out our online registration form.