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- Read your fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama
- Receive and give constructive criticism
- Market Information Exchange
- Networking Break with Snacks
The East End Writers’ Group has met monthly in the east end of Toronto, Ontario, Canada since September 2000. The Group offers writing critique meetings, guest speakers, and workshops.
East York Cultural Hot Spot Event
Creativity from the Stacks
in partnership with East End Arts and S. Walter Stewart library branch.
6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.,Wednesday, June 28, 2017
S. Walter Stewart Library auditorium
170 Memorial Park Ave. (Coxwell Ave. and Mortimer Ave.), Toronto
East End Writers’ Group members emerge beyond the S. Walter Stewart Library stacks to share their creativity in the library’s auditorium. Join Nishe Catherine (creative non-fiction and poetry), Gail Murray (travel memoir) Laura Jones (photography and memoir), Nicholas Nanos (singing and song writing), Lee Parpart (poetry and flash fiction), Paola Ferrante (short fiction), Shane Joseph (comedy skit) and Sharon A. Crawford (comedy skit) for a mixed media presentation. Take part in a sample writing critique session led by Gia Petec.
Co-hosted by group founder Sharon A.Crawford and Nishe Catherine. Table of members’ books, photos, etc. Light refreshments and a chance to mix and mingle.
Free admission. Open to the public – writers, readers and anyone who likes to be entertained.
RECEPTION: food, mix and mingle
6.30 p.m. to 7.15 p.m.
WRITING CRITIQUE CIRCLE
6.40 p.m. to 7.10 p.m.
PRESENTATION – music, photography, comedy skit, readings, etc.
7.15 p.m. to 9 p.m.
SALE of BOOKS, etc., food and mix and mingle
9 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
A website for this East York Cultural Hotspot has been created by EEWG member Lee Parpart. Here is the link with more info about the event and presenters.
Writing Critique Evenings
Meets 7 p.m. to 9.45 p.m. usually the last Wednesday of the month from September to November and January to July for constructive criticism of short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, poetry, personal essays, articles, etc. You get up to 10 minutes to read, but you can also just listen and give constructive criticism of others’ writing. Bring copies of your story so everyone can have a copy and bring pen and paper to take notes. We also discuss markets and writing techniques, and do “show and sell” for members who have recently published books. Break midway to snack and network. New members welcome. Free. Just bring a gluten-free snack.
S. Walter Stewart Public Library Branch (auditorium)
170 Memorial Park Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
7 p.m. to 9.45 p.m.
East End Writers’ Group 15th Anniversary Celebration Huge Success!
Celebration was held Wed. Oct 28, 2015. Despite a rainy and windy day we had a good attendance and a variety of presentations of members published works: a recreation of a community opera in PowerPoint, interview with a memoir author with the interviewer channeling Ellie Tesher, Toronto Star relationship columnist, parody and satire, a novelist whose talked about her book’s connection to a social cause for youth, and a book character who “jumped” from between the book covers and dissed her author, poetry and memoir readings, and a panel on self-publishing. We chatted with lots of writing friends – old and new, and ate from the selection of refreshments brought by members. Thank you all for coming.
Here is the line-up of our presenters.
Ann Elizabeth Carson
Susan Siddeley interviewed by Gail Murray
Sharon A. Crawford
Panel on Indie Publishing:
Steven Biggs (gardening writer and speaker) on his unique experiences self-publishing three gardening books and Ellen Michelson, (writer and editor) on an editor’s baptism by fire in Indie Publishing. Moderator: Sharon A. Crawford
More Scoop on the Group
What’s Your Story? East York Attracted a Crowd
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Sharon A. Crawford and her East End Writers’ Group presented sample writing critiques as well as showcasing group members’ published books as part of the East York segment of What’s Your Story? presented by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization, Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Public Library and East End Arts.This celebration of reading, writing and publishing occurs at the S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave., Toronto, from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. October 1. Event is free and open to the public. More information at http://eastendarts.ca/whats-your-story-east-york/
Some Wednesday evening meetings feature guest speakers before the break. Past guest speakers include: Michael Carroll, former Publisher with Dundurn Press; Paul Sanderson, poet and photographer; Tina Tsallas, literary agent; Rosemary Aubert, mystery novelist and workshop instructor; Cynthia Gould, performance poet; Shane Joseph, Blue Denim Press, Stacey May Fowles from Descant Magazine, Andrew Borkowski -winner of the 2012 Toronto Book Award for Copernicus Avenue, Steven Biggs – co-author of No Guff Vegetable Gardening, Mark Battenberg – poet and guitarist, Nate Hendley – true crime writer and journalist, and Sharon A. Crawford – author of the Beyond mystery series
One-day Saturday Workshops
Occasionally held in the spring and early fall Workshops run between 9.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. We’ve had workshops on Writing Novels, Fictional Character Development, Interviewing Techniques, Finding Story Ideas and Querying Publication Editors, Creativity, Marketing, How to Get Published, Crafting the Short Story, Memoir Writing, and How to be Your Own Editor and Create a Better Story. Fee depends on instructor’s fee.
For more information on the East End Writers’ Group please call the library at 416-396-3975 or email Sharon Crawford firstname.lastname@example.org