East End Writers

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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.


EEWG 10th anniversary. Teresa Petrie photo
EEWG 10th anniversary. Teresa Petrie photo.

Muskie and Murder Presentation – June 27, 2018

Michael and Sharon discussing literary fiction and mystery fiction. Shane Joseph photo.

Upcoming Events:


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.

Location: s-walter-stewart-library-01
S. Walter Stewart Public Library Branch (auditorium)
170 Memorial Park Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

7 p.m. to 9.45 p.m.

We break for August and December.

Upcoming 2018 and 2019 Meetings:
Wed., Nov. 28 – Regular Writing Critiques
Return Wed., Jan. 30, 2019

For information on EEWG call 416-396-3975 or email Sharon Crawford at words@samcraw.com. All welcome.

More Scoop on  the Group

East York Cultural Hot Spot was a success and a lot of fun.

Creativity from the Stacks

In partnership with East End Arts and S. Walter Stewart library branch was held from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.,Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at S. Walter Stewart Library auditorium,170 Memorial Park Ave, Toronto.

East End Writers’ Group members emerged beyond the S. Walter Stewart Library stacks and shared their creativity in the library’s auditorium –  Nishe Catherine (creative non-fiction), Gail Murray (travel memoir) Laura Jones (photography and memoir), Nicholas Nanos (singing and song writing), Lee Parpart (poetry and small press publishing), Paola Ferrante (short fiction), Shane Joseph (comedy skit) and Sharon A. Crawford (comedy skit), and a sample writing critique session led by Gia Petec. And Dana Bowman IS back between the book covers of Beyond Blood. But she’ll be back somewhere later this year.

Co-hosted by group founder Sharon A.Crawford and Nishe Catherine. Table of members’ books, light refreshments and mixing and mingling.

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/

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.

Non- Fiction:
Lynda Freeman
Ann Elizabeth Carson
Susan Siddeley interviewed by Gail Murray

Norman Allan
Jeremy Vernelli

Sophia Johnson
Sharon A. Crawford
Nick Nanos

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

Other Stuff

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, Lisa de Nikolits – novelist, 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 words@samcraw.com