East End Writers

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

Making Your Short Stories Sparkle and Sell panel packed them in June 29.

Writers and readers filled the auditorium of S. Walter Stewart library on June 29 to hear mystery fiction authors Rosemary McCracken, Madeleine Harris-Callway and Sharon A. Crawford.  Sharon A., as moderator, got the ball rolling as all three panelist revealed some of their deep dark secrets for writing the short story and some of the innovative ways they market their short stories and novels. But it wasn’t all panel-speak, as the audience members were encouraged from the start to jump in with questions and comments. And they did. The lively evening finished with some networking, book selling and eating snacks provided by members of the East End Writers’ Group.

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.

2017 Dates

Wed., Mar 29 –  Regular writing critique evening
Wed ., Apr 26  – The Nearly Girl Reveals All. Guest mystery author Lisa de Nicolits. More info here.
Wed., May  31 –  Regular writing critique evening
Wed., June 28 –  Special Presentation by Members for East York Cultural Hot Spot. Details coming soon.
July 26, 2016   –  Regular writing critique evening

East End Writers’ Group 15th Anniversary Celebration Huge Success!

Celebration wthe_scoopas 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

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 words@samcraw.com