Ten Years of Creativity


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Ten Years of Creativity

The Writers’ Community of York Region (WCYR) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. To recognize this milestone, WCYR will virtually showcase eleven unique and diverse voices from across the community including writers, songwriters and poets.  Enjoy this curated video presentation from WCYR. 


Featured authors and performers include:

Author Loni Cameron

Diving deep into my imagination, I pull out whatever wriggling thing I can get my hands on and craft it into a story. I have a different perspective than other writers. I’m the child of first-generation Indo-Trinidadian immigrants to Canada. I don’t find many people like me. I am currently querying my first fantasy novel and working on my next.

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Patricia Keeney is an award-winning poet, novelist, theatre and literary critic. 

The author of ten books of poetry and two novels, her writing has been translated into French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Chinese and Hindi. Her latest poetry volume, Orpheus in Our World (NeoPoiesis) connects ancient Greek lyrics with contemporary theatrical dialogue. Her latest novel One Man Dancing (Inanna) is a story of Africa, politics, art and personal survival set on the world stage. She describes her next novel, Emptiness and Angels as a combination of Biblical mystery, feminist satire and spiritual quest. Keeney is a long time professor of Literature, Humanities and Creative Writing at Toronto’s York University. 

See more about Patricia’s work here: Member Profile | The Writers' Union of Canada (writersunion.ca) and wapitiwords.ca

Jaana Lehtola Is a new Writers Community York Region (WCYR) member who is enjoying this community of writers.  

This has inspired her to work on inspirational memoir and creative non-fiction pieces on themes of personal growth through recovery. She recently took a U of T memoir-writing course and the students have started a monthly group which inspires and helps with accountability.  As a new writer, Jaana appreciates the WCYR workshops that offer the opportunity to learn the craft of writing. Being a part of this diverse community of writers validates that we all have a story to tell.

Erika Loughran MacNeil is a dancer by training and a teacher by trade. 

Mother of two teens and owner of two mutts, Erika is also the Librarian at Rogers Public school in Newmarket, where she lives with her husband and family. She writes primarily flash fiction and poetry and has been published in a variety of media. She offers editing and content for students, bloggers and writers, and serves as Open Mic and Student Coordinator for the Writers’ Community of York Region. She has been a judge and critic for writing and public speaking contests and enjoys both singing and painting when she is not in the studio or buried in a book.                                          

Check her out at: Erika Loughran MacNeil | WCYR (wcyork.ca)

MJ Moores started her career as an English and Drama teacher and has since merged into the crazy world of publishing.

Not only is she a hybrid author (both traditionally and indie published) but she is a freelance editor, and an acquisitions editor for Love Knot Books. To date, she has completed one epic sci-fi/fantasy novel series, has started two new series – a YA steampunk serial, and a sweet new adult romantic suspense collection of novellas. She has also joined forces with mystery author Nanci M. Pattenden writing a humorous urban fantasy that takes place in York Region. MJ has been a part of the Writers Community of York Region since 2014 as a member, special opportunities assistant, vice president, chair, and board advisor. She loves nothing more than helping guide writers through the quagmire of the publishing landscape … except for maybe writing her own tales of adventure and romance. Look for her at: Author MJ Moores

Author, Peter Taylor is the author of two books and four chapbooks of poetry. 

Co-author of Patients First: The Story of Family Medicine in Canada celebrating the 50th anniversary of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. His poems have been published in journals and anthologized in more than a dozen countries. 

His book of poetry, Trainer, included an introductory poem by Raymond Souster and is based on his father's RCAF logbook as a pilot in WWII. Critics referred to the book's "combination of fragments that moodily animates the grittiness, the fear, the boyish bravado of another time, a time of war" (William New, Canadian Literature), and "a work of scholarship and imagination" (John Robert Colombo, The Globe & Mail). Peter Taylor is the author of two books and four chapbooks of poetry, including Hell-box (Frog Hollow Press), and co-author of Patients First. See more here: Peter Taylor - Winning Writers 

Roderick D. Turner has been actively writing fiction since 1990.

To date he has written five novels, three audio novels/plays and over 150 short stories. 24 of his stories have been published in paper or electronic form, 22 of those in the Aphelion webzine. His stories have received seven Honourable Mentions (top 2%), one Silver Honourable Mention (top 50), and one Semi Finalist ranking (top 16), out of several thousand entries, in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest. 

For access to more of his material (both prose and other media) visit his website at: www.rodentraft.com

Singer-songwriter Carole Teal

She is often found on stage beside David Joyce (her partner in music and life) as the musical duo “Teal and Joyce”. Carole has been writing music and poetry since her teen years and loves anything with harmony. Her passion for songwriting has won her two Honour Awards in the Great American Songwriting Competition. She is active in several writing organizations and enjoys spreading the creative spirit in writing and songwriting workshops to empower others to follow the muse. She has lead songwriting workshops annually at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia, Ontario for many years. Currently she leads creative writing and memoir workshops in person and online in Ontario and Arizona. Teal & Joyce have produced three independent CD’s of original songs. 

More information about Carole Teal:  www.inklinks.ca  and www.tealandjoyce.ca 

Winner of The Writers Union of Canada’s 2016 short prose contest, 

Deepam Wadds’ (also now as Susan Wadds) short fiction and poetry have been featured in literary journals and anthologies, including Room and carte blanche magazines. Winner of The Writers Union of Canada’s 2016 short prose contest, Deepam (Susan) Wadds’ short fiction and poetry have been featured in literary journals and anthologies, including Room and carte blanche magazines. The first two chapters of her novel, “What the Living Do, won Lazuli Literary Group’s writing contest, and was published in Azure’s winter 2017 issue.

A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, Deepam is certified in the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method of writing workshop facilitation. Since 2014, she has been leading writing workshops and retreats in Canada, internationally, and most recently, virtually. She is a member of both the WCYR and WFWA (Women Women’s Fiction Writers Association). 

Link here to Susan’s website: https://writeyourwayin.ca/

Author, Rhonda Waterfall 

Studied creative writing with The Writers Studio at Simon Fraser University and has had fiction and non-fiction published in several literary journals. Forthcoming is her debut novel, The Strait of Anian, to be published Spring of ‘22. She has also published a collection of short stories with Arsenal Pulp Press, The Only Thing I Have. She was born in Ocean Falls on the west coast of Canada and currently lives in Markham.

Link to Rhonda’s website here: rhondawaterfall.com

image1.jpegJudy Weagle

Children’s author taught elementary school for 29 years in the Halton Separate School Board, the Sudbury District Roman Catholic Separate School Board and the York Catholic District School Board where she retired from in 2013. Judy has chosen to self-publish children’s books in order to continue to empower them through her books and presentations. She has written and published three books with a fourth book “Beads of Friendship” due out this year 2021. She intends to continue writing stories and perhaps even poems in the near future to empower children and to motivate them to do right and positive things in their lives. 

See Judy’s website here: Judy Weagle - Author of Children Books

Learn more about the Writers’ Community of York Region at wcyork.ca

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