VWC Newsletter – August 2023

Here's the August 2023 Vocamus Writers Community Newsletter to bring you through the summer.

As always, you can find more information about all those upcoming events on our Calendar – https://vocamus.net/community/calendar.


  • Guelph Spoken Word presents the Off the Page Open Mic on Tuesday August 1, 7:30 PM, at Wellington Brewery – https://www.facebook.com/events/932946311150315/932946324483647/.

  • The Guelph Storyteller's Guild is holding its Tea 'N' Tales series on Fridays until September 8, plus several special dates, from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, at the Guelph Enabling Garden in Riverside Park – https://vocamus.net/community/events/2023/07/tea-n-tales.

  • Vocamus Writers Community's Second Saturday Writers' Hang-out is on August 12, 7:00 PM at Atmosphere Cafe on Carden Street. It's a casual chance to meet with other writers. All are welcome.

  • The VWC Genre Fiction Group will meet in-person on Sunday August 20, 2:00 PM to discuss narrative. Email vocamusgenregroup@gmail.com for the location.

  • Join the VWC Poetry Group BBQ on Saturday August 26, from Noon to 3:00 PM, for their first (maybe annual) summer bbq at 130 Dublin Street North. Details – https://vocamus.net/community/events/2023/08/vwc-poetry-group-bbq.

  • Eramosa Eden is holding a writers' retreat from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on August 27 at 178 Indian Trail, Township Of Guelph/Eramosa. Cost is $25. Email glorianye@gmail.com.

  • Join us in person for our Last Sunday Writers' Hang-Out, an informal chance to meet and chat with other authors at the downtown Planet Bean on Sunday August 27, at 1:00 PM.


  • The Eden Mills Writers' Festival has announced its 2023 lineup, including local authors James Gordon, Barbara Kyle, Marianne Micros, and Jean Mills. Check out the whole list here – https://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/featured-writers/.

  • We've had some demand to begin a playwriting group that would workshop new plays and maybe even (eventually) produce some local hows. If that idea interests you, please email vocamuswriterscommunity@gmail.com.

  • One Thousand Trees is calling for stories for three separate anthologies on the following topics: 1. Mental health; 2. How horses have helped on your healing journey; 3. LGTBQ+. Email Lisa Browning at lisa@onethousandtrees.com for details.

  • Remember that our members have organizational benefits at 10C, including half price on space rentals. They also have insurance for VWC supported events. Details here – https://vocamus.net/community/blog/our-members-now-have-10c-benefits.

  • Also remember to send us details about any launches, releases, events, or other bookish news. We love to help promote local book culture!

Let us know if we’ve missed anything, and we’ll post it through our media and in our calendar. If you’re planning something for next month, let us know that too, and we’ll include it in the next newsletter.

As always, you can support the work of Vocamus Writers Community through our FundRazr site.