VWC Newsletter – December 2022

Here's the December 2022 Vocamus Writers Community Newsletter, easing you in to the holiday season.

There are fewer events this time of year, but we do have two important announcements that could use your attention –

  1. We've launched our annual fundraising drive! If you can spare a few dollars to help us keep supporting the literary community in Wellington County, we'd really appreciate it. You can do so at this link – https://fundrazr.com/e26h7e?ref=ab_f7kb27. We'll send you some great local ebooks as a token of our appreciation!
  2. Our Spring Writers' Retreat is on this year! We need to firm up numbers as soon as possible though, so check out the details here, and let us know if you'd like to join us for a weekend of writing at beautiful Crief Hills Retreat Centre, just 20 minutes from Guelph – https://vocamus.net/community/events/2023/06/vocamus-spring-writing-retreat-2023.

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


  • The Children's Reading Room is running Lost & Found: Pandemic Stories of Discovery as Told by Kids in Canada as either two Friday after-school workshops (Dec 2 & 9 from 4-6 pm) or two Saturday morning workshops (Dec 3 & 10 from 10 am-noon). Email info@childrensreadingroom.org.

  • Toronto author and artist Michael DeForge will be in conversation with local graphic novelist Seth about Michael's new graphic novel Birds of Maine on Wednesday December 7 at 7:00 PM in The Bookshelf Cinema. Tickets are $10.

  • Emily Urquhart will be signing copies of her new collection of essays, Ordinary Wonder Tales, at The Bookshelf on Friday December 9, at noon.

  • Vocamus Writers Community's Second Saturday Writers' Hang-out is on December 10, 7:00 PM at Atmosphere Cafe on Carden Street. It's a casual and unstructured chance to meet with other writers. All are welcome.

  • The Guelph Guild of Storytellers is at the Guelph Civic Museum on Wednesday December 14, at 7:00 PM with featured stories and a short open mic.

  • Our regular Last Sunday Hang-out is CANCELLED, given that it falls on Christmas Day. We'll see you in January!

  • Our regular Vocamus Writers Community Poetry Group is CANCELLED for December, given that it falls on New Year's Eve. See you in January!


  • Due to scheduling difficulties the Creative Non-Fiction /Memoir Group meetings have been suspended indefinitely.

  • The Out on the Shelf library has reopened on the second floor of 10C Shared Space at 42 Carden Street.

  • Local author Shayne Coffin has released a new collection of poetry, Cabinet Cardshttps://vocamus.net/community/publications/poetry/cabinet-cards.

  • Local author Donna Warner's essay was selected for publication in Cloud Lake Literaryhttp://www.cloudlakeliterary.ca/shop.

  • 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.