VWC Newsletter – January 2024

Here's the January 2024 Vocamus Writers Community Newsletter, and we'd like to start it off by thanking everyone who contributed to our Fundraising campaign this year! We're so grateful to all of you for helping us support Wellington County Writers for another year.

We also have some news that we want to highlight –

First, our Free February Workshops will be running again this year every Sunday afternoon in February in collaboration with the Guelph Public Library. Keep your eyes open for more details.

Second, our Spring Retreat at Creiff Hills Retreat Centre will be running from June 21 to June 23 this year, and registrations are open! Check the poster below or get more information here – https://vocamus.net/community/events/2024/06/vwc-spring-writing-retreat-2024. Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot now.

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


  • The VWC Creative Non-Fiction Group invites you to a weekly online drop in session, Thursday nights at 7:00 PM. Email martina.freitag@gmail.com for the link.

  • The Guelph Guild of Storytellers is at the Guelph Civic Museum on Thursday January 11 at 7:00 PM. Local tellers and invited guests will tell stories, followed by a short open mic.
  • The VWC Second Saturday writers' hang-out is on January 13, 7:00 PM at Atmosphere Cafe on Carden Street. It's a casual and unstructured chance to meet with other writers, have a drink, and chat about what you're reading and writing. All are welcome.

  • The VWC  Genre Fiction Group will meet online on Sunday January 14, 2:00 PM, discussing different publishing pathways. Email vocamusgenregroup@gmail.com for the link.

  • Guelph author Melinda Burns is offering a six week online Winter Writers Group on Wednesdays from January 24 to March 5. Details here – https://vocamus.net/community/events/2024/01/melinda-burns-workshop-winter-writers-group.
  • The VWC Poetry Group meets online on Saturday January 27, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM, an informal group for poets at various points in their careers. Email vocamuswriterscommunity@gmail.com for the link.

  • The VWC Last Sunday writers' hang-Out is an informal chance to meet and chat with other authors at Planet Bean on Sunday January 28, at 1:00 PM. All are welcome. See you there!


  • Local publisher PS Guelph Publication Studio Guelph has some new things going on that you might want to keep tabs on, including new events, equipment, and hours. Check details here – https://vocamus.net/community/blog/update-ps-guelph.

  • 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.