VWC Newsletter – June 2022

The June 2022 Vocamus Writers Community Newsletter is here with a very full month of bookish fun.

Take note that the Guelph Public Library is holding its 2022 ETCH Anthology book launch on Saturday 4 and the Wellington County Writing Festival has its Closing Day festivities on June 25.

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


  • The Guelph Guild of Storytellers is holding its regular meeting online, at 7:00 PM, on Wednesday June 1. The event includes an open-mic and scheduled tellers from Guelph along with guests. Email Brian for the Zoom link – briahols@yahoo.com.

  • Join your fellow writers every two weeks for a new Social Writing Night on Thursday June 2, 16, and 30 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Centurion Coffee (1027 Gordon Street, Unit 10). Email Trish Heyes at heyespe@gmail.com to reserve a spot.
  • The Wellington County Writers Festival presents A Grand and Storied Home at the Elora Library (144 Geddes Street) on Thursday June 2 at 10:30 AM – https://wellington.libnet.info/event/6540925.

  • The Guelph Public Library and Vocamus Writers Community are hosting the launch of the 2022 ETCH Anthology on Saturday June 4, 2:00 PM, at the West End Branch of the Guelph Public Library (21 Imperial Rd S) – https://guelphpl.libnet.info/event/6603683.

  •  The Vocamus Writers Community Genre Fiction Group will meet in person outdoors on Sunday June 5, 2:00 PM. Join the genre group for a chat about how the pandemic has affected your writing. Email vocamusgenregroup@gmail.com for the location.

  • The Wellington County Writers Festival presents Death as Life's Work at the Drayton Library (106 Wellington Street South) on Monday June 6 at 2:00 PM  – https://wellington.libnet.info/event/6540960.

  • Join Storyteller Brad Woods for a storytelling workshop on June 9, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, at the Elora Centre For The Arts. $35.00. Attendance is capped at 40. Details – https://eloracentreforthearts.ca/event/tell-better-stories-with-brad-woods/#more-57333.

  • Vocamus Writers Community's Second Saturday Writers' Hang-out is on June 11, 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 Wellington County Writers Festival presents An Afternoon of Storytelling at the Puslinch Library (29 Brock Road South) on Tuesday June 14 at 2:00 PM – https://wellington.libnet.info/event/6541122.
  • The Vocamus Writers Community Creative Non-Fiction Group will hold its first meeting by Zoom on Tuesday June 14, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Email Trish: heyespe@gmail.com or Martina: martina.freitag@gmail.com for the link.

  • The Bookshelf presents Unreconciled: Jesse Wente in conversation with educator/activist Colinda Clyne on Tuesday June 14, 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10, $8 for members and students.
  • The Bookshelf and the University of Guelph present Conversations on Slumdog Millionaire with author Vikas Swarup on Wednesday June 15, 7:00 PM. Register here – https://alumni.uoguelph.ca/events/events-listing/conversation-vikas-swarup.

  • The Wellington County Writers Festival presents a Self-Publishing Workshop at the Elora Library (144 Geddes Street) on Thursday June 16 at 6:30 PM, with Pat Mestern and Barbara Lustgarten-Evoy – https://wellington.libnet.info/event/6541197.
  • Tea ‘n’ Tales is back in person every Friday at 10:30 AM, from June 17 to September 9. Storytellers take the mic at Riverside Park's Enabling Garden to entertain audiences with tales and music.

  • Guelph author Melinda Burns offers an in-person daylong writers workshop – Solstice SoulCollage – at Eramosa Eden Retreat Centre on Saturday, June 18, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. The cost is $150 +HST. Email mbeburns@sympatico.ca.
  • There will be a celebration of life for Guelph children's author Jean Little, on Saturday June 18, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at Three Willows United Church (577 Willow Road).

  • The Wellington County Writers Festival holds it's closing day festivities on Saturday June 25, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Hillsburgh Branch of the Wellington County Library – https://wellington.libnet.info/event/6541480.
  • Join the Vocamus Writers Community Poetry Group on Saturday June 25, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM. It's an informal group for poets at various points in their careers but working seriously on their craft. Email vocamuswriterscommunity@gmail.com for the zoom link.

  • Vocamus Writers Community's Last Sunday Writers' Hang-Out will be held through zoom at its regular time, on Sunday June 26 at 1:00 PM. If you'd like to join, email vocamuswriterscommunity@gmail.com for the link.

  • One Thousand Trees is hosting a book sale on Sunday June 26 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Harcourt United Church with authors  published by One Thousand Trees. Admission and parking on site are free.

  • Local author Bob Desautels launches his new collection of essays, The Rummagings of a Lapsed Boomer, on Tuesday June 26 @ 7:00 PM. The event is free – reading with reception to follow.

  • The Bookshelf presents author and musician Michael Barclay reading and performing on Tuesday June 28 @ 7:00 PM. Barclay will be discussing his latest book, Hearts on Fire.


  • Guelph author Nicholas Ruddock has had one of his stories shortlisted for the 2021 Manchester Writing Competition, and his recent novel, Last Hummingbird West of Chile, has just won a “bronze medal” for literary fiction in the Independent Publisher’s Book Awards.

  • The Eden Mills Writers' Festival's Read at the Fringe Literary Contest is now open. Aspiring writers can submit their fiction, creative nonfiction and/or poetry entries to their website until June 30, 2022 – https://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/the-fringe-literary-contest/.
  • Guelph journalist and author Bill Hulet has reviewed James Gordon's recent novel, The Ark of the Oven Mitt, in the Guelph Back-Grounder – https://guelph-back-grounder.blogspot.com/2022/02/book-review-ark-of-oven-mitt.html.

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

  • 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.

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