VWC Newsletter – March 2024

Here's the March 2024 Vocamus Writers Community Newsletter.

Please take special note of these items –

First, we're partnering with the GPL again on the ETCH Teen Writing Contest, for teens in Grades 7-12, living in Guelph and Wellington County. This is a great opportunity for all the teens in your life. Please be sure and pass it on!https://www.guelphpl.ca/en/kids-and-teens/teen-etch-.aspx.

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.


  • Local author Kira Vermond is running her 23-Minute Writers’ Club online on Fridays at 4:00 PM for 45 minutes. It's free! email kira@vermond.ca for the link.

  • To Gaza, From Guelph, a performance and open mic for Palestine, will be Saturday March 2, 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Register here – https://vocamus.net/community/events/2024/03/gaza-guelph.

  • Rhiane Heslop launches her new book, The Baby Who Refused To Nap, at Royal City Brewing Company on Sunday March 3 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

  • 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 March 7 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 March 9, 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.

  • Loren Wilkinson launches his new book, Circles and the Cross, on Wednesday March 13, 7:00 PM at Loyola House, Ignatius Jesuit Centre. Email gkennedy@ignatiusguelph.ca for more information.

  • Eramosa Eden is holding a writers' retreat from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on February 18 at 178 Indian Trail, Township Of Guelph/Eramosa. The fee is $25. Email glorianye@gmail.com.

  • The VWC Genre Fiction Group will meet online on Sunday March 24, 2:00 PM, with Karen Heenan talking about marketing strategies for self-published authors. Email vocamusgenregroup@gmail.com for the link.

  • Guelph author Josée Gratton launches her new book, What I Wish I Had Known: Advice for a New Teacher, on Sunday March 24, 1:00 Pm to 3:00 PM, at the Karma Yoga Studio.

  • Join the Eden Mills Writers' Festival for its online Winter Book Club series on Wednesday March 27 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, featuring  Dr. Jennifer Grenz. Register here – https://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/medicine-wheel-for-the-planet/.

  • The VWC Poetry Group meets online on Saturday March 30, 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.

  • Join us in person for our VWC Last Sunday Writers' Hang-Out for an informal chance to meet and chat with other authors at Planet Bean on Sunday March 31, at 1:00 PM. All are welcome. See you there!


  • Guelph author Nicholas Ruddock has released a new children's book, This Is a Tiny Fragile Snake, illustrated by Ashley Barron. You can get copies at the Bookshelf.

  • Wellington County author Nicola Ross is helping to host a writers' retreat from May 26 to May 31 at The Lodge at Pine Grove, with instructors: Don Gillmor, Lindy Mechefske, and Nino Ricci. Details here – https://www.frenchriver.com/event/write-on-the-french/.

  • One Thousand Trees has a platform for men to share the stories of their mental health journeys to be included in Moments In Time: Navigating the Mental Health Journey of Men, to be released June 2024. Email lisa@onethousandtrees.com.

  • One Thousand Trees has released Letters From the Club: Wisdom From Mothers Who Grieve and You Are Enough: Ten women, ten adjectives, ten inspirational insights. Both are available at ottbookstore.com.

  • 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.