VWC Newsletter – October 2021

It's October, and our Fall Retreat is coming up this month! If you haven't signed up already, check out the info below and get on it.

You should also note that our Last Sunday Writers' Hang-Out will be online this month.

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


  • Guelph publisher Gordon Hill Press launches their Fall 2021 season on Sunday October 3 at 2:00 PM, featuring MLA Chernoff, Kevin Heslop, and Aaron Schneider. Details and registration through Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gordon-hill-press-spring-2021-launch-tickets-170085806225

  • The Vocamus Writers Community Genre Fiction Group will meet online via Zoom on Sunday October 3, 2:00 PM. A Book Brush member will be discussing fun marketing tips, explaining their services, and giving advice on creating eye-catching book covers. Email vocamusgenregroup@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.

  • Writing Room begins again on Monday September 13. It's a quiet co-writing time, is on Monday mornings from 9:00 AM to noon at the Guelph Little Theatre. Attendance is limited. Details here – https://vocamus.net/community/events/2021/09/writing-room.

  • The Eden Mills Writers' Festival is hosting an online panel featuring Omar El Akkad (What Strange Paradise), Jael Richardson (Gutter Child), Nicholas Ruddock (Last Hummingbird West of Chile), and Kim Thúy (Em), on Thursday October 7 at 8:00 PM. You can get more information and register here – https://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/the-writing-life/.

  • Vocamus Writers Community's Second Saturday writers' hang-out is on Saturday September 11, 7:00 PM, at Fixed Gear Brewing. It's a casual and unstructured chance to meet with other writers, have a drink, and chat about what you're reading and writing.

  • Our annual Fall Retreat is also back, at Eramosa Eden Retreat Centre (8178 Indian Trail, Eden Mills) on Sunday, October 17, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Registration is $20. BYO lunch. Register at glorianye@gmail.com. More info here – https://vocamus.net/community/events/2021/10/vwc-fall-retreat-2021.

  • Guelph author Aaron Blair is launching his new novel, Mystic of the Midway, on Sunday October 17 at 2:00 PM. You can get more information and register here – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mystic-of-the-midway-virtual-book-launch-tickets-179566166237.

  • The Guelph Public Library is hosting a live online event with Guelph author Nicholas Ruddock about his new novel, The Last Hummingbird West of Chile, on Thursday October 21, at 7:00 PM. You can find more information and register here – https://guelphpl.libnet.info/event/5608778.

  • Guelph author Jeremy Luke Hill is launching his new chapbook, Ordinary Eternal Machinery (845 Press),  at an open-house, drop-in, come-and-go, celebrationon Sunday October 24. You can find more information on the event page here – https://www.facebook.com/events/872613963632833.

  • The Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents, Emerge! a Guelph Creative Writing MFA Showcase on Thursday October 28 at 8:00 PM. You can go here for more information and to register – https://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/guelph-creative-writing-mfa-showcase/.

  • We've decided to try making our Last Sunday Writers' Hang-Out a virtual event. The meeting will be held through zoom at its regular time, on Sunday October 31, at 1:00 PM. If you'd like to join, email vocamuswriterscommunity@gmail.com for the link.


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.