VWC Newsletter – October 2022

Here's the October 2022 Vocamus Writers Community Newsletter with your monthly dose of Guelph literary fun.

Take special note that the Book Bash Festival is coming up on Sunday November 6, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, at the Guelph Farmer's Market - https://www.facebook.com/events/417851880227369.

If you're a Wellington County resident who has published a book since covid and who hasn't been contacted to participate, email vocamuswriterscommunity@gmail.com ASAP, so we can add you. Also email us if you'd like to volunteer that day; we'd love to have you. Also also, we'd appreciate it if you'd share the event widely on your social media networks. You can use the poster included with the newsletter.

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


  • Children's Reading Room is hosting Booktoberfest on Saturday, October 1, anytime between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at the Children's Reading Room, 210 Silvercreek Parkway North, located at the back of All Saints Church.

  • Come join Guelph publisher Gordon Hill Press on Saturday October 1, at 3:00 PM, for an online celebration to launch their new audiobooks, including all their poetry titles up until this year.

  • Vocamus Writers Community is holding its annual Fall Retreat at Eramosa Eden Retreat Centre (8178 Indian Trail, Eden Mills) on Sunday, October 2, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. $10. Email glorianye@gmail.com.

  • Join your fellow writers every two weeks for our Social Writing Night on Thursday October 6 & 20, 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.

  • Kira Vermond hosts the 23 Minute Writers’ Club on Fridays until November 4 at 3:00 PM via zoom. Email kira@vermond.ca.

  • Vocamus Writers Community's Second Saturday Writers' Hang-out is on October 8, 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 Vocamus Writers Community Creative Non-Fiction Group will hold its monthly meeting by Zoom on Tuesday October 11, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Email Trish: heyespe@gmail.com or Martina: martina.freitag@gmail.com for the link.

  • The Friends of the Guelph Public Library Annual Book Sale early bird access, Wednesday October 12, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM, at 69 Huron Street. $10 Admission.
  • The Guelph Guild of Storytellers returns live to the Guelph Civic Museum on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 PM, with local tellers, invited guests, and Robert Munsch in attendance to accept his role as Patron of the Guelph Guild of Storytellers.
  • The Friends of the Guelph Public Library Annual Book Sale, Thursday October 13, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM , at 69 Huron Street. Free Admission.

  • Local authors Donna McCaw and Martin Featherston will be reading on Thursday October 13, 7:00 PM, at the Elora Centre for the Arts, with performances by three guest musicians as well.

  • The Friends of the Guelph Public Library Annual Book Sale, Friday October 14, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM , at 69 Huron Street. Free Admission.

  • The Friends of the Guelph Public Library Annual Book Sale, Saturday October 15, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM , at 69 Huron Street. Free Admission.
  • The Friends of the Guelph Public Library Annual Book Sale, Sunday October 16, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM , at 69 Huron Street. Free Admission.

  • Guelph's own Emily Richards launches Best of Bridge: Everyday Celebrations, co-authored by Sylvia Kong, at The Bookshelf on Tuesday October 18, 7:00 PM. Tickets are $15 – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/best-of-bridge-everyday-celebrations-guelph-book-launch-tickets-419004141667.

  • Douglas Cowan will be discussing his book, The Forbidden Body: Sex, Horror and the Religious Imagination, at The Bookshelf cinema on Thursday October 20, followed by a showing of Brian De Palma's classic film, Carrie. Tickets are $10 and available in the Bookstore or at the door.

  • Join the Vocamus Writers Community Poetry Group on Saturday October 29, 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.

  • Guelph publisher Gordon Hill Press celebrates their Fall 2022 Season with readings by Sophie Crocker, Khashayar Mohammadi, and Rhonda Waterfall, on Saturday October 29, at 4:00 PM. The event is free. Register here – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gordon-hill-press-fall-2022-season-online-launch-tickets-423009411537.

  • Our Last Sunday Writers' Hang-Out will be joining the Genre Fiction Group's online meeting to discuss festivals on Sunday October 30, at 2:00 PM. Email vocamusgenregroup@gmail.com for the link.

  • The VWC Genre Fiction Group will meet by zoom on Sunday October 30, 2:00 PM, discussing festivals. Jeremy Luke Hill will be talking about the Vocamus Writers Community's Book Bash Festival. Email vocamusgenregroup@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.