VWC Newsletter – Septembert 2023

Here's the September 2023 Vocamus Writers Community Newsletter, and there's so much going on we can hardly fit it all in.

Take special note of the Eden Mills Writers' Festival on the 10th, the Guelph Comic Jam on the 16th, the Friends of the Library Book Sale from the 20th to the 24th, and our Fall Writers' Retreat on Sunday September 24. And that's just scratching the surface.

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


  • The Guelph Storyteller's Guild finishes up its summer Tea 'N' Tales series on Friday September 1 & 8, from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, at the Guelph Enabling Garden in Riverside Park – https://vocamus.net/community/events/2023/07/tea-n-tales.

  • Guelph Spoken Word presents the Off the Page Open Mic on Tuesday September 5, 7:30 PM, at Wellington Brewery – https://www.facebook.com/events/932946311150315/932946324483647/.

  • The Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents an online workshop by Francine Cunningham on Finding Your Inspiration and Point of View, Friday September 8, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM ET – https://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/finding-your-inspiration-and-point-of-view/.
  • The Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents an online workshop by Terry Fallis, "Make ‘em laugh: Humour in Writing", Saturday September 9, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM ET – https://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/make-em-laugh/.

  • The Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents an online workshop by Gail Anderson-Dargatz, "Pantser or Planner? Approaches to Plotting Your Novel", Saturday September 9, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET – https://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/pantser-or-planner/.
  • The Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents an online workshop by Sarah Everett, "Perfecting the Young Adult or Middle-Grade Voice", Saturday September 9, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM ET – https://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/discovering-your-inner-child/.

  • Vocamus Writers Community's Second Saturday Writers' Hang-out is on September 9, 7:00 PM at Atmosphere Cafe on Carden Street. It's a casual chance to meet with other writers. All are welcome.
  • The Eden Mills Writers' Festival is on Sunday September 10, Noon to 6:00 PM, in the lovely town of Eden Mills, including local authors James Gordon, Barbara Kyle, Marianne Micros, and Jean Mills  – https://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/.

  • The Guelph Guild of Storytellers is at the Guelph Civic Museum on Thursday September 14 at 7:00 PM. Local tellers and invited guests will tell stories, followed by a short open mic.The event is free, but donations are accepted.

  • The Dragon comic shop is hosting its annual free Guelph Comics Jam on Saturday September 16, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, in the Old Quebec Street Shoppes. The event features lots of comic writers and artists, including VWC members Chris Sangan, and David J. Knight – https://guelphcomiccon.com/.

  • Guelph author Melinda Burns offers a six week Fall Writers Group from September 20 to October 31.The cost is $70 +HST. Contact Melinda at mbeburns@sympatico.ca.

  • The 15th Annual Friends of the GPL Book Sale is September 20-24 at 69 Huron Street, with everything from children’s items, to adult fiction and non-fiction, and media galore – https://fgpl.ca/book-sale-2023/.

  • Our annual Fall Writers' Retreat at Eramosa Eden on Sunday September 24, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at 178 Indian Trail, Township Of Guelph/Eramosa. $25. Bring your own lunch – https://vocamus.net/community/events/2023/09/vwc-fall-writers-retreat.

  • Our Last Sunday Writers' Hang-Out is CANCELLED for August because of our Fall Writers' Retreat.

  • As part of Culture Days, Donna Mccaw will be doing storytelling at the Elora Public Library on September 26 and 27, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The first day is Canadian stories and the second is an interactive story called Ivan and Baba Yaga. The event is pay what you can.

  • Rhiane Heslop will be holding a signing for her new contemporary romance novel, All We Have Is Today, at Indigo Books in Stone Road Mall on September 30 from 10:00 am to 1:00 PM.

  • Join the VWC Poetry Group on Saturday September 30, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM. For July, they're meeting under the gazebo at 130 Dublin Street North. Email vocamuswriterscommunity@gmail.com.


  • VWC is pleased to welcome two new members – Elianna Wylie and Rhiane Heslop. You can learn more about them on their member profile pages.

  • Guelph publisher One Thousand Trees has released some new titles: 21 Cups, by Jenna Dakin, Like Ripples in a Pond, by Karen Destun, Monty and Me ... Become Good Friends by Brenda Sullivan, and My Unique Brother, by Carrie Cunningham – https://www.ottbookstore.com/.

  • Guelph author Barbara Kyle has released a book trailer for her new novel, The Deadly Tradehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_9wVRQl4-c.

  • Guelph author Nikki Everts is offering an early bird discount on her upcoming Writing Your Life workshop, if you register by Sep 20 – https://vocamus.net/community/events/2023/10/nikki-everts-workshop-writing-your-life.

  • One Thousand Trees is calling for stories for three separate anthologies on the following topics: 1. Mental health; 2. How horses have helped on your healing journey; 3. LGTBQ+. Email Lisa Browning at lisa@onethousandtrees.com for details.

  • 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.

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