Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Sudbury Writers’ Guild

The goal of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild is to assist writers in all stages of their careers. We offer networking, critiques of each other’s work, and enlist guest speakers to share their expertise and experience. Our most recent guest, Mark Leslie Lefebvre — author and Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations at Kobo — gave a seminar on e-publishing in November 2013. 

We support members and newcomers alike, promote northern Ontario writers, and host writing workshops, such as Brian Henry’s “How to Make Your Stories Dramatic” workshop on March 22, 2014. (Details 

Our monthly newsletter, Sharpen Your Quill, delivers information on contests and
useful links as well as contributions about writing by our members and the newsletter editor.

The Guild meets the last Thursday of every month from September to May,
with social evenings in both December and June. Meetings are held from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Parkside Centre at the YMCA, 140 Durham Street, Sudbury, Ontario. Doors open at 6:00 to allow for socializing and networking. Modest membership fees pay for the room rental and the Guild website at  

In 2002 the Guild partnered with the Canadian Authors Association (CAA) to bring Northern Ink, the CAA National Writing Conference, to Sudbury. In recent years members have been active in numerous other events, including:

·         The 10th Annual Manitoulin Writers' Retreat where members both hosted and participated in writing workshops.
·         The Northern Lights Festival Boreal where we talked to the public about writing events around the region and what the Guild has to offer.
·         The Arts, Berries and Jazz Festival in Espanola where seven Guild members partnered with seven members of the La Cloche Artists group for a FUSION project.
·         Various literary readings, including the monthly Fiction and Poetry Readings and Open Mic at the Greater Sudbury Public Library, Main Branch.
·         The inaugural Wordstock Literary Festival in Sudbury in 2013, where word artists of all kinds gathered to workshop and perform.

See Brian Henry’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Algoma, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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