Workshop: Work with Ann Douglas to Get That Book Out of Your Head

Now available online:

Workshop: Ann Douglas presents “Get That Book Out of Your Head: A Workshop for Authors-to-Be” in Peterborough. Get that book out of your head and on its way to publication by working one-on-one with published author Ann Douglas via email, private message board, Skype, telephone, and/or in-person sessions (whichever options seem like the best fit for you). Workshop commitments are renewed on a month-to-month basis, with both the instructor and the student agreeing to a workplan for the upcoming month. No ongoing commitment required: enroll for one month, two months, three months (your choice). Workshop fee is $299 per month plus applicable taxes.


Dromoland Indie Authors Festival

Dromoland Orchard & Stables is hosting an Indie Authors Festival.AUGUST 27 & 28 , 2016


Dromoland Orchard & Stables

598 Elm Tree Road

Little Britain, Ontario



AUGUST 27 , 2016   9-5 pm

AUGUST 28 , 2016  10-4 pm


BOOK YOUR SPOT TODAY for this two day Fabulous Festival.  Present and promote your Book(s) to Readers at your Booth, Readings and Signings. Network with fellow Writers, Book Clubs and Media.

A Table /Chair & Lunch Provided.

Only $ 99.00 per Vendor.

Call 1-800-979-2913


Email :

For more information, visit their website at

Social Gathering

Thursday, December 36_30pmBoiling Over Coffee Vault-2Mark your calendars. We will meet at Boiling Over Coffee Vault on Thursday December 3 at 6:30 pm until whenever.

Writing is much too solitary, even for introverts like us. Hot beverages help to fill awkward pauses in conversation. 🙂

We can talk about the anthology, what you’re writing and where you’re at on your publishing journey. Get some motivation and inspiration by having a cup of cheer with fellow writers.

[Workshop] Memoir Writing with Ruth Waring [Lindsay]

The Kawartha Lakes Public Library is pleased to present a Memoir Writing Workshop with Ruth Waring on Tuesday, October 22 at 1 – 3 pm in the Meeting Room at the Lindsay branch.

waring ruthAbout Ruth Waring: Currently living in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, Ruth is married to Doug, her high school sweetheart! She is the mother of three adult children and Nana to three grandchildren. She lived her primary years in the hub of Toronto where the world of writing entered her life. The question of Why I Want a Dog at a Canadian National Exhibition contest was duly answered and chosen from among 15,000 letters. An English cocker spaniel puppy, dubbed Susie, entered Ruth’s life and her love for dogs began.

Visit her website:

Writers, have you subscribed to Brian Henry’s newsletter?

QBF cakeI highly recommend getting your name added to Brian Henry’s newsletter email list. Here’s a sample of what you will find:

Writing Markets and Contests

Quirk Books free “Looking for Love” novel contest with $10,000 prize and publication … more

The Alice Munro Short Story Contest wants your entry, and the Malahat Review is accepting regular submissions and submissions for nonfiction contest … more

Room, Vallum, Passion, and Dream Quest: Calls for submissions and contests … more

Reviews wanted of plays, movies, restaurants and, especially books … more

A free short story contest and a contest for short stories, plays and poetry … more

More writing contests here:
More markets for short pieces here:
More book publishers here:

Sign up for the list here

Brian Henry is coming to Peterborough on July 21. Have you registered for his workshop yet? Details here.

Lakefield Literary Festival – July 12 – 14 [Lakefield]

The Lakefield Literary Festival celebrates its rich literary heritage each July on the weekend closest to Margaret Laurence’s birthday, and showcases many current Canadian authors. The festival was created to celebrate the work of Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and Margaret Laurence, among others, all of whom lived and wrote in Lakefield.


Saturday July 13
9:30 am Cenotaph Park.

Admission: Free to all. Donations are appreciated.
We are excited to bring together the award-winning creators of the Stanley picture books and the Good Times Travel Agency series, author Linda Bailey and illustrator, Bill Slavin. Linda will also tell the story Toads on Toast, her newest picture book. Bill’s love of comics shines through in his graphic novel series, Elephants Never Forget. He is pleased to present the latest book in the series. Bill’s partner in life and work, Esperança Melo is the designer of this year’s Festival T-shirts. Her newest books include Mr. Dash and the Cupcake Calamity and Jojo the Giant, nominated for the 2013 Blue Spruce Award.

2:30pm Bryan Jones Theatre, Lakefield College School

Admission: $20.00
Join host and Trent University teacher, Lewis MacLeod, as we greet a giant in the Canadian publishing world, Douglas Gibson and many famous Canadian authors. The one-man show based on his most recent book, Stories About Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and Others, consists of Douglas telling stories about the authors he got to know well in the course of his amazing career as their Editor and Publisher. Each of the 21 authors he discusses at length appears on a central screen behind him in a lively caricature specially created by the mischievous Tony Jenkins of The Globe and Mail. Over 40 versions of the unique show have been given in eight provinces across Canada since October 2011 producing reactions such as “hilarious”, “moving” and “entertaining and informative.” This presentation could only come from someone who has had a long and fascinating career working behind the scenes with some of the most memorable literary men and women of our era.

And more events scheduled!
Purchase tickets on-line or by mail. See website for details.

Summer at the Library! Get ready and GO!

Besides heading to the library for the air conditioning and free Wi-Fi (in Lindsay, Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls), sign up for some fun programs!

Children’s Programs

Travelling Tots – Tuesdays @ 10:30 am [Lindsay]
Start your day with stories, songs, crafts and fun! No registration required.

Crafts To Go – Thursdays @ 2:00 pm [Lindsay]
Children age 7 and up will enjoy a different craft each week. Table space is limited. Advance registration is required.

On The Go – Fridays @ 10:30 am – July 5, 19 and August 2, 16, 23 [Lindsay]
Join us for stories, activities and crafts based on the TD Summer Reading Club theme “GO”. No registration required.

French Storytime – Fridays @ 10:30 am – July 12, 26 and August 9, 30 [Lindsay]
Enjoy stories, songs, activities and crafts. Table space is limited. Advance registration is required.

join the clubTD Summer Reading Club – “GO!”
Children wil receive an activity booklet, library passport, and book bag. Record your summer reading in the passport and get stickers! Children can also have their library passport stamped when they visit libraries within Kawartha Lakes. Completed passports will be entered into the summer draw for prizes. Stop in any library branch to register and GO!

Cyber Camp for Kids
Children aged 6 – 13 will make a greeting card or interactive Powerpoint presentation. Computer space is limited. Advance registration required.
Tuesday July 16 [Kirkfield]
Wednesday July 17 [Carden]
Wednesday July 17 [Dalton]
Thursday July 18 [Omemee]
Friday July 19 [Fenelon Falls]
Monday July 22 [Little Britain]
Tuesday July 23 [Oakwood]
Friday July 26 [Woodville]
Tuesday July 30 [Norland]
Wednesday July 31 [Downeyville]
Thursday August 1 [Bethany]
Tuesday August 6 [Kinmount]
Thursday August 8 [Burnt River]
Tuesday August 13 [Coboconk]
Wednesday August 14 [Cambray]

Lots of Activities!

Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary
Wednesday July 24 @ 2 pm [Lindsay]
Thursday July 25 @ 3 pm [Coboconk]
Wednesday August 7 @ 2 pm [Bobcaygeon]
Monday August 12 @ 3 pm [Woodville]

Sciensational Snakes!
Wednesday August 7 @ 11 am [Lindsay]
Wednesday August 7 @ 2 pm [Fenelon Falls]

Mrs. Twist, Balloonologist
Tuesday July 23 @ 1 pm [Bethany]
Thursday July 25 @ 2 pm [Kirkfield]
Monday July 29 @ 11 am [Omemee]
Wednesday July 31 @ 2 pm [Lindsay]

Pirate Pete & Crew’s Magical Journey
Wednesday August 28 @ 2 pm [Lindsay]

And lots more! So drop by any library branch and get a calendar of events.
Visit the library’s website for more information.
Or call Children’s Services 705-324-9411 ext 1332

There’s Still Time to Register for the CanWrite! Conference – June 13-16 [Orillia]


The Canadian Authors Association’s annual CanWrite! conference is for aspiring, emerging and accomplished writers. We are once again incorporating a retreat element into our conference, but with a bit of a twist. Regular workshops and master classes are offered in the afternoons, and you have a selection of options for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings — an à la carte menu to make sure this writers’ conference meets your current needs.


  • Moderated expressive writing circles
  • Special interest sessions (eg. creativity jump start, writers’ guide to social media)
  • Pitch sessions with publishing professionals


  • Optional retreat mornings – personal writing, social or ‘me’ time
  • Selection of half-day afternoon workshops on writing and master classes for published and mid-career authors
  • Book fair and author signings
  • Panel discussions on timely issues in the publishing industry
  • Exhibits by professionals offering specialized services to writers
  • Open mike readings
  • 2013 CAA Literary Awards
  • CAA Annual General Meeting

Stay tuned for more information, options and details to come.

  • Date: June 13–16, 2013
  • Location: Lakehead University, Orillia Campus, Orillia ON

For further information, contact Courtney or Noelle at or call our national office at 1 866 216 6222.

Cat Sass Literary Night including Leah Bobet – June 15 [Norwood]

Cat Sass is hosting another literary night on Saturday June 15th from 5-7 pm with three wonderful writers! There may be a surprise fourth guest so stay tuned! Cat Sass is in Norwood at 4255 Hwy 7, (705) 639-5494. This event is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Leah Bobet is the author of Above, a young adult urban fantasy novel. She is the editor and publisher of Ideomancer Speculative Fiction, a resident editor at the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, and a contributor to speculative web serial Shadow Unit.
Her short fiction has been reprinted in several Year’s Best anthologies; Further short work appears in the anthologies Witches: Wicked, Wild and Wonderful; Chilling Tales; Clockwork Phoenix; The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy; and TEL: Stories. She is a frequent contributor to On Spec, Realms of Fantasy, and Strange Horizons. Her poetry has been nominated for the Rhysling and Pushcart Prizes, and she is the recipient of the 2003 Lydia Langstaff Memorial Prize. Visit her at:

Shane Joseph is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers where he studied under Giller Prize and Canadian Governor General’s Award winning author David Adams Richards. Redemption in Paradise, his first novel, was published in 2004. Fringe Dwellers, his first collection of short stories, was released in 2008, and is now in its second edition. Shane’s third work of fiction, After the Flood, a dystopian novel of hope, was released in 2009 and won the Canadian Christian Writing Awards best novel in the futuristic/fantasy category in 2010. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies internationally. His blog is widely syndicated. His latest novel, The Ulysses Man, was released in 2011.

Wes Ryan is a multi-faceted artist with a penchant for combining spoken-word and dance into genre-mashing performances confronting mediocrity. The current Peterborough slam-poetry champ, he has represented Peterborough at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam and a national team member for three years. Since suffering a brain injury in 2007, Wes has performed shows about living on social margins and facilitated workshops encouraging youth to find empowerment by sharing their narratives. Currently studying Social Service Work at Fleming College, he is also a member of the Centre for Gender and Social Justice and the Peterborough Poetry Collective.