The Writers’ Community of Durham Region

The Writers’ Community of Durham Region, affectionately called the WCDR, is a network of writers from all genres and all levels of writing, from creative to technical to business and journalistic writing, supporting each other through in-person meetings and a strong online community. Though we began as an organization centred around Durham Region, the municipality located in the eastern Greater Toronto Area, our membership extends across the province of Ontario and the entire country of Canada. The WCDR welcomes all writing voices dedicated to the improvement of writing craft. The world needs your voice and the WCDR will give you the tools and confidence to share your creations outside of your desk drawer and hard drive.

Welcome to our new site. Check out the help pages on How to Register/Login and on Paying Online for an event.

Members from the old site need to register again to the new site. Your membership will be validated behind the scenes and the status upgraded to an active ‘member.’ It may take two to five business days.

Learn

From our Monthly Network Meetings (MNMs) to our full-day Master Classes, pull up a chair and learn something new and have fun doing it!

Connect

No matter where you are on your writing journey, you have a home at the WCDR. Find inspiration, encouragement, unwavering support and lasting friendships. Connect with us today!

Grow

A writer’s work is never done. Grow your craft and confidence in a supportive and inclusive environment. What you write is your business. Helping you succeed is ours.

Pro Panel: Heather Whaley, James Dewar, Cryssa Bazos


Join us for the WCDR’s Holiday RoundTable where we will celebrate the end of another wonderful year with friends and fellow writers, gifts and surprises. And because WCDR boasts such a unique blend of talent within our membership, instead of bringing a speaker professional in for this, the last meeting of the year, we’re going to pool the collective knowledge of 3 talented members.  Check out the panelists and start jotting down your thoughts and your questions to utilize the knowledge within our ranks. It’s going to be fun.

Cryssa Bazos is an award-winning historical fiction author and 17th-century enthusiast with a particular interest in the English Civil War. James Dewar’s short fiction and poetry have been published in several anthologies and literary journals. Heather Whaley is an orator who is best known as a musical storyteller singer-songwriter for both adults and children.

What’s happening?

There is always something going on at the WCDR. Whether you are looking for networking, classes, advice or just some fun with other writers, the WCDR has an event for you. 

MNMs

Open to anyone

Our Monthly Network Meetings (MNMs) are open to anyone. Join us for a great opportunity to network with other writers while learning about writing. Each month we welcome speakers who can expand our horizons as writers.

MASTER CLASSES

Delve deeper

From time to time, the WCDR invites a speaker to present on a topic in a more comprehensive, in-depth format. These full day Master Classes provide an opportunity to delve deeper into an area of writers’ craft and improve your own writing in the process. Don’t miss the chance to up your writing game!

GRANTS

Scholarship programs

The WCDR runs a granting and scholarship program for its members, partially funded in past years through donations. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact: treasurer@wcdr.ca

Join us!

New members are always welcome, including those who are just starting to explore their interest in writing. Current members include novices, award-winning and published writers and poets, editors, illustrators, songwriters, and storytellers!


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The “write” choice

There is no other organization in the Greater Toronto Area quite like the WCDR. Which other community will offer you opportunities to meet face-to-face with award-winning authors and editors as easily as meeting with fellow writer peers? Still unsure whether you should join the WCDR? If you are a writer, if you commit words to the page, there is always room for you in our community. Contact us about the benefits of WCDR membership and to join us for a Monthly Network Meeting!



NEWSLETTER

Catch the buzz!

What to be in the know? Check the BUZZ. The BUZZ informs our members about events and is published at least monthly or more often when promoting special events. This is the place to find out what is happening in your organization such as our Monthly Meetings (MNMs), Master Classes and other WCDR events as well as conferences and contests. We encourage members to write in with information for us to promote in the BUZZ.


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