Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Lisha Van Nieuwenhove is our speaker on May 7

We are looking forward to Lisha Van Nieuwenhove, Publisher/Editor of the The Uxbridge Cosmos, joining us on May 7!

Lisha grew up in Uxbridge, pursued a degree in journalism at university in Ottawa, lived abroad in Switzerland for seven years, and finally moved back to Uxbridge.

Lisha worked for many years as a freelance writer and editor (among lots of other things) and is now the owner/publisher/editor of our great, community-based newspaper, The Uxbridge Cosmos

Lisha calls Uxbridge home and says she enjoys raising her family here, and being involved in many facets of community life.

Lisha's love for the written word and her love for Uxbridge made a perfect combination when the opportunity presented itself to take on The Uxbridge Cosmos. The newspaper first appeared in September 2005, and began as a "locally owned, locally created, locally written publication" that is "best able to tell the story of our community"  (excerpt from: "Our Two Cents" editorial on September 1, 2005). That statement still resonates with Lisha's team each week as they assemble the publication for readers' enjoyment.

Lisha says that Uxbridge is a picturesque and diverse township that offers many different opportunities and experiences to those who live and visit here. "As a newspaper which shares the news, stories, and events that are unfolding within our township, we hope to not only inform our readers, but also to reflect upon, encourage and strengthen our sense of community".

We members of the Uxbridge Writers' Circle are fortunate that Lisha is willing to share some of her knowledge and experience with us on May 7!

Friday, 15 February 2019

Coming on March 5: Author, Editor and Writing Coach, Ruth E. Walker

Members of the Uxbridge Writers' Circle are excited that Ruth E. Walker will be the guest speaker at our meeting in March.
The first work Ruth E. Walker ever submitted won Canadian Living magazine's 1996 story contest.
Since then, her fiction, nonfiction and poetry have won prizes and appeared in magazines and journals in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. including Prairie Fire, Geist, Contemporary Verse 2, Utne Reader Online, Rain Dog, Chapman and River King Poetry. 
Her plays have been produced in regional theatres (Whitby Court House Theatre, Stone Circle Theatre, Rural Rogues), and she has read her poetry at festivals, on radio and on a floating dock in Haliburton County. Ruth has travelled as far north as Moose River to offer workshops and as far south as Virginia for book club appearances.
Ruth's novel, LIVING UNDERGROUND, was published by Seraphim Editions and is in second printing. She is an editor, writing coach and partner in Writescape, offering workshops and retreats for writers at all levels.
We are looking forward to welcoming Ruth!

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Ted Barris Coming on February 5!

We are thrilled that Ted Barris,, author of Dam Busters (and many other award-winning non-fiction books) is joining the Uxbridge Writers' Circle on February 5. We are fortunate that Ted is willing to share some of  his experience and secrets to his success with a few of his fellow-writers in Uxbridge. His enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to excellence in both his research and his writing are an inspiration to us!
Ted has been working hard to promote Dam Busters across Canada. We're looking forward to hearing all about it. Promotion is one of the biggest challenges for writers.
It will be a great meeting!

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Next Meeting December 4!

The next meeting of the Uxbridge Writers' Circle will be on Tuesday, December 4 at 1pm in the Uxbridge Arena.
We will be sharing some of our writing, including a piece using words selected by members last month: telegraph; growth; lasso; banner; witchcraft; birch; belt. The piece can be a short story, memoir, poem, lyrics, non-fiction or in any other format.
We will be holding a ten-minute on-the-spot writing challenge as well.
Vicky will provide a debriefing on her book launch which was held at Blue Heron on October 13 and received rave reviews. Vicky thanks all those who helped to make it a success.
The dates of meetings in 2019 are posted on the page "Dates of Meetings".
Meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month, but in January 2019 it will be held on the 8th.
Hope to see you on December 4!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Books Galore Supports Writers' Circle Member

Vicky Earle, member of the Uxbridge Writers' Circle and author, is thrilled that her two novels in the Meg Sheppard Mystery Series are now available at Books Galore.
This is a great book store and Vicky recommends that readers check it out!
Books Galore
"Bill Minors is supporting new authors in the community," Earle says, "and I'm appreciative of the opportunity to have my books available in Bill's wonderful book store. There's something for everyone!"

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Doug Owen from DAOwen Publications will be our Guest in November!

We are excited that Doug Owen will be joining us at our next meeting!
 According to the website

I Animal"DAOwen Publications is a small press publishing company operating out of Goodwood, Ontario. We are a Canadian publisher that believes in bringing fantastic works of authors both know and unknown. 

Our process is simple, find amazing, well written manuscripts, edit them until they are perfect, and release them to the public. Authors receive as much support as possible along with information on how to help us market the work in order to reach the largest market possible.

We publish between eight and twelve books yearly and always enjoy receive any of our author's next novel, as several of them have done to this date.

Publications are available in both eBook and print. eBooks can be purchased from Amazon, or downloaded at your local library. Print books are distributed world wide and available through any retailer or online bookstore. We believe the author's voice is the most important part of our publications. That is why we work tirelessly with writers to bring out the story that will captivate you, the reader. From draft to final edited product, each story is polished to an amazing final product with the reader in mind. Nothing is complete until two editors have approved the final print."

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Doug will be with us for the first half of the meeting, from 1pm until 2pm at the Uxbridge Arena on Tuesday, November 6.
The meeting promisses to be an informative and interesting one! See you there.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Writers' Circle Member Holds Successful Book Launch!

I owe a big "thank you" to members of the Uxbridge Writers' Circle for providing me with encouragement and support along the way as I wrote and published my books.
It was exciting to launch my second book in the Meg Sheppard Mystery Series, Over Frank's Dead Body, at Blue Heron Books on October 13.
I also had the first book, What Happened to Frank?, for sale.
Several members of the Writers' Circle were able to attend and show their support, which I appreciated.
Blue Heron Books provided guidance and assistance which contributed to the success of the event.
The books will be available on-line from Blue Heron Books (they are available in the store now), and will on sale as e-books. I will keep you posted!
My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who attended the event and gave me encouragement along the way. Now I must focus on book three!