I hate getting up early on a Saturday morning but, once a month, at 9am, the Writers and Editors Network meets for breakfast in an old Etobicoke restaurant at Six Points Plaza. I’ve been going to these breakfasts for the past several months and it’s starting to pay off.
Let me back up. Before the breakfast in question, I happened upon an ad for a writing workshop at the tiny Humber Bay branch of the Toronto Public Library and decided to go. I’d never been to this tiny branch (according to the description on the TPL site, it seats eleven. Eleven!) and I was happy to see that several other people had shown up for the event.
Out presenter and facilitator, Anubha Mehta, was excellent and, afterwards, there was some discussion about more workshops at the branch in the new year. Anubha expressed interest in also starting up a writer’s group and there was great excitement.
One of the woman who showed up, Heather, mentioned that she was a member of the Writers and Editors Network and we agreed to chat more at the next breakfast.
So, despite the slush and snow and the early morning, I dutifully rose, showered, dressed, and made my way to the Canadiana. I’m so glad that I did.
The speaker(s) was a collective of thirteen mystery writers, all women, who go by the name of The Mesdames of Mayhem. They write novels and short stories, teach writing through various venues, and also publish an anthology of short stories for which they are currently accepting submissions. I don’t focus on mystery writing but it might be fun to try my hand at it.
For more information on what they spoke about during their visit, WEN has posted a good synopsis.
The Mesdames are an example of a good writers’ group. They have been together for many years, supporting and pushing each other along through the tough times and celebrating each other’s successes. It’s a love story.
This is my dream – to form a fiction writing group of like minded writers who are serious about writing and aren’t afraid of critique.
Heather introduced me to another writer/editor from WEN living in the Mimico area (Barb) who is also interested in creating a group in January, after the obligations of Christmas have passed.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to put this thing together and find a few more writers in the area to join in.
I’m excited. Having the possibility of group starting up in January has already provided me to with a deadline for firming up my latest novel synopsis and spitting out a new draft in preparation for readings.
Are you a fiction writer in the Mimico area interested in forming a writing group? If so, let me know in the comments.