Writers' Circles

Writers' circles operate independently of the Haliburton Highlands Writers' and Editors' Network, and are listed here for your convenience. If you require further information about any of these circles, contact the individual listed. Please note that you do not have to be a member of HHWEN to take part in writers' circles.

Circles provide an opportunity for writers to:

  • share their work
  • test out how it resonates with others
  • receive advice and editing (upon request)
  • share knowledge and resources
  • take part in debates or discussions on usage
  • ask for marketing suggestions
  • enjoy the company of fellow writers

Circles currently consist of published authors, working journalists, published poets, as well as lots of emerging writers. The key element of circles is to show appreciation for each others' work, to educate writers and to motivate members to keep writing.

Poets In the Pub

Time: 3rd Wednesday of each month; 7 p.m.
Place: The Dominion Hotel, Minden
Contact: Pat Brown ~ 705-268-6448 ~

We're a drinking town with a poetry problem! A fun,relaxed evening of sonnets and song with local poets and songwriters. Bring your poems and songs to share, or just come to listen and enjoy the camaraderie and perhaps a glass of wine.

Algonquin Highlands Writers' Circle

Time: Every second Saturday, 9:30am to noon
Place: TBA
Contact: Brenda Peddigrew ~ 705-489-3509 ~ brenda@soulwinds.ca

The Algonquin Highlands Writers' Circle is also known as a Writers' Resonance Circle. The word "resonance" reflects the way we operate. When someone chooses to read, our first response is, "What resonates with me about your writing?" Editorial critique is offered second, and only if asked for. This style encourages and supports writers who are unsure of their work, or even if they should be writing at all.

We also take about a half hour during every meeting for a silent writing time, when something new or old may be worked on right in the room, along with a silent group of writers writing. The quiet allows for new ideas to begin and continued.

All day retreats take place twice a year.
For meeting dates and locations, call Brenda at 489-3509 or Pat Brown at 286-6448.

The Horse Before the Cart

Time: First and Third Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Place: R. D. Lawrence Place, Minden
Contact: Linda Voycey ~ 705-489-3661 ~ lindavoycey@teksavvy.com

Co-ordinated by a trained Toastmaster, meetings have dual aspects:
1. to study briefly some published successes,
2. to use these works as inspiration to create.
Each meeting focuses upon one particular skill, such as story beginning, character, humour, etc. Using these inspirations, the group enjoys a short silent writing time. This is followed by a sharing of the creations.

Visitors are always welcome.

Wilberforce Writers’ Circle

Time: TBA
Place: Wilberforce
Contact: Hilda Clark ~ 705-448-2018 ~ hildaclark@gmail.com

Sessions are informal times of writing, sharing, motivating, and encouraging each other to write. All writers and would-be-writers are welcome. Call Hilda re time and place.

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