Breakfast with the WCDR
Quite some time ago, I was invited to address a breakfast meeting of the The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region (WCDR). I’ve thoroughly enjoyed virtually all of the 50 or 60 talks/readings/signings I’ve done since the Leacock shock some 19 months ago, but I particularly look forward to speaking to groups of writers. Yesterday in Whitby with the WCDR was just such an occasion.
Over 120 writers came to breakfast at 8:30 on a Saturday morning. As I said in the opening of my talk, I was feeling quite chuffed at the turnout, but after tasting the amazing croissants served, I quickly recognized what had drawn such a large early morning crowd. It was wonderful to be in the midst of such passionate and dedicated writers. I’m still learning to wear the “writer” label but I certainly felt a kinship with the members of the WCDR. What a rich and supportive community they’ve created. There is so much going on in this group, from poetry circles and writing workshops, to book club readings and a scholarship/grants program. I was blown away by what this organization has achieved.
I had a great time and my talk seemed to go well, even though I yakked over my time limit. My thanks to Ruth Walker and Sue Reynolds for the invitation, not to mention the support of Shelley Macbeth of Blue Heron Books. I’m thrilled to be running a workshop at the Ontario Writers’ Conference in May (an annual event initially organized by WCDR) and look forward to reconnecting then with the many writers I met yesterday. Thanks everyone and keep writing…