Think writers are boring? Think again!

For those of you who believe that writers are the stodgy, decrepit members of society who love to hang out in libraries and musty bookstores, drinking tea and smelling of dust all the time – well, hello! Anyone who attended the 2013 Ontario Writers’ Conference at Deer Creek Golf Club in Ajax, Ontario can certainly attest to the opposite.

Patio weather brought out that summer feeling as participants took a break and caught some rays between morning workshops and the plenary session.

And the mood kept soaring as writers emerged from manuscript mentoring sessions and their classes to share, rejoice and connect with others. The spirit even infected our luncheon speaker, Lewis DeSoto, author of Man Booker lost-listed A Blade of Grass and the hot-off-the-press The Restoration Artist.

By afternoon, participants, vendors and workshop facilitators were practically doing high-kicks in their exuberance.


Our own Chef Deb Rankine, venue co-ordinator for the OWC dished up some 5th Anniversary celebratory red-velvet cake with a healthy dollop of sugar to amp-up the atmosphere!

The best student volunteers ever (although we’ve been blessed to say that every year) pitched in to distribute lootbags.

And no party would be complete without everyone succumbing to the MAGIC OF WAYSON! OWC’s honorary patron (Wayson Choy, pictured here with co-chairs Barbara Hunt & Sherry Hinman) encouraged, guided and mesmerized the audience of writers, promising to be back every year to verbally kick their butts into “just doing it!”

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  • It’s through a year of dedicated work by the organizing team for OWC that the successful conference appears effortless. From the 8:00 am meet-and-greet to the closing speakers, guests of OWC (I did not say participants because I feel like a special guest) are treated to a polished day-long program of speakers, workshops, delicious food and CAKE. The renewed energy for writing that I take away with me each year is icing on the cake.

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