First Wellington County Writers Competition attracts wordsmiths, readers collectively

ABOYNE – The inaugural Wellington County Writers Competition launched right here on April 23 was a success with writers and readers alike.

A complete of 45 authors and e book distributors had been available for the occasion, which featured readings and storytelling periods from 20 authors, on the Wellington County Museum and Archives (WCMA).

Competition chair and WCMA archivist Karen Wagner stated the occasion was “nicely acquired,” with about 345 members of the general public attending.

“Members and attendees alike have tell us it was  ‘fabulous’ and  ‘nicely organized,’” stated Wagner.

“Many contributors have stated they’re wanting ahead to subsequent 12 months.”

Dwell music, meals, youngsters’s tales and puppet exhibits had been additionally a part of the enjoyable.

Stephanie Strains-Toohill of Elora was among the many presenters on the competition.


“I feel it’s incredible,” stated Drayton creator Glynis Belec. 

“It’s an important alternative to community with authors …. We’re simply having an opportunity to satisfy our readership and to change a little bit bit of data and be taught a little bit bit concerning the craft of writing.”

Shayne Coffin, a Harriston resident who has written and self-published 5 books of poetry over the previous 5 years, stated, “I feel it’s a beautiful concept. It actually brings out an entire completely different group of individuals they usually come collectively to rejoice artwork and simply the artistic course of.”

Coffin, who was raised in Guelph and lived for a time in Fergus, stated he discovered the competition had some “fairly busy durations” and “a very good rotation of individuals” passing via.

Celtic poet James Lafferty of Guelph was additionally impressed with the occasion.

“I’m delighted to be right here. I feel it’s an important venue for what we do. Being a author is a really solitary place,”he identified.

Poet Shane Coffin of Harriston on the Wellington County Writers Competition.


The Wellington County Library is planning a sequence of Writers Competition occasions via Might and June, together with:

  • youngsters’s publishing panel on Might 7;
  • memoir writing panel on Might 12;
  • writing for younger adults panel on Might 19;
  • literature on the library panel on Might 26:
  • the Drew Home of Elora with Elysia DeLaurentis on June 2;
  • Dying as a Life’s Work with Marion Roes on the Drayton Library on June 6;
  • a day of storytelling with James S. Gordon on the Puslinch Library on June 14; and
  • self-publishing workshop with Pat Mestern and Barbara Lustgarten-Evoy on the Elora Library on June 16.

The closing occasion and summer season studying membership launch will likely be held on the Hillsburgh Library on June 25. 

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