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Celebrate the Short Story! Jessica Westhead at the November WCDR Breakfast

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Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 8:30am


Ajax Convention Centre
550 Beck Crescent
Ajax, ON
L1Z 1C9


On Saturday November 12th at the regular breakfast meeting of The Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR) author Jessica Westhead will speak about her writing path and process, and her publishing experience as a short story writer. Her love for this literary form led her to found YOSS along with other writers and short story fans. Her short story collection, And Also Sharks, was published by Cormorant Books in spring 2011. One of these stories has been selected for the 2011 Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize anthology.

The meeting will be held at the Ajax Convention Centre on Beck Crescent (south of Highway 2, off Chambers Drive, which is just off Salem Road). The meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Registration fees include a gourmet breakfast.

Fees are $20.00 for members who pre-pay, or $25.00 at the door. The non-member rate is $25.00 and MUST be pre-paid.
Pre-registration is required – deadline for registering is 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov 9th.

Register online at, by phone at 905-686-0211 or by email at

After the meeting, for an extra fee of $10 per person, breakfast attendees can take part in a mini workshop titled “Yes I Will, No I Won’t: An Overview of Publishing Contracts and Copyright Law.” Facilitated by WCDR president James Dewar, the workshop will focus on reviewing the common elements of publishing contracts and explain what they mean. At the WCDR monthly breakfast meetings, experienced and aspiring writers gather, learn and connect.

Jessica Westhead grew up in Whitby, and now lives in Toronto. Her fiction has appeared in major literary journals in Canada and the U.S., including Geist, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Matrix, and Indiana Review. She was shortlisted for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards, and her first novel, Pulpy & Midge (2007, Coach House Books), was nominated for the ReLit Award.


Ajax Convention Centre
550 Beck Crescent
Ajax, ON L1Z 1C9 43° 51' 26.28" N, 79° 0' 45" W

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