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Join the East End Writers’ Group

  • Read your fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama
  • Receive and give constructive criticism
  • Market Information Exchange
  • Networking Break with Snacks

Celebrated out 10th anniversary October 2010. See below.


Teresa Petrie photo



See below Rest of 2015 Dates listing.


East End Writers' Group 10th Anniversary October 2010 roaring success


We read; we ate; we reconnected, and met some new people. But most of all we had fun,especially the eight of us who walked or drove to a nearby pub for more food, drinks and lots of stimulating conversation. Thanks to the 35 to 40 people who came out to our anniversary celebration at S. Walter Stewart Public Library branch in Toronto on October 27, 2010. And a special thanks to our 11 readers who shared their creative writing including novel and novella excerpts, short stories, opinion pieces, personal essays, memoir, and even an interview with a novelist's main character.


Our readers:


John Jansen in De Wal
Yvonne Blackwood
Gail Murray
Tom Taylor
Lai Ping Lee (Apple)
Steve Porter
Mehdi Rizv
John Lyon
Fran Lambert
Shane Joseph
Sharon Crawford

And we did it again, sort of, on ...


Wednesday, October 30, 2013


6.15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

East End Writers' Group Showcase

Presented by and at S. Walter Stewart Library

It was a roaring reading and socializing success Fifty people listened to nine EEWG members read:


Gail Murray

Bonnie Beldan-Thomson

Merle Amodeo


Susan Siddeley with Gail Murray

Claudette Alexander

Jeanne VanBronkhorst


Sharon A. Crawford

Shane Joseph

Andrew Borkowski  (2012 Toronto Book Awards Winner)

And a lively talk and q and a on marketing your book, led by Shane Joseph, the editor at my publisher's Blue Denim Press


The East End Writers’ Group has met monthly in the east end of Toronto, Ontario, Canada since September 2000. The Group presents critique meetings, guest speakers, workshops, e-mail critiques and hard-copy critiques.


Writing Critique Evenings

Meets 7 p.m. to 9.45 p.m. usually the last Wednesday of the month from September to November and January to June, for constructive criticism of short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, poetry, personal essays, articles, etc. You get up to 10 minutes to read, but you can also just listen and give constructive criticism of others’ writing. Bring copies of your story so everyone can have a copy and bring pen and paper to take notes. We also discuss markets and writing techniques, and do “show and sell” for members who have recently published books. Break midway to snack and network. New members welcome. Free. Just bring a wheat-free snack.



7 p.m. to 9.45 p.m. No fee but bring a gluten-free snack or juice for the networking snack break.


New Location:  S. Walter Stewart Public Library auditorium.


170 Memorial Park Avenue, Toronto, Ontario


Time: 7 p.m. to 9.45 p.m.


Information 416-396-3975 (library branch) or Sharon words@samcraw.com


Rest of 2015 Dates


Oct. 28 (15th anniversary presentations, details below), Nov. 25



East End Writers' Group 15th Anniversary Celebration!

Wed. Oct 28, 2015, 6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Location: S. Walter Stewart Toronto Library branch (auditorium), 170 Memorial Park Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Join the East End Writers' Group for its 15th anniversary presentation of poetry, non-fiction and fiction readings, author interviews, and behind-the-scenes look at members published writing. Panel on Indie publishing with  Steven Biggs (gardening writer and speaker) on his unique experiences self-publishing three gardening books and Ellen Michelson (writer/editor) on an editor's baptism by fire in Indie Publishing. Moderated by Sharon A. Crawford. Reception with food and non-alcoholic beverages, meet authors, books available. All welcome.

Reception: 6.15 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Presentations and Panel: 7 p.m. to 9.15 p.m.

Authors presenting:

Non- Fiction:

Claudette Alexander

Lynda Freeman

Ann Elizabeth Carson

Susan Siddeley interviewed by Gail Murray


Norman Allan

Jeremy Vernelli


Sophia Johnson

Sharon A. Crawford

Nick Nanos

Panel on Indie Publishing:

Steven Biggs (gardening writer and speaker) on his unique experiences self-publishing three gardening books and Ellen Michelson, (writer and editor) on an editor's baptism by fire in Indie Publishing. Moderator: Sharon A. Crawford

Afterwards to closing:

More mingling, eating, book buying, etc.

For information please call the library at 416-396-3975 or email Sharon Crawford at words@samcraw.com


More Information on East End Writers' Group

Some Wednesday evening meetings feature guest speakers before the break. Past guest speakers include: Michael Carroll, former Publisher with Dundurn Press;  Paul Sanderson, poet and photographer; Tina Tsallas, literary agent; Rosemary Aubert, mystery novelist and workshop instructor; Cynthia Gould, performance poet; Shane Joseph, Blue Denim Press, Stacey May Fowles from Descant Magazine, Andrew Borkowsk -winner of the 2012 Toronto Book Award for Copernicus Avenue, Steven Biggs - co-author of No Guff Vegetable Gardening, Mark Battenberg - poet and guitarist, Nate Hendley - true crime writer and journalist, and Sharon A. Crawford - author of the Beyond mystery series (among other things).


One-day Saturday Workshops

Held in the spring and early fall and sometimes in the middle of winter. Workshops run between 9.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. We've had workshops on Writing Novels, Fictional Character Development, Interviewing Techniques, Finding Story Ideas and Querying Publication Editors, Creativity, Marketing, How to Get Published, Crafting the Short Story, Memoir Writing, and How to be Your Own Editor and Create a Better Story. Fee depends on instructor's fee.


Upcoming 2015 workshops see Workshops

For more information on the East End Writers' Group contact:


Sharon Crawford