Vaughan Writers’ Series

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The Vaughan Writers’ Series kicked off on Saturday, April 22, 2017 with a bang. Noted children’s author Richard Scrimger spoke about how to write great stories and dropped a few spoilers concerning some of his novels. Richard’s workshop was followed by talks from five Vaughan Writers’ Club  members, a question and answer session and panel discussion, and presentation from The Canadian Author’s Association.

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Children’s author Richard Scrimger

Richard demonstrated (with volunteers from the audience) how the three basic elements of storytelling–character, conflict, and plot–work in the story-crafting process. Having a likable protagonist is not enough to craft a memorable story. Your protagonist must get into trouble. He suggested that a character who will help your protagonist out of trouble is important, but the story will be better if your “helper” only serves to get your character into further trouble, rather than solve the problem for him/her. He explained his inspiration to write Lucky Jonah and Ink Me, and how the first was plot-driven (boy finds a magical camera), and the second was character-driven (based on a character Richard knew and identified with). Richard’s presentation was humorous, entertaining, and fascinating. It incredible to hear how a professionally published author got his start and continues to thrive in the business.

Elise Abram


Elise and her book.

Entitled “From the Known to the Unknown”, Elise spoke of the inspiration behind her soon to be published novel, The New Recruit, based on a real childhood experience.


Josephine Vaccaro-Chang

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Josephine Vaccaro-Chang

Josephine explained how her workshops for preschool children took shape. She showcased her book, We Are Colourful Friends, and discussed how she uses the book and puppets in her educational presentations. Josephine’s 6′ tall, red flamingo, ruby was on hand to help her with the presentation. Watch for Josephine as she begins touring her entire sculpture collections. Her first stop will be Indigo in Richmond Hill on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 1 – 4 pm.


Tamara Hecht


Tamara and her books.

In “Starting Local”, Tamara explained how she prefers to publicize her Monsterville novels locally. It is easy to get lost on the Internet, she said. It is much better to take advantage of local opportunities–like schools, festivals, and libraries–right in your own neighbourhood.



Howard Isenberg


Howard & Mr. Balloona-Man


Howard’s novel, Mr. Balloona-Man was inspired by his children. The Howard’s likeness and that of his children are featured in the book. Not only did Howard share his inspiration for the book, he treated us to a brief reading of a poem in the story.



Sigal Haber


Sigal Haber and her books.

Sigal’s book, Chuck the Rooster Loses his Voice, was inspired by Sigal’s extensive background in teaching and practicing entrepreneurship. It is through her picture book that she hopes to inspire today’s young children to embrace and entrepreneurship and learn what it means to take initiative in a community, she explained.

Sigal also introduced her new book, The Bear Barr Wants to Play Guitar.

The Canadian Authors’ Association

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From L to R: Rose (library staff), Anita Purcell, Richard Scrimger, and Heather (library staff).

Anita Purcell extolled the virtues of belonging to The Canadian Authors’ Association and its website. It is a great idea to join the association for networking purposes, as well as seeking out information about publishing, finding an agent, writing query letters, and so much more.

Photo Gallery

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The library’s Heather He-Stewart emceed event

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Richard Scrimiger

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Josephine moderates panel discussion with audience.

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Sigal Haber and Rivka Ringelstein.

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Josephine and Ruby.

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Photo courtesy of Rivka Ringelstein. 


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