Current Events

Annual General Meeting

All full members: Hamilton Mountain Writers’ Guild’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at the beginning of the Dec. 1, 2021 7:00 pm zoom (Agenda, supporting documents, and zoom link will be sent a few days prior to the event. 

Upcoming Guild Zoom Meetings

October 6th, 7:00 pm

November 3rd, 7:00 pm

December 1st, 7:00 pm (This meeting will begin with  the Guild’s AGM)

September 20th, 7:20 am

Sarah Farr will be interviewed on CHCH Moring TV show for the upcoming Anthology 5 Book Launch. Check it out!

September 8, 2021 Zoom Meeting


There were 17 attendants.

Anthology 5 has sold 37 copies to date.

Regarding promotion for Anthology 5, Sarah will host a Zoom meeting that can be attached to a live broadcast on Facebook. Authors who have pieces in Anthology 5 will be able to read an excerpt from their piece for a total of approximately 3 ½ minutes.  It will be broadcast on the HMWG Facebook page on Sept. 26 at 2 p.m.

Sarah mentioned it would be ideal if we could highlight the Hamilton theme in our readings She also mentioned her interview on CHCH, Sept 20 at 7:20 a.m. As she had been following Annette Hamm on Twitter, (who does the interviews of Hamilton Authors) Sara had Tweeted her and asked about an interview.

Though Sarah has a few authors lined up for the live readings, she hopes for more and will then work on a schedule.

Neil wanted to know how we would get people to watch. We then discussed it.

Also, Sarah is working on a collage of authors with their books to use on her CHCH interview.

Neil mentioned publicizing stories from Books 1 to 4 on HMWG Facebook page.

Sarah has been putting up stories with comments regarding the stories, or segments from the books.

Jim told us his story in Anthology 5 was actually a continuation of his story in Book 1, so this is something we can mention on FB.

Michael W. offered to help Sarah with promotions.

Neil mentioned how would we process shareable pieces on HMWG FB page.

I mentioned each author should be putting up a photo of themselves on their own FB pages with an excerpt from their pieces. Also, I’d posted a photo of Anthology 5 on Hamilton Book News Facebook page. (We can’t sell from there, but it’s a site for Hamilton authors own book postings)

Neil said that on the Sept 16 board meeting, there’s be a discussion regarding accepting a proposal from guild members for Anthology 6. The Book 5 committee have agreed to act as mentors for a book 6 committee. Right now, the book 5 committee members are working on an instruction manual for subsequent anthologies.

Sarah asked about the proposal.

Neil mentioned a copy of the proposal for book 5 is still around and it could be used as a guide. It lists the schedule, who is involved, budget and formatting. As the book 5 committee did the formatting themselves that budget wasn’t used.

He also mentioned that Michael W. had designed the cover for Anthology 5 and as the board had already decided to utilize his design for future books, all that had to be changed was the background colour, photo of a waterfall and it’s description on the back cover. To remain consistent with our Anthologies the board had chosen to continue using waterfalls as background.

Hosting for Guild Zoom meetings, Mary Anne for October, Terry Martens for November and Sarah for December. We thanked Sarah for hosting this meeting.

August 11th, 2021 Zoom Meeting

Karen hosted the zoom meeting. There were 12 attendees.

Briefly discussed book 5 up and available for sale.   

Sarah suggested a Launch for the book – virtual reading, save it and share links on the website.

We could use Facebook live and invite family and friends to view.

Anita suggested reading snippets of our writings.

We discussed having a practice run. No date was as some are on vacation in the next month, so this will be decided in the next zoom meeting.

Margaret suggested having our book presented on CHCH as they do book reviews and as this book is about Hamilton, with the guild, the waterfall cover, and Hamilton embedded in the story it would be a good fit for a local event.

Christine that Annette Hamm on morning live would be a good person to contact.

Nothing was set.

Re: Aug 1, reading at Gore Park – Christine and Sarah attended. They said it was an informal event with most people selling books there. Christine suggested contacting Bill King later to do a presentation to the guild when we are meeting as he has his own publishing business: Atmonda Publishing. (not sure about the spelling)

Writing Prompts: 5 people shared what they’d written.

Contracts: Bob shared the contract from Doll House. He then discussed the items he’d highlighted. We all agreed the contract did not favour the writer.  Bob and Christine talked about their interaction with the publisher in detail.

Margaret mentioned looking at a contract which can be purchased online for $10 from either the Writers Union of Canada or the Canadian Author Association. (can’t remember which site I saw it on)

Someone asked about formatting books and I suggested this was something we could handle in a live meeting. I also said we should all be aware of what we could do without paying a lot of money for professionals, and we should all be aware of what was involved with publishing.

Ron asked about book 6 and I asked him to wait until the book 5 committee had its next meeting when we can discuss what we’ve done for book 5. Then we’d get back to the members.

Next guild zoom meeting is Sept 8. Sarah will host it and if she has to go away, she’ll transfer hosting to someone, but has set up the link already.

July 14th, 2021, Zoom meeting 7:00pm


Anthology 5 on track for publishing this month. Download to take place in the coming week. Anthology 5 will be available in eBook and paper form.

Author’s in the Park will be August 1, 2021, in Gore Park, Hamilton. 1 to 4 pm. All are welcome. We hope to have a few Guild representatives there.

Art Gallery of Mississauga is holding a read-a-loud event.

Folks attending today’s Zoom participated in a writing prompt activity. (Franklin Road was never the same…)

Reverse poetry was explained, examples provided, and members read their work.

Writing team coordinators could consider outdoor venues for writing teams to gather.

Chris from the TerryBerry will be contacted on the status of using the library for future meetings of the Guild.


Anthology 6, New member brochure.

Next zoom: August 11, 2021 hosted by Karen Wood. Agenda; announcements,  topic for discussion: contracts for publishing. Look for a writing prompt to come along in advance of the zoom so you have time to write!


June 16th, 2021


Announcements for the website, Anthology 5 and Board suggestions for a coordinators meeting were provided.

Sarah spoke on the promotions committee work.

Anita gave a Grant update and said the permission form for Anthology 5 is on its way to the writers of Book 5.

Barry presented information on Doune Castle and an upcoming interview on Cable 14.

Linda provided a grammar refresh in two activities. Both activities will be sent to all coordinators for sharing.

Next Zoom – July 14th, 7:00pm. Beginning with writing prompts and the exploration of reverse poetry.

May 25th, 2021

Next set of Guild zoom meetings are open to all associate and full members.

July 14  7:00 pm

Topics: Writing prompts and reverse poetry

August 11

September 8

October 20

May 5th, 2021

The 2021 UK Kindle Storyteller contest is open and accepting entries!

The Kindle Storyteller Award is a £20,000 literary prize recognising outstanding writing. It is open to writers who publish in English in any genre through Kindle Direct Publishing. Readers—helped by a panel of judges—play a significant role in selecting the winner. The Kindle Storyteller Award is open for entries between 1 May and 31 August 2021.

For inspiration, learn more about 2020’s Kindle Storyteller winner Anna McNuff, author of Llama Drama.

See the UK Kindle Storyteller contest page for full entry requirements.

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

April 24th, 2021

The website has been updated. Thank you to Bob (Group 5), who was able to greatly assist with the recent updates. There are new links for current events, Anthology 5 and Board Meetings at the top of the Home page. Go there and check them out. Further updating will take place over the next few weeks.
Thank you to Carmenn (Group 6) who suggested listing current information for Anthology 5 and for providing input toward the inclusive statement found on the home page.

April 19th, 2021

Minutes from the April 14th Zoom Guild Meeting

  1. Welcoming
  2. Nikki spoke for the City Voices Anthology submissions. (see below)
  3. Sarah Farr spoke on the topic: writing historical nonfiction.
  4. Anthology 5: Discussion ensued concerning the minimum word count for and recommendations for Guild members who wish to propose and complete Anthology 6.
  5. Next guild zoom: May 12th Need a host for this meeting. Please contact Neil or Bob in advance.
  • City Voices Anthology

Submission Details

 Anyone 55 and over living in The Golden Horseshoe/Hamilton, or anywhere in the Halton region can submit.

Theme:  “In these dark times, it’s those small acts of kindness that keep us alive, after all. They remind us of our humanity” – R.J. Palacio

It’s been a tough year, a year like no other, but in all the difficulties and restrictions, the loneliness and the frustrations there have been acts of kindness and moments of light that helped eased the hardships.

In this anthology we want to focus on the positives that came out of a difficult year; insights realized, kindness given or received, things you did to maintain inner peace and hope.

Poetry –

Submit  1, 2 or 3 short poems or one long one.

Fiction or Non-fiction work;

Submit one piece only. Limit it to 1200 words. Please state whether it is fiction or non-fiction.

The format must adhere to the following –  12 times roman font, 1.5 spacing. No excess capitals including in the title.

Photography/Art Work

Submit 1, 2 or 3 pieces – on pictures taken in 2021.

Deadline to Submit – August 2021

Submissions will be accepted until the end of August. If your piece is accepted, you will be required to sign a release form allowing me to publish your story, art etc.  You are granting one time rights to your work however the rights of the story or artwork belong to you.

As this is a community project, please no erotica or swear words.

If your piece is accepted, you will receive one free copy of the book. Project will be completed March 31, 2022.

Any questions please feel free to email me. Nikki

March 2021

Welcome everyone to this new current events page open to public viewing.

As a member of the HMWG you can post your achievements past, present and future here. Let us know of your most recent publishing or upcoming reading.

Keep informed on the Guild Zoom Meetings happening in 2021.

May 12.

Links for the zoom meetings are sent to your writing coordinator.

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