All posts by Maurus Cappa

January 28, 2018 Glenn Reid Becomes a Deacon

Long-time WEN member, Dr. Glenn Reid was ordained as a Deacon in the Anglican-Catholic church on Sunday, January 28, 2018. President Maria Marchelletta and Maurus Cappa attended the ceremony. Glenn also served as President of WEN from 2009 to 2010.  Let us all congratulate Glenn on his accomplishment.

Alan Joe Releases his first book “Of Ox and Unicorn”

Alan Joe has just released his first book titled Of Ox and Unicorn. It is presently being sold on Amazon in paperback and kindle format. You can also pick up a copy from Alan Joe directly at WEN breakfast meetings. Here is the description from Amazon.

“Alan Joe has crafted a gripping and heart-wrenching page-turner about his perilous childhood in China, a teenager’s angst as a newcomer in Toronto’s postwar Chinatown, and fulfillment as a professional and family man. Recommended for anyone whose roots are from afar – and that would be most of us.”
~ Arlene Chan, librarian and author

“Alan Joe tells the deeply moving and inspirational story of how, after surviving extreme poverty and the ravages of war in his boyhood years of the 1940s, he emigrated to Canada, and eventually found peace, hope, reconciliation, self-fulfillment, and opportunity. In the process, he helps us better understand the history of the Chinese community in Canada, and how significantly it has contributed to our culture and way of life. We need many more such stories.”
~ Philip Warren, PhD, former Professor at Memorial University,
who has written extensively about Newfoundland education

“Of Ox and Unicorn is a contribution, not only to the Canadian Chinese community, but also to immigrants in other countries and of different faiths, and to the general reader. It is with great pleasure that I invite you to read this excellent autobiography.”
~ excerpt the Foreword by Muriel Gold, CM, PhD,
Author, Tell Me Why Nights are Lonesome (a family history) and six additional books.

Born in Canton, China, in 1937, Alan Joe experienced some of the worst of the Japanese occupation of his homeland and the uncertainly caused by advancing Communist forces after World War II. Settling in Toronto in 1950, he faced many of the challenges that immigrants must overcome, finally graduating as a dentist, with a specialty in orthodontics. Now retired, Alan lives with his wife in Toronto and St. Petersburg, Florida.


Word on the Street Festival 2017 a Big Success

The Word on the Street Festival was held on September 24th at Harbourfront. For the second year in a row, the Writers and Editors Network organization participated with a booth in the Writers Block. The booth  was staffed by a dedicated  group of volunteers from the WEN membership. Special thanks to Marianne Funny for organizing the booth and to Prad Chaudhuri who arrived at the crack of dawn to ensure everything was in order.  Overall, the booth generated a great deal of interest for our WEN organization. Volunteers included Barb Nobel, Martina Wood, Bruna Di Giusppe Bertoni, Jane Fraser, Josie Visentini, Stephens Han, Mostafa Dini and Ben Antao.

Breakfast Speaker January 20, 2018

Daniel and Steven Shehori founded Sweat Equity Publicity in 2002 ( They are an award-winning duo based out of Toronto, are quite possibly the busiest siblings working on the Canadian entertainment scene today. Between them, they’ve garnered three Gemini Award nominations (Canada’s Emmys), a Dora nomination (Canada’s Tonys), plus 15 Canadian Comedy Award nominations (and three wins!) as writers, directors, and producers. They’ve written for several national TV programs, including This Hour Has 22 Minutes,The Hour, Naked News, and 11 national award shows. The brothers have produced over 100 live comedy shows, and served as producers for Just For Laughs’ Sarah Silverman & Friends, featuring comedy legends Sarah Silverman, Louis CK, and David Cross.

Breakfast Speaker November 17, 2018

Can we talk? Meet The Mesdames of Mayhem, a collective of 16 local mystery writers who love to talk about mysteries – theirs and other people’s. We have three anthologies out – Thirteen, 13 O’Clock and 13 Claws.  Many of the Mesdames are well-known authors in their own right who deliver cracking good workshops and talks. One, some or all of us is/are available for just about any speaking (and book sale) opportunity. Here’s what we can deliver:

1) Mesdames Group Talks:

Beyond the top drawer: getting that manuscript published

Crazy thought? So you might want to be an author

You bet women rule the crime-writing world

Why we just love mysteries

Canadian mystery writers you should know about (and a couple of Brits and Yanks as well)

A little help from our friends: why we believe in writing groups and collectives like ours

Branding, posting and other promotional tricks and tools

Where we get our ideas. Hint: They’re not just ripped from the headlines

So you want to do an anthology. Learn the pitfalls, perils and payoffs from the Mesdames who have done it

The art – and blood, sweat and tears – of writing a short story

2) Mesdames Group Workshops/Events:

Ad lib: Learn how to harness your imagination by joining the Mesdames in an improv plotting session

Do you know your stuff?  We read the opening of famous (or maybe not) mystery novels. The audience name the books.

Idea Fest:  The Mesdames get ideas – everywhere from the dime store to the doctor’s office.  How can the audience get ‘em? They are about to find out in this high-octane, audience-participation idea improvisation session.

Edit Fest: Bring forth those novels, short stories, and yet-to-be published bestsellers. The Mesdames are ready for them with their poised blue pens and pencils. Make it a social evening and everyone gets to be a critic!


3) Talks and Workshops by Individual Mesdames:

Madame Rosemary McCracken has written three mysteries featuring financial planner Pat Tierney. The first one – Safe Harbor – was shortlisted for Britain’s prestigious Debut Dagger award. She teaches novel writing at George Brown Community College.  One of her workshops covers the four-act plot structure of any good novel. In another workshop, Rosemary assesses and edits the first page of participants’ novels in progress.  

Madame Melodie Campbell has been hailed as Canada’s queen of comedy. The Bootlegger’s Goddaughter is shortlisted for the 2018 Ontario Library Association Golden Oak award. The Goddaughter’s Revenge won the Derringer Award and the Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Writing.  She has taught fiction writing at Sheridan College since 1992. Melodie’s workshop on crime-fiction writing has been given at many libraries.  Please note: This workshop involves an honorarium.

In her workshops, Madame Lisa de Nikolits explores 16 – count ‘em – shades of crime noir. Want to know what they are? Revenge noir, short story noir, literary noir, young adult noir, noir love, noir soundtracks, noir@twitter, Toronto noir, Dystopian noir, graphic noir.   She can also talk about self-editing and how to become a better writer.  And how to write the traditional narrative arc.

Versatile Madame Caro Soles writes mysteries, erotica, gay lit, the occasional bit of dark fantasy, and science fiction. She won the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Her latest novel, A Friend of Mr. Nijinsky, is the inspiration for this workshop: Historical mysteries; more than just dressing up your characters in muslin and ribbons!

  1. H. Callway’s debut novel, Windigo Fire, was short-listed for the Debut Dagger and the Unhanged Arthur awards, but getting traditionally published still proved to be a challenge. Madeleine shares her journey and eventual success in her workshop How To Get Published. Windigo Fire was a runner-up for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel award.

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Breakfast Speaker September 15, 2018

Winning book Step Into the Spotlight!: A Guide to Getting Noticed. TSUFIT is a former lawyer who has been described by the Toronto Star as “a starburst of energy― bright bubbly and upbeat” and by Publisher’s Weekly as a “coaching dynamo”.
Her book, Step Into the Spotlight! has been endorsed by Tom Peters, Jay Conrad Levinson, Jack Trout, BNI founder, Ivan Misner, Les Brown, Al Ries & many other New York Times best selling authors and experts.
A singer, television actress and comedienne & the subject of 100’s of feature newspaper articles, television & radio appearances internationally, TSUFIT has appeared doing stand-up comedy in night clubs and on national TV and has appeared on television and film commercials internationally. TSUFIT coaches professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners, authors, speakers, coaches, consultants and CEOs to catapult their personal brands and themselves into a starring role! She coaches her clients to get seen, get heard and get noticed! Once named a Super-Achiever” by Canadian Lawyer Magazine, TSUFIT is a Dean’s List Law School Graduate who practiced litigation law for 10 years before leaving law for the limelight. Her music CD “Under the Mediterranean Sky” has made Top Album lists all over North America and is played on the radio internationally. TSUFIT’s unique story was the subject of a national television documentary which aired on several networks across Canada. TSUFIT is in demand as a keynote speaker, radio and TV show guest, seminar leader and mom (although she points out that she is not currently taking on any new clients in the last category!)