East Village Writers Q&A


East Village Writers, a Loft 112 writing group facilitated by Colleen Cornez, provides structure and support to writers seeking to polish and improve their work.

We spoke to Colleen to learn more about what you can expect from the group.

Tell us about yourself.

In a former life, I was a telecommunications technician, business analyst, and crew manager. In 2013, I started taking courses at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, and completed the year-long “A Novel Idea” course in 2015. Since retiring from my “day job” in 2014, I teach yoga, run, and write romantic suspense, because I like to follow a good mystery to a logical conclusion, and as for the romance, I like to believe that whatever the question is, love is the answer!

What is East Village Writers?

We are a group that offers critique on writing. We have three rules: you must show up, you must critique, and you must submit. One of the key things of writing is that it’s very easy to do laundry instead! This group provides commitment and structure that really enables the creative process.

How did East Village Writers start?

I came to Loft 112 from a group that did a course at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society. We enjoyed each other’s company so much we decided to continue meeting. When we were looking for a place to meet, someone suggested Loft 112. It was a perfect fit and we have continued as an open group.

Who should come to the group?

We’re looking for someone who is familiar with writing and ideally has a work-in-progress. You need to be willing to submit work and accept critiques, and take a look at work and be a part of the group. If you would like to join the group, we ask that you submit a sample or a list of where you have been published. We do keep a limit on the number of people in the group to make sure everyone has a chance to have their work critiqued. The writing is also across genres. We have everything from poetry to steampunk fantasy, and I write mostly romantic suspense.

What’s your favourite part about the group?

We were all really excited when one of our original members was asked to submit her novel to a publisher. It’s a really nice and supportive group. Also, it’s wonderful to be able to see the growth of the creative process, and see people with jobs, families and social lives have such dedication to their writing.

East Village Writers usually meets biweekly. Contact Loft 112 if you are interested in joining the group.

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