Welcome to Muskoka Authors Association (MAA)!

MAA welcomes professional and aspiring writers (and everyone in between). Muskoka has a rich heritage in the arts and exceptional writers are a part of that. We pride ourselves on our mandate of authors helping authors. To that end, we bring in a great lineup up of acclaimed authors each month to give presentations and/or workshops on both the business and craft of writing.

MAA

AUTHORS HELPING AUTHORS

As an organization created by writers, for writers, Muskoka Authors Association believes it should be our duty to help other writers flourish to their full potential. Not only do we bring in the best writers, publishers, and literary agents from across Canada, we also help each other. MAA takes pride in being a safe environment where both new and veteran writers can meet in a judgment-free zone. We take positive comments and light critiques from each other while encouraging each other to write to our best capabilities. MAA focuses on all writers as equals. Although we do celebrate when our writers become published, we also accept that some writers write for their friends, family, and future generations to read their stories. MAA encourages and welcomes anybody who feels a spark to write. Being able to see a community of writers grow while helping each other is our goal.

EVENTS

What Every Writer Needs to Know about Marketing

What do you need to know to market your writing?

On Thursday, August 17, join Muskoka Authors Association as they welcome Author and MAA Member, Peter Jennings as he presents an evening of marketing expertise for writers. You will learn why every author must know how to market, why irresistible brands stand out in a crowded market, why your book needs a compelling Brand Value Proposition, what ingredients are absolute must-haves in your marketing plan. Peter will share the importance of promotion to ensure your book gets more than its fair share of attention, harnessing resources that will ensure your marketing is superlative, as well as tactics you can do yourself and services you may have to acquire elsewhere.

Peter Jennings developed marketing and branding expertise by running a Toronto marketing agency with Harlequin Books as one of his clients. He published "Shark Assault: An Amazing Story of Survival" with a traditional publisher and self-published "Why Being Happy Matters". Currently Peter is readying two more titles for the marketplace.

Location: St Thomas Anglican Church, 4 Mary Street, Bracebridge. Doors open at 6:30 pm, Meeting begins at 7 pm.

Please register with David Bruce Patterson at 705-999-1313 or david.patterson@alumni.utoronto.ca

Fee of $20 applies to non-members. Free to MAA Members.

Peter Jennings

Our regular meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each month at the St. Thomas Anglican church in Bracebridge (4 Mary St.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. We also offer regular weekend workshops and special events. See our schedule of upcoming events below. Pick an event that interests you and come out to check us out. Anyone interested can contact David Bruce Patterson at david.patterson@alumni.utoronto.ca or 705-999-1313.

Upcoming Events

JOIN

Membership is $95 per year for adults; $50 for students. This includes attendance at all regular membership meetings (with acclaimed author and agent visits, etc); deep discounts on all workshops; significant savings for our North Words Literary Festival and discounts for other writing organization events. Fill out an application form and register online. Alternatively, you can pay by cheque or cash at one of our monthly meetings or the completed membership and cheque can be mailed to: Muskoka Authors Association, c/o Cindy Watson at Watson Labour Law 58 Ontario St, Bracebridge, ON P1L 2A6.

CONTACT

Cindy Watson

( President )

cwatson@watsonlabourlaw.com

Wendie Donabie

( Vice-President )

info@wendiedonabie.com

David Bruce Patterson

( Membership Director )

david.patterson@alumni.utoronto.ca

or 705 999 1313