Mariposa Writers' Group

Writing Group

Mariposa Revisited Project


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MWG has been (and will continue to be) given full acknowledgement as one of the principle supporters of this effort to bring heritage stories to press for the 150th anniversary of Orillia and Canada.



Books By Members

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MEETINGS: ...meets at the Orillia Public Library, 36 Mississauga Street, Orillia on the SECOND Wednesday of each month. meeting is from 5:30 (17:30) to 8:00. This is accessible to all city bus routes and the meeting rooms are in the extension near the parking lot. Parking in the lot is free after 5:30 and limited meter parking is available on the street. See link (above) for directions and general information about the library.

The Mariposa Writers' Group (MWG) was formed in the mid 1990s by people who wanted to write, share skills and information and have an opportunity to hear their works read.  The first meeting was held at the home of Marilyn Rumball.  Of course, becoming published was everyone's goal.  This goal was realized in 2010 when the MWG anthology,  "Our Literary Lapses" was released.  This anthology contains fifty pieces of poetry and prose contributed by seventeen members of the MWG.

Mariposa Exposed: The group is the primary supporter of Mariposa Exposed, a new anthology by the Mariposa Revisited Project. This will be released in January 2017 to commemorate Oruillia's 150th year as a city and will contain anecdotes, tales and recollections from many present and former residents of the area. see Mariposarevisited at Face book.

Books by Members are listed on line as they become available. Contact us if you have questions about obtaining any of these, or check the links listed by each book on the Published pages. To get your book listed, join up and/or send information about the book to Dennis Rizzo.


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From John Forrest

I'm sure you will enjoy this. A reminder that one word in the English language can be a noun, adjective, verb, adverb, and preposition.


 Read until the end....


This two-letter word  in English has more meanings than any other  two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.'  It is listed in  the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] 


It's easy to  understand UP, meaning toward the sky  or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in  the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why  does a topic come UP?  Why do we speak  UP, and why are the  officers UP for election and why is  it UP to  the secretary to write UP a  report?  We call UP our friends, brighten  UP a room, polish  UP  the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean  UP the kitchen.  We  lock UP the house and fix  UP the old  car.

At other times, this  little word has real special meaning.   People stir UP trouble, line  UP for tickets, work  UP an appetite, and think  UP excuses.

To be dressed is one  thing but to be dressed UP  is special.

And this  UP is confusing:  A  drain must be opened UP because it is blocked  UP.
We open  UP a store in the morning  but we close it UP at night.  We seem  to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable  about the proper uses of  UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary.   In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes  UP almost  1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty  definitions.

If you are  UP to it,  you might try building UP a list of the many ways  UP  is  used.  It will take UP a lot of your time, but  if you don't give UP, you may wind  UP with a hundred or  more.

When it threatens to  rain, we say it is clouding UP.  When the sun  comes out, we say it is clearing UP.  When it rains,  the earth soaks it UP.  When it  does not rain for awhile, things dry  UP.  One could go on  and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now .. . . my time  is UP!

Oh . . . one more  thing:  What is the first thing you do in  the morning and the last thing you do at  night?



Did that one crack  you UP?

 Don't screw  UP.  Send this on to  everyone you look UP in your address book .  . .. or not . . . it's UP to you.

Now I'll shut  UP!

25 Tips for Editing Your Work

 Writers rarely spit out their best copy on the first draft. (If you meet a writer who claims to have the secret for doing so, please let the rest of us know.) First drafts — and second drafts and sometimes thirds — exist to hash your ideas out on paper. After you've revised your book, story, blog post or article until you can revise no more, you just hand it off to your editor to clean up, right?


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Writing Listings, Jobs, Contests, etc.

Adverbs are NOT Your Friends - Stephen King

Adverbs are not your friend.....  CLICK

Thanks to Brainpickings and to the Springfed Writers Group for posting this.... 

The Second Anthology - Our Literary Lapses II


 Is Always Available at

     Manticore Books, 103 Mississaga Street and  Boudicca Books, 97 Mississaga Street, in Orillia

Huronia Museum in Midland and The National Bank Financial at 44 Mississaga St., E. in Orillia

or through the Mariposa Writer's Group (Contact Us)

 "A CANVAS OF WORDS" is a literary landscape of 100 stories, poems, essays and photographs.  The 22 contributing authors guide readers to a variety of eras and stunning settings, to meet memorable characters and enjoy intriguing plot lines.This 300 page masterpiece in words is a terrific read and makes a wonderful gift.                                         



Internet Review of Books

 IRB always seeks new reviewers. If you're a book lover with strong opinions about what you read, we can find books needing review to be mailed directly to you.


Ontario Arts Council Writer's Grants

Purpose: To assist professional writers in the creation of new work. This program is administered by third-party recommenders from the literary community.
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Publishing Opportunities

Publisher Offerings - Call for Submissions

                         CLICK                This section will send you to our new page listing publisher's calls for submissions, contests and such, which may be of interest.

Writing Tips and Essays of Interest

                              Go to Writing Tips  HERE

Plot Development in Stories and Novels

Check the section.               It will be updated from group discussions and Forums.

NOTE: We're looking for articles/notes on poetry as well.

Grammar is not just for school anymore...

  Check out tips for grammar and

punctuationfrom MWG.