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The Bathurst Muses is the blog project of a writing group based in Toronto.  The group has met regularly since 2007 to perfect our short stories, memoirs, novels and travel tales. Here, we share our experiences of the rewards and challenges of writing together and muse about the craft of writing.


The group 2016

Alison Girling, Alison Colvin, Valerie McDonald,

Anita Morris, Shila Desai,  Maureen Smith, Michelle Adelman, June Rogers


The Bathurst Muses Writers

The Bathurst Muses Writers 2012

Valerie McDonald, Maureen Smith, Alison Girling, Michelle Adelman,

Alison Colvin, Anita Morris, Shila Desai, Lynn Horton

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2013 9:56 am

    Very nice site – clean, organized, and enjoyable content. As a recreational writer not currently participating in a writing group, it is a great impetus to keep at it.
    Congratulations on what you have built, and continue to grow.

    • Valerie McDonald permalink
      September 12, 2013 6:14 pm

      Dear Jim,
      Thanks so much for your comments! We all begin as “recreational writers”!

  2. May 13, 2014 11:39 am

    Hi My name is Alexis Lagos of Lacedup Imagery and I wanted your group to know about my services. I recently worked with a published YA author polishing her image for her website. I offer photography, hair, makeup and styling so that your image smoothly correlates with your content. Follow this link to see what we do – thank you

    • Valerie McDonald permalink
      May 28, 2014 11:41 am

      Thanks very much for the tip. I’ll share with our group.

  3. John G permalink
    May 28, 2015 3:34 pm

    and the mystery woman (# 8 in a list of seven) is Anita Morris.

    • Valerie McDonald permalink
      June 11, 2015 3:54 pm

      Oops! Thanks John!

  4. December 18, 2015 11:36 am

    Hi Valerie, I’m an aspiring freelance writer in Toronto and am looking for a writing group. I’ve been impressed with what I’ve read here, and wondered if there’s a process for joining your group?

    • Valerie McDonald permalink
      January 26, 2016 8:39 pm

      HI Erica,
      I can see you are indeed a talented writer! Unfortunately we have decided that our optimal number is 8. Just as a point of interest, I started the group 8 years ago by simply inviting people I knew to come together to chat about forming a group. We (with some changes) have been meeting ever since. Do you know other writers? I’d suggest starting with them. We’ve posted some information about setting rules/goals and expectations. Let me know if you’d like to chat more about this. thanks for reading!

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