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Our History

The spark for the idea of Watershed Writers was ignited with Tanis MacDonald’s invitation by Isabella Stefanescu to present a talk about making art in communities outside of Canada’s larger cities at Inter Arts Matrix’s X-Camera presentation at Commons Studio in January 2019. A spirited conversation ensued between Frances Roberts Reilly, and Tanis. In time, we decided to produce a radio series featuring on local writers – both well-known writers and up-and-coming writers then Martin de Groot offered a spot on Promenade on CKWR FM98.5.

We received validation for the Watershed Writers radio documentary series and podcasts when the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund green-lighted our series.

In 2021 we rebranded our show to Watershed Writers with Tanis MacDonald to best reflect the contribution of our host.
We have also partnered with Midtown RadioKW for Series II. This new series will involve featured interviews with our local writers who are practicing their art and craft in the Grand River region. New this second season: segments with guest book reviewers and panel discussions will be included in our lineup. You can find us weekly on Saturdays at 10.00am starting on February 12, 2022 on Midtown Radio KW.

Because the land we live on is a defining element of this project, we’ll start things off by acknowledging that Grand River Country is the traditional territory of the Neutral,  Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples.

Today, this watershed is home to many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples; by acknowledging their presence, cultures, and teachings, we’re reminded of our connection and responsibility to this land where we live, work, and learn.

land acknowledgement

The Project

Watershed Writers with Tanis MacDonald features interviews within an exciting mix of local fiction writers, novelists, poets, authors, playwrights and essayists, and offers from a wide range of genres, serving as an outreach opportunity and a lively showcase of a community of well-known writers as well as up-and-coming writers. Watershed Writers with Tanis MacDonald is interested in , writers who are often largely ignored by left out of mainstream media.

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Watershed Writers with Tanis MacDonald presents in-depth conversations with local writers living and writing in the Grand River watershed area.

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