Commemorating With our AGM…


Commemorate – definition: to serve as a memorial or reminder of some event.

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My writers circle – Writers Foundation of Strathcona County held their AGM & Writer’s Luncheon on Saturday. We were lucky enough to hold it in a meeting room within our Council building, with kitchen facilities included.  Once the President began listing our events for the year, it occurred to me just how busy the foundation and its members are. As you can see there is something every month of the year.

September
  • Culture Days – featured weekend participation with interactive writing activities
October
  • Words in the Park hosted with Library in conjunction with LitFest
November
  • National Novel Writing Month – participants writing 50,000+ words in month of November

 

December
  • Member Christmas Party held at Second Cup, Summerwood
January
  • Committee planning for 2013 Conference begins
February
  • Arts Expo weekend participation
March
  • WFSC participation in Adult Learning at the Library – presentations by members – Writing Memoirs, Orchids, and Self-Publishing
April
  • WFSC participation in Active Living conference – presentation by member – Your Lifetime of Stories
  • 4th annual conference “Chapter 8” celebrated WFSC 8th Anniversary in conjunction with kick off for Strathcona Celebrates
  • Display boards show history, projects, volunteers, and membership.
May
  • Regular meetings and Novel Workshops begin for editing NaNoWriMo and books to be published
June
  • WFSC participation at Senior’s Day breakfast held in Ardrossan
  • Members attend grant presentation at County Clothes Line
July
  • Participation in Savour Strathcona with table display
  • Participation in Arts in the Plaza – one day
August
  • Participation in Arts in the Plaza in conjunction with Strathcona Celebrates – one day
  • Writing the Seasons mini workshop at member residence
September
  • Here we are at our Annual General meeting 8 ½ years later
Meetings
  • Board meeting each month with exception of July  =  11
  • Novel writing workshop – 4 participants met at least monthly from May – August = 7 – 8
  • Writing Friends twice per month = 24
  • Writers Circle and sharing meetings = 24 * sometimes scarce of participants for the 3rd Tuesday
  • Committee Meetings – Words in the Park, Conference

 

Projects
  • Never Been Better celebrated 4 years in April – Bethany as editor in charge
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Member collaboration to write and produce Your Lifetime of Stories Workbook to go with the presentation. Workbook was written over the summer and is at press – ready for release by Words in the Park event.
  • WFSC asked to administer Strathcona Connect online magazine until October this year due to election.

To make the day even better, the members brought pot luck dishes and there were writing games after the business part of the meeting had been completed.

With such a involved, encouraging and supportive group it is no wonder the WFSC is well known and celebrated. We are not limited to local authors either as our website enables virtual members – some as far away as Poland & Australia – to converse with our chat feature and receive critique with a personal blog and news page. And participate in the Saturday morning prompt and download the monthly newsletter – Muse.  http://wfscsherwoodpark.com/

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