Commemorate – definition: to serve as a memorial or reminder of some event.
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.
Culture Days – featured weekend participation with interactive writing activities
Words in the Park hosted with Library in conjunction with LitFest
National Novel Writing Month – participants writing 50,000+ words in month of November
Member Christmas Party held at Second Cup, Summerwood
Committee planning for 2013 Conference begins
Arts Expo weekend participation
WFSC participation in Adult Learning at the Library – presentations by members – Writing Memoirs, Orchids, and Self-Publishing
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.
Regular meetings and Novel Workshops begin for editing NaNoWriMo and books to be published
WFSC participation at Senior’s Day breakfast held in Ardrossan
Members attend grant presentation at County Clothes Line
Participation in Savour Strathcona with table display
Participation in Arts in the Plaza – one day
Participation in Arts in the Plaza in conjunction with Strathcona Celebrates – one day
Writing the Seasons mini workshop at member residence
Here we are at our Annual General meeting 8 ½ years later
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
Never Been Better celebrated 4 years in April – Bethany as editor in charge
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/
This Saturday marked another year for my Writers Foundation and as I attended the AGM, I thought of our past year. Our foundation is very involved in its members and the local community and at times we are spread quite thin. However, the camaraderie at each event makes for a wonderful time for all those involved and brings us closer to each other. I usually volunteer for most of the events – not because I’m trying to be a ‘goodie too shoes’ but because they are so much fun. It isn’t until the annual review at the AGM is read through do I realize actually how many events. There are the annual events like our Conference, Culture Days, Words in the Park and Arts Expo as well as author readings, meetings for our board and other organizations we are members of. Newer events like our Night Writers, which is mini workshops, have been successful as we endeavor to give our membership every opportunity to participate and share. Obviously not everyone can commit to so many events and that is absolutely fine – if they can attend for a few hours at one or two events that helps tremendously.
As we go into our next year with new board members, we are excited at our growth as a writer’s resource and community. We welcome local and virtual members and hope to expand our presence whether it is in our community or globally through the web site. www.wfscsherwoodpark.com
Do you participate in a group that makes life joyful?