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Announcing My Blog Schedule for 2018…

December 31, 2017
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Firstly a sincere thank you to all the writers, authors and readers who have dropped by by blog this year – we are 3306 connected people with a love of the written word. My flag counter states  I have 189 countries following me and 252 flags collected. That is pretty amazing. 

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Again it took sometime to decide on what topics I would cover on my blog for 2018. It is always a task not only because once I commit I have to deliver but also that I want the topics/features I choose to be of interest to my followers.

The day and time of each blog post has to be considered – too early in the morning and it will be lost in the morning rush of emails and other notifications, too late in the day and it disappears into the evening chaos of family time. After studying several articles it is best to post on Monday and Wednesday between 9:30 am – 11:00 am, as I traditionally post on these days at 10:30 am I am within those parameters.

Blog Schedule 2018

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Monday:  Investigation in Genre. A look at the classic genres through to the ‘new’ ever developing genres available to writers.  I will be investigating, discussing and hopefully with your help giving examples of genres this year. I would like this feature to be as interactive as possible.

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Wednesday: I was given a writing prompt book for Christmas so will be utilizing these 300 prompts. I hope to create flash fiction or short stories from them. And you are most welcome to write one to share too.

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Friday: Once a month (twice if I have lots of requests) I will host author interviews. This is open to published and unpublished authors/writers. Whether you have been interviewed by me before or not. I want us to support and encourage each other and get to know the writer behind the story.

Message me if you would like to be interviewed via the contact form on the media kit. You can choose which month to correspond with a book launch, event or special giveaway.

Good luck with your writing in 2018.

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Commemorating With our AGM…

September 16, 2013
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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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