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First Article for Strathcona Connect

August 24, 2012
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With so many sporting activities available within our community, it seems easy to forget that there are other pastimes to enjoy. One creative outlet is writing. Whether it is prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction, short story, novel or memoir, this particular art form crosses every age group, ability, topic, interest, and theme. Some are brave enough to share or publish their work, while others are content to file it away, either as a legacy for their family or for more personal reasons.

The act of writing is not only cathartic but also a thoroughly enjoyable pursuit. However, it can be a lonely activity if you allow it to be. We are extremely fortunate, therefore, to have a renowned writing group within our county. The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County (www.wfscsherwoodpark.com) has grown from a small group in 2001 to, not only a large number of local members, but also many virtual ones, across Canada, in the USA and Australia and expanding all the time. With such a broad spectrum of contributors, covering every possible writing style, their membership can find constructive critique, support and encouragement.

The foundation’s web site is a vital link not only for their virtual members but also as a place to share pieces of work and have comments made upon it. The group’s motto- “Supporting writers…any age, any stage of their writing career” is the basis for their continued success and mandate for garnering a sense of community.

The group is very active and holds several meetings each month, year round. The main sharing meeting is held on the first Tuesday of every month at the Sherwood Park library in the Birch room at 7 pm with a smaller meeting on the third Tuesday, also in the library at 7pm but at varying locations. For those members wanting a more structured workshop type meeting, there are two ‘Writing Friends’ events each month on the second and fourth Thursday in the library at 10 am. Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings as membership is not required for ‘come and see’ visits.

The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County has been a partner with the Sherwood Park library for many years and has enjoyed creating cooperative events to further literary and literacy programs within the county.

One such event is Words in the Park Book Sale and Fair, which is held each fall focusing on local authors and literary endeavors in Strathcona. This year’s event will coincide with the LitFest week with author readings and workshops available on Oct. 27, 2012 from 1 – 4pm in the community centre and library complex at 401, Festival Lane, Sherwood Park.

If you have dabbled in the written word or have drawers full of novels, take a look at The Writers Foundation of Strathcona, you will be pleasantly surprised.

http://strathconaconnect.ca/strathcona-county-gets-writing-p219-96.htm

Thankful and excited all rolled into one…

August 13, 2012
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This past weekend is amongst the best I have ever had. Why you may ask, well in short two great writing events came to fruition for me. I was beside myself with excitement and smiling like the preverbal Cheshire Cat.

Literally bursting with happiness and wanting to share with everyone not just because I was proud of myself but also to show that determination, hard work and commitment bring their own rewards. If you follow your dream it will become reality, maybe in small steps but that is the joy of our journey.


My first event was submitting my fantasy – The Rython Kingdom – onto Smashwords. It was a nerve racking experience, letting go of a manuscript I had worked on for over a year through revision after revision and numerous edits…but the immediacy of its availability to the global community was the part that took my breath away. We are used to everything being instantly accessible – just not our precious words – there was no time to adjust to them being out in the world for all to see. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214247
Why not take a look? The next event was quite a surprise. I had been asked to write an article for a new online newspaper, so submitted one, not really expecting it to be accepted. Almost as soon as I had sent my email, I got one back asking for my bio & a headshot! I frantically read through my bio’s and then took a few new photos to send off. As many of you know I am passionate about my writing but also my writing group and that is the subject of my article. http://strathconaconnect.ca/strathcona-county-gets-writing-p219-90.htm
I encourage you all to follow your dream and take advantage of any and all opportunities that come your way.

Smiley face – Daniel Y Go

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