With so many sporting activities available in our community, it is sometimes easy to forget there are other pastimes to enjoy. One such pastime is the creative outlet of 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 people 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 has grown from a small writers circle group in 2001 to an association of not only a large local membership, but also many virtual members across Canada, the US, and Australia. This number is expanding all the time. With such a broad spectrum of contributors, covering every possible writing style, participants can find constructive critique, creative support, and encouragement.
The foundation’s website is a vital link not only for their virtual members but also as a place to share work and upcoming events. 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. For those members wanting a more structured workshop type meeting, a new format was introduced to the meeting in late 2015 that allows time for writing AND sharing, depending upon the number of participants. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting 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 and other community groups for many years and enjoys creating cooperative events to further the literary arts and literacy programs within the county. The group's signature annual events include their spring Writers Conference and the fall Words in the Park Book Fair & Sale. Watch their web site for more details on 2016 events.
If you have dabbled in the written word or have a desk full of manuscripts, take a look at The Writers Foundation of Strathcona, you will be pleasantly surprised. You just may find the journey you were looking for...