Who We Are
The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County (WFSC) was incorporated in March 2005 and over the years has introduced new and improved ways to connect with our local, and not so local, writing community. The WFSC originally offered Fall Workshops and the Writer's Series Workshops held in the late winter / early spring. Combining those efforts to produce a full day of writing fun was well received and the annual writers conference was born. Our first, in 2010, celebrated our 5 year milestone and in 2015 we celebrated our 10 year anniversary with the biggest event ever! The conference is a great way to network and provide information to the writer through our connections to local and distant authors, our partnerships with other organizations, and our relationship with presenters and community sponsors - and, of course, it provides literary value to our members and the public, in general.
In 2011, the WFSC was presented with the Pride of Strathcona Award in celebration of our contributions to the community in the category of Arts, Culture & Heritage. As we grow and take on new initiatives, hone our skills, and attract new members from near and far, we are as just as committed to the local community and the literary cause. Over the past ten years, the WFSC focused its efforts on gaining public exposure while continuing to support its own members and community writers. Registered as a non-profit society in the Province of Alberta, the elected volunteer Board of Directors manages the business of writing within the guidelines of its by-laws, policies, and procedures.
Our mandate is simple: provide support for writers, any age, any stage of their writing career. This simple but focused directive keeps the WFSC on track every year allowing the group to contribute back to the community whenever possible. Membership fees go toward the group's operating and administration costs, which includes maintaining our popular WFSC web site. Fundraising efforts organized by volunteers from the WFSC and sponsorship and/or grant monies are invested in programs and services open to not only our members but the community at large. The WFSC proudly supports young writers by referring them to workshops and camps geared toward young writers. It is our intent to continue to encourage and support young writers with an eye to the future sustainability of the WFSC - today's young writers are our leaders.
The WFSC is limited only by the level of its volunteer commitment: as we grow so will opportunities for our groups, our members, and the community. We continue to hone our craft, encourage new members, promote cultural and creative diversity. The following list includes some of our group accomplishments and events we promote annually:
- Now a WFSC signature event - Words in the Park Book Fair and Sale held in the fall - 2015 marked the first year in conjunction with Culture Days
- WFSC participates and encourages writing interaction at the annual Arts Expo (February) and Alberta Culture Days (September) hosted by the Arts & Culture Council of Strathcona County
- WFSC published its first anthology compilation of member work in 2010 - Writing Prompt Journey ~ The Road to Your Creativity - offers a selection of writing prompts and sample writing to encourage fellow writers
- WFSC published From a Solitary Drop - The History of the Strathcona County Writers Circle (2001 - 2011) - in celebration of the Writers Circle 10 year success
- WFSC was asked to manage and publish the popular Never Been Better! page that appears in the Sherwood Park News the first Tuesday of each month - the two page spread celebrates 7 years in 2016 and it's all because of the popularity of the page and use by its target audience ~ our vibrant 55+ community
- WFSC participated in the inaugural summer for Arts in the Plaza and the anniversary celebration of Sherwood Park with displays and community interaction
- Your Lifetime of Stories is the first in a series of writing presentations/workbooks created and published by the WFSC to encourage the retrieval and sharing of memories. The WFSC has been invited to present this session at several venues in the county and, in 2015, takes the presentation into seniors' residences to ensure stories have the opportunity to be shared.
Over the years, the WFSC developed partnerships with other community organizations and respects the place we hold within our community. The Strathcona County Library, the Arts and Culture Council of Strathcona County, the Strathcona County Museum & Archives, and Strathcona County Recreation Parks and Culture, Family & Community Services, CALLS, Small Business & Tourism - all support and promote a vibrant arts & culture community... a community of which we are proud to be a part.
For our current (November 2015) WFSC Brochure click HERE
To become a member of the WFSC please review the Member Guidelines HERE and download the appropriate membership application from the list below. Your membership fee can be paid at a meeting, by mail or online using the "Become a Member" icon at the top right hand side of this page. Access to the member-only portion of our web site is granted once membership fees are paid.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016 - 2017
Pride of Strathcona Award - 2011 in the category of Arts, Culture & Heritage
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