Month: June 2013

Summer and Fall Programming 2013

All sessions are for members only and are held At St Mark’s Lodge.

Saturday, July 13th. No meeting. Out Stampeding – Come Hell and High Water!
Thursday, July 25th. When Words Collide Work Party

Saturday, August 10th. No meeting. See you all at When Words Collide!
Thursday, August 22nd. When Words Collide debriefing and end of summer get-together.

Saturday, September 14th. Visioning and Planning day. Chaired by Lorraine Paton.
Thursday, September 26th. The Life of an Undercover Cop. Det. Dave Sweet of the CPS.

Saturday, October 12th. Self-editing. June Baxter and Deb Smith.
Thursday, October 24th. Character Development. Grace Panko.

Saturday, November 9th. ARWA Self-publishing venture. Chaired by Jessica Jackson.
Thursday, November 28th. Conflict. Victoria Smith.

New Board

At last night’s AGM, the membership elected a new board.

President: Diana Scott
Vice-President: Mahrie Glab
Secretary: Deb Smith
Treasurer: Bernadine Visotto

Non-elected positions:
Newsletter Editor: Darlene Maynard
Membership Chair: Grace Panko

Directors-at-Large:
Virginia Janes
Randi-Lee Ryder
Victoria Smith

There will be some more appointments in the upcoming days, so please watch-this-space.

AGM – Thursday

Because of the current state of emergency in Calgary, the board will make a final decision whether or not to hold our AGM (scheduled for this Thursday) on Wednesday evening.

Please check your e-mail on Wednesday evening for confirmation.

Hope everyone is safe, well and dry. If any members need assistance, please contact Diana on her e-mail or phone.

ARWA Retreat – Day 3

Last day of what has been a great retreat. Here’s a recap from Lori.

Being a writer is sometimes like being a sailor in charge of your own craft. It’s exciting, dangerous and exactly what you want to do. But sometimes there’s that great big ocean and no one to talk to about your exciting, dangerous adventures and you wonder ‘am I the only one’?

Using water as the metaphor seems fitting given the flood situation in Calgary where what used to be rivers now resemble inland oceans. Despite the catastrophic nature of the environment, we authors found respite. A haven to share, to laugh, gather ideas and be inspired in a home so welcoming it was like being enveloped in a mother’s embrace.

It is here that the members of the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association met to focus on current works in progress, reacquainting with members and meeting other writers for the first time.

I was one of those authors meeting everyone for the first time. Oh my, I was so excited when the retreat was announced and planned my calendar to accommodate this specific weekend. It was unlikely a bit of rising water was going to keep me away. But when push came to shove and I arrived at the door, I put on a brave face but I was a nervous talker for the first while. I didn’t know quite what to say. Would they like me? Would I be a bust? Would I connect with the members? Sure we Skype, but this is face to face.
Of course I needn’t worried.

The retreat has been a success. We discussed various plots, ideas on moving the story forward, what inspired us as writers, how do we measure success and so many other topics sometimes on writing, sometimes not. I have been motivated to keep to my chosen craft and have learned new skills. And isn’t that the point.

I will look forward to the next opportunity to gather and share and look forward to meeting many more of the Alberta Romance Writers membership – in better weather!