The Write Group was founded over 30 years ago, in 1984. Our co-founder, Carol Livingstone, describes our origin like this:
Paula Hallett (think that’s spelled right) and I started the group – I can’t even remember how we met, likely she was a library user and I was a library clerk. Paula was rural, she had horses, I think, and did some business or commercial writing – don’t quote me on that. Outside of the group we didn’t socialize. Our purpose was to enjoy the company of other writers, share and learn, encourage and stimulate one another, same as it is today I imagine. I put an ad in the Merc and we ended up with a nice group of about seven regulars – don’t ask me to recall all their names..
We are based in the parkland farming region of Tofield, Alberta, Canada, at the edge of a UNESCO moraine knob-and-kettle landscape and a RAMSAR prehistoric pan-lake, where “mountain glaciers from the west met continental ice-sheets from the east” during the last world glaciation..
Our philosophy is currently under review by our members and the public.
If you want to contribute suggests or comments, please see our draft philosophy on our Drive. We welcome feedback and critique.
When our philosophy is ready, it will placed in its own page with a link to it from here.
Our credo is: Writers sharing and talking about writing. This is also our slogan and the inspiration for the splash animation on our homepage.
This credo reflects the three activities at the center of our group:
- storymaking, storytelling and listening;
- discussing each other’s writing; and
- discussing topics and techniques of the writing craft.
We love talking writing and sharing stories with fellow local writers. .
We envision a community of writers who enjoy stories, engage in writing, improve in skills, delight in the company of writers, develop friendships, support and advise each other and feel that they gain from, contribute to and belong to a vibrant, responsive and interested community that strives to fulfil its mission and credo to share and talk about writing..
Our mission is to write, share, discuss, critique, support, play, develop friendships and have fun to the betterment, enjoyment and publication of our members..
Our slogan is: Writers sharing and talking about writing.
Our base logo consists of the Write Group‘s title in Bradley Hand ITC centred in a circumcircle. Two derivatives of this logo have a feather-quill and Tofield, Alberta in allcaps bold Arial wrapped around the circle, the first arranged in an equilateral triangle, the second arranged in 135°-pitched opposite arcs.
Our Letterhead Logo
We also have a letterhead logo. Our current letterhead consists of the Write Group‘s title in bold Bradley Hand ITC, a secondary-feather quill swooping off our title to the right, our base logo to the left and our slogan in bold Sylfaen under our title.
Our digital footprint spans the World. We have networked with writers, writing circles, agents, editors and publishers in several countries and shared several resources with our PWN (personal writing network).
¹ Spicynodes, which hosts our Writing Map, is no longer active. The Map is archived and neither editable nor deletable. Some items in the map no longer exist.