The Write Group was founded over 40 years ago, in 1972. 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 moraine knob-and-kettle landscape and a prehistoric pan lake bed, where “mountain glaciers from the west met continental ice-sheets from the east” during the last world glaciation..
Our credo is: Writers sharing and talking about writing.
This credo reflects the two activities at the center of our Group: storymaking, storytelling and listening; and discussing each other’s writing, and 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: Picture the purls penned on our paper.
This slogan invites the almost magical ability of our imaginations to turn groupings of standard symbols into vivid multi-sensory imagery.
The slogan contains alliteration, synesthesia, trochaic cadence, a pun, metonymy and synecdoche. Purls is not spelled incorrectly, and the suggestion of its homophone is intentional..
Our current logo consists of the Write Group‘s title in Bradley Hand ITC, a rough horizontal stroke swooped under the title by a secondary-feather quill and our slogan in Sylfaen under that.
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).