A BIT ABOUT US
"Supporting writers.. any age, any stage of their writing career." - WFSC
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.
WHO WE ARE
Arts, Culture and Literacy
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 2023 we celebrate our 18-year anniversary with a return to in-person events! 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.
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.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Current
Committed to Literacy and the Creative Arts
Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.
Children's Writing Workshop Coordinator
You Can Make a Difference
Poets in the Park Coordinator
BECOME A MEMBER
Help Us Spread the Written Word
Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Partner with Us and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
Show Your Support
This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at Writers Foundation of Strathcona County. Get in touch with any questions about how you can Volunteer Your Time today.
MAKE A DONATION
Make A True Change
Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Writers Foundation of Strathcona County an even better Arts Organization than it already is. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.