Write!Canada 2009

June 21, 2009 at 2:29 pm 6 comments

The Word Guild organizers and volunteers are to be congratulated on their efforts to make this another successful event.  N. J. Lindquist, novelist, writer, and a founding member of The Word Guild, said she didn’t know what to expect in attendance, given the present economic situation, so she was pleasantly surprised that attendance had actually increased over last year’s excellent attendance.

Keynote speakers Audrey Dorsch, freelance editor and former editor of Faith Today, Brian Stiller,  book author and retiring president of Tyndale College, and Ray Wiseman, retired pastor, missionary, editor,  columnist, author, and winner of the Leslie K. Tarr award for career achievement, entertained and educated us about their experiences as editors and educators.

Once again we enjoyed the music of a talented vocalist. Kelita, award-winning vocalist, played piano and sang her song, I can hear the caged bird sing. Although she has sung  many other pieces, this one remains my favourite for its touching lyrics and peaceful melody. Kelita also led worship sessions with her warm voice and approachable manner.

So much happened that I cannot write about it all. As I drove away from the conference grounds yesterday afternoon, I felt sad at saying goodbye to friends, inspired by what I had learned, encouraged by a publisher’s agent who brainstormed with me where my manuscript might best fit. I was also tired from eventful days and shorter nights and anticipating the quiet ride home. In that, I think I may be just like other writers,  enjoying the gathering time yet needing my quiet time just as much. One more event in the life of a writer.


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  • 1. Peter Black  |  June 21, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Hello Carolyn,
    Your brief reflections on the Write! Canada 2009 conference stirs the old potpourri of emotions that usually follows in the wake of such a wonderful exhilarating, exhausting, inspirational, and joyful event that I have found the conference to be. And so, although I was not able to attend (since I was sick), I sort of know what I missed, and vicariously get a little injection from evocative reports such as yours.

  • 2. joannamallory  |  June 22, 2009 at 12:51 am

    It was a wonderful time indeed. The organizers, volunteers and faculty did a great job, and it was so good to be with old and new friends.

    And yes, Carolyn, it’s good to be home and quiet to think it all through.

    Good to see you there! And Peter, we missed you!

  • 3. Carolyn Wilker  |  June 22, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for your responses, Peter and Joanna.

    Feel better soon, Peter. I missed both you and Belinda this year.

  • 4. Peter Black  |  June 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you, Carolyn and Joanna,

    Belinda (and Susan S.)and I have already commiserated on our missing Write! Canada –although the ladies, I must say, were not at all whiny about it!

    I’m feeling pretty good — and better than I would have had I not had a group drug plan [get that complex sentence structure, eh), since as of today I’ve got some expensive meds on the go.
    Hah! Gotta’ get healed before summer next year when I’ll likey be retiring from my job and the plan.

    All joy to you both.

  • 5. Belinda Burston  |  June 23, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Why, Carolyn, I feel a little closer to being there now that i’ve read this, along with the snippets on TWG email list.

    I may not have been “there” but at least I am “here,” alive and almost well, that is.

    God is so good.

    • 6. storygal  |  June 24, 2009 at 12:51 am

      Belinda, I’m glad you’re feeling much better. Take care of yourself, and I hope to hear from you soon.


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