Writer’s Ink continues to keep busy

Writer’s Ink, the Red Deer and District Writing Club, has been keeping busy publishing an anthology and a chapbook as well as planning a workshop for spring.

“We are doing something different with the anthology in that we are trying to market it,” said Jock Mackenzie, president of the club.

The workshop that is being planned will be in conjunction with the Lacombe Art show and will be held April 16th.

The workshop has two confirmed speakers, John Burnham, the vice president of the club, and Fran Kimmel from Lacombe. Both will talk about different subjects including publishing today and how to get recognition through published work.

“It’s a changing world out there with broadcasting, e-books, self-publishing and that kind of thing. Nothing is what you think it might be.”

Meetings are held on Tuesdays in the old farmhouse at Sunnybrook Farm (4701 30 St.), and start at 7 p.m.

During the meetings, members share their writing and offer constructive criticism to the others. In order to improve their skills, they hold Skype meetings with professionals in the field of writing and invite guest speakers to their workshops.

“We are always looking for people to join. Just drop in. You don’t need a special invitation,” said Mackenzie.

The first three meetings are free so people can get an idea of what the club does and “get their feet wet” with an understanding of whether or not they would like to join.

The chapbook that was recently completed is a collection of the writings from members of the group and is available for purchase for $5.

The chapbook is only being published for the 13th time this year even though the club has been around for 19 years.

The Anthology is available for purchase as well in a few different locations including the Red Deer Hospital gift shop and the Country Cupboard.

Because it is the Red Deer and District Writing Club, Mackenzie says they would like to look at having the books available also in Lacombe, Innisfail and any other central locations that would be interested.

For more information visit www.writers-ink.net