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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Canadian Writers Society?

A: The CWS is a group of writers, aspiring and published, who believe in sharing their works and ideas with other like-minded individuals. Society activities include "Reading and Feedback" and 'Imagination' evenings, workshops on topics of interest to the membership, suppers, meeting selected authors and lectures by speakers on subjects that are of benefit to writers.

Q: How often do you meet?

A: The society has meetings monthly, with as many as two per month if the schedule permits and the need is there. During the summer months, when most intelligent people learn to relax, the meetings take a vacation as well.

Q: How much does it cost to become a member?

A: Membership is $25.00 annually, from September to August, which includes all society activities and perquisites. These dues are used to defray any costs the Society may incur, including such costs as fees for venues or speakers, fees for the web site, and any materials that the CWS may need to supply to its membership. Certain workshops may entail a supplementary fee.

Q: Does the C. W. S. have any rules or regulations?

A: While the Society has normal rules and regulations, most of which have little to do with the membership, it does have a few simple guidelines we would ask its membership to follow:

  1. While we understand that discussions can get heated on the spur of the moment, we would ask members to avoid personal critiques. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and no one opinion is better than any other.
  2. While constructive critique of another's work is highly regarded and wished for, we would please ask members to refrain from putting down your fellow member's work. If you can't find anything good to say about it, perhaps you can come up with an idea to make the work better instead of simply criticizing it.
  3. Participate.

Q: What is a 'Reading and Feedback' Evening?

A: A 'Reading and Feedback' Evening is where members get together and exchange some of their works. Ideally, the other members attending give their honest, constructive opinion of the work, expecting the same when they read their own piece. It gives members a chance to hear what fellow writers are working on, and perhaps allow them to gain insight into their own appreciation of the art.

Q: What is an 'Imagination' Evening?

A: An 'Imagination' Evening is where members get together and are given a phrase to work with, and asked to let their imagination run wild. They can write anything they want, as long as it has something to do with the phrase given them. They have fifteen minutes (or so) to finish their short story, poem, etc..., then the results are read to the assembled members. The object is not to critique the works of others, but to get your imagination working and enabling members to see how a simple phrase can spark so many different stories.