A Time for Change at The Writers’ Collective

UPDATE: The Special Meeting of The Writers’ Collective will take place in Room 3M60, University of Winnipeg. Please join us Thursday, June 28 at 7 pm!

The Writers’ Collective has come to the brink of change, and we need our members’ help to take the next step.

For 12 years, we have worked to deliver programs that support, encourage and recognize the work of emerging writers, with the help of our community partners. One of our key partners has been the University of Winnipeg Library, which provided office space since our founding. However, the University is growing, and can no longer provide us with space.

The loss of our office, combined with low attendance at some events over the past year, has convinced us that it is time to reconsider what is unique and essential to The Collective. With that in mind, we have decided to make some organizational and programming changes in the coming year in order to redevelop and relaunch Collective Consciousness, our writing journal.

The new Collective Consciousness will be a professional magazine that inspires, encourages and promotes emerging writers and artists.

As part of our restructuring, we must revise our constitution. According to our by-laws, constitutional amendments must:

- Be approved by a two-thirds majority vote of Writers’ Collective members present at the meeting, and

- Be circulated to members at least ten days prior to the meeting at which the amendment will be presented

You will find the proposed amendments at the bottom of this post.

Special Meeting to Amend the Constitution of The Writers’ Collective

The Special Meeting will be held on June 28, at 7 pm, at the University of Winnipeg (tentatively; location will be confirmed ahead of the meeting). In addition to the vote on amendments, the Board will present its plans for the organization and host an open discussion on the future of the Collective.

Please post your comments, questions or concerns below or, you may forward them to me at hilaryd DOT friesen AT gmail DOT com.

Thank you for supporting the Collective, and I hope to see you on June 28.

Amendments to the Constitution of The Writers’ Collective

The following clauses of the constitution of The Writers’ Collective will be amended, as shown:

MISSION STATEMENT

Original:

The Collective for Professional and Developing Writers offers programs and services for writers which include membership services, community outreach and professional development initiatives for all levels of writing skills.

Amended:

The Collective for Professional and Developing Writers offers programs and services to inspire, encourage and promote writers at all skill levels, including membership services and publication and performance opportunities.

A. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Original:

The Collective aims to encourage writing as a form of expression for people at all levels of performance, developmental through professional.

Amended:

The Collective aims to encourage and promote writing as a form of expression for people at all levels of performance, developmental through professional.

Hilary Friesen


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5 Responses to “A Time for Change at The Writers’ Collective”

  1. [...] June we successfully amended our constitution to allow us to move forward with our plans for Collective Consciousness. We’ll keep you [...]

  2. Rick Sparling says:

    I admit to being not that good on my computer, but I have had trouble getting in touch with anyone at The Collective for the past couple of years. Everything I try to find out on your website is stale-dated. For example I am looking for this fall’s contests and on the page where you are talking about the re-org it does talk about up-coming contests. Unfortunately they are for November 2011. Could you please contact me (preferably by e-mail) regarding up-coming contests in 2013? Thanks, Rick.

  3. Larry Flewin says:

    Further to my email of last week, any sign of my missing certificate and cheque? I can come and pick them up if that helps.
    Thank you
    Larry Flewin

  4. Hilary says:

    Hi Rick,
    Thanks for your continued interest in our contests. Our 2012 fall contests are in the planning stages now – I hope you will keep an eye out for the announcement. If you send an email to , we will be sure to add you to our mailing list (if you are not already subscribed).

  5. Hilary Friesen says:

    Hi Larry,
    We are looking into it and will get back to you. Your patience is appreciated.

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