Welcome to the new NOWW. It's not really new, just went out and got itself a little bit of a makeover. NOWW has been inspiring, supporting and encouraging writers in northwestern Ontario for 18 years now and decided it was time for a little bit of a change and more of an online presence.
Over the course of the last few months we have been making some changes in order to better reach writers across the region and provide a new platform to showcase their work. This year, Dorothea Belanger joined the executive as Regional Representative. She is based in Kenora and will be working with organizations, writing groups and libraries from Kenora to Marathon to provide readings, workshops and support to our members. This is just one of the ways we are looking to reach out to our members and provide greater opportunities for writers in the north. If you are in the region and looking to connect with Dorothea, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to put you in touch.
We have also created a new website... this one here! Take a look around, check out the pages and the information and if you have any suggestions, please just send us an email: email@example.com. As you may notice, the website isn't just about NOWW, it is about writing in the north. NOWW is where you can come to find out about community events, regional, national and international writing contests, resources for writers, writing groups - pretty much anything! We can help you connect to writers in your area and in the country to help encourage your work. Obviously, it's also the place you can come to find out everything that's happening with NOWW - readings, workshops, events, contests... you name it!
Within the website, is this blog. Probably my favourite new endeavor as it is going to be populated by you, our members! This will be another space to showcase your work, share your excitement about an event, and work on your craft. I will be putting weekly calls out for blog posts - excerpts you would like to post from your work, book/film/event reviews, NOWW event reviews, general musings on writing... pretty much anything! This is an opportunity for members to let us know what is going on with them, to showcase their writing and gives an opportunity for our regional members to connect with us in more personal ways. Most of the time the content will be directed by you, the members and sometimes I'll put a call out for themed posts or something specific (book review, event review, etc). This is just another way we want to connect with you and showcase our talented members.
That's about all for now, but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org... and don't forget, if you haven't joined NOWW, there's no time like the present!