IFWA Write-Off, a Calgary writers retreat.

Can’t seem to put a chunk of time together to write in?

Here’s an opportunity to write off a weekend!

The write-off will be held on April 18-21.

At the Richmond Meadows Recreation Hall: 4940, 39 Ave. S.W.

Join fellow IFWITS as we sit at tables and, to the sound of pencils and keyboards, write for the entire weekend in an atmosphere free of distractions. Banquet tables and chairs are provided. Please bring an extension cord if you are writing electrically. The lighting is sometimes inadequate so you may want to bring a lamp. Bus service is quite good with several routes coming directly from downtown. A small “coffee break” area will be set up for conversation.

NOTE:There is no parking in the complex. Please Park behind COOP

Schedule is as follows: (very much subject to change except for opening times)

Friday 8:00 am hall opens and is available for set-up and to start writing till whatever time you’d like to quit that evening.

Saturday 8:00 am the hall opens.

5:00 pm break for pizza.

6:00 – 8:00 pm some writerly discussion

8:00 pm hall is available for as long as you’d like to stay and write that evening.

Sunday 8:00 am the hall opens.

The hall is available for as long as you’d like to stay and write that evening.

Monday 8:00 am the hall opens.

5:00 pm pack up, clean up, and be amazed at how much you’ve accomplished.

NOTE:There is no parking in the complex. Please Park behind COOP

You will be responsible for your own food and drink except for Sat. evening pizza. There is a COOP store a block away and several restaurants and fast food places only two blocks away.

The hall has fridge, ktove, kettle, and coffee maker.

For details call: Danita (403) 771-2461

Fundraiser

Hi All !!!

WOW – what a weekend.  A HUGE thank you to Randy and all the WWC volunteers and organizers that sweat more than blood to pull off an even better than ever event.  SOOOO good ….  and a big thank you to all the IFWA types that contributed by volunteering or paneling or by just showing up and participating.  It was great.

but wait – we’re not done …

IFWA is holding our infamous annual short story contest and whatever fundraiser on Sat, Sept 7 – noon till 4  at Danita’s condominium recreation center on 47th street and 39th  Ave SW.  Directly behind the Richmond Road CO-OP  and in the center area of the complex.  THANK YOU Danita !

Ten dollars at the door gets you in for pot luck (bring goodies or food if you’ve got some to spare),  conversation, fun  and the most amazing raffle for books and ‘stuff’.   As usual we’ll have BBQ burgers and dogs and something amazing from CLIFF !      If you’d like to bring a food item, coordinate with myself or Celeste to be sure, or just bring it for a surprise.

Feel free to donate your favorite books that HAVE to be sacrificed for the new ones – and anything special that’s taking up space (music, movies, trivia and treasure) that you think a kindred soul may appreciate.

Each raffle ticket you purchase (cheaper if you buy lots)  increases your chances for early picks from the lottery table.  We’ll have a kind of penny raffle for bigger ticket items (each item will have a hat and you can drop as many tickets as you like – we’ll take breaks to draw one ticket to win that item) (if we have any big ticket items) (I donated a small telescope once)

Brian Hades from Edge will hopefully drop by for a smile.

Parking on the street or in the mall lot.

Hope to see you there,

Michael

Special Event – IFWA Readings Opportunity

Event: Sci-Fi Night at the Observatory

Saturday, October 27 7:30pm to 11:00pm

 

Flash Fiction (Preferably on a Sci-Fi theme, but not necessary)

Word Count: 55 to 600 words. Rating: PG-13. Multiple readings encouraged! 

Have a story you feel fits and theme and length, but can’t make the event? Email it to Anna (see RSVP Details below), and someone will read it for you! 

Wear your costume and join in for astronomical fun and games, Science Fiction talks, music and trivia challenges. 

RSVP: Anna with #stories and word counts, and a very brief bio and the name(s) of any friends/family who may accompany you (see below)

 

RSVP due date: Midnight Wednesday, October 24.

 AnnaBortolotto@shaw.ca

$10 per ticket (free for the first 10 IFWits who RSVP, priority for those reading – a list of names of those with tickets will be at the entrance to the event). To purchase additional tickets, please refer to the link below. 

For more info on the event: http://www.ucalgary.ca/rao/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/events/423498404365325/

Note: if 10 IFWits don’t respond by the above date, I will then open the available tickets up to friends and family. So let me know if you are bringing any of those and their name(s) and we’ll see if we can accommodate.

April’s IFWA meeting began with critiques for two members’ stories. The prompt for the Friday Night Readings at When Words Collide will be “Widgets of Death.” May 3 is the deadline for speculative stories for “In Places Between,” the Robin Herrington Short Story Contest (details on the IFWA site); Pampered Chef will be our fundraiser for the contest prize money–bring your orders to the May meeting to have your name entered in a draw. IFWA has given up its Saturday night party slot at When Words Collide so that Edge Press can hold a party instead. Our semi-annual writers’ retreat is April 7-10. Aurora Nominations will be announced Friday, April 13: be sure to vote! The meeting ended with a skills session on how to give and receive critique.