What’s in a name?

By DAWN BOOTH, Managing Editor of Connect Weekly

When I was a little girl, I wrote poems and short stories mostly. Writing was important to me. It was an escape to another world – one where I could fully express myself, imagine, and dream. However, over the years, my writing style changed as I developed the career path of a journalist. And after college, I stopped writing poems completely. I stopped taking the time to sit down and tune in to my poetic side. I didn’t lose interest in creative writing. I lost the motivation to express myself.

Fast-forward to my life in Fort McMurray, I was a year-old resident in the fall of 2008. And through my career, I met a brilliant group of people who were talking about starting a literary magazine in the community – a magazine for us to call our own. Shortly after, NorthWord: A Literary Journal of the North was launched.

Seven years later, the magazine has made a remarkable presence in our community due to the volunteer efforts of The Northern Canada Collective Society for Writers members.

Seven years later, the magazine has made a remarkable presence in our community due to the volunteer efforts of The Northern Canada Collective Society for Writers members.

Thanks to them, we continue to have a portal for imaginative and word expressive individuals to come together – in one place – to share their stories of Wood Buffalo.

With two editions published a year, NorthWord gives us the inspiration to write and come up with new ideas, as a volunteer guest editor chooses a new topic and title for each issue.

From city councillors to teachers, to actors and published authors, to students and local artists, NorthWord has allowed our fellow citizens to express their inner thoughts and sensational stories on each published page.

And with that, I encourage you to join NorthWord and the event organizers of Games of Names on Sunday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic High School. Celebrate Alberta Culture Days by engaging with others and writing poetry, short stories or prose for their upcoming edition: What’s in a Name?

NorthWord at Alberta Culture Days

 

This edition will be guest edited by Joanne Hlina. (The submission deadline is on Friday, October 30 at midnight. To submit, email northword@hushmail.com. Your name is removed from your work before the guest editor sees it.) Attendees will also be able to pick up the latest #GameOn edition, which was guest edited by Will Gibson.

Art, poetry and creative writing hold a special precedence in our community’s culture. What’s in NorthWord’s name? Culture, arts and history because, not only does it express who we are today, NorthWord will show the people of tomorrow the way we were and where we came from.

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