So as of Jan 5, 2012 (when I actually pay the membership fee) I am a full-fledged ifwit. A member of IFWA – The Imaginative Fiction Writers Association. I went to my first meeting last week. I am so glad I found this group!
I’ve been writing and working on my novel for 3+ years. It wasn’t until this past spring that I actually met some other writers. What a lonely and isolating writing existence it had been. For the longest time I was the only one I knew in Calgary who was writing a novel. To meet such a number of established and talented writers was exhilarating. It was a thrill to be able to talk to people who understand my qualms, my struggles, my insecurities and my shared love of all things speculative (sci-fi, fantasy, ghosts, etc).
Needless to say I feel like this group will probably be a great fit for me. I’m already looking forward to the different workshops and events they have planned. Just to have people to bounce ideas off of, and other writers who are willing to read and help critique my work is a wonderful privilege. It will help me so much to hone my craft.
With the amazing programs that the Calgary Public Library has to offer writers, plus a great ‘Open Mic Night’ done through Alexandra Writers Centre and the awesome Ifwits, I really feel like I’m coming into my own as a writer.
Here’s to finding others who not only understand your passion, but share it.