Book awards, mentorship program on agenda for 2013-14
Moncton (NB) June 12, 2013 – The Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick welcomed two new directors to its board at its recent annual general meeting in Moncton. Chuck Bowie, Fredericton, and Rosalyn Hyslop, Quispamsis, were elected by acclamation. Bowie also agreed to serve as the federation’s new secretary.
Led by president Rayanne Brennan, a Moncton-based magazine editor, the organization’s board represents a cross-section of poetry, prose and professional writers from across the province. They include Fredericton author Nancy Bauer, who is WFNB’s honourary president and Sackville author Marilyn Lerch, past president.
Directors re-elected to the board were: Carmel Vivier, Quispamsis; Kelly Cooper, Belleisle Creek; Marie Cadieux, Moncton; and, Gerry Beirne, Fredericton.
Directors returning to the board for the second year of their two-year term are: treasurer Kate Merlin, Riverview; Valerie Sherrard, Miramichi; Andy Flanagan, Belledune; and, Ben McFarlane, Fredericton.
Now in its 28th year, WFNB is the only organization that promotes writers in all disciplines and at all levels of development.
In delivering her president’s address, Brennan spoke of WFNB’s plans to develop and deliver two new initiatives as part of its ambitious agenda for 2013-14. One is a mentorship program to support emerging writers and the other is an awards program to recognize New Brunswick authors for outstanding work. New Brunswick is the only province in Canada that does not have its own book awards.
She noted that for the first time in 20 years, WFNB’s membership has topped 300 and its 2013 literary competition drew nearly 200 entries, the most in the organization’s recent history.
Brennan expressed appreciation to outgoing directors Deborah Carr, Hillsborough, and secretary Ian LeTourneau, Fredericton, for their dedicated service to the board and members of WFNB.
WFNB’s next event will be WordsFall, a one-day annual gathering to be held in Bathurst, October 18-19.