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Local writing group celebrates 30 years with novella – Kincardine News

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Hannah MacLeod Cover of Writers’ BLOC novella, N. C. R. The novella was written to celebrate the groups 30 year anniversary. SUBMITTED

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Writers’ BLOC is a local group of writers spanning from The Bruce Peninsula to Kincardine. The group has seen more than 60 writers in the past 30 years, each with their own unique background in writi…….

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Hannah MacLeod Cover of Writers’ BLOC novella, N. C. R. The novella was written to celebrate the groups 30 year anniversary. SUBMITTED

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Writers’ BLOC is a local group of writers spanning from The Bruce Peninsula to Kincardine. The group has seen more than 60 writers in the past 30 years, each with their own unique background in writing and their own creative writing styles.

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The group began in 1991 with two Port Elgin women – Diana Armstrong and the late Isabel Sturgeon. Numerous public readings in the 1990s put their works before audiences in venues including the Bruce County Museum & Archives, St. Joseph’s Church Hall, the Port Elgin Public Library, and MacGregor Point Provincial Park. Writers’ BLOC has also sponsored literacy awards in the past.

Writers’ BLOC meet once a month to share their writing and exchange feedback. Prior to Covid meetings took place at the Kingsway Arms Elgin Lodge in Port Elgin, where one of the original founding members, Diane Armstrong, lives. More recently, due to the Pandemic, the group has been sharing their work online. They finally met in person once again in August of this year and then again in November, both at the Treasure Chest in Paisley.

“You’re always faced with the challenge of technology when doing online meetings,” commented Kim Dixon, one of the authors. “Also some of us were not as experienced with Google Meets so there was a learning curve there. But we helped each other adapt. That’s what I like about this group. They’re always very supportive and come up with creative solutions.”

To celebrate their 30 th anniversary, the current group of seven writers decided to publish a novella, entitled N. C. R.

“When we were meeting in person, someone brought an old binder to store the chapters, intended to be passed to the next writer at each meeting,” explained Dixon. “Stamped on the binder was ‘NCR’ (the logo of  National Cash Register) . We used this as our working title.”

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The entire group penned the novella, with each member taking one chapter at a time. Also included in the novella are poems …….

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