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Saturday, 24 August 2013

Get-togethers Galore!


This has been a good year for CWOSA get-togethers. Apart from some individuals spending time together, we also had three official times of fellowship.


In May a few of us were blessed to attend the Writers Uncaged mini-conference run by Aldyth Thomson and her helpers. This conference came about as a result of talks Aldyth, Linda and I had way back when in Cape Town. Having experienced American writers' conferences, Linda and I longed to see a similar event taking place in South Africa. At the time it didn't work out. A few years later, Aldyth and I again met up--this time in Johannesburg and again talked around the topic. It was just such an expensive proposition with so many challenges. Once again, nothing happened.

Beauty for Ashes Women's Conference - Johannesburg, 2013.

This year, 2013, it finally came together! It was nothing like the American conferences. After all, that's why we have CWOSA, right? Our requirements are different. However, Aldyth and team put together a top-rate teaching mini-seminar, lasting from 8 am to 3 pm (I think!).

Mary de MuthMary de Muth, who had been flown out as one of the two speakers for the Beauty for Ashes conference commencing that evening, presented an outstanding day of teaching, and a wonderful time was had by all.


After the writers mini-conference, we went off to a local Mugg 'n Bean for supper where we met up with Clinton.


Sue Keddy

Then it was off to Beauty for Ashes Women's Conference for the evening and the whole of the next day. There we enjoyed excellent inspirational speaking from both Mary de Muth and Sue Keddy.


A few weeks later, in June, my husband Rob and I drove to Cape Town where once again I was able to meet up with some of our CWOSA members.

It was so good to meet up again with some of our earliest members plus one newbie, Retha. We talked writing and shared experiences for several hours whilst Ross's wife and my daughter plus another friend, who were all roommates and friends in college years ago, caught up on news at a nearby table.

I hope you've enjoyed this glimpse at some of our members enjoying each others company. Make a decision now to try and join us next time. Better still, why not find out which members live close to you, and have your own get-together. Writing is a lonely business, and it's great to have fellowship with one another whenever possible.


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  1. How delightful to see the pictures. I'm so glad that you have each other for fellowship and encouragement. Thank you for sharing.

    1. How good of you to visit, Judith. Thanks for your encouragement.

  2. It was really good to get together with fellow CWOSA folk at Beauty for Ashes and to put faces to names. The writers mini-conference was excellent and I hope it will be the first of many.

    Thank you posting the photos and writing the blog, Shirl.