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WGA Announces 2017-18 Board President

Grande Prairie author to head Canada’s largest provincial writers’ association

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is pleased to announce that the 2017-18 President of the Board of Directors will be Grande Prairie author Dustin Archibald.

Of his position, Archibald said, “I’m proud to serve as the President for the Board of Directors for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. It’s a privilege to work with people dedicated to building the writing community in Alberta and across the country.

“Whether you’re a fiction or nonfiction author, poet, journalist, blogger, or anything in between we are here to help your writing grow and your voice be heard.”

When asked about the role, Archibald commented, “It certainly is a challenge. We have nearly a thousand members and that number is growing. Ensuring all voices have a place at the table is the most important thing I do.”

One of the focuses of his term will be rural initiatives: “The WGA is fairly well established in the larger centres like Edmonton and Calgary. We have programs and services in place to serve rural writers and are actively engaging these less represented areas. As a rural writer myself, I know the challenges of joining and being part of the writing community.”

Dustin hails from Grande Prairie, where he writes middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction. Having been previously published in comic books, his focus is on speculative fiction and creating fantastic worlds. For over two decades, he has been involved in many aspects of technology, from game design to human-computer interfaces, having studied computing science at Grande Prairie Regional College. He is currently Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Cudavision, a leader in business security and automation systems.

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada, and was formed in 1980 to provide a meeting ground and collective voice for the writers of the province. Our mission is to inspire, connect, support, encourage, and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers.

For more information, please contact the Writers’ Guild of Alberta at (780) 422-8174 or [email protected].

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