Fonds MsC-23 - Women and Words Society fonds

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Women and Words Society fonds

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  • Textual records
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  • 1982-1998 (Creation)
    Women and Words Society

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4.2 m of textual records and other material

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The West Coast Women and Words Society was incorporated in 1982 with the goal of supporting women's writing. The society held an influential conference in Vancouver from June 30 to July 3, 1983; participants included Canadian women writers, editors, publishers, critics, printers, typesetters, academics, playwrights, librarians, distributors, booksellers, translators, and educational and cultural organizers. The conference featured presentations of papers, panel discussions, workshops and interviews relevant to such themes as: feminism, power and alternative structures doing it (i.e. developing work strategies), traditions and new directions. Following the conference, the West Coast Women and Word Society continued to fulfil their mandate by organizing poetry competitions, hosting readings and events, editing and compiling anthologies of women's writing, and running a mentorship program designed to connect young women writers with more established ones.

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The fonds includes records of the administration and activities of the Women and Words Society, including minutes, correspondence, financial and payroll records, submissions, fundraising records, documentation of events and its mentorship program.

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Printed inventory available; file list has been attached as a PDF document.

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Created May 20, 2014, LZ
PDF file list added June 4, 2018 MH

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  • English

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