You’re Invited: Oct. 20, Next Meeting

Our next general meeting is Thursday, October 20, at the Landon Library in Wortley Village, beginning at 7 p.m.

At this meeting we will have our first guest speaker of the year, Meredith Fraser. Meredith will share some of the stories she has heard as the Anti-Hate and Anti-Bias Program Coordinator at London Urban Services Organization (LUSO) Community Services. Her talk will be followed by a question period. Her bio is below. Come with lots of questions, this is the time to get them answered.

At our last meeting John Hitchens threw out a challenge to write a 500-word Halloween story. Anyone who did so is welcome to read it at the meeting, though there is no obligation to do so.

Following that, the first of what we hope are many mini-workshops will be presented by myself. I will be talking about the importance of setting in your story. This is an interactive workshop, feel free to bring questions or even short samples of work giving you a problem. The time we have for the workshop will depend on how much time is left after our guest and Halloween readings.

Also on the agenda is a discussion about our possible involvement in a London Writers Festival to take in the later part of 2012.

We are always open to suggestions, so if think of something you think the others in the group would benefit from or enjoy, then come along and tell us. We are also open to suggestions for field trips that would be done outside the regular meetings.

Meredith Fraser – Bio

Meredith received her Master’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University in Washington, D.C.

Meredith’s longstanding interest in social justice has consistently been reflected in her volunteer work, her academic work, and in her professional work as the Anti-Hate & Anti-Bias Program Coordinator with LUSO Community Services – a multicultural community centre in Northeast London, dedicated to the inclusiveness, well-being, and prosperity of the London community.

Meredith has delivered presentations on a variety of diversity-related issues in both local and international contexts. She is a member of several local committees dedicated to celebrating diversity and promoting intercultural understanding in the city of London, including the Diversity & Race Relations Advisory Committee, the HBT Working Group, the Colour of Poverty London Campaign, and the Safe Schools Committee of the Thames Valley District School Board.

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