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Call for Volunteers for WANL Committees

At our 2019 AGM, WANL committed to doing a better job engaging volunteers. We’ve been putting together our database of volunteers from the preferences you indicated in your membership applications. We’ll be reaching out soon!

Today, we’re also making a direct call to any members who would like to join the committees below. The work of these committees is proceeding in spite of the COVID-19 isolation restrictions and meetings are taking place online until such time as we can meet again in person. If you would like to join any of the committees below, please send your request to Wendy Rose, Member Services Coordinator: membership@wanl.ca.

The Chair of the committee in question will reach out to you within a week of hearing from you.


Literary Awards: Play a part in making local literary history by becoming involved with our Literary Awards Committee! This committee oversees the prestigious annual Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards and the lucrative NL Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. Have your voice heard with regards to award guidelines, jury selection, media communications, event planning, and more.


Podcast: If you grew up enjoying the magic of a bedtime story read aloud by a loved one, you’re probably a big fan of podcasting! This committee oversees WANL’s Inkpod podcast, profiling the immense talent in our Newfoundland and Labrador writing community. As a volunteer, you could have a role in setting our schedule of interviews, editing podcasts, and have a chance to chat with a local author or figure in the literary industry about her works, hopes and dreams, and tips and tricks for other writers.


Youth: Our board and staff are young at heart, but we want to be more hip with the kids. See? Who says “hip with the kids”? We need your help! If you’re 25 or younger, save us from ourselves by joining our Youth Committee. We want your thoughts and ideas on how WANL can better engage and serve our youth members. We’ve committed to doing at least one youth-only initiative each year, in addition to the selection of WANL programs and services youth are already eligible for. Your input will help us figure out what that initiative should look like, be it an event, workshop, panel discussion, contest, or something we haven’t even thought of yet.


Advocacy: This committee is made for people who like to be a force for change and are supportive of their fellow writers. If you have a vested interest in the writing community in Newfoundland and Labrador, are swimming in ideas about the future of writing in NL, or are interested in trends in the writing and publishing industries, WANL’s Advocacy Committee would love to have you on board. We are especially interested in members with a background or interest in Access Copyright, royalties, and funding/grants for writers.


If you would like to join any of the committees below, please send your request to Wendy Rose, Member Services Coordinator: membership@wanl.ca.