I’ve recently taken over as interim Web Liaison for the Writers’ Community of Durham Region. Because of this, I’m able to really dig into the WCDR’s website and work with the rest of the board of directors to make the website more accessible, more resource-packed, and more informational.

One thing that became apparent as I now have my hands in the WCDR’s main website and this one (the RAW site), is that there’s no need to have such a separation between the two. So, I’ve got a new plan for Reading as Writers.

The focus of this site will be this, the literary blog. It’s generated some great discussion over the last year, since I took over as RAW Coordinator (a fancy title for editor and primary contributor of this blog and resource site). This needs to continue! The start of the online critique groups RAW Critters is also a component of the Reading as Writers website. As for the rest, it really belongs on the main WCDR website. So, over the next several months, I’ll be moving the resource content of this website over to the main WCDR website. Some of the content is repeated anyway.

I will also be closing the RAW Twitter account because…well, I’m currently tweeting for both accounts and it’s just not practical. Things sort of worked out to put me in a position to manage all online components for the WCDR together, so now I’m just organizing everything.

I’m hoping for this literary blog to become even more focused, now that the WCDR’s main website has its own informational news blog. “5 Questions, 1 Speaker” will continue monthly, with RAW blog topics directly tying to what the WCDR’s monthly RoundTable speakers plan to cover during their presentations. Last month, this proved to be quite successful with speaker Guy Gavriel Kay beginning his talk at the RoundTable meeting by referring to the discussion that was sparked by my post on October 21st, 2013. I’m still hoping to welcome more WCDR members to the blog with guest posts related to the concept of reading as a writer.

So, while the website might end up looking bare, nothing is really going to change. I’m just getting a head start on my virtual spring cleaning. And please, drop by the WCDR’s main website to see what’s going on. I’d love to hear suggestions on how to make the website more useful, so send any feedback and suggestion my way! webmaster@wcdr.org


Stay tuned for Harrison Wheeler’s return to the blog, with Pt. 2 of Graphically Speaking. (Pt. 1)


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