•              Long-time member Alison Acheson, author and creative writing instructor, has always been a writer. "The one thing that has been consistent throughout [my life]," she says, "is my need to write. That's what distinguishes a writer from other folks, the need to put words on paper." She is a strong supporter of SCBWI, and has been the editor of Canada West's newsletter, The Western Tale Spinner, since the fall of 2010. She cannot answer which book has been her favourite to read, because there are far too many favourites. But here are a few favourites that she can answer: Quote: "Wonder is respect for Life." --William Steig TV Series: 'The Singing Detective' Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche Favourite place to write: Outside on summer mornings; and on the warm side of a window in winter. Favourite opening line: "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."--from C. S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This line reminds me of what I need in my work: colour, character, magic and forgiveness. Website: www.alisonacheson.com  
  •          Long-time member Alison Acheson, author and creative writing instructor, has always been a writer. "The one thing that has been consistent throughout [my life]," she says, "is my need to write. That's what distinguishes a writer from other folks, the need to put words on paper." She is a strong supporter of SCBWI, and has been the editor of Canada West's newsletter, The Western Tale Spinner, since the fall of 2010. She cannot answer which book has been her favourite to read, because there are far too many favourites. But here are a few favourites that she can answer: Quote: "Wonder is respect for Life." --William Steig TV Series: 'The Singing Detective' Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche Favourite place to write: Outside on summer mornings; and on the warm side of a window in winter. Favourite opening line: "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."--from C. S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This line reminds me of what I need in my work: colour, character, magic and forgiveness.   Website: www.alisonacheson.com
  •           Long-time member Alison Acheson, author and creative writing instructor, has always been a writer. "The one thing that has been consistent throughout [my life]," she says, "is my need to write. That's what distinguishes a writer from other folks, the need to put words on paper." She is a strong supporter of SCBWI, and has been the editor of Canada West's newsletter, The Western Tale Spinner, since the fall of 2010. She cannot answer which book has been her favourite to read, because there are far too many favourites. But here are a few favourites that she can answer: Quote: "Wonder is respect for Life." --William Steig TV Series: 'The Singing Detective' Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche Favourite place to write: Outside on summer mornings; and on the warm side of a window in winter. Favourite opening line: "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."--from C. S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This line reminds me of what I need in my work: colour, character, magic and forgiveness.   Website: www.alisonacheson.com  
  •              Long-time member Alison Acheson, author and creative writing instructor, has always been a writer. "The one thing that has been consistent throughout [my life]," she says, "is my need to write. That's what distinguishes a writer from other folks, the need to put words on paper." She is a strong supporter of SCBWI, and has been the editor of Canada West's newsletter, The Western Tale Spinner, since the fall of 2010. She cannot answer which book has been her favourite to read, because there are far too many favourites. But here are a few favourites that she can answer: Quote: "Wonder is respect for Life." --William Steig TV Series: 'The Singing Detective' Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche Favourite place to write: Outside on summer mornings; and on the warm side of a window in winter. Favourite opening line: "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."--from C. S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This line reminds me of what I need in my work: colour, character, magic and forgiveness.   Website: www.alisonacheson.com    
  •           Long-time member Alison Acheson, author and creative writing instructor, has always been a writer. "The one thing that has been consistent throughout [my life]," she says, "is my need to write. That's what distinguishes a writer from other folks, the need to put words on paper." She is a strong supporter of SCBWI, and has been the editor of Canada West's newsletter, The Western Tale Spinner, since the fall of 2010. She cannot answer which book has been her favourite to read, because there are far too many favourites. But here are a few favourites that she can answer: Quote: "Wonder is respect for Life." --William Steig TV Series: 'The Singing Detective' Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche Favourite place to write: Outside on summer mornings; and on the warm side of a window in winter. Favourite opening line: "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."--from C. S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This line reminds me of what I need in my work: colour, character, magic and forgiveness.   Website: www.alisonacheson.com  
  •           Long-time member Alison Acheson, author and creative writing instructor, has always been a writer. "The one thing that has been consistent throughout [my life]," she says, "is my need to write. That's what distinguishes a writer from other folks, the need to put words on paper." She is a strong supporter of SCBWI, and has been the editor of Canada West's newsletter, The Western Tale Spinner, since the fall of 2010. She cannot answer which book has been her favourite to read, because there are far too many favourites. But here are a few favourites that she can answer: Quote: "Wonder is respect for Life." --William Steig TV Series: 'The Singing Detective' Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche Favourite opening line: "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."--from C. S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This line reminds me of what I need in my work: colour, character, magic and forgiveness.urite place to write: Outside on summer mornings; and on the warm side of a window in winter.     Website: www.alisonacheson.com  
  •           Long-time member Alison Acheson, author and creative writing instructor, has always been a writer. "The one thing that has been consistent throughout [my life]," she says, "is my need to write. That's what distinguishes a writer from other folks, the need to put words on paper." She is a strong supporter of SCBWI, and has been the editor of Canada West's newsletter, The Western Tale Spinner, since the fall of 2010. She cannot answer which book has been her favourite to read, because there are far too many favourites. But here are a few favourites that she can answer: Quote: "Wonder is respect for Life." --William Steig TV Series: 'The Singing Detective' Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche Favourite place to write: Outside on summer mornings; and on the warm side of a window in winter. Favourite opening line: "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."--from C. S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This line reminds me of what I need in my work: colour, character, magic and forgiveness.   Website: www.alisonacheson.com  
  •           Long-time member Alison Acheson, author and creative writing instructor, has always been a writer. "The one thing that has been consistent throughout [my life]," she says, "is my need to write. That's what distinguishes a writer from other folks, the need to put words on paper." She is a strong supporter of SCBWI, and has been the editor of Canada West's newsletter, The Western Tale Spinner, since the fall of 2010. She cannot answer which book has been her favourite to read, because there are far too many favourites. But here are a few favourites that she can answer: Quote: "Wonder is respect for Life." --William Steig TV Series: 'The Singing Detective' Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche Favourite place to write: Outside on summer mornings; and on the warm side of a window in winter. Favourite opening line: "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."--from C. S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This line reminds me of what I need in my work: colour, character, magic and forgiveness.   Website: www.alisonacheson.com  
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Canada West includes published and unpublished members from British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwest Territories. We have a yahoogroups listserv that is open only to members. However, our critique meetings, illustrator meetings, special topic meetings, and other events are

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Please feel free to check out our features and information, including speaker information, members' books, illustrator galleries, blog and more.

 

Alison Acheson is our featured member on this main page of our new website. Click on any of the images to find out a bit more about Alison. Stay tuned for how your books can be featured on this page.

 

And also check out where and when we are having critique meetings. And if you're a member interested in hosting a critique meeting or getting involved with the chapter, then please send us a note on the Contact Us page.

 

In addition, keep an eye out for details about our upcoming WestCwic conference, which is scheduled for Saturday September 20 2014.