The Coop’s mandate is to offer support and stimulation to the writers of Saskatoon and area.
The Coop was founded in November 2001 at a meeting held in the Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre and attended by about 60 of the city's creative writers. Some of those writers were there because they were already acquainted with the organizers and their vision, and were eager to show their support. Most probably came on spec, but they were quickly persuaded.
Prompted by the energy in the room, and a strong sense of community spirit, many writers immediately dug into their pockets to give the new organization a small but welcome stash of start-up funds. Others volunteered their time and expertise. Before the meeting wrapped up, almost everyone present had announced their intention to join.
Today, the Coop remains a proud tenant of the Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre, and boasts a stable membership of approximately 130 writers. Typical activities include classes and workshops (on everything from the craft of writing to public speaking to book-making), open mikes, lectures, and social events.
We reach out to the readers and writers of our community wherever, and whenever, we can.
And to all those who labour, and linger, over the written word, we extend an open invitation:
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An editorial note: Please pluck the hyphen from the “Coop”! Under the terms of provincial legislation, the Saskatoon Writers’ Coop does not qualify as a “co-operative” and we may not present the organization as such.