The Canadian Writers' Collective

Writing, and writerly tangents

Thursday, April 23, 2009

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

Like the von Trapp family exiting the stage, the members of the Canadian Writers Collective bid farewell to our readers three years and nearly 700 posts after we began. We’ve given you book reviews, interviews, recipes, rants, and laments. Humourous pieces and poignant ones. We’ve run four writing contests and posted the winning entries. Played host to a number of guest bloggers.

Of the 11 CWCers who started, only five of us remain.

It’s tough to produce a weekly post year after year while also finding and losing jobs, falling in and out of love, having anxiety attacks, changing diapers, remembering to put out the garbage, washing floors, laundering clothes, taking the car in for servicing, feeding the dog, schlepping the cat to the vet, getting your hair cut, buying the kids a hamster, defrosting something for dinner, planting a garden, remembering to water the garden you planted, baking cakes and barbecuing steaks, trudging to the dentist, getting enough sleep and exercise, attending graduations, weddings and funerals, all while penning a future Giller award winning work of prose.

Thank you all for reading and commenting since April 23, 2006. You can keep up with us individually on our separate Blogger pages and, from time to time, any one of us may decide to pop in here and mouth off about something. You just never know. But for now, it’s…

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.


Blogger Ania Vesenny said...

Oh guys! Sometimes I think that good things will never come to an end, but I guess they do. I am honoured to have been part of the collective, even if for a little while. You've all done such an amazing job. I can't believe it has been three years and now it is over. I've been a very sporadic reader, but enjoyed every visit, and always thought I'd come back for more--well, the archives will stay, but it is not the same. Wishing you much success in all the future endeavours!

Thu Apr 23, 08:12:00 am GMT-4  
Blogger Denis Taillefer said...

Three years, already? That's an awesome accomplishment. Your posts have been fun and funny, and always interesting. I wish you well, and will see you around!

Thu Apr 23, 11:57:00 am GMT-4  
Blogger Kuzhali Manickavel said...



Thu Apr 23, 12:00:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger katrina said...


Thu Apr 23, 12:11:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger Alicia said...

Hasta luego amigos!

Thu Apr 23, 02:10:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger Sharon Hurlbut said...

You'll be missed! Wishing you all the very best in your next endeavors.

Thu Apr 23, 02:29:00 pm GMT-4  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Good luck to all of you! I loved coming by and reading the posts. Great site. Great job all these years!

Thu Apr 23, 02:45:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger Antonios Maltezos said...

We love you all! Thanks so much for being a part of our lives. We'll announce when one of us feels like coming back for one more post.

Thu Apr 23, 04:15:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger Tricia Dower said...

Thanks, all, for your kind comments and good wishes. It's been fun.

Thu Apr 23, 04:25:00 pm GMT-4  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, one of your adoring fans is really sad. Thank you all.

Tricia's Sis, Lili

Thu Apr 23, 05:27:00 pm GMT-4  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed this blog immensely.

Fare thee well!


Thu Apr 23, 06:20:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger T. Lee said...

Thanks, one and all! It's been a great time!

Thu Apr 23, 07:03:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger Lisa McMann said...

Be well.


Thu Apr 23, 09:58:00 pm GMT-4  
Anonymous redpen said...

Thanks for being so relentlessly entertaining.


Good luck!!

Fri Apr 24, 03:16:00 pm GMT-4  
Anonymous martin heavisides said...


Fri Apr 24, 07:44:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger Andrew Tibbetts said...

Such Pumpkins! Thanks gentle readers for your sweet words. I already miss doing this.....

Sat Apr 25, 11:44:00 am GMT-4  
Blogger Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

When I first started writing I found you guys quite by accident. You all displayed a tone that I hoped to emulate while I matured as a writer. I was flattered when asked to guest blog although I knew I wasn't in the same league with you.

I thank you all for your inspiration, your friendship and your support. May we all bump into each other at a signing, a convention, a bookstore.


Sat Apr 25, 09:13:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger Antonios Maltezos said...

Love you, Sandra! Hope we meet up again somewhere down the line. You've been a great friend to this blog through the leanest of times.

Sat Apr 25, 10:15:00 pm GMT-4  
Anonymous Jack Ruttan said...

That's too bad. I was just getting to know ye.

Wed Apr 29, 05:55:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger chicu said...

but..we haven't even said hello properly yet!

Tue May 05, 08:02:00 am GMT-4  
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