From the Editor's Notepad

Welcome, all, to the twentieth volume of Inkshed. In the previous issue, I reminded us of the early intention to make this newsletter the venue for conversation and I’m happy to say that this issue contains great conversations. We have a reply from Patrick Dias to the review of his book Worlds Apart. The review by Russ Hunt appeared in Volume 19. We also have a consolidation of a particularly enthusiastic conversation held on the list-serve. 

This issue also brings you the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting held at the Inkshed Conference in May, 2002, but I’m sorry to report to those of you who were not able to get to this year’s conference that I have no summary of, or response to, that conference. I’m particularly disappointed because I was one of those who could not attend and was intrigued by Russ Hunt’s comment on the listserve that he thought the conversations there were the finest. It is no coincidence that the “authentic writing” thread online occurred immediately after the conference.  Our thanks go to Linda Meggs who bravely took on the job of conference co-ordinator after attending her first Inkshed. Thanks also to the program committee: Anne Hunt, Russ Hunt, Roberta Lee, and Shurli Makmillan.
This issue also brings you the call for proposals for the 2003 Inkshed conference to be held in Hockley Hills, Ontario. The theme, Teaching in Contexts, promises a broad and lively subject for discussion. We look forward to celebrating 20 years of conferences that offer inspiration, challenge, and support in what we do as teachers and students of writing.  

Jane Milton

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