Thanet Creative Writers is a charity. To be precise, Thanet Creative Writers is an unincorporated charitable association.
What that means is that Thanet Creative Writers is run by its members. You can come along to our events, join our online groups, contribute to our blog, take part in contests, and everything else without being a member. So what are the benefits of being a full member?
Why having members matters
Having as large a membership base as possible is highly important to our aims as a charity. Having members allows us to address governments, local councils, funding bodies, and other large organisations on behalf of all our members.
The more members we have, the bigger voice the charity has for representing the interests of our members and the promotion of creative writing in Thanet.
If you believe writers and poets in Thanet need a stronger voice, then full membership is for you.
Our members have perks
With enough members, you empower us to organise exclusive events, local discounts, training opportunities and literary celebrity appearances.
Have you ever wanted to meet your favourite author?
By becoming a member you make it more likely that we can make that happen for you.
Our members have priority
When deciding who or what we fund (when we have funds available) the projects and wishes of our members comes first.
What is more, full members have the right to expect to have priority access to all events we run. Most events are open to all and have unlimited places but should there be a limited number of places or the event be closed to the public, our members still get first access. That includes priority registration to events with limited places.
If priority access to Thanet Creative Writers events is something you want then Full Membership is for you.
Members set the agenda
Full members of Thanet Creative Writers are the ones who decide what we are going to do next and help to shape what the year ahead will look like.
Full members know that it is one thing to be a consumer of the wonderful free services that Thanet Creative Writers provide, but another level altogether to have a say in those services.
If you are the kind of person that likes to set the agenda, to direct where things are going, to have a say in all matters, then being a Full Membership of Thanet Creative Writers is for you.
Members decide who leads
Thanet Creative Writers is lead by its trustees. The trustees include the chair (that’s me at the moment) as well as a number of other volunteers elected by our members. We trustees meet every month to make sure that everything is running smoothly.
As a full member, you get the right to vote in our annual elections to decide who will be taking care of business in the year ahead.
If you are the kind of person who cares about making sure the right people are running things then Full Membership of Thanet Creative Writers is for you.
Full members are leaders
In addition to deciding who will take care of business, full members are community leaders. They have the right to stand for election to any of the trustee roles.
If you are the kind of person who likes to be proactive in your community, or who likes to direct how the club or society they are part of will grow, thenFull Membership of Thanet Creative Writers is for you.
Full members are trendsetters
Full members have the right to sponsor others to become full members. Members also have the right to apply to have writer related events they set up recognised as an official project of, supported by, and funded (assuming we have funds available) by Thanet Creative Writers.
If you are planning on running events, clubs, or meetings for writers in Thanet, then Full Membership of Thanet Creative Writers is definitely for you.
Our members are awesome
Thanet Creative writers believe that its members are the most awesome people on the planet. We work as hard to make sure our members get the most they can out of being part of something bigger than themselves. We think you deserve it.