Edmonton, Alberta (PRWEB) September 04, 2012
Article writer Ryan Willis and Im Write founder Nerissa McNaughton and have teamed up to launch an online magazine titled We Are Quietly Screaming (WAQS).
The idea for WAQS came from Willis, who served on the board of Edmontons long-running publication, Other Voices. After a long and frustrating fight to save Other Voices from ceasing publication, Willis obtained permission to use the magazine concept and re-launch the publication under a new name. Willis, an article writer with the freelance writing company, Im Write, discussed the situation with Im Write founder, McNaughton. Together they came up with the concept of WAQS. For me it was getting back to my roots as a creative writer, McNaughton says. I love the commercial aspect of SEO, but doing the interviews, learning about the hidden aspects of our city, and connecting Edmonton residents with something truly unique I couldnt turn that down. For Willis, the draw was in launching the careers of talented Edmonton writers and artists. Starting an online magazine for the purpose of breaking people, both writers and readers, into something new and different is exciting and challenging. I look forward to everything we will do, states Willis.
The purpose of WAQS is multi-functioned. The tagline a voice for those that dont have one is meant to draw attention to the overlooked citizens and subgroups in the city. So far an interview has been conducted with local poet/article writer/photographer and artist Cory Hamilton from Dramatic Situations, and essays have been submitted from Edmonton writers including Tannis Art, Anglia Redding and Lacey Paige. Although in its infancy, the magazine is being expanded to encompass art, poetry and photography. The theme of the magazine will change semi-monthly so a variety of subculture topics can be discussed from an artistic perspective.
WAQS also serves to launch the careers of new talent and to foster the small business community in Edmontons trendy Whyte Ave. As an article writer, Willis knows first-hand how difficult it can be to break into the business of doing something you love. The intent is that as WAQS gains momentum, local companies looking for an article writer, photographer, poet or artist will turn to WAQS where the work of talented locals will be on display. Edmontons Whyte Ave is a trendy art district that has many small boutique shops, restaurants and caf