Thursday, August 18, 2011

Posting again - maybe!

Maybe I will get back to posting at least a couple of times per week. Some major undertakings have now slowed down a little!
I'm on the Planning Committee for the annual Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium, which took place June 17-18 this year so it is now in the past. The Symposium was successful, by comments received. Seems like the year of planning and then implementing it went by very fast. We reconnected with old friends, writers, that we don’t see very often. Workshops were informative and helpful. Some sessions far exceeded expectations in their popularity but all gave tips and advice that will very likely bear much fruit in coming months and years.
Keynote speaker, Lee Smith, noted Appalachian author, was a highlight of this, the third AHWS. Her informative fiction workshop and Q&A were the icing on the cake. The committee will have to work hard to equal or top this Symposium but no doubt they will so mark your calendar for June 15-16, 2012. Highlights of this year's Symposium and winners of the writing contest associated with it may be found here
In addition to Symposium planning meetings and some family events, as a member of the Board of Directors, I also work with the Applachian Authors Guild. After becoming a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club this year we have redone our By-Laws and planned a couple of major meetings for our widespread membership, which has also taken some time this spring and summer. Read about the activities of Appalachian Authors Guild on our website, which I also attempt to maintain!

Soon I'll get back to one of those three books I wish I'd bought, read and studied a long time ago!