2015 came in like a lamb, but I (for one) certainly hope it wakes like a lion!
Last year the Randolph Writers experienced ups and downs; ups because our members began to see some very positive results from their writings, and downs because it turns out not all bedfellows are good fellows, but all-in-all it was a superlative year with quite a lot to appreciate.
Several members published one, or more, titles, while another won top honors with a big traditional publisher. We held a ceremony for those placing in the top six of our Short Fiction Contest, and welcomed some very cool new members to the group.
As life ebbs and flows so does membership, and we are down to a slim number of active members, but we move forward with hope that more authors in Randolph County, and beyond, will join us.
This year we will be implementing new programs as well as keeping members and friends in the know with a monthly newsletter. It is through the newsletter that we hope to inform local authors of upcoming writing contest deadlines, as well as keeping them informed on the happenings within the Randolph Writers.
New writers are always welcome to join, and we encourage it! As Wendy Laura Belcher says in her book, Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success, "without community, writing is inconceivable". In 2015 I am dedicated to making Randolph Writers a more active member of the writing community, especially with its members.
So here is to 2015, no matter what she might bring!
-Sayword B. Eller