Friday, July 22, 2011

Issue #27

Good Day Writers! 
This Monday's Meeting is at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. 6:30 - 8:30 PM, across from UNLV.
Reminder Membership renewals due by August 1, 2011. $40.00 one year membership, good until July 31. 2012. As a member of the HWG you can read at meetings, announce your work or run an ad in the newsletter, discount registration to the Writer’s Conference, Pay on Conference club, run for a board position.
Click the HWG Links box to your left to renew your membership. 
This week's Thinking Cap article by Ann Marquez, author Journey Into Probate and Back.

A Place of Our Own

In 2003, my husband and I sold our family home and moved to Henderson. Free from obligation and distraction, I set up a home office and dove headfirst into my writing career. A few months later, my husband returned to his old job two states away, our daughter moved out to begin her adult life and I had to put our last family pet to sleep.

Empty nest didn’t come close to describing this new chapter in my life. I hadn’t taken the time to meet anyone and was completely alone in an unfamiliar place learning an uncertain craft. Then I found Henderson Writers Group. 

At the time, their meetings were held at the Paseo Verde Library and attended by a few members. Through the years, the group has changed and grown. Having received so many benefits by joining HWG, I’ve also grown. I joined as a shy writer experiencing anxiety attacks. I attended my last meeting equipped with confidence and skill.

On one election day, after serving as interim secretary and interim conference chairperson—contacting casinos for bids and settling on Sam’s Town—I handed over my minutes and bid packets to the new secretary. In return, I gained self-confidence. I found my first editor through the group and the courage to share my writing with others by asking another member to read for me. The last meeting I attended at Saxby’s, I was encouraged to read for myself.

Over the years members have published numerous books and held many workshops and book signings. Under the nurturing leadership of Jo Wilkins, HWG is all grown up now. There are so many local activities and new faces, it’s difficult belonging long distance. But I credit the group for giving me a solid foundation, lasting friendships and thanks to the Internet, I’ll always lend my support by keeping current membership.

Donald Riggio author of Seven-Inch Vinyl A Rock and Roll Novel continues to receive stellar reviews. See the latest reviews:
Submissions for Writer’s Bloc 4; Maximum 4,000 words, Edited, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Excerpts and Poetry accepted August 30 – November 1, 2011. Publication April 2012. All genres accepted.  You have to be a member of HWG to submit your story. Contact Jo Wilkins for submission guidelines;


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Upcoming Events & Places for Writers & Readers

At the Henderson Writers Group we support education and events around the Las Vegas Valley

Las Vegas Writers Conference

April 18-20, 2013

Annual Student Writing Contest

The Henderson Writers Group is serious about educating writers. We believe that our youth, specifically students, are the place to start. To further these efforts we have established this writing contest to award scholarships to the best of these budding authors.
See Website for details & submission guidelines.

Vegas Valley Book Festival

Clark County Nevada Libraries