Six years ago this summer I attended my very first meeting of The Tuscaloosa Christian Writers Group.
Then President Betty Fields invited me to come after attending my session at The Southern Christian Writers Conference in June 2010.
At our most recent meeting June 28, it was announced that Tuscaloosa Christian Writers Group will be 30 years old this coming January.
I am glad to have been a part of six years of that 30-year history. That’s at least 40 or 50 meetings, three dozen guest speakers and a whole lot of writing skills handouts. I am pleased to have presented at least twice to the group.
In the Tuscaloosa Christian Writers, I have found a wonderful network of enthusiastic writers who were right here in town and excited about all of things we had learned at the Southern Christian Writers Conference, which is hosted at Tuscaloosa’s First Baptist Church each June.
Now I have a network that helps me achieve all of the goals I had set for myself as a writer.
What I loved most about this group was that we were all Christians and we loved people just for being people.
I find myself enjoying the fellowship as much as I enjoyed the writers advice and insight.
The group has a great deal of diversity– different racial/ethnic groups, different generational stages, different denominations. Some of us write fiction while others write non-fiction.
Yet, we all love God and the realize HE is the reason we’re able to do the writing that we do.
It is a joy to be a part of this group. Even if there are months I am unable to attend, often due to conflicting meetings or classes or other events. I can always come back to the “next” meeting and catch up.
We’ve had lot of NEW faces join us since 2010. And, they’ve added so much to our organization.
I am looking forward to the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Tuscaloosa Christian Writers Group in 2017.