In most vital organizations, there is a common bond of interdependence, mutual interest, interlocking contributions, and simple joy.” —Max DePree
A few years ago I started a networking group called We Write Steamboat. The mission of the group is to provide support for independent publishers and to foster independent publishing success. This week we reached a new landmark. We now have 51 members.
I live in a community where arts and literacy is highly valued. The Bud Werner Memorial Library, is a stellar resource in town. Artists in this rural community find support from several organizations here including the Steamboat Arts Council and the Steamboat Writers Group which serves a great purpose of helping authors to develop their writing through very valuable critique.
Members of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (aka CIPA) www.cipacatalog.com in Denver is also very beneficial in terms of educating and connecting writers with freelance professionals in all parts of the publishing process.
It never ceases to amaze me what a diverse group of writers there are throughout the State of Colorado, and it’s always a fulfilling to see our We Write Steamboat members’ projects come to fruition. Over the next few weeks, several Steamboat Springs authors will be featured on radio talk shows and television. I will be blogging about our We Write Steamboat members who will be in the media spotlight so the public can learn more about their publications, their careers and their interests.
We Write Steamboat will also be offering a new writers’ series called “So, You Want to Write a Book? beginning in February 2014. Next week on All Things Fulfilling, I will be posting more information on this educational opportunity for those who are considering writing a book or for those who are already in the process and want to know more about taking a rough manuscript to a polished, saleable and marketable independent publication.
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Sue, thank you so much for founding We Write Steamboat and for the support and encouragement you give our local writers. It’s wonderful to see the group growing and to celebrate the enthusiasm and success of its members. I look forward to hearing more about the new writers’ series.
Yes, we certainly are lucky to have so many great resources in our community that help people to pursue their creative passions.
Hi Marie – I have completely enjoyed the friendships and support we all give each other in this endeavor. It is so much fun to see our members bring their publications from work in progress to completed publications in the marketplace. Thank you for your involvement in the group. I will be giving final details of the 3 part writers workshop very soon, as soon as all details are in place.