The Red River Valley Writers Guild held its Annual Membership Meeting at the Paris Public Library on Tuesday, December 13. The group chose to continue its mission of providing a venue for anyone in the Northeast Texas area who loves to write and wishes to improve their skills in a safe and fun-loving environment.
At the meeting, the group elected Mary Pruitte as president. She will keep her current role as treasurer, a position she has held for two years. Ron Hervey, the supervisor of the Paris Public Library, accepted the position of vice president. Catherine Wurzburger will continue as secretary. Gary York will serve on the board of directors as past president.
Formed as a Texas non-profit in 2014, the group extends its invitation to all writers seeking publication or wanting to polish their skills in the presence of like-minded people.
“We’re still a young organization seeking a broader membership,” said Hervey, who is a founding member of the group. “It has been fun to watch our development, but we are not finished growing yet.”
For the coming year, the organization plans on expanding its community involvement while offering guest speakers, writing workshops, a writing contest, critique sessions, and a small library of instructional books for its members.
Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at the Paris Public Library, starting at 6 pm. The next meeting will be January 10. The January meeting will be a critique session where attendees are free to read their work and receive feedback from the group.
“I have been told by multi-published authors that critiquing has improved their writing more than anything,” Hervey said. “That’s why most of our monthly meetings are critique sessions.”
The Red River Valley Writers Guild is open to writers ages 15 and up. The group welcomes all experience levels, from novice to published authors, and all genres.
“We welcome visitors, so come to a meeting to see if the group is for you,” Hervey said. “Who knows? You might one day be a New York Times bestseller.”